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Dr. B. M. Hardy, Dentist, cor. Broadway and Main Streets, Farmington. The familiar axiom, "prevention is better than cure,'' applies with peculiar force to the care of the teeth, as many have learned to their sorrow, when it was too late to profit by the knowledge. We often hear it remarked how sensitive the teeth are, and how easily they may be seriously injured; but those who have made a study of the subject are very apt to hold quite an opposite opinion, for their experience teaches them that the majority of people abuse their teeth habitually from youth to middle age, and that the wonder is not that they finally give out, but that they last as long as they do. Undoubtedly many are restrained from consulting a Dentist by a nervous fear of the pain some consider inseparable from dental operations; but as a matter of fact, such fear is usually groundless, for if the proper steps be taken in time, before the nerve is exposed, a tooth may be worked upon without the slightest suffering, or even unpleasant sensation being caused. Modern Dentistry has reduced pain to a minimum, not alone by the use of anaesthetics, but by the introduction of improved appliances and methods of operation, which save much time and accomplish more perfect results. There are many skillful and experienced Dentists in this section of the State, and there is certainly no excuse for permitting one's teeth to suffer from lack ef proper attention. One of the bestequipped Dental establishments of which we have knowledge is that carried on by Dr. IS. M. Hardy, over the Peoples' Trust Company, cor. of Broadway and Main Streets, and it is natural that such should be the case, for Dr. Hardy is President of the Maine Dental Association, and of course makes use of the latest devices science has provided. He was born in Portland, Me., and is connected with both the Masons and the Odd Fellows. Dr. Hardy began the practice of his profession here in 1876, and has, for some years, held his present leading position. He owes no small part of his popularity to the thoroughness with which he carries out every operation intrusted to him, and especially to the gentleness which characterizes his methods. In view of the office he holds in the Dental Association, it would be as presumptuous as it is unnecessary for us to speak in detail of his abilities as a practical operator, so we will simply say that his charges are moderate and that previous appointment is necessary to assure prompt attention.
Stoddard House, Broadway, Farmington, Davis & Pierce, proprietors. Sample room on first floor. Free Carriage to and from Trains. If a jury of experts were to be chosen to decide which hotels in each community were most deserving of patronage, it would certainly be made up or commercial travelers, for what they don't know about hotel accommodations nobody knows. We have little doubt what the decision would be so far as Farmington is concerned, for it is easy to see that the Stoddard House is a favorite with the "knights of the road," and we must confess that they show their usual appreciation of liberal treatment in making such a choice, for the hotel in question is one of the most home-like in the State, and is managed with a constant and careful regard
for the comfort and well-being of its guests. The present proprietors, Messrs. Davis & Pierce, assumed control January 1, 1889. and have already given evidence of their intention to make the Stoddard House more popular than ever, if enterprise, liberality and courtesy can accomplish that end. Mr. Davis is a native of Farmington. and is widely known in this section, having served in the Legislature in 1884, and being a popular member of the Grand Army. He is connected with the Free Masons, as is also Mr. Pierce, who was born in Houlton, and has had five years' experience in the hotel business. During the season of 1888 Mr. Pierce was clerk at the Mooselucmaguntic Hotel, the largest in the Rangeley Lake region, and made many friends by the genial and accommodating spirit with which he discharged the responsible duties incidental to such a position. Mr. Pierce certainly "knows how to keep a hotel," and now has an excellent opportunity to put that knowledge to practical use. The premises occupied are three stories in height, and comprise a main building measuring 60x40 feet . and an ell of the dimensions of 20x60 feet, there being forty guest-rooms. The house has recently been greatly improved, refitted and refurnished, and contains a convenient sample room on the first floor, there being a free carriage to and from trains. From eight to ten assistants are employed, and the service is prompt and courteous, the table first-class, and the terms remarkably reasonable for either transient or permanent guests.
M. P. Tufts, Dealer in Choice Groceries, Canned Fruit, Flour, Corn, Meal, Grain, Country Produce. Choice Tobacco and Cigars, etc. Broadway, Farmington. It is becoming generally understood nowadays, that the food we eat has more to do with our bodily health than any other one thing. Disorders and even diseases that were once treated with powerful drugs and medicines, are now" corrected and cured almost entirely by careful attention tothe diet, and it is conceded that the man who most perfectly suits his food to his temperament and his occupation, will, other things being equal, enjoy the best health. Therefore it is of the highest importance to know where reliable food-products may best be obtained, and we are happy to be able to call the attention of our readers to so deserving and well-managed an establishment as that carried on by Mr. M. P. Tufts, at No. 14 Broadway. The proprietor is a native of this place, and is connected with the Masonic Order. He began operations in 1886, and has already buiit up a very large trade, requiring the occupancy of one floor and a basement measuring 50x22 feet, and a storehouse of the dimensions of 35x35 feet. An extensive stock is carried, consisting of Choice Family Groceries, Flour, and Canned Fruit, Corn, Meal and Grain, together with Country Produce and Choice Tobacco and Cigars. Mr. Tufts obtains his goods from the most reliable sources and therefore is in a position to guarantee that they will prove as represented. Catering expressly to family trade, he spares no trouble to satisfy his customers, and quotes the lowest market rates on standard goods, filling all orders promptly and carefully. Aside from this business, Mr. Tufts is a Breeder of Pure Breed Hereford Cattle of the best quality.
S. O. Tarbox, Dealer in Groceries, Flour, Drugs.Medicines.Paints.Oils, Glass, Paper Hangngs, Broadway, Farmington. One might search Franklin County from end to end, without finding a better known or more popular enterprise than that carried on by Mr. S. O. Tarbox, here in Farmington, for this undertaking was inaugurated in 1871, and has since gained an enviable reputation by reason of the methods which have characterized its management. Operations were begun by J. C. Tarbox & Co., and in 1876 the firm name was changed to Tarbox Brothers, Mr. S. O. Tarbox becoming sole proprietor in 1887. The premises utilized are located on Broadway and comprise one floor and a basement, each of which measures 22x70 feet. An immense stock is carried, consisting of Groceries, Flour, Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils, Glass, Paper Hangings, etc., and the quality of the goods composing it, is in every case precisely what it is represented to be—a fact which is appreciated by the public, as the popularity we have before noted proves. Mr. Tarbox is in a position to quote the lowest market rates on the goods he handles, and to fill orders as soon as received. The Medicines and Drugs contained in his stock are selected from the most reliable sources, and their purity and freshness may therefore be confidently counted upon, while the Canned Goods in the Grocery Department will be found far superior to the j average, as they are freshly put up and bear the stamp of the most reputable packers.
F. E. Voter, Insurance Agent, No. 21 Broadway, Farmington. Good intent'ons, never carried out, are a fruitful source of annoyance and loss, and the man who makes a practice of putting off the accomplishment of an undertaking after once making up his mind to engage in it, can hardly expect to attain any decided success. This is proved by every-day experience, and it is a common thing to hear that soand-so was going to take out an insurance policy on his house, but before he "got round to it," a destructive fire saved him the trouble. By making use of such facilities as are afforded by Mr. F. E. Voter, No. 21 Broadway, the trouble of placing Insurance is reduced to a minimum, and the expense is cut down to its lowest terms also. Mr, Voter acts as Agent for the following companies. and it would be difficult to make out a stronger and more generally desirable list: Fire—Commercial Union, of London; New Hampshire, of New Hampshire; Union, of Pennsylvania; Dwelling House, of Boston; Granite State, of New Hampshire; Peoples', of New Hampshire. Life and Accident—Mutual Life, of New York, the largest and best company in the world; Employes' Accident, of New Vork. These corporations have records that are easily accessible, and the more thoroughly they are studied the greater the confidence that will be reposed in them. Mr. Voter is prepared to write policies on the most liberal terms, and places a large portion of the Insurance carried in this vicinity. He was born in Farmington and is extensively well-known here, being Secretary of the Odd Fellows' Lodge with which he is connected, and having been Messenger in the State Senate for three years.
Hatch Brothers, Boots and Shoes, Farmington and Readfield. The boot and shoe store carried on by Hatch Brothers here in Farmington was not opened until 1887, but it leaped at once into the favor of the public, and a steadily increasing patronage is accorded it. The firm are no novices at the business, for in 1877 they started, and still carry on, a similar enterprise in Readfield, and the reputation gained there had much to do with the cordial reception given the later undertaking. The Readfield store is 30x60 feet in dimensions, while that in this town is 22x45 feet in size, and the stock carried is so large, so complete, and so desirable that young and old, rich and poor, married and single can all find goods therein suited to their needs at prices equally suited to their means. Customers don't have to wait around until they forget what they came for, but are served promptly and politely. given an opportunity to make a deliberate choice, and correctly informed as to the merits of the articles concerning which they inquire. In short, the poetical promise made by the proprietors is fulfilled to the letter, and just what this promise is, the following lines will toll.
The Boots and Shoes that here you buy.
There are three brothers in the firm, all of whom are natives of Jefferson, Me., two being members of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. The very lowest market rates are quoted, and the goods handled are durably as well as neatly made in every respect. Their stirring business maxim allows us to say there is no weather too hot, too cold, too wet or too dry to cause dull business at either of their stores.
Dr. E. C. Merrill, Dentist, No. 11 Main Street, Farmington. The advance and rapid progress of the arts and sciences excite the admiration of all, and nowhere is the progress more marked than in Dentistry. The mission of which is to repair and replace the teeth, one of the most important organs of the body. If the teeth, the instruments of mastication, are decayed or gone, the food cannot be properly prepared for the digestive organs, which become impaired, causing one of the most distressing diseases, and with much discomfort and pain, endanger the health. The greatest boon of the human race. The wonderful improvements that have marked the progress of both operative and mechanical Dentistry, has placed the profession beside that of medicine, in alleviating human suffering, and aiding personal adornment. With the present advanced treatment, decayed teeth can be saved for a life time, or they can bo replaced, either singly, or in parts, or whole sets, in a manner that almost rivals nature in appearance, and performance of their functions. Dr. Merrill's fine office at No. 11 Main Street, is fully equipped with the latest and most approved appliances for operations of all descriptions upon the teeth, and an extended and growing patronage fully attests, to the careful and skillful treatment, and thorough and competent manner, that all operations are performed at his office.
David H. Chandler, Attorney at-Law, Farmington. The gentleman whose card we print above, is doubtless known by reputation at least to many of our readers, for he has been prominent in the community for some years, and his position in the legal profession is a high and assured one. It is not our purpose to dwell at length on his capabilities as a lawyer, for these are generally known, and the estimation in which they are held is significantly indicated by the appointment received in 18S2 as Judge of the Municipal Court — a position which is still occupied by Mr. Chandler. A work which treats of the leading business men of a certain section, must necessarily treat of those prominent in professional life as well as of those who have achieved success in mercantile affairs, and the zeal which Mr. Chandler has exhibited in advancing the best interests of the community by every means in his power, affords ample reason for presenting this sketch of his career in a review of the salient points of Fannington's commercial history. He was born in Temple, Maine, and was elected to the State Legislature from Chesterville in 1857. In 1879 Mr. Chandler was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Farmington State Normal School, and we may say in passing that he has always shown great interest in educational matters, and has used his influence to promote the free dissemination of knowledge by all practical means. The duties of Clerk of Courts for Franklin County were discharged by him during the term extending from 1880 to 1883, and we have already mentioned his appointment as Municipal Judge in 1882. His attention being occupied in the Municipal Court, his legal practice at the present time is not very extensive, but no Lawyer in the State gives more careful attention to the interests of his clients.
Chas. E. Wheeler, Manufacturer of Split Bamboo Fishing Rods, Broadway, Farmington. The delights of fishing are by no means easy to express with pen and ink, and unless the writer has a genins similar to that of the famous old Isaak Walton, the results of trying to do so are very apt to be decidedly unsatisfactory. The true fisherman has his love for the sport born in him, and it is useless for a man who has no taste in that direction to try to understand the fascination some find in making war upon the finny tribe. Scientific angling has always been a fruitful source of enjoyment among cultivated people, and of late years it has rapidly gained in popularity in this country, many a business man finding the few weeks he can spare each year to this pursuit, something to be looked forward to with eagerness, and improved as only such rare pleasure can be Improved. The Rod comes first in importance in the fisherman's outfit, and unless this be made as it should be, half the enjoyment is lost. The perfect Rod combines strength and lightness in the highest degree, and to produce one that is first-class, requires ability and skill as well as long experience. Split Bamboo is the material most perfectly adapted to the manufacture of Fine Fishing Rods, and each of the many pieces going to make up the finished Rod must be carefully selected, shaped and adjusted, in order
that the strain may be properly distributed. Mr. C. E. Wheeler has manufactured such articles for a full score of years, and his Rods are now preferred by many of the best-known amateur fishermen. He was born in Farmington, and is widely-known throughout this section, especially among those interested in field sports. Two floors, measuring 25x40 feet, are occupied on Broadway, and employment is given to six competent and careful assistants. Mr. Wheeler strives to furnish the best possible article for the lest po."sible amount of money, and his Rods are sold at remarkably low figures, considering the quality of the goods; orders being promptly filled.
Mrs. Wni. Randall, Fashionable Dress Making, Chronicle Office Entrance, Knowlton Building, Farmington. All of our lady readers, and not a few of those belonging to the sterner sex, can doubtless call to mind instances which have come under their observation where the most costly costumes, made from the richest and most fashionable materials, utterly failed to produce a desirable effect by reason of the incompetency or carelessness of those who were intrusted with their making. The handsomest and most tasteful fabrics may easily be rendered quite unattractive by improper treatment, and the advantages to be gained by making use of the services of an experienced and skillful Dress Maker, are too evident to render it necessary for us to dwell upon the importance of securing such aid. It is the general verdict among the ladies of Farmington and vicinity who have examined specimens of the work done at the establishment of Mrs. William Randall, that the results there attained are exceptionally satisfactory, and there has been ample time to form a complete judgment regarding the matter in question, for Mrs. Randall began operations in 1880, and her business has since rapidly and steadily developed. Four rooms are occupied in the Knowlton Building, and the premises may be reached by means of the Chronicle Office entrance. Employment is afforded to from four to six experienced and painstaking; assistants, and orders can therefore oe filled at short notice, the charges made being uniformly moderate. Mrs. Randall gives personal attention to the executing of every commission, and we have no hesitation in guaranteeing complete satisfaction to the most fastidious customer.
E. V. Varney, Horse Shoeing and Jobbing. All kinds of Repair Work promptly attended to. Farmington. Many people have discovered that it don't pay to give a high price for a horse and then have him injured or ruined by improper Shoeing, so that nowadays a good deal more discrimination is used in choosing a Horseshoer than was formerly the case. It is generally acknowledged that Mr. E. V. Varney does as good work of this kind as any man in this section of the State, and therefore it is not surprising that the services of two assistants are required in order to attend to all the business brought to his shop. Mr. Varney was born in South Durham, Maine, and inaugurated his present enterprise in 1878. He is very widelyknown in Farmington and vicinity, and is connected with the Knights Templars and Odd Fel lows' Encampment. The premises made use of measure 35x40 feet, and are supplied with every facility for the doing of General Jobbing and Repairing. Horses can be Shod here at very short notice, and the owners of valuable animals may safely intrust them to the hands of Mr. Varney and his assistants! for no rough dealing is practiced, and the individual requirements of each horse are carefully studied and attended to. Repairing is done neatly and strongly at the shortest possible notice, and the charges made for this and all other work done here, will be found fair and reasonable in every case.
C. E. Marr, (Successor to P. W. Hubbard), Druggist and Apothecary; Manufacturer of Hubbard's Home Favorite Cough Syrup and Peoples' Favorite Tonic Bitters, 62 Main St., Farmington. Among such business enterprises as deserve particularly prominent mention, that conducted by Mr. C. E. Marr, at No. 62 Main Street, holds a leading position, for a first-class Pharmacy is a benefit to any community, and the establishment in question is first-class in every sense of the word. Mr. Marr isa native of Canaan, Maine, and is connected with the Masonic Commandery, and also with the Odd Fellows. He is successor to Mr. P. W. Hubbard in the ownership of his present undertaking, «nd is Manufacturer of Hnbbard's Home Favorite Cough Syrup and Peoples' Favorite Tonic Bitters—two preparations which are "favorites" in fact as well as in name, among those who have tested their merits. The premises occupied comprise two floors, one measuring 44x22 feet and the other 20x22 feet, a very extensive assortment being constantly carried, of Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, etc., together with a full line of Fancy and Toilet Articles, including the latest and most popular novelties in these goods. Mr. Marr carries on a large retail business, also supplying some of the trade of the neighboring towns at wholesale, and places his prices at the lowest figures consistent with the quality of the commodities furnished. The Prescription Department is given special attention, and every precaution is taken to make the service as reliable as that afforded by any similar establishment in the State. Orders are filled at short notice, and every caller is assured uniformly courteous treatment. The location on which Mr. Marr's store now stands is the original spot on which was located the first Drug Store of John W. Perkins, the extensive wholesale dealer now of Portland.
at reasonable rates, and where the quality of every article sold may be depended upon to prove as represented. The store in question is that located at No. 29 Broadway, opposite Stoddard House, and conducted by Messrs. L. E. Witham & Co. This firm was formed in 1888, and consists of Messrs. L. E. Witham and John Kern, the founder being a native of Starks, Me., and the latter of Switzerland. Mr. Witham was a member of the Starks Board of Selectmen for three years, and both he and Mr. Kern are well known in this vicinity. Premises measuring 75x24 feet are occupied, and a large and varied stock is carried, comprising Groceries, Meats and Poultry, Game, Venison, Fresh and Pickled Fish, Provisions of All Kinds, Canned Fruit, etc., together with a full assortment of seasonable Vegetables. All classes of trade are catered to, and uniform politeness is shown to every customer, while the service is prompt and accurate, orders being filled and delivered at short notice. 'A fine line of Canned Goods is included in the stock, and bottom prices are quoted in every department. Messrs. Witham & Kern's market is finely fitted up with modern improvements, and contains one of the best "refrigerator" rooms to be found anywhere. It is " The" Market of Farmington, where everything that its name implies is to be found in its season. The firm are very popular with the public, and their success is already established.
Li. E. Witham & Co., Dealers in Meats and Provisions, No. 29 Broadway, Farmington. It is what we eat that enables us to work, and a man might as well expect to keep up a working pressure in a steam boiler by burning nothing but ashes, as to maintain his own health and strength by the consumption of improper food. It is very poor economy to cheat one's stomach, and we are happy to say that Americans, as a rule, spare no reasonable expense in providing for the table. But a high price does not always mean a good article, and, therefore, we desire to call the attention of our readers to an establishment where Provisions of all kinds are sold
H. H. Bice, Dealer in Dry and Fancy Goods, Broadway, Farmington. Branch store at Madison. There is no more elegant store in Farmington than that occupied by Mr. H. H. Rice, in the Dolbier and Waugh Block on Broadway, and what is still more gratifying to his customers is the fact that the stock it contains is well suited to the store, being one of the most carefully selected assortments of Dry and Fancy Goods to be found in this section. Mr. Rice wn* born in Farmington. and founded his present business in 1881. He curries on a branch store at Madison, and from the very magnitude of his trade, is able to offer his customers inducements which it would be very hard to parallel elsewhere. One floor and a basement, measuring 100x25 feet, are occupied, and the different departments of the stock are so arranged as to make selection comparatively easy. Foreign and Domestic Dry Goods of guaranteed quality are offered at prices that assure a rapid disposal of the stock. for Mr. Rice prefers the "nimble penny" to the "slow sixpence," and hence takes measures to sell goods quickly, making room for a fresh supply. Staple articles as well as fashionable novelties are on hand in great variety, and some of the Fancy Goods offered at this store could not be found elsewhere in this vicinity, for Mr. Rice keeps a sharp eye on the market, and is ever on the alert to procure specialties suited to his class of trade. Both a wholesale and retail business is done, and the services of two competent and polite assistants are required to give callers the prompt attention they are accustomed to receive at this popular establishment, and business relations entered into with tbem are certain to prove not only pleasant, but advantageous.