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Castine – Witherle & Co.'s Store
The Witherle store in Castine was a general merchandise store, one of several businesses operated by William Witherle. In the mid-1850s he turned it over to his sons William H. and George. They also ran a ship chandlery, supplied fishing vessels with gear and salt, owned many schooners and ships, and ran a brick yard. The store was located on Water Street, in what is referred to as the old brick block, and Witherle was involved in the store with various partners beginning in 1806.
Paige Lilly, Castine Historical Society
The business records for this store are located in the William H. Witherle Collection, Baker Library, Harvard Business School.
Wilson Museum, Castine, Maine (A00787-1a-1d)
Castine Historical Society, Maine
"[John] says Charles proposes to come down on Saturday—to return on Monday—so that may be so—I think of defering sending the pictures till then—it has been my intention to have sent them tomorrow. [??] went away on Monday last before I had time to have them boxed. Mr. Noyes will see to that. The have been, for a day or two, in Witherle & Co.'s store, where they were much admired—& a little remarkable, among the visitors there yesterday was Mr. King—the son of the Keeper of the Light—who was engaged in catching herring while you was at the Rock. He was very much pleased—thought it as natural as life—as it was to his recollection—having only left there a week since. He observed that he would not have believed Mr. Lane had so much in him. In case Charles does not come on Saturday how shall I direct the box—for I shall send it by express to Boston—I don't remember any thing was said about that. I hope you will come over to Owl's Head, as proposed—if so, you & Lane must come & spend one night at least. Our two teacher boarders came in the boat that took you away—but we can continue to accommodate some way or other. Mary is to leave on Monday next."