Reach Community Club members gathered at the home of Dot Bergner, 639 Reach Road, at noon on August 14 for their 68th annual meeting, according to a news release from the club. Tinker Crouch, past president of the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society, spoke on the history of Eggemoggin Reach, titling her talk “A Thoroughfare through the Ages.” Bill Haviland and Connie Wiberg accompanied her as back up with anecdotes and details. Crouch described the varied vessels that had used the Reach as a transportation route from the days of the Indians in their birch bark canoes to summer folk arriving by steamboat, to today’s recreational use of the Reach waterway by sailboats, windjammers and yachts.
She mentioned the earliest settlers on the Reach Road included the family names of Foster, Torrey, Eaton, Scott, Thompson and Greenlaw, most owning 100 acres, or more. Notable sites included the Grist Mill at Torrey Pond, the Marble Quarry (black marble) at Tyler Hill, an asbestos mine, and a lime quarry near what is today the Ziner property. The Scott family ran the ferry to bring people, cars and supplies to Deer Isle from the mainland before the building of the bridge, which was dedicated in 1939 and will celebrate its 75th anniversary this year.
At the conclusion of Crouch’s talk, Dick O’Hare, president, called the meeting to order and noted the passing of members of the club in the past year—Joseph (Red) Marshall, Louis and Millie Little and Zachary Rosenfield. Charlie Putnam, treasurer, gave his report, and as is the practice every August, the members voted to equally donate collected dues monies to the Chase Emerson Memorial Library, the Community Center, the Island Heating Fund and the Deer Isle-Stonington Historical Society.
The Kaupps at 14 Mill Grove Lane volunteered to host the July 9, 2014, noon meeting and the Fees at 501 Reach Road will host the August 13, 2014, meeting at 5 p.m. It is important to state that both seasonal and permanent residents of the area with an interest in the Reach are welcome at meetings.