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Jonesboro in Washington County, Maine — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Hassey’s Riverside Park

 
 
Hassey’s Riverside Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 10, 2021
1. Hassey’s Riverside Park Marker
Inscription.  
Schoppee's Garage
Founded circa 1928 by Harrison (Hassey) Schoppee, Schoppee's Garage was originally on the south side of the Chandler River. When he learned that construction of a new bridge would realign Rt. 1 through his business, Hassey floated the garage downriver to his home on Beaver Brook. Once the new bridge was completed, he floated the garage upriver to the north side, now home of Hassey's Riverside Park.

Hassey's son Keith took over the business in 1977 and continued the proud tradition of service that helped make the garage a hub of the community. As described in The History of Jonesboro, Maine, Bicentennial 1809 - 2009 "It was the gathering place where news was shared and yarns were spun. Any job from patching a bicycle tire to replacing a truck engine was viewed with the same ‘let's take a look’ attitude.”

Over several decades and thousands of oil changes, the soil beneath the garage became contaminated by motor oil. So when Bessie Schoppee, wife of the late Keith Schoppee, agreed to donate the property to the town, clean-up got underway.

In 2014, with support from the Washington
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County Council of Governments and the Northern Maine Development Commission, a plan was developed to cover the soils with clean fill - all contained within the footprint of the old garage.

Testing determined that once covered, the soils would not harm visitors to the.park, groundwater, or the Chandler River. Funding from MaineDOT helped stabilize the eroding river bank and improved public access to the river for recreation.

Vintage Rescue!
Clean-up of the property included salvage of a 1930s vintage Dodge Brothers touring car that had been stored in the garage for decades. John Porter, a local contractor who led the effort, was delighted to find the car in good shape: "That car has been sitting there as long as I can remember. I know Keith had many offers, but the answer was always the same, it's not for sale."

This Brownfield redevelopment project was made possible with support from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the United States Environmental Protection Agency.
 
Erected by Maine Department of Transportation.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EnvironmentIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical year for this entry is 1928.
 
Location. 44° 39.658′ N, 67° 34.449′ W. Marker is in Jonesboro, Maine, in Washington
Hassey’s Riverside Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 10, 2021
2. Hassey’s Riverside Park Marker
County. Marker is on Harrington Road (U.S. 1) south of Whitney Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Jonesboro ME 04648, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lumber Mill (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Jonesboro Union Church (about 400 feet away); Granite Quarry (about 400 feet away); Jonesboro War Memorial (about 400 feet away); Hannah Weston Memorial (about 400 feet away); Grange (about 400 feet away); Shipbuilding (about 500 feet away); World War I Memorial (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Jonesboro.
 
Hassey’s Riverside Park Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 10, 2021
3. Hassey’s Riverside Park Marker
Schoppee's Garage stood on this spot. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Stoessel, October 10, 2021
4. Schoppee's Garage stood on this spot.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 13, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. This page has been viewed 98 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 13, 2021, by Steve Stoessel of Niskayuna, New York. • Michael Herrick was the editor who published this page.

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