A new local history book reveals the intriguing characters and everyday citizens who have made Androscoggin County’s history legendary. “Legendary Locals of Androscoggin County,” from Arcadia Publishing, shares the stories of unique individuals and groups, past and present, who have had a lasting impact on the community throughout its history.

Vintage images coupled with facts and anecdotes culled by local author Max Mogensen reveal the fascinating history of legendary locals in Androscoggin County. “It’s funny how you can know an area so well, and yet know so little. There were many things that surprised me,” Mogensen said, who also interviewed numerous residents for the book. 

Among the locals chronicled is Bill Dunlop, a world-class sailor who disappeared during a solo voyage around the world. The odd tale of the Stanley brothers, who became rich as inventors before building some of the earliest automobiles, is also included, as is the tragic story of Angela Palmer, whose gruesome murder led to a major national debate and, ultimately, changes in political policy. 

“The stories behind the names can often be obscured and hidden,” Mogensen said. “I hope that I have been able to offer some unique and little-known information for everyone I profiled.” 

Mogensen, 26, was born in Portland and grew up in Auburn. His parents came to the area after graduating from the University of Maine at Orono. Mogensen graduated from Edward Little High School in 2005. He subsequently worked as a freelance writer for the Sun Journal. Since 2011 Mogensen has lived in Portland, where he owns a design and digital media company. 

Beginning Dec. 18, the book will be available at events, area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, through the publisher at www.legendarylocals.com, by calling 888-313-2665, or from the author at maxmogensen.com.

What: “Lengendary Locals of Androscoggin County” author Max Mogensen

Where: Percy’s Burrow, Topsham Fair Mall

When: 1 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18

Where: Androscoggin Historical Society, 2 Turner St., Auburn

When: 1 to 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19

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