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For Immediate Release      
July 23, 2001
Contact: Dan A. Gwadosky

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky to Honor
Wilton Free Public Library Association
for 100 Years of Incorporation

Secretary of State Dan A. Gwadosky will honor the Wilton Free Public Library Association for 100 years of incorporation on Tuesday, July 24, 2001 at 7:00 p.m. at the Wilton Free Public Library located on Goodspeed Street, Wilton.  The Wilton Free Public Library Association is a non-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Maine on August 1, 1901.

Eighteen corporations are celebrating their centennial anniversary this year.  They include eight business corporations--Beta Theta Pi Co., Chilton Paint Company, Edward H. Best & Co., Hodgco, Inc., Lewiston Daily Sun, Oxford County Telephone and Telegraph Company, Psi Upsilon Chapter House Association, The Dunlap Agency--and ten non-profit corporations--Library Club of Lovell, Megunticook Golf Club, Northeast Harbor Fire Co., Inc., Silver Harvest Grange Association, The Aid Society of Otter Creek, Maine, The Maine Optometric Association, Waldo County General Hospital, Wilson Grange, No. 321 and Wilton Free Public Library Association.

“I enjoy this opportunity to recognize these Maine businesses and nonprofit organizations that have attained this milestone,” said Secretary Gwadosky.  “Many dedicated people have been involved in keeping these organizations and businesses active for 100 years.  It is a significant achievement, given that my Department has over 50,000 active corporations on file.”

Hamilton E. Potter founded the Wilton Free Public Library Association in 1901, using many volumes of his own collection to start the library.  The library was originally housed in the Holmes Block, later called the Odd Fellows Block.  In 1914 the late Agnes I. Goodspeed bequeathed a sum of money to the Town of Wilton for the construction of a library building.  The Goodspeed Memorial Library Building now houses the Wilton Free Public Library and people are able to browse the volumes of fiction and nonfiction, among other materials in its collection.