One of the first known owners of this property was Capt. Iverson. History says that the first saw mill in Portage was built by Capt. Iverson in the early 1900s. Capt. Iverson had a colorful background as onetime captain of the sailing ship "Moss" from Norway, which he landed in New York. After he sold the ship, he moved to Caribou where he built a mill to make ties for the railroad. His endeavors obviously enhanced the economy of all of Aroostook County. He ran the mill in Portage for many years after which the operation was turned over to a Mr. Robinson and later to a Mr. Lenfest. Capt. Iverson, however, continued to be connected with Portage for some time. He became the owner and operator of the steamboats "Portage" and "Juanita" which were used to transport people around the lake. After many years of this activity, he went blind. The "Portage" steamboat was beached on a Portage lakeshore after the boiler was sold to the Northeastland Hotel in Presque Isle for its boiler room and the steam engine went to Cormier's Mill to run a dynamo. It is said that Cap. Iverson used to go sit in the beached shell of the "Portage" until the town started taxing him for it. Insulted, he poured oil on the shell and sent the fool thing up in flames. Apparently he remained a colorful character even after he lost his eyesight. No one seems to know what happened to the "Juanita".
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Portage Lake, ME 04768
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