History of Monticello, Moss Plantation
& Presque Isle, Maine
A Gazetteer of the
State of Maine
By Geo. J. Varney
Published by B. B. Russell, 57 Cornhill,
Monticello lies on the eastern border of Aroostook
County, 12 miles north of Houlton, on the stage-line to upper Aroostook. It is bounded on the north by Bridgewater,
south by Littleton, west by an unnamed township, and east by Wilmot, in New Brunswick. The north branch of the
Med uxnekeag runs south-eastward through the midst of the town, receiving numerous short branches from the north.
em side. Wallace Lake, in the northern part of the town, is the largest sheet of water, having an area of 30 acres.
The surface of the country is somewhat rolling, but without hills. The rocks are limestone and granite. The soil
is very good, yielding excellent crops. Hay, oats and potatoes are chiefly cultivated. Monticello Village is situated
upon the Meduxnekeag North Branch, a little south of the centre of town. There are here a saw-mill for long and
short lumber, a starchfactory, and other manufactures common to villages. The nearest railroad station is at Houlton.
The roads are generally very good. A bridge across the river at the village is 200 feet in length. It is constructed
of spruce and cedar, with stone abutments.
Moss Plantation lies on the south-western border of
Aroostook County, 24 miles west of Houlton. It is on the stageline from Patten to Ashland. Merrill Plantation bounds
it on the east, Hersey on the south, and Penobscot County on the west. The surface is quite broken and hilly. The
highest elevation is called Matawamkeag Hill. Pichet Mountain, on the south-western boundary, also has considerable
height. Rockaberna Lake, lying a little northwest of the centre of the town, is the source of the West Branch of
the Mattawamkeag River. Its superficial area is 2½ square miles. There are at least 13 other ponds, large
and small, in the township. The streams are the west branch of the Mattawamkeag, which winds through the town,
receiving on its way the outlets of the several ponds, together with Upper and Lower Hasting's Brook, Mill Brook
and others. A saw-mill making long and short lumber, a clapboard and a grist-mill, and a carriage-factory, constitute
the manufactures of the plantation.
Presque Isle lies in the second range of townships
in Aroostook County, a few miles south of Aroostook River. It is bounded on the north by Maysville, south by Westfield
Plantation, east by Easton, and west by Chapman and Mapleton plantations. The Presque isle Stream enters on the
west side of the town and leaves it on the north. Presque Isle Village, the principal centre of business, is situated
on the stream near the northern line. In the southern part, a little west of a middle line, in Quaggy Joe Lake,
one mile in length, having Arnold Brook as an outlet. On this, near the pond, is the small village of Spragueville.
South by south-west of the village is the four-peaked "Green Mountain," lying in a true north and south
line. The middle of the town generally is elevated, and there are still extensive forests in the western, southern
and eastern parts. There is a lumber and a cabinet mill at Spragueville, and at Presque Isle Village are two lumber-mills,
a grist-mill, a. wool-carding mill, furniture, carriage, tinware factories, and other small manufactures. This
town is 42 miles north by north-west of Houlton, on the stage-line to Caribou. It is also the terminus of stage-lines
to Ashland, Washburn and Fort Fairfield. At the village is published "The North Star," a lively sheet,
at present Greenback in politics. The publishers are F. G. Parker & Co.