THEY SERVED AND THEY SAVED SOME!
Brothers Herbert and Patrick Mullin came from humble Irish immigrant backgrounds from the 1700's! Their lineage families were noteworthy in helping to establish the small areas of Northern Maine!
Daniel and Ella Mullins
Herbert, Patrick and Jimmy Mullins (deceased in childhood), were born to Irish Parents, Daniel and Ella. They were parents of discipline, religious instruction, and believed in what was called, back then, ‘THE Three R’s’; Reading, Riting and Rithmatic.
Daniel and Ella were slow to anger and quick to defend the innocent (children) . Their sons had these same character traits.
Daniel sang to his young sons the Irish Ballads and in the Gaelic/Celtic language. He still had a heavy Irish Brogue and a couple of his favorite songs were:
The Wild Colonial Boy, an Irish song -
Danny Boy, an Irish Folk Song -
And later, after his beloved wife Ella had passed, he sang, Danny Boy. As the years went by he sang, a more modern song, On the Wings of A Snow White Dove, about the hardships of life:
On The Wings Of A Snow White Dove -
Ferlin Husky - Wings Of A Dove with Lyrics -
Life in Northern Maine was not easy consisting of hard work, as a Lumberjack, Blacksmith or a Farmer! These occupations were the major sources of income. Ever resourceful and self-sustaining their family's lives were a daily challenge, as were the lives of most of the community.
Log Cabins often had dirt floors, being some of the first houses in the area. Lumber Mills were established and stick houses became the norm. The Mullins/Jackson house was three stories high originally accommodating many an overnight visitor from Dickey, Allagash or Crossrock, to “The Fort”, acting as an Inn at times. It could be approximately 70 miles travel for some; either by walking, horseback or horse and buggy/wagon, to obtain seasonal-supplies. Barrels of product, by horse drawn wagon, were brought back home. Winters were hard with extreme amounts of snow with no mechanized snow removal equipment.
SNOW COVERED POTATO FIELDS OF THE MULLINS'
TYPICAL SNOW DRIFTS
Go to the following links to learn more about the hardships of Potato Farming in Maine -
Potato Picking In Northern Maine -
Harvesting By Hand in Fort Fairfield, Maine 1989 - Part 1
Harvesting By Hand in Fort Fairfield, Maine 1989 - Part 2
DANIEL AND HIS BROTHER'S MACKINAW COAT. THE ONLY SOURCE OF PROTECTION AGAINST MAINE'S BRUTAL WINTERS!
A CARD DANIEL CARRIED IN HIS COAT POCKET EXPRESSING HIS FAITH
Go to the following link to learn more about the origin of the Mackinaw -
DANIEL, AT 85, WAS STILL ABLE TO CHOP WOOD!
LUMBERJACKING & MILLS WERE AN IMPORTANT PART OF EARLY MAINE
SEE the following links for Lumberjacking/Log-Drives:
Dick Curless/Tombstone Every Mile -
Daniel and his
Daniel, believed in the 2nd Amendment. His ancestors fought for that FREEDOM as did his
sons, Herbert and Patrick. Daniel’s sons paid a very heavy price during the Second World War, as did many many
servicemen and their families.
The Second Amendment (Amendment II) to the United States Constitution is the part of the United States Bill of Rights that protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. It was adopted on December 15, 1791, along with the rest of the Bill of Rights.
Constitution of Maine - (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constitution_of_Maine). . . . . . .
The Constitution of the State of Maine established the "State of Maine" in 1820 and is the fundamental governing document of the state. It consists of a Preamble and ten Articles (divisions), the first of which is a "Declaration of Rights".
Why it was written?
In particular, the Maine constitution was written:
-to ensure religious freedom
-to establish justice for the state of Maine
The preamble of Maine's Constitution spells it out: "Objects of government. We the people of Maine, in order to establish justice, insure tranquility, provide for our mutual defense, promote our common welfare, and secure to ourselves and
our posterity the blessings of liberty, acknowledging with grateful hearts the goodness of the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe in affording us an opportunity, so favorable to the design; and, imploring God's aid and direction in its accomplishment, do agree to form ourselves into a free and independent State, by the style and title of the State of Maine and do ordain and establish the following Constitution for the government of the same." . . . . . . . . .
Daniel wasn’t about to give up his 30-30 Rifle. It protected his life, and at times that Of his beloved wife Ella and those of his young sons. He’d been thru a great depression and was determined to feed his family. He used his Rifle to hunt dangerous wild life, like Bear that wanted and tried to break-into the Log Cabin, or dangerous Moose.
He also would use the gun to hunt deer, partridge, and pheasant, to feed his family and put aside provisions for the winter. He was also known to help, men who had a deer-tag but no rifle, feed their families, by loaning them his 30-30 for a day.
Hunting was hard many decades ago as the winters were much colder in Northern Maine and could reach 30 Degrees below zero. You could just about see your breath FREEZE in the air in front of you. Now-a-days the weather rarely reaches those temperatures, nor for any length of time.
Daniel would recall that one year his son, Patrick, had to shoot more than 55 Black Bear. The State investigated why so many Black Bear were taken and the answer was; they were breaking into the Cook camp and the Cookiee had to run to the camp-freezer, close the door and leave the Black Bear, to themselves, so they could only destroy on the outside. They were also known to attack Horses in the horse-hovel, a place where working lumberjacking horses were kept. Patrick used the 30-30 but preferred a white pearl-handled pistol he owned, for the task
at hand, of shooting killer Black Bear.
The Spiritual Assaults came, sometimes in the form of questions; how could one Human-being be so deliberately cruel to another person? And of course there were social , financial, and environmental assaults.
|There was personal injury to Daniel’s oldest son, Herbert, sustained
while in Europe. An explosion embedded two pieces of shrapnel in him,
throwing him violently to the ground and collapsing a lung, requiring
hospitalization. Herbert refused to return ‘state-side’ and instead
returned to his division, to fight shoulder to shoulder with his fellow
servicemen for another day.
|Patrick, during the China Burma India Campaign, was stricken with ‘amoebic dysentery disease’. Following days in the Jungle, with no food, he and his troops came upon a village with vegetables and fruit and could not stop themselves from eating. After numerous daily stomach-shots later they were able to leave the medic tent.|
Neither of Daniel’s sons, Herbert or Patrick, were properly honored when they died, which happened within
the last decade. There was no 21-gun salute and no attendance by VFW members ........! And one son, was a “Charter Member” of a VFW-Chapter, helping start the Post. How sad, how horribly, terribly, egregiously SAD!
THIS IS THE REASON THIS SITE IS DEDICATED TO GIVING THESE VALIANT SOLDIERS AND MEN THE RECOGNITION AND RESPECT THAT THEY DESERVED BUT DID NOT RECEIVE, EXCEPT FROM THEIR MAKER!
AND WITH THIS IN MIND, WE WANT TO RECOGNIZE THE NEW HEROES, THE RECENTLY FALLEN!
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