Ginger Doyel: Historian uncovers midwife's diaries from a century ago





A local historian hit gold earlier this month when she came across an Eastport midwife’s diaries dating back to 1898.

The diaries, or registries, listed 406 children that Annie Hanson Christensen, an immigrant from Denmark, delivered between August 1898 and August 1908. Historian Ginger Doyel, who is including some of the material in a pending book about Eastport, said Christensen went out at all times of day and night, and in all kinds of weather, to deliver babies.

“She doesn’t go into much detail, but I think about that old Eastport bridge she had to cross,” Ms. Doyel said.


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