Sunday, February 5, 2012
c 1900 clipping: Edward Palmer Boutelle of Bangor, Maine, named Inspector of Rural Free Delivery
This snippet was on the reverse of a clipping found in the family Bible of Daniel and Alvina D. "Allie" (Whitney) Gordon of Thorndike, Maine. Another item implied that the newspaper was printed not long after May of 1900.
E. P. Boutelle of Bangor, brother of Representative Boutelle, has been appointed as inspector of rural free delivery routes at a salary of fourteen hundred dollars and four dollars per diem expenses. The entire Maine delegation endorsed the appointment. Among the perquisites of the place is a free pass over every steamboat and railroad line in the United States that carries mail.
Edward Palmer Boutelle was born 26 June 1856 at Brunswick, Maine, the son of Charles A. and Lucy Ann (Curtis) Boutelle. He was the younger brother of Charles A. Boutelle, Civil War veteran, newspaper publisher and 9 term US Representative from Maine.
Edward's paternal grandparents were John and Lucy (Priest) Boutelle. I found a record for Lucy Ann (Curtis) Boutelle, which shows her christened at Brunswick, Maine, on 19 August 1820, but no information on her parents. Likewise, I found a record of her marriage to Charles Boutelle on 16 September 1837 at Nobleboro, Maine, but, again, no mention of her parents.
Perhaps Lucy was related to William Curtis, who provided for the establishment of the Curtis Public Library at Brunswick, which was opened in 1904.
On 25 January 1882 at Calais, Maine, Edward Palmer Boutelle married Jessie M. Lowell. She was born about February 1859 in New Brunswick, the daughter of George Albert Lowell and wife Sarah E. (Hill) Lowell. [See the Bible presented to Jessie's father George Albert Lowell by his mother.]
The Boutelles made their home at Bangor, Maine, as did Edward's brother, Rep. Charles A. Boutelle. There's a Boutelle Street in Bangor.
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