Saturday, May 29, 2010

Cabinet Photo of Man, surname possibly Washburn, Maine


Cabinet photo that needs further research and a bit of luck.  Perhaps you can help me fill in the blanks.


As you can see, there are 3 clues associated with this photo.  It was taken by the Fassett & Bassett Studio of Lewiston, Maine.  The man is identified as "Mamie's husband".  The surname or perhaps, town, of "Washburn" is written above "Mamie's husband".

Researching online, I found several Washburn possibilities in the Androscroggin County area.  I also found a Mamie married to a Ralph Washburn, in the 1920 Census for the town of Reed in Aroostook County, Maine and a Mamie who was born a Washburn, the daughter of George and Lula in Presque Isle, Maine.

My hope is that someone will see this photo and recognize this man from family photographs or genealogy research and contact me.

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Very Old Photo, Possibly Devil's Head, Calais, Maine


I purchased this photograph with another that showed the long-gone DeMonts Hotel in the Red Beach area of Calais, Maine.  I was told that this was probably a view of Devil's Head, a high headland along the St. Croix River, but I can't guarantee that.   There are other areas in Maine that would could fit the bill, including several on Mount Desert Island, partial home of Acadia National Park.

But I'd rather think this is Devil's Head, which stands 340 feet above the river.  If so, it's possible that Samuel de Champlain himself might have stood on the same cliff, which would overlook the settlement he attempted in 1604 on St. Croix Island.  Some say that the name Devil's Head is derived from Sieur D'Orville, who accompanied Champlain on his expedition, but I've heard a couple other explanations as well.

Devil's Head has been preserved and has a network of hiking trails.

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Calling card for E. A. Pinnock


Calling card for E. A. Pinnock.   Unfortunately, I have no further clues as to the gender of this person or his or her location.   Worse, I'm not even sure that the first initial is an "E".

It happens that the calling card was acquired in Maine, but that may or may not be a clue.  Researching online, I found an Eliza A. Pinnock in Parsonsfield, York County, Maine.  Eliza was born about 1825 according to an 1850 Census.

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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Old Photograph of DeMonts Hotel, Calais, Maine; named for Pierre Dugua Sieur De Mons


Old photograph of what I am told was the DeMonts Hotel in Calais, Maine, which was located in the area of Devil's Head and Red Beach.  There's a companion photograph, a larger one, showing people standing atop a precipice, probably Devil's Head, a dramatic headland on the St. Croix River.

I could find very little about the DeMonts hotel online, but it seems likely that it was named after Pierre DuGua, Sieur de Mons (or DeMonts), who had explored the area with Samuel de Champlain in the early 1600s.

The hotel was apparently built some time before 1897, as  I found a reference in an 1897 newspaper article where John C. Bunker was planning to lease and restore it.  The man from whom I purchased the photograph knew that the hotel had been destroyed in a fire, but he wasn't sure when.

Nearby St. Croix Island is the site of an ill-fated settlement established by explorers De Mons (or DeMonts) and Champlain in 1604.  The settlement suffered from an unusually harsh winter and the effects of scurvy, with dramatic loss of life; probably more would have succumbed had it not been for the help of the Passamaquoddy tribe on the mainland.  In 1605 the survivors relocated across the Baie Francaise, now known as the Bay of Fundy, to Nova Scotia, where they founded a settlement at Port Royal in the Annapolis Basin.

If anyone wishes to know more about de Mons and Champlain, I heartily recommend Champlain's Dream by David Hackett Fischer.  I heard the author speak at the University of Maine, where he indicated that he decided to write a biography of Champlain mainly because he and his wife summered on Mount Desert Island, also explored by de Mons and Champlain in the early 1600s.

As Mr. Fischer began researching his subject, however, he realized that he had luckily chanced upon a truly fascinating man, one of  incomparable skills and judgment, and a flaw or two, who had  lived during a time of turbulence and intrigue and promise.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Early Photograph of Grocery Store


Sadly unidentified as to locale, time frame and people, but interesting for showing the range of products available.  Possibly Maine.

I looked for clues in the various signs and packages.  Since Frigidaire started mass production of refrigerators in the 1920s, it's possible the photograph dates to that era.   The calendar might hold a clue as to locale, but I can't make it out.

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Calling card of Mrs. William E. Leighton, possibly Pembroke, Maine


I believe this is the calling card of Mrs. William Eldon Leighton of Pembroke, Maine.

She was Josephine Maria Leavitt, born in 1843 in Pembroke, Maine, the daughter of George Washington and Theresa or Thurza Ruth (Stoddard) Leavitt.  Josephine married William Eldon Leighton, who was born in 1840 in Pembroke, Maine, the son of Isaiah and Sarah (Hatch) Leighton.

William Eldon Leighton commanded the local contingent that fought in the Civil War; he was thereafter known as Captain.  He owned the Leighton Organ Company and made other instruments as well.  One of his best known customers was Charles Best, co-inventor of insulin.  Charles Best grew up in Pembroke.

I wasn't able to find any offspring for William and Josephine.

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Calling card of Dentist Henry A. Robinson, Foxcroft, Maine



Calling card of Dr. Henry A. Robinson, Dentist, of Foxcroft, Maine.  He was born in 1840 and died in 1902 after a period of ill health caused by gastric problems.  In 1860, he married Adriana M. Stacy, the daughter of Hiram Stacy. Henry and Adriana had a son Leonard and a daughter Alice.

Aside from his work in dentistry, Henry was an avid pomologist and was interested in berries and plants of all types.  

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Largest Birchbark Canoe in the World, built by Matt Bernard of Golden Lake Indian Reserve


Single page, found removed from unknown magazine about the insurance industry, from about 1956 era; apparently removed by a Frank Fenderson, possibly from Maine, as there was an insurance man by that name in Calais, Maine.

"Largest Birchbark Canoe in the World, Protected with Insurance by North America.
Builders Risk covered Replica of Fur Traders Craft of 150 Years Ago, Built for the National Museum of Canada
by NEIL CAMPBELL, Neil Campbell, Ltd., INA agents, Ont., Canada

The National Museum of Canada and the Capital City of Ottawa will shortly place on display a new exhibit, "Oitchie-Chee-Mun", the largest birchbark canoe in the world.  This huge craft was built last year [from searching online, I believe the canoe was built in 1955]  at Golden Lake Indian Reserve, 100 miles or so northwest of Ottawa.

"During construction and until delivery at the museum it was protected with Insurance by North America, under a Builders Risk policy written through this agency, in the name of D. A. Gilles, of Arnprior, as sponsor for the National Museum of Canada.  It covered a six months period from May 23, or until delivery at the museum.

"Swarms of summer visitors to the Golden Lake Indian Reservation, curious to see 81-year-old master builder, Matt Bernard, and his staff construct the half ton replica of canoes used by explorers, travellers and fur traders of 150 years ago, actually hindered construction progress, so that early plans to paddle the craft down the Ottawa River, fully manned, for the opening of the Ottawa Exhibition had to be abandoned.

"However, the canoe was taken on a trial trip across the waters of Golden Lake under power supplied by sixteen Algonquin paddlers.

"Some idea of the size of the craft can be realized from its dimensions of 36-1/2 feet length, 6 feet width and 4 feet depth.  The bow and stern have an upward curve of 6 feet.

"Eventually the canoe was transported by truck to the National Museum, where students of early Canadian history and others will enjoy the privilege of viewing this exact replica of the great "Canoe du Maitre" or "Montreal Canoe", in the construction of which there is not a nail or a bit of metal or any modern material.

"To secure and assemble suitable birch bark for "Oitchie-Chee-Mun required hundreds of miles of travel, on foot and by jeep, in famous Algonquin Park and Temagami Forest Reserve.

"While the construction is a triumph to the building skill of Matt Bernard and his son, this amazing craft would never have been produced had the idea not been conceived by Mr. D. A. Gillies, with his unmatched knowledge of Canadian forestry and managing ability."

As you can see from the image, there are two additions, one in handwriting and one with a typewriter.  The handwriting is at top in blue pen: "Thought you might be interested in seeing this.  Frank Fenderson".  The typed portion is just above the photograph: "No metal used.  36-1/2 x 6 x 4 feet."

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1922 Commencement Program, Lebanon, New Hampshire High School


Program for Annual Commencement, Lebanon High School, Lebanon, New Hampshire.  Held at Lebanon Opera House, Wednesday Evening, June 7 at 8 o'clock, 1922.


Program

Overture, Orchestra
Invocation, Rev. Frederick G. Chutter
Salutatory, "Value of Ideals", Oris Ruth Barden
Esay, "American Ideals", Leston Paul Faneuf
Violin Solo, Hazel Elsie Barden
Commencement Address, "Present Day Opportunities", Rev. Arthur W. Dunstan
Selection, Orchestra
Essay, "American Ideals", Hazel Elsie Barden
Valedictory, "Choose a Path or Make One", Ruth Alberta Atherton
Announcements
Vocal Solo, George H. Wheeler
Presentation of Class Gift, Francis Albert Sargent
Presentation of Diplomas
Overture, Orchestra

Graduates:

*Ruth Alberta Atherton, Academic
*Hazel Elsie Barden, Academic
*Oris Ruth Barden, Academic
*Alice Sarah Bartlett, Academic
Germaine Anita Bennett, Commercial
*Claudia Florence Bomhower, Commercial
Jeanne Mary Courtemanche, Commercial
Lois Marie Churchill, Commercial
Louise Rose Curtis, Commercial
Eva May Dupray, Commercial
Helen Mary Fizette, Academic
*Leston Paul Faneuf, Academic
Kenneth Dresser Gile, Academic
Edward James Goodfellow, Mechanic Arts
Fred William Guild, Academic
Dorothy Evelyn Griggs, Academic
Guy Ronald Hambleton, Mechanic Arts
Ethel Marion Hewes, Commercial
*Doris Ruth Hough, Domestic Arts
Wendell Frister Howard, Mechanic Arts
Marion Louise Hoyt, Commercial
Grace Jennie Humiston, Commercial
Louis Leonard Jackson, Mechanic Arts
Esther Louise Kenyon, Commercial
*Richard Elmer Lacoss, Academic
Geraldine Mildred MacRobert, Commercial
Herbert Edgar Moore, Academic
*Teresa Henrietta Nourie, Commercial
Lillian Anne Plamondon, Academic
Marjorie Holmes Powell, Commercial
Raymond Henry Pressey, Academic
Harold Hazeltine Peabody, Mechanic Arts
Raymond Cushman Roy, Academic
Phillip Everett Sargent, Mechanic Arts
Francis Albert Sargent, Academic
Sadie Stolovsky, Commercial
George Herbert Wheeler, Academic
Mildred Emma Wheeler, Academic
*Honor Pupils



Class of 1922
Motto: "Aut inveniam viam aut faciam"
Class Colors: Purple and White
Class Flowers: Lily of the Valley

Officers:

President, Francis Albert Sargent
Vice-President, Fred William Guild
Secretary and Treasurer, Kenneth Dresser Gile

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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Newspaper article about 1910 Graduation of Bangor High School, Bangor, Maine


June 14, 1910 clipping, probably from a Bangor, Maine, newspaper.

"GRADUATING CLASS HAS 109 MEMBERS

Bangor High School Class of 1910 in Interesting Exercises Friday

The graduation exercises of the class of 1910, Bangor High school will take place on Friday night in City Hall.  The class numbers 109 and, of course, it is 'the best class that ever graduated'.  The exercises will be as interesting as ever and the class upon the stage will make the same pretty picture as of yore.  Parents and friends will be on hand in large numbers to listen to the fine program that will be presented.

"The complete membership of the class follows:
Sarah R. Allen
Guy S. Bachelder
Lester G. Banks
Marjorie E. Beane
Estelle Beaupre
Fred Benner
C. Mildred Beverly
Walter R. Blaisdell
Marjorie R. Bowman
Gail M. Brackett
Thomas B. Bragg
J. Joseph Brennan,
Neal E. Brennan
William Burns
Andrew M. Buttlerfield [ Andrew M. Butterfield ?]
Helen Edith Cadwell
Madeline A. Callan
Deane Worster Clement
Ethel P. Carlisle
William F. Casey
Roland E. Close
Vera G. Colburn
Annie M. Coughlan
Ethel J. Cross
Isabelle Crowley
Edward Dore
Sarah Dwyer
George F. Eaton
Ethel M. Emery
Mary F. Fahey
Robert E. Ferry
Dorrice Field
Kathleen Fleming
Isabel C. Foster
Marjorie Frank
Frank A. Frawley
Leslie Frost
Helen Gallagher
Francis T. Garland
Beatrice E. Gates
Bernice C. Gates
Janie Girvan
Fannie Golden
Beatrice A. Grant
Charlotte A. Griffin
Georgia R. Grindle
Robert L. Hamilton
Florence B. Hamm
Alden B. Hayes
Eugene F. Hickson
Annette D. Higgins
Elsie Hutchins
Hoyt Ingraham
Fannie E. Ireland
Ethel R. Johnson
W. Alonzo Johnson
Helen M. Jones
Heywood Jones
Jennie Kaminsky
Frances King
Roland D. Lancaster
Gladys E. Landregan
Louise M. Lee
Charles W. Leonard
E. Gale Littlefield
Edward M. Loftus
Nicholas Makanna
Preston A. Mann
Carl W. Maxfield
Mary E. McEwen
Mary E. McManus
Ethel McNeil
Richard E. Moore
Marion E. Mower
Ardelle E. Murch
Marjorie Murray
Elva Orcutt
Hilda M. Osborne
Helen F. Page
Margaret A. Parker
Anna Peavey
Earl Perry
Olivia J. Peters
Lynette Philbrick
Wendell C. Piper
Madeline A. Richardson
Madeline Shea
Isabel Sheehan
Christina Shine
Ruth Sinnott
Harold Sinnott
Cecile Smart
Marjorie Smiley
Guy V. Smith
Hazel Smith
Julia W. Smith
J. Irene Spencer
James T. Sullivan
Ethel Taylor
Arthur H. Teeling
Celia F. Tibbetts
Elsie D. Tibbetts
Mary A. Toole
Gertrude E. Triplett
Edward Trowell
Oena G. Vining
Marion Welch
Florence Weymouth
Gladys E.Whitney"

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June 1910 clipping of Isleboro, Maine news


Islesboro, Maine, news from a newspaper with issue date of June 14, 1910, probably a Bangor, Maine, newspaper.

Some of the right side of the clipping has been cut off, but I'll transcribe as best as I can.  The reason the right side is jagged is that the person who clipped this was doing so for the information on the reverse, about the 1910 Graduation at Bangor High School, Bangor, Maine.  [I'll be discussing that clipping in a subsequent post].  Unfortunately, the end of the Islesboro news is cut off.

"ISLEBORO - June 13 - The high school closed Friday.  The senior class Mark Penleton [Pendleton?] an [and] Arthur Hatch, have taken examinations for the University of Maine.  Many in the junior class took part of the examinations preparatory to entering another year.

Capt. W. S. Pendleton is in New York visiting his sons for a few weeks.
Capt. Walter Small is home for a few days while his vessel is unloading at Stockton.
Mr. Fred Jones of Reading [Reading?], Pa., and his family have arrived for the season.  They came from Boston in their steam yacht.
Miss Bessie Heseltine, assistant in the high school, leaves Wednesday for her home in Haverhill, Massachusetts.
The grammar and primary grades will close the 17th for the summer vacation.
Dr. and Mrs. Larrabee gave a most enjoyable party Friday evening.
Mr. Newton Pendleton entertained a few friends at his home one evening last week.
Harold Pendleton has returned from Portland, where he has been employed for the past two years.
The graduation exercises of the Islesboro High school passed off well.  Sunday the Baccalaureate sermon was preached by Rev. A. G. Warren of the Second Baptist Church.  The house was crowded and even the gallery was filled.  The sermon has been a theme for talk by all who heard it.  Mr. Warner [Warner or should it be Warren?]seemed like one inspired.  Music was furnished by the children in the lower grades.  Miss Edwina P. Quincy sang a solo in a very pleasing manner.  Wednesday evening came the graduation exercises and the following is the program..."

Unfortunately, here the article pertaining to Islesboro is cut off.  However, it's likely that the newspaper has been microfilmed, or even digitized, and the rest of the article could be had, with a little digging.  As I said above, it's likely a Bangor, Maine, newspaper, with the date of June 14, 1910.

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1964 snapshot of a path on Little Chebeague Island, Maine


October 1964 snapshot of a path on Little Chebeague Island, which is located in Casco Bay, within the municipal limits of Cumberland, Maine.

Comment on reverse mentions that sweet grass grows here, but not as tall as in Washington County, Maine.


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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Vintage photo of dog "Jill", owned possibly by Harry I.Theall from Millinocket, Maine


Cute vintage snapshot of a pup with a message on reverse.

Transcription:

"Thought you might like to see our new Jill.  Don't believe you would know her from the other as she is just as sweet and as much alike as two Beans.  "Some dog", I tell you.  Harry.  [p.s.] She grows like a weed."

Harry either had the photograph taken by Theall's Studio in Millinocket or, possibly, Harry was Harry I. Theall himself.

According to a WWI draft registration card I found online, Harry I. Theall was born 15 Sep 1887 in Boston and was living in Millinocket at the time he filled out the card, on which he stated his occupation as photographer.  He was the son of Ira and Henrietta Theall; Ira was born in St. John, New Brunswick, Canada, and Henrietta was born in Massachusetts.  Harry I. Theall died in 1935 and is buried in the same plot as his parents, in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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3 Photos of members of the Pendleton family, New Brunswick, Canada


 Three old photographs that were found with photographs of the Pendleton family of Charlotte County, New Brunswick, Canada, which contains a Pendleton's Island.  If these men are Pendletons from that line, they go back to Gideon Pendleton, a Loyalist from Long Island, New York and/or Stephen Pendleton, who may have been Gideon's brother or perhaps his son.

The first, above, is a fabulous photograph of 5 men taken during the winter.  It must have been a rather mild day as one man has his coat unbuttoned and another isn't wearing a coat.  One man has his shovel at the ready.  There's something in front of the man at right, but I can't quite make it out.  They're standing on either a light snow cover or packed snow.

The next photograph shows a middle-aged man in his Sunday go-to-meeting attire.



The third shows a middle aged man posed among some fancy props.  What sets this photograph apart is that, on reverse, not shown, is a photographer's stamp:  "Frazier, Eastport, Maine"



If you recognize any of these gentlemen from leafing through old family albums or if you have any ideas on what that item at right center is, please let me know.  I'll be working through some Pendleton genealogy over the next few days and will post my findings on the Downeast Maine & Maritime Canada Genealogy website.

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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Group Photo of Basketball Team, possibly Dover-Foxcroft, Maine


Vintage photo of a Maine basketball team, possibly Dover-Foxcroft or Dexter, Maine.  The photo has a stamp on reverse indicating it was taken by the Wilson Studio, Union Square, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine.  Dover and Foxcroft merged in 1922, so the photo dates from then on.



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1917 RPPC of Alice Henward, age 3, Eastport, Maine; fancy dress & hat


Note of 9/15/10:  I found another photograph of Alice, with her sister Dorothy, and wrote a post about that photograph on 9/15/10.  To see that photograph, click Henward Sisters

Real photo postcard of three year old Alice Henward, born about 1914, the daughter of James and Carrie M. (Lee) Henward of Eastport, Maine.  Alice was decked out in finery, perhaps for a wedding or Easter.



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Group Photo of 6 Distinguished Gents; Lewiston Maine Studio


Here is a wonderful cabinet photo of a group of very distinguished looking gents; the photograph was taken by H. Larock, Cabinet Portraits, Lewiston, Maine.  Sadly, none of the men are identified.

It's possible that the gentleman at front center is the father of the other five.  Then again, they could all be members of the same organization.

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Vintage "Dirigo Writing Book" of Lizzie Cushman, Probably Maine; Loring, Short & Harmon


The Dirigo Writing Book for Common Schools, printed by Loring, Short & Harmon, Booksellers & Stationers, Portland, Maine.

There's a place on the front cover for the student's name.  As you can see, the owner here is Lizzie Cushman.
Only the first page of the writing book is completed.

"Lesson 189.  The term pottery is applied to all ware that is opaque, while porcelain applies to that which is translucent.
Sylphs, gnomes and elves are imaginary beings.
 An introduction to a book is a preface; to a musical work is a prelude; to a dramatic performance is a prologue.
A soothsayer is a person who professes to foretell events.
Laudanum paregoric opium and morphine are drugs obtained from the poppy plant."

That must have been an interesting class!

Lizzie Cushman was probably a student in Maine, and I can find some possibilities from searching online, but I don't have enough to go on to identify her.

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CDV of Young Man; R. B. Lewis Studio, Hudson, Massachusetts


CDV of unidentified handsome young man; taken by R. B. Lewis, Hudson, Massachusetts.



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CDV of Distinguished Middle-aged Man; J. D. Perkins Studio,Milford, New Hampshire



Carte de Visite of an unidentified distinguished appearing gentleman, taken by J. D. Perkins Studio, Milford, New Hampshire.



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Cabinet photo of Middle-aged Man; Bangor, Maine Studio


Cabinet photograph of an unidentified distinguished-appearing middle-aged man, taken by A. K. Dole, Bangor, Maine.

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2 children and old car, 1930s?


Found this old snapshot of two children, sadly unidentified, sitting on the running boards of an old vehicle that looks quite roomy.

If antique autos are your thing, your may recognize the brand and model of the vehicle.

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Undated newspaper clipping regarding Mr & Mrs Franklin W. Snow, South Boston

Undated, but very old newspaper clipping regarding Mr. and Mrs. Franklin W. Snow of South Boston.

Here is a transcription of the clipping:

"Mr. and Mrs. Franklin W. Snow of South Boston, who are vacationing in Brewster for a month, have been over to Harwich several times in the past week, where many friends of former days have been pleased to greet them.  Mr. and Mrs. Snow resided in Harwich Centre quite a number of years ago, Mr. Snow being associated in the stove and tin business in the Brooks Block with Mr. Paddock Small, under the firm name Small & Snow."

From brief online research, I think this is the Franklin W. Snow who was born about 1858, the son of Freeman & Charlotte Snow, who all show up in the 1880 Census for Brewster, Massachusetts, in Barnstable County.  By 1910, this particular Franklin W. Snow is living in Ward 23, Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County, with his wife Lizzie, mother in law Jane Newcomb and children Isaiah and Mildred.  By the time of the 1920 Census, Lizzie is a widow.  "Lizzie" is Elizabeth Parker Newcomb, born in 1859 in Massachusetts, the daughter of Isaish and Jane (Chase) Newcomb.

Amazingly enough, while I was researching this family, I came across an online reference to my own earlier research on the sister of Elizabeth Parker "Lizzie" (Newcomb) Snow.  She was Sarah Freeman Newcomb, who married William Buzzell.  At some point, perhaps after her marriage to William in 1888,  they moved from the Brewster, Massachusetts area, to William's birth town of Houlton, Maine, where they operated a furniture, casket and undertaking business.  I purchased a small archive of their papers at an auction.  Here's a link to a photograph of Sarah Freeman (Newcomb) Buzzell on the Maine Memory Network site of the Maine Historical Society: http://www.mainememory.net/bin/Detail?ln=14337

This is the fun of researching things as I blog about them.  You just never know where you're going to end up.    In this case, I feel as though I've told the tale of two sisters.

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Elmer E. Scribner Calling Card, probably Maine


Calling card for Elmer E. Scribner.  Possibly the Elmer E. Scribner who was born about 1862 in Maine, the son of James and Mary (Smith) Scribner.  

He shows up on the 1880 Census for Otisfield, Maine, in Cumberland Couty, as a farm laborer living with the Knight household.  By the 1900 Census he has married Ida Estella, also born in Maine, and has moved to Superior, Michigan. He died before the enumeration of the 1920 Census, in which Ida describes herself as widowed.

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Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Publicity Photo of Gene Hooper, Maine Country Music Singer


Large publicity photo of Gene Hooper, back when he was with Ray Little's Radio Cowboy Show, WLBZ Radio, Bangor, Maine.  His career started in Maine and Atlantic Canada and then spread farther afield, including a stint with WWVA of Wheeling, West Virginia's and the World's Original Jamboree show.  At one point, he performed on the radio every day at midnight with Crazy Elmer.


He was born Eugene Merrill Hooper on 22 November 1923 in Machias, Maine.   He and his wife Flo had 5 children.  Flo and daughter Sharlene, both talented singers, performed with Gene as the Gene Hooper Family Show.  


I understand that he's retired now, but he continued to perform into his eighties.  Fittingly, he was inducted into the Maine Country Music Association Hall of Fame in 1980.


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3 newspaper clippings with Cole Genealogy, Bridgton, Maine


3 little tidbit newspaper clippings relating to the Cole family of Maine.  I'm exploring these and their relationship to one another as I go along.

First we have a tiny scrap announcing the marriage of Miss Gertrude Cole and Mr. George P. Ayer, which I'm assuming took place in Portland, Maine, or vicinity, as Portland is the residence each gave when their marriage was recorded.  Gertrude used her initials N. G., which threw me off at first.  I found them when I used the groom's name.  Their marriage info can be seen on the Maine Marriages online database - it took place on 20 May 1905.

The mid-sized piece is an obituary for Miss Bessie Cole:

"Miss Bessie Cole, a student at the Potter Academy, and one of the most estimable young ladies of the town of Sebago, died on Saturday the 21st inst. of pneumonia, aged 21.  The funeral was on Monday and notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather was largely attended.  The service was conducted by the Rev. E. H. Jenkyns, pastor of the Congregational church.  'Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord'"

The largest clipping is an obituary for B. Frank Cole:

"Bridgton, Oct. 12, 1910, Special - The funeral services of B. Frank Cole of this place, who died Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 4th, as a result of injuries received from a fall while at his work in the Pondicherry Mill, were held at his late residence on Meadow street Friday at 2 p.m. and although a rainy afternoon, a large number of people were present.  The services were conducted by the Rev. S. Elfred Leech, pastor of the Methodist Church, and his two favorite hymns, 'When the roll is called up yonder' and 'I shall know Him' were sung by Mrs. Jordan and Miss Laura Long.  A very high floral tribute was paid.  [There were thirty-six separate contributions, which the family have carefully listed with names of donors.]

"Mr Cole, who was in his 59th year, was a much respected citizen and one who will be missed from the community.  Besides his widow he leaves two sons, Arthur A. and F. Owen of Bridgton, and three daughters, Stella of Bridgton, Mrs. George P. Ayer and Mrs. Warren K. Webber of Portland."

So, we now know that Gertrude was the daughter of B. Frank Cole.  I found a Benjamin Frank Cole (no doubt Benjamin Franklin Cole), born about 1854 in Maine, in the 1910 Census for Bridgton, Maine; he's living with his wife Alma and sons Arthur and Owen.  The Census was enumerated on April 22 and 23, 1910, so his fatal accident occurred after those dates.

Further research will have to wait, as ancestry.com is undergoing maintenance today.

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Postcard showing Unitarian and Wesley Churches, Worcester, Massachusetts


Main Street, Unitarian Church and Wesley Church Beyond, Worcester, Massachusetts.

Reverse shows a postmark of February, 1953.  The card was addressed to Miss Myrtie Webber of St. Petersburg, Florida, and mentions the forecast of "snow - snow - and all the more snow!"  It's signed "Catherine J. J."

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Cabinet Photo of Aunt Lucinda; South Framingham, Massachusetts Studio


Cabinet photo of a middle aged woman identified on reverse as "Aunt Lucinda", taken by the studio of Charles E. Hudson.    Just for grins and giggles, I checked the Censuses for a Lucinda of a certain age in Framingham and found quite a few possibilities.



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Bill/Coin Holder Memento, Elliott P. Joslin Camp for Diabetic Boys, Boston, Massachusetts




Bill and coin holder distributed by the Elliott P. Joslin Camp for Diabetic Boys, Charlton, Massachusetts.  The Camp was then operated by the Association of Universalist Women, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  It's still in existence today as a residential camp and is now operated by the Joslin Diabetes Center of Boston.

Researching online, I discovered that this camp was founded in 1948, so the memento dates from after that time.



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Monday, May 17, 2010

2 calling cards for C. Schoenheider, Pastor German ME Church, St. Paul Park, Minnesota


Two calling cards for C. Schoenheider, Pastor of the German Methodist Episcopal Church of St. Paul Park, Minnesota.

As you can see, the printer didn't spend much time proofreading...

Brief online research shows that this may be Charles Rudolph Schoenheider, born in Minnesota in 1868, the son of clergyman Karl August Gottleib Neuport and Elizabeth (Veith) Schoenheider, both German immigrants.  Charles married Meta L. Rolfing, who was born in Minnesota in 1882, the daughter of John and Caroline (Niemeyer) Rolfing.  Charles and Meta married sometime after the 1900 Census and had 4 children together.  He died in 1933, and she died in 1956.

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Program for 4 days of Violin Recitals by pupils of A. Stanley Cayting, Bangor Maine


Undated program for several days of Violin Recitals  given by pupils of A. Stanley Cayting.  The recitals were held at the Symphony Building, 166 Union Street, May 27 and 28 and June 3 and 4, at 8 o'clock, at Bangor, Maine.   I looked online for a birth date for one of the students - Fernald Richards - and found he was born in 1901.   I'm guessing the recitals took place around the 1930s.

I found A. Stanley Cayting at Bangor in 1910 and 1930.  He appears to have been in Manhattan for the 1920  Census, perhaps at a music academy.  On the 1930 Census, he indicated he was a musician with his own studio.



Names of the students on the program:
Frank Sawyer
Sophie Pyzynski
James Katz
Helen Pyzynski
Fred Prescott
Roman Soloby
Robert Lyons
Philip Goos
Peggy Tyler
Clayton Abbott
John Clisham
Richard Ordway
Shirley MacIntosh
Paul Burke
Herbert Brill
Althea Hamlin
Mary Hayes Hayford (accompanist)
Joseph McDonough
Hildred McNeil
Frank Burke
Sam Shiro
William Curran
Merle Gilks
Orman Curtis
William Fraser
Elmer Stevens
Dorothy Jones
Alfred Schriver
Kenneth Kurson
Doris Getchell
Geneva Epstein
Rhona Gray
Helen Novak
Josephine Thompson
Irvine Grodinsky
Emily Thompson
Roberta Taylor
Irving Grodinsky & Hyman Emple [perhaps Irvine & Irving are same person, with one a misprint?]
Fred Getchell
Harold Morris
Harold Hoos
Fernald Richards
Pauline Dudley
Harold Inman
Sidney Hoos
Pauline Dudley
Eugene H. Rice


It's amazing to think that Bangor once had a violin school of this magnitude!

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PC of Hotel Thacher, Biddeford, Maine; from Lillie B. Sanders to Rachel Place, Warren, Rhode Island


Postcard with a postmark of Port & Bos RPO, August 11, 1916 showing the Hotel Thacher in Biddeford, Maine.

Reverse has a message from L. B. Sanders (probably Lillie B. Sanders of Warren, Rhode Island) addressed to Miss Rachel Place, State Street, Warren, Rhode Island:  Don't look for us here as we are not stopping at this hotel, but at the "Hotel Greene".  Have been having pleasant weather up to the last two days, which have been cold and some rain. L. B Sanders".

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Margaret Announces the 1946 Opening of her Beauty Shop, Gray, Maine


Box Holder card:  "Announcing the Opening of Margaret's Beauty Shop The Week of March 4th, at Osgood House, Gray, Maine.  Specializing in Helen Curtis Cold Waves and Razor Feather Cuts, Cold Waves $10.00 and up; Other Permanents $7.50 and up; Wella and Breck Hair and Scalp Treatments; Manicuring; Arches; Hairstyling; Facials; Expertly Done.  Open Evenings by Special Appointment.  For the Best in Beauty Service, Call 47"

There are two handwritten words on the card: "Freeport" and "Libby".    The reverse of the card has a postmark; I believe the date is February 26, 1946; the last digit is a bit cut off, but I believe it's a 6.

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Cabinet photo, possibly of Amos Baker, taken by Kimball Studio, Gardiner, Maine



Cabinet photo taken by A. W. Kimball, Photographic Studio, No. 191 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine.

There are a few handwritten notations on the reverse, one of which seems to read "Mrs. Amos Baker", plus possibly part of an address "300 Frank"?


Researching online, I found in the vital records of Pittston that a Fannie Brookings, Mrs., married Capt. Amos Baker on 17 November 1878.  Pittston is just across the river from Gardiner.

I also found reference to an Amos Baker from Hartland, Maine, who served in the Sixteenth Maine in the Civil War.

But this man in this photograph remains a mystery.   It's even possible that the  "Mrs. Amos Baker" on the reverse of the photograph could have been the married sister of this fellow; he might not even be "Amos Baker" at all!

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