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Special Collections: Guide to the Amos and Octavia Moulton Graffte Papers

Arranged and described by Brenda Howitson Steeves
Raymond H. Fogler Library Special Collections Department
February 2004
 
Introduction and Summary Information
 
Collection Title: Amos and Octavia Moulton Graffte Papers.
Dates of the Collection: 1890-1974 (inclusive); 1897-1926 (bulk).
Provenance: The Graffte papers came to the Special Collections Department as a gift from Marjorie Graffte Prout between 1973 and 1975.
Collection Number: MS 207.
Box Number: 1 (formerly Box 512).
Size and Arrangement: The collection consists of one archival record carton of material (1 cubic foot).
Conservation Note: The collection has been re-housed in acid-free folders and boxes. Photographs have been housed in polypropylene sleeves and remain with the relevant documents.
Preferred Citation: Amos and Octavia Moulton Graffte Papers, Special Collections, Raymond H. Fogler Library, University of Maine.
Restrictions on Access and Use: Kept at Fogler Library's offsite storage facility. One week's notice required for retrieval.
 
Biography
 
The collection contains the personal papers and business records of Amos A. and Octavia Moulton Graffte, lifelong residents of Dennistown, Maine.
 
Amos Graffte was born in 1871 on the farm in Dennistown where he spent his entire life. In addition to farming, he was a successful lumberman, having logging crews in Skinner and Holeb, Maine, in the early 20th century. He was also associated with the Jackman Lumber Company and was foreman at the Kellogg Lumber Company in Long Pond, Maine. He was the town clerk of Dennistown for 52 years and town treasurer for 51 consecutive years. He was also superintendent of schools in Dennistown. Amos Graffte married Octavia Moulton in 1893 and they had two daughters. One daughter died as an infant; the other daughter, Marjorie Graffte Prout, married Everett Prout and lived in Massachusetts. Amos Graffte died on October 30, 1945.
 
Octavia Moulton Graffte was born in Embden, Maine, and came to Dennistown in about 1889 to teach school. She continued to teach in Dennistown for many years and also held town offices there. She was the first woman assessor elected in Maine. She was also active in the Red Cross and in various Liberty Loan and other campaigns during and following World War I. Octavia Graffte died on August 21, 1943.
 
Scope and Content Note
 
The collection reflects the business and civic activities of both Amos A. and Octavia Moulton Graffte. It is arranged in one series with three sub-series: Papers of Amos A. Graffte, Papers of Octavia Moulton Graffte and Papers of the Graffte Family. The collection is enriched by notes of explanation added to most items by the Grafftes’ daughter, Marjorie Graffte Prout, the donor of the collection.
 
The first sub-series, Papers of Amos A. Graffte, centers around his work as a lumberman in the early 20th century. It includes logging contracts, ledgers of financial information for both logging and a general store owned by the Graffte family in the 19th century, information about scaling logs, wage scales and time books. Of particular interest are the photographs showing logging crews at Graffte’s camps in Holeb and Skinner, Maine.
 
The second sub-series, Papers of Octavia Moulton Graffte, is almost entirely concerned with her career as a teacher; it includes teacher’s certificates, receipts for teaching, school registers, and an essay about the Dennistown School written by her in the early 1890’s. Also included is a tribute to her written in 1974 by a former pupil.
 
The third sub-series, Papers of the Graffte family, contains items common to both Amos and Octavia Graffte or not clearly identified as belonging to one or the other. It reflects their civic activities in Dennistown, their involvement in local education, and their volunteer work in World War I.
 

Box List
 
Papers of Amos and Octavia Moulton Graffte
 
Sub-series 1: Papers of Amos A. Graffte
 
Box 1
 
Folder
 
1 Correspondence to Amos Graffte, 1939, 1941-1942, re U.S. Agricultural Conservation Program
2 Correspondence re death of Octavia Graffte, 1943
3 Certificate of appointment as Fish and Game Warden, 1924
4 Bill and receipts, 1897, 1909, 1916
5 Insurance policy on hay, 1917-1918
6 Logging contracts, 1918-1919, 1922-1923
7 Insurance policy, lumber camps and supplies, 1913
8 Ledger, 1891-1910: logging and general store [?]
9 Ledger, 1895-1909: family accounts, lumbering at Skinner, Maine
10 Jackman Lumber Co. documents, 1916, 1923
11 Bills for scaling logs, 1912-1926
12 Forrest H. Colby, Bingham, Maine: Log scale book, 1922-1923
13 Wage scale per month and day, early 1900’s
14 Time books, 1902, 1910
15 Payment register, 1908: Kellogg Lumber Co., Long Pond, Maine [A.A. Graffte, foreman]
16 Employment agency cards, Jackman, Maine, 1913-1914
17 Photographs: Amos Graffte’s logging crew, Holeb, Maine, 1904; 1913-1914
18 Photograph: Amos Graffte’s crew, Wood Stream lumbering operation, ca. 1914
19 Photographs: Amos Graffte’s logging operation at Skinner, Maine, 1914 or 1915
20 Random notes about lumber camps in the 1904-1912 period by Marjorie Graffte Prout, 1974
 
Sub-series 2: Papers of Octavia Moulton Graffte
 
21 Letters from Octavia Graffte to daughter Marjorie, 1910, 1911
22 Correspondence to Octavia Graffte, 1918, 1919, 1934
23 Penmanship notebook of Octavia Graffte, 1880’s
24 Teacher’s certificates, etc., 1890-1919
25 Receipts of teaching, 1892; receipts for other teachers, 1898-1903
26 School registers, 1897, 1906, 1919
27 Dennistown Plantation school bills, 1896-1908

Box List
 
Papers of Amos and Octavia Moulton Graffte cont.
 
Sub-series 2: Papers of Octavia Moulton Graffte cont.
 
Box 1 cont.
 
Folder
 
28 Story by Octavia Moulton re activities at Dennistown School, early 1890’s; transcription by Marjorie Graffte Prout; two photographs of Hilton family
29 In memory of Mrs. Octavia Graffte, teacher by Margo Holden, 1974
 
Sub-series 3: Papers of the Graffte family
 
30 Graffte family photographs
31 Obituaries of Octavia and Amos Graffte, 1943, 1945
32 Correspondence to Marjorie Graffte Prout re death of Amos Graffte, 1946
33 Map: U.S.G.S. topographical quadrangle: Attean quadrangle, 1951, with Graffte family information
34 Treasurer book of W.W. Stetson School Improvement League of Dennistown Plantation, 1902
35 School Improvement League of Maine membership certificates, 1902-1903
36 Illustration of W.W. Stetson, state superintendent of schools, ca. 1903
37 Account book: State and county tax, Dennistown Plt., 1906
38 Liberty Loan documents, 1918-1919
39 Badges: Delegate, Assessors Convention, 1921; Maine Woman’s Liberty Loan Committee of New England
40 Miscellaneous newspaper clippings, 1904, 1918, 1927
41 Newspapers re public laws of Maine passed by the Legislature, 1891, 1895, 1897, 1899
42 Photograph: Pupils in Mill School, Moose River, Maine, 1920’s [?]
43 Stetson common school diploma, Dennistown, Maine
44 Postcard, 1915, from Everett Prout [shows U. of Maine College of Law, Bangor, Maine]

Finding Aids for selected manuscript collections in the Special Collections Department at Fogler Library are accessible online in URSUS, in a browsable Guide to Manuscript Collections. Please contact Special Collections at spc@umit.maine.edu or (207) 581-1686 for further information.

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