Gideon Marshall Tucker was
born in Buxton in 1829 and as a young man worked in Rufus Lord's tin shop in Saco.
At the age of 18, he went
to sea aboard a square rigged sailing ship owned by his uncle in Salem, Massachusetts. While at sea he completed 2 voyages to South America.
He later moved to Bangor and operated a retail meat business in the towns
along the Penobscot River after which he went on to the lumber camps along
the West Branch. It was here that he found his calling as a lumberman.
In 1855 Tucker moved to Steep Falls from Bangor and became a purchasing agent for the Saco Water
Power Company mills in Saco and Biddeford. "Gid"
Tucker was employed by this firm for many years, having oversight of the lake
and river water storage basins under control of that company. It was said that
with a sweep of his eyes he could tell the value of any growth within range of
At the outbreak of the
Civil War, Tucker enlisted and went to the front with Company F of the 16th
Maine Regiment of the Union Army where he was a wagon-master for most of the
war. He served the entire war and was mustered out after the Confederate
surrender at Appomattox in August 1865.
He later recalled seeing Abraham
Lincoln several times when the president visited the battle front.
Gideon married Ethelinda
Hobson of Steep Falls and together they raised 5 children.
The 1870 Census indicates that Gideon Tucker was living with his wife and
children in Steep Falls at 27
several houses down from the Warren house.
At the time of his
purchase of the home at 1 Main Street, Gideon had been living, working, and
doing business in Steep Falls for 25 years.
In his later years he
wintered at the Graymore Hotel in Portland while spending the other seasons at his home in Steep Falls.