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An Islesford Jabberwocky & other Stories of the Cranberry Isles

Published by the Islesford Historical Society, Islesford, ME 04646

The Annotated Table of Contents
Notes by Hugh Dwelley


  • CRANBERRY ISLES by James Belcher Ford.
    This poem was included in a touristic brochure produced and distributed by the town until the 1950s. Rev. Ford was pastor at the Great Cranberry and Islesford churches for a number of years.
  • FALL FISHING by Jack Merrill.
    Jack Merril1 is one of a new generation of island fishermen. His family came to Islesford in the late 1920s as summer residents. Jack and a few others like him have chosen the life of island fishermen over other careers that they might have had. "The wind blows salt spray and cold awareness" ... of that choice?
  • ISLAND WINTER by Jack Merrill.
  • AN ISLESFORD JABBERWOCKY -- 1979 by Rosamond Lord.
    In this poem we experience the warm humor of a lady and a family who know the island people and have contributed greatly to island art, culture and summer life over the years.
  • ISLESFORD CHANTEY -- Contributed by Rosamond Lord.
  • THAT OLD GANG OF MINE by Lewis Fernald.
    An Islesford man, far from home, recalls home, school and youthful friends. His poem evokes warm memories in anyone who grew up on the islands.
  • MY ISLAND HOME by Author unknown.
    Recollections of growing up on Great Cranberry Island in an earlier century. Sentiments are very like those written by Lewis Fernald in 1944.
  • LOOKING by Betty Sprague 1990.
    A poem of reverent introspection - both outward and inward.
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  • ONCE YOU HAVE SLEPT ON AN ISLAND by Rachel Field.
    Noted author Rachel Field summered on Sutton Island in the 1920s & 1930s where she wrote extensively. This poem is thought to have been written for Islesford. [Others think it refers to Sutton, and still others to Great Cranberry - BK]
  • CRANBERRY ROAD by Rachel Field.
    This poem conveys the observations and warm experience felt by many when walking the road on Great Cranberry island.
  • PLANT A LITTLE GARDEN by Jim Cox.
    After retiring from the ministry, Jim Cox cultivated a prolific herb garden in the midst of Islesford in the 1970s. This poem reflects Jim's joy in that undertaking.
  • IN PRAISE OF THE COAST GUARD by Faunce A. Bryant.
    Faunce Bryant came from "Down East" - that is, from the Jonesport area as did several of those who manned the Islesford Coast Guard Station in the 1930s and 1940s. Faunce often cooked and large numbers of his hot ginger cookies were consumed by island youths visiting the station on cold winter afternoons. The station closed in 1946 and Fauance retired "Down East".
  • GRANDFATHER'S HOUSE by E.T. Preble.
    Writing from Chicago in 1990, the author paints a beautiful word-picture of his grandfather's Cranberry Island home.
  • THE FIVE LITTLE ISLANDS - A FAIRY TALE by Phillip N. Bowditch 1990.
    Phil wrote this warm and imaginative tale of island history for his grand children and shared it with his neighbors at the annual Cultural Evening at the Islesford Neighborhood House in 1991.
  • CRANBERRY ISLES by Mrs. E. T. Preble in 1897.
    This evocative poem appears in an old clipping from the Ellsworth American. Like her husband (page 13), this lady has fond memories of the Cranberry Islands. The poem reflects a keen appreciation of what was attracting tourists at the turn of the century.
  • FOG by Richard Grossinger in 1974.
    We have all felt a cold, wet, blowing fog. We'll feel it again when we read this beautiful little poem.
  • And added in the new 2009 reprinting:

  • Taking the Mail Boat to Little Cranberry Island by Mike Jackman 1997
  • It's the Same Boat by Earl Robinson 1949
  • For Hugh and Shirley by Michael P. Baldwin
  • The Faires by William Allingham (1824-1889)
  • Minstrelsy of Maine essay by Fannie Hardy Eckstrom and Mary Winslow Smyth
  • How Long a Seaman? from Ted Spurling's papers
  • Tell What I Saw at Islesford by Charles Kinkade
  • The Busy Bird by Eleanor Bryant
  • Impessions--Islesford and Motueka by Peter Lord 2003
  • A Tale of the Old Muddy Reef by Jay Speakman 2001
  • Hannah Caroline's Lament by Audrey Noethet 2003
  • What If by Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Warning by Jenny Joseph
  • The Ship-Wright
  • Half Past Eight by Rachel Field
  • Grace For an Island Meal by Rachel Field
  • Anchored in God about a weather rock
  • Joy to the World by R.M.F. 1996
  • Heartfelt Thanks, a letter, November 2009
  • Jack, Famous Dog, Is Deat at Islesford an article from the Press Herald

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