Maguire, John W.
Owned 2 shoe stores in Biddeford, also a repair shop. Son J. Mitchell Maguire managed one of the shops. Was active in city government. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.18.

Mahaney, John
(1847-1904) Home at 349 Main Street. Born in Cork, Ireland. Came here when very young; father of William Mahaney. Obit BWJ 02/19/1904, p.7 c.2.

Mahoney, Dennis
Died at his home on Vetromile Street, aged 60. BDJ 03/25/1889, p.3 c.1.

Mansfield, John
Stage name. SEE: Chacamaty, John.

Marcille, Honorable Albert O.
Born 1876 in Saco. Graduated Biddeford High School, and worked as a quarryman, stonecutter, teacher and grocery clerk before serving as Biddeford’s City Clerk. Subsequently elected mayor of Biddeford, becoming first elected Franco-American mayor in the state of Maine. Heavily involved in political and social activities. See Lawton’s Franco-Americans of Maine, p.147 [PICTURE]. Evening School teacher and School Committee member (PHOTOGRAPH), from Souvenir of the Biddeford Public Schools (1901).

129 Main Street. Included in Main Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places.

Ship yard off Pool Road, Biddeford (1946 to 1962), which opened at Staples, Johnson & Co. site after WWII. Operated until it was destroyed by fire in 1962. Library has photograph of fire that destroyed ship yard on May 4, 1962 that appeared in the Journal Tribune, taken by Dick Danforth.
SEE ALSO: Staples, Johnson & Company; Rumery’s Boat Yard.
SEE ALSO: Maine Memory Network exhibit: “Shipbuilding in Biddeford: Lore, Leaders and Legacy” (

Marden, Thomas
Of Lebanon; a colored man and ex-Revolutionary veteran, age 97. A slave in New Jersey, he escaped to Boston and then came to Lyman to live with a Mr. Roberts. Finally reached Lebanon. U & J 10/29/1851, p.3 c.1.

Marr, Miss Harriet Webster
(1881-1964) Descendent of Parson Webster of Pool Road Church (1749-1836) – SEE MS999 in [Webster, Nathaniel] folder. Miss Mars was born in Biddeford, daughter of William Webster Mars and Nancy Emery Mars. Miss Mars taught 40 years in Springfield (Massachusetts) Classical Institute. She gave the Parson Webster wine glass to McArthur Library. Obit BDJ 08/22/1964, p.2 c.2.

Marshall, William (Captain)
Of Saco, died age 92. U & J 03/09/1855, p.3 c.4.

Martin, Joseph H.
(1875-1959) Born in Quebec, came to Biddeford at age 9. Led Painchaud’s Band for a number of years. Biographical sketch with photo in Biddeford Scrapbook #6, p.64-5. Died aged 84, obit BDJ 03/14/1959. Wife died 2-3 years later.

Mason, Joseph T.
Painter and paperhanger. Obit BWJ 03/11/1910, p.1 c.1-3; funeral BWJ 0318/1910, p.7 c.1. See also Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.32-3.

Mason, Josephine S.
Teacher, No. 6 Rural School. From Souvenir of the Biddeford Public Schools, 1901. [Photograph]

Mason, Luther T.
(1834-1907) Born in Biddeford. Studied law with John M. Goodwin, admitted to bar in 1855. Became partner of Gorham M. Weymouth in 1865 and partnership lasted until death. Home was at Foss & Summer Streets. Obit BDJ 08/20/1907, p.6 c.2-3.

260 Main Street. Included in Main Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places.

Maxwell, Archibald V. (“Archie”)
Succeeds father, Arthur F. Maxwell, as president of First National Bank. (BDJ 05/14/1869, p.1) Obit BWJ 06/12/1903, p.7 c.6.

Maxwell, James
Died in Newfield 11/21/1852 age 60. Formerly of Biddeford. Union (newspaper) 12/15/1852, p.3 c.2.

Maxwell, William (Captain)
Died with palsy aged 66 years 03/24/1840. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.156.

Mayors of Biddeford
First mayor was Daniel E. Somes in 1855.

270 Main Street. Included in Main Street Historic District, National Register of Historic Places.

McArthur, George W.
(1872-1916) Home at 47 Adams Street. Born in Millville, New Jersey. Obit BWJ 08/18/1916, p.8 c.7.

McArthur, Lydia A.
(1834-1920) Born Lydia A. Swan in Smithfield, RI; married library benefactor Robert McArthur in 1861. Had two sons, Robert and Walter (both died early) and two daughters, Miss Lena McArthur of Biddeford and Mrs. Jane Owen of Saco and Philadelphia, Buried in Woonsocket, RI. Obit BWJ 04/23/1920, p.8 c.5.

McArthur, Robert
(1838-1914) Born in Ashton, England. Came to U.S. in 1842, began mill work at age 15 in Woonsocket, RI. Married Lydia A. Swan in 1861. Worked in New Jersey, Massachusetts and Connecticut before coming to Biddeford in 1887 as Agent (general manager) of the Pepperell Mills, a post which he held until his retirement at age 76. In 1902 he purchased the Pavilion Congregational Church on Main Street, Biddeford as home for the Biddeford Public Library, which changed its name to the McArthur Public Library in honor of him. He served as president of the Library’s governing board until his death. Obit BWJ 12/25/1914, p.6.

McArthur, Lena G.
(1864-1944) Daughter of Robert and Lydia McArthur. Lifelong supporter of McArthur Public Library and member of Board of Trustees. Local philanthropist – member of Webber Hospital Auxiliary, Universalist church, supporter of Wardwell Home in Saco. Died at family home at 272 Elm Street (later the McArthur Home). McArthur family returns from trip to Europe (BJ 09/4/1908, p.8). Obit BDJ 07/20/1944, p.2.

McCulloch, Andrew J.
(1837-1922) Born in Saco, lived on Bay View Road. Was a Civil War veteran and a boss of the York Mills yard. Obit BWJ 09/29/1922, p.1 c.4.

McDermott, Mary L.
Teacher at No. 3 Rural School, Biddeford. From Souvenir of the Biddeford Public Schools, 1901 (no photograph).

McDermott, T. J.
Owner and operator of the Biddeford Iron Foundry, which opened in 1885; products included a variety of cotton machinery and castings. Also served on the Biddeford school board. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.38-9.

McIntire, Calvin P.
(1839-1894) Organist and music teacher. Born in Kennebunkport, became a church organist in Biddeford in 1858; taught violin, piano, organ and voice lessons. Married Octavia Andrews of Saco in 1869; they moved to Boston the next year, where McIntire continued teaching music. Obit BWJ 07/20/1894, p.3 c.7. [See also Somerville (Mass.) Citizen, 07/20/1894.]

McIntire, George S.
(1826-1900) An “eccentric character” in town, known as “the Mathematical Genius” and also “the Star Gazer”. Objects to a caricature of himself printed in local French paper “L’Amerique” (BWJ 12/04/1896, p.3 c.2). Died at age 74, obit BWJ 07/06/1900, p.5 c.2.

McIntire, Josiah
(1817-1907) McIntire farm at railroad crossing on South Street. Gives history of McIntire family in Biddeford since 1760. BDJ 12/29/1891, p.3 c.2; see also BWJ 01/01/1892, p.3 c.4. Obit also has excellent history of McIntire family in Biddeford- BJ 05/03/1907, p.7 c.4.

McIntire, Phineas
Departed 12/07/1826. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.111. Born in York, moved to Biddeford in 1760. Grandfather of Josiah McIntire.

McKenney, Carlos H.
(b.1864) Hardware dealer at Jefferson, Center and Main Streets. Father was senior partner in firm of McKenney & Heard. See Bickford’s Local landmarks, p.35. School Committee member (PHOTOGRAPH), from Souvenir of the Biddeford Public Schools (1901).

McKenney, Enoch H.
Photographer, born in 1825. Life sketch in York County History, p.212. Moved to Georgetown, Delaware and leased his studio to a Mr. Hodgdon-U & J 04/17/1868, p.3 c.1.

McKenney, Simeon P.
(1816-1891) Attorney, came to Biddeford in 1851. Founded McKenney & Heard (Mr. Heard was his nephew) in 1871. Life sketch in York County History, facing p.198. Obit BWJ 09/15/1891, p.3 c.5.

McMullan, James H.
(1830-1921) First appeared in Biddeford as purchaser and agent of machine shop of Saco Water Power Company (BWJ 12/28/1866, p.2 c.5). Lived in Somes house at head of Adams Street – became home of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd (BWJ 02/04/1921, p.8 c.7). Obit BWJ 02/11/1921, p.8 c.6; also same issue p.7 c.2 on political and election activities in the 1870’s.

McMullen, William
Former agent of mills. Obit BWJ 02/22/1918, p.1 c.4.

Means, Elizabeth
(1839-1923) Born Elizabeth Hooper, wife of Charles O. Means and grandmother of C. Raymond and Mel Means. Obit BWJ 03/16/1923, p.8 c.4.

Means, Frank M.
(1873-1920) Born in his home at 234 South Street, son of Charles O. and Elizabeth Hooper Means. Married Katherine Tarr, father of Ray and Mel Means. Obit BWJ 11/19/1920, p.8 c.6.

Means, C. Raymond
(1908-1955) Died 12/07/1955.

Meeds, Daniel J.
Came to Biddeford in 1842; served 3 years in Maine Cavalry and had 5 brothers in service. Built many Biddeford buildings. Obit BWJ 05/01/1908, p.2.

Meeds, Mrs. Ellen
Shares memories of early Biddeford, BWJ 02/15/1924, p.1.

Meeds, Francis
Obit BWJ 09/29/1893, p.3 c.5.

Meeds, Melvil F.
Teacher at Rural School #13 (PHOTOGRAPH), from Souvenir of the Biddeford Public Schools (1901).

Mellen, Grenville
Poet, born in Biddeford. See Poets of Maine.

Mellen (Honorable Judge)
Died at Portland [age] 76 years 01/06/1841. From Samuel Merrill diary, p.163.

Menard, Jean Baptiste
(1819-1904) Home at 3 Williams Court. Came to Biddeford about 1864, claimed very few French here then. Obit BWJ 01/15/1904, p.1 c.1.

Merrill, Alvan R.
(1870-1916) Home at High Street, Saco. Died age 46, taught penmanship in Saco schools for 23 years. BWJ 10/20/1916, p.8 c.5.

Merrill, Harry L.
(1875-1963) Obit BDJ 11/18/1963, p.2 c.2.

Merrill, Samuel P. (Reverend)
(1835-1916) Grandson of Reverend Daniel Merrill. Born in Nebraska where his father was a Baptist missionary said to have been first white child born in Nebraska. Was pastor of Adams Street Baptist Church in Biddeford. Died in Los Angeles, California. Obit BWJ 05/05/1916, p.7 c.6.

Merrill, Samuel
(1776-1845) Mill owner-kept extensive diary of happenings in Biddeford/Saco area 1799-1845. Born in Buxton Center, son of Abel Merrill (b.1748). Married Sarah Bradbury 11/24/1801.Died in Biddeford 08/02/1845; left 2 children: Samuel-who married Mary Hooper, and Elizabeth-who married Benjamin Mosher.

Merryman, J. Albert
(1910-1967) Obit BSJ 10/23/1967, p.2 (same in Biddeford Scrapbook #9, p.13). Tribute in York County Coast Star 10/25/1967 (same in Biddeford Scrapbook #9 p.14) written by Alexander Bacon Brook, editor.)

Meserve, Luke (Captain)
Death notice of Capt. Luke Meserve, aged 54, in Canada East. Formerly of Biddeford. U & J 08/10/1855, p.3 c.5.

Miles, James H.
(1854-1904) Home at 19 Scammon Street, Saco. Born in Limerick. Came to Biddeford in 1874. Had grocery store on Spring Island; was also City Marshal of Saco. Obit BWJ 06/24/1904, p.2 c.1-2.

Miliken, Chas. O.
Obit and sketch of life BWJ 09/11/1896, p.1 c.7.

Milliken, Albert H.
(1867-1947) Died Christmas eve 1947. BDJ 12/26/1947, p.2 c.2.

Milliken, Moses S.
Stone mason, Civil War veteran and Biddeford alderman; died aged 68. Obit BWJ 11/23/1888, p.3 c.3.

Milliken, Sarah F.
Teacher at Spruce Street Primary School (PHOTOGRAPH), from Souvenir of the Biddeford Public Schools (1901).

Mitchell, Charley
See St. Mitchell, Charles Antoine