News Feature

Brooklin
Originally published in The Weekly Packet, August 1, 2013
Emphasis on education when Brooklin Keeping Society open for visitors

by Bette Britt

The Brooklin Keeping Society held an open house during the Touring Through Time weekend with the hope that many of those visiting would bring something with them—the names of some of the school children in photos lining the walls of the exhibit room. According to reports, members got their wishes fulfilled to a degree, but some boys and girls of yesterday remain unidentified.

If for no other reason than seeing how styles in dress and length of hair have changed with the decades, a visit to the exhibit room at the town office was worthwhile, although, for some, talking with June Eaton was reason enough to stop by. A natural “tour guide,” Eaton has lived in Brooklin a long time and knows much about town history, including a former school most recently used for the upper grades when Brooklin and Sedgwick combined resources.

Historically, the school was noted because it was the third one built in more or less the same spot. The first two had been struck by lightning and burned to the ground, and Eaton recalled that while it was being rebuilt students attended classes in a building near the church. Touching a wooden desk beneath the pictures, she said that students not only had to provide pencils and rulers but their own furniture; the desk had been built for Clarence Bridges by his grandfather. It is now part of the Brooklin Keeping Society collection of historical artifacts.