Stephen King grew up in Durham Maine from the age of 11 in 1958, attending Grammar School in Durham and High School at Lisbon Falls High School in Lisbon Falls. As there were not enough students who lived in the outlying areas like Durham to merit a School Bus, the school contracted Taxi service for those students like King.
King often waited for the taxi to pick him up at the Moxie Store (Kennebec Fruit Company) in Lisbon Falls, right across from the Worumbo Mill where he apparently worked a part-time job for a while, and the mill was inspiration for Graveyard Shift as well as being featured in 11/22/63.
The Worumbo Mill was built in 1864 and was the major industry in Lisbon Falls. The mill was expanded in 1920. The original 1864 building was destroyed in 1987 just after a devastating flood that had damaged the building. During repairs, a torch accidentally started the fire.
We were lucky to have visited in 2015 – the year before they demolished the 1920 mill extension.
We were also lucky to have visited and interviewed Frank Annicetti of the Moxie Store prior to his passing in 2017. Frank and the Moxie store were both featured in 11/22/63, and Frank told us about several real-life examples of people, places and incidents that inspired King’s stories.
Here, Frank explains the real-life incident that inspired The Body (Stand by Me), as well as the real people who were the hoodlums in that story.
The Body – Part 1
The Body – Part 2