HISTORY OF WILTON TIME LINE

1785   Tyngtown created

1789   Samuel Butterfield settled in East Wilton

1790   Josiah Green built first log cabin

1793   Sally Butterfield - first child born

1793   Hammon Brown - first male child born

1803   First town meeting at Henry Butterfield Inn

1803   Wilton became 149th town of Maine

1804   First school/Wilton East Wilton/Weiden property 1996

1810   304 population

1810   Solomon Adams - first cotton mill in state

1814   First minister - Rev. Nehemiah Hunt

1816   Samuel Butterfield died

1817   18 schools in Wilton

1818   Completed Meeting House

1823   Sylvia Hardy, giantess, was born

1832   Church groups built white meeting house
            (Academy Hill School - 1996)

1834   Blanchard School built

1840   Walker Woolen Mill built

1858   First train to go through Wilton

1860   Roy Furnel started first big textile operation

1860   165 men answered Lincoln's request for volunteers

1867   Wilton Academy started

1869   Big snow storm!

1870   Peg mill

1870   Congregational Church

1876   G. H. Bass started shoe business

1878/80 Roy Furnel sold out to Walker Woolen Mill

1880   Newspaper (Wilton Record)

1886   Fire

1887   Bass moved to where Wilton Water Company is ??

1888   Sylvia Hardy, giantess, died

1891   Goodspeed bought old Furnel Mill

1893   Fire

1895   Wilton Academy free high school for residents

1896   First cottage on Wilson Lake

1898   McCrillis Corner School erected

1901   First library ( Holmes Block) -Wilton Free Public Lib.

1902   First cabin Camp Kineowatha

1903   Central Grammar School built

1904   Bass moves to site on lake

1904   Hiram Holt Co. sold to N. Wayne Tool Co.

1906   First Bass Moccasin

1911   Wilton Trust Co. began

1911   Soldiers' Monument erected

1915   Goodspeed Memorial Library Building opened to house the Wilton Free Public Library

1920   W.G. Colby organizes fire department

1920   First soldier killed in World War I

1923   Wilton Trust Co. burglarized and enlarged

1924   Town bought first motorized fire equipment

1930   Second story built on Wilton Trust Co.

1931   Wilson Lake Country Club started

1931   Walker Woolen Mill in E. Wilton destroyed by fire

1946   McCrillis Corner School discontinued

1948   Ann Elizabeth Bass started Camp Kineowatha, girls' camp

1949   Primary School built (grades K-1)

1950   Wilton Academy Gym built by Wilton Woolen Co.

1951   St. Mary's Church built

1953   Flood!

1953   Wilton's Sesquicentennial

1954   Wilton Trust Co. becomes part of Depositor's Trust Co.

1958   Wilton Woolen Mill closed

1959   Wilton Tanning Co. started

1960   Burning of Wilton Hotel and Town Hall

1960   New US Rt. 2

1960   Depositors Trust Bank robbed

1969   New addition to Depositor's Trust Co.

1969   Big snow storm!

 


 

HISTORIC DATES FOR CALENDAR 1997

*  13 JAN 1815 WILTON POST OFFICE ESTABLISHED
13 JAN 1900 TYNGTOWN CLUB ORGANIZED
28 JAN 1828 WILTON METHODIST SOCIETY ORGANIZED
30 JAN 1899 DRYDEN POST OFFICE ESTABLISHED
31 JAN 1914 NOTCH POST OFFICE DISCONTINUED
*  01 FEB 1905 RURAL FREE DELIVERY ESTABLISHED
19 FEB 1818 CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH ORGANIZED
25-28 FEB 1969 MAJOR SNOW STORM
29 FEB 1828 EAST WILTON POST OFFICE ESTABLISHED
*  06 MAR 1995 FORSTER INC., WILTON DIVISION SOLD TO DIAMOND BRAND
07 MAR 1871 HIRAM HOLT GRANTED PATENT FOR LIGHTNING HAYKNIFE
09 MAR 1876 G.H. BASS BEGAN SHOE BUSINESS
27 MAR 1953      MAJOR FLOOD
15 MAR 1870 PRESENT CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH DEDICATED
*  01 APR 1987 MAJOR FLOOD
02 APR 1893 GREAT FIRE MAJOR BUSINESS AREA DESTROYED
25 APR 1829 EAST DIXFIELD POST OFFICE ESTABLISHED
*  10 MAY 1980 ACADEMY FIRE
21 MAY 1838 NORTH WILTON POST OFFICE ESTABLISHED
*  10 JUN 1987 BASS BOARDING HOUSE TRANSFERRED BY BASS TO WILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY
20 JUN 1793 FIRST CHILD BORN IN WILTON - SALLY BUTTERFIELD
21 JUN 1901 WILSON GRANGE INCORPORATED
22 JUN 1803 WILTON BECOMES MAINE'S 149TH TOWN
22 JUN 1903      CENTENNIAL
22 JUN 1953 SESQUICENTENNIAL
22 JUN 2000 BICENTENNIAL
*  12 JUL 1953 SESQUICENTENNIAL TIME CAPSULE CEREMONY
23 JUL 1959 WILTON TANNING CO. GROUND BREAKING
*  04 AUG 1913 JOE KNOWLES ENTERS WOODS
08 AUG 1970 FIRST WHS TOUR OF OLD WILTON HOMES
10 AUG 1803 FIRST TOWN MEETING HELD AT HENRY BUTTERFIELD HOUSE IN EAST WILTON
25 AUG 1888 SYLVIA HARDY, GIANTESS, DIED
*  10 SEP 1867 WILTON ACADEMY OPENED
21 SEP 1894 WILSON GRANGE FOUNDED
23 SEP 1793 FIRST BOY BORN IN WILTON - HAMMON BROWN
*  06 OCT 1923 BANK ROBBERY
20 OCT 1963 HISTORICAL CARAVAN
22 OCT 1784 CAPT. TYNG & COMPANY GRANTED TOWNSHIP OF LAND
23 OCT 1915 GOODSPEED MEMORIAL LIBRARY BUILDING PRESENTED TO TOWN
20 OCT 1916 KINEOWATHA CAMPS SUCCEED BLUE MOUNTAIN CAMPS
*  06 NOV 1963 WILTON HISTORICAL SOCIETY INCORPORATED
06 NOV 1865 NORTH WILTON POST OFFICE DISCONTINUED
20 NOV 1882 NORTH POST OFFICE ESTABLISHED
28 NOV 1940 ACADEMY GYM PRESENTED BY WILTON WATER CO.
*  06 DEC 1795 FIRST MEETING OF TYNGSTOWN PROPRIETORS AT SAMUEL BUTTERFIELD'S HOME
06 DEC 1902  WILTON FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY OPENED - MARY E.  BASS, LIBRARIAN

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