BETHEL – The spring issue of the Bethel Historical Society’s quarterly, “The Courier,” has been mailed to all members and friends.

The feature article focuses on Lafayette Grover, who was born in Bethel but migrated west to Oregon, where he established a legal practice and became the state’s first member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Later he served as Oregon’s governor and U. S. senator. During the disputed election of 1876, he attempted to influence the outcome to make Samuel Tilden the next U.S. president, but did not prevail.

The issue also includes the calendar of events for 2004 and other historical and society information. Anyone wishing a complimentary copy should call the society office at 824-2908 or 1-800-824-2910, e-mail [email protected] or write P.O. Box 12, Bethel, ME 04217-0012.

Additional information can also be gained from checking out the society’s Web site at where new items in the museum shop can be found as well as previous articles that have appeared in “The Courier.”

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