OUR NEIGHBORLY NEIGHBORS: 200 YEARS OF LIFE IN RURAL DEXTER MAINE FRANK SPIZUOCO & CAROL FEURTADO

OUR NEIGHBORLY NEIGHBORS
OUR NEIGHBORLY NEIGHBORS
Item# ISBN_00967767407
$15.00

Whoever said you can't judge a book by its cover should read the Dexter Historical Society's oral history of rural life in the western Penobscot County community. Pictured on the cover with a facial expression torn between terror and joy, is 6-year-old Benjamin Spizuoco at a 1995 pig scramble in neighboring Garland. Ben's grandfather is Frank Spizuoco , the book's co-author and a founder of the local historical society. Spizuoco's love of family traditions and Dexter's rich farm legacy goes far beyond the wonderful cover photograph. The book's 206 pages and 130 illustrations sparkle with his admiration for the tenacious farmers who began tilling Dexter's soil in the early 1800s. Carol Feurtado, a writer and genealogist, and Spizuoco, a timber manager and farmer, dedicate their book to the few remaining Dexter area farmers, the survivors. Four years in the making, the book's anecdotal and statistical information was gleaned from library research and hundreds of hours of taped interviews (both audio and video, available to researchers at the historical society) with many residents of the town's four sections (southeast, northeast, north and south). The book is just the right mixture of scholarship and entertainment. Images show old farm buildings, families, schoolhouses and other town landmarks such as the Seba French homestead and Silver Mills. Local photographer Bert Call, who arrived in Dexter as a farm boy in 1886 and lived long enough to cross paths with Spizuoco in the 1960s, took many of the old pictures. The young historian picked Bert Call's brain and he offered to donate his images to the Dexter Historical Society. Paperback 206 pages