Monday, August 13, 2018

Programs for 1926/1927 of the Optomystic Club of Dry Mills, Gray, Maine


Programs for the years 1926 and 1927 of the Optomystic Club of Dry Mills, Maine, at Gray, Maine.

Pamphlet, approximately 5-1/2" x 5", with two interior leaves.

Francis Woodbury, President  [elsewhere, shown as Frances Woodbury]
Fanny Stewart, Vice President
Jessie Barrows, Treasurer
Susie Quint, Treasurer

Program Committee
Lois Dolloff; Eva Verrill; Darthea Woodbury

Library Committee
Darthea Woodbury; Nellie Stoddard; Elsie Parker; Ethel Stiles; Eva Verrill


Programs from December 1, 1926 to July 6, 1927


Programs from July 20, 1927 to November 16, 1927


Alphabetical list of people mentioned in the pamphlet\\Jessie Barrows, Treasurer; multiple
  • Jessie Barrows, Treasurer; multiple
  • Alice Chase; multiple
  • Marion Chase; multiple
  • Lois Dolloff, Program Committee; multiple
  • Julia Flye; multiple
  • Ethel Foley; multiple
  • Jeanette Foster; multiple
  • Minnie Foster; multiple
  • Ruth Goff; multiple
  • Sibyl Goff
  • Margaret Hall; multiple
  • Susie Hanson
  • Florence Jackman; multiple
  • Carrie Libby
  • Mary Libby; multiple
  • Virgie Maxwell; multiple
  • Ella McDonald
  • Ellen Morrill; multiple
  • Mary J. Morrill; multiple
  • Elsie Parker, Library Committee; multiple
  • Etta Quint; multiple
  • Flora Quint; multiple
  • Susie Quint, Secretary; multiple
  • Gertrude Roberts; multiple
  • Fanny Stewart, Vice President; multiple
  • Ethel Stiles, Library Committee; multiple
  • Nellie Stoddard, Library Committee; multiple
  • Alice Thompson; multiple
  • Ruby Thompson; multiple
  • Eva Verrill, Program Committee & Library Committee; multiple
  • Jennie Verrill; multiple
  • Margretta Walker; multiple
  • Hittie Webster
  • Flora Whitney
  • Eva Wilson; multiple
  • Darthea Woodbury, Program Committee & Library Committee; multiple
  • Frances Woodbury, President [spelled as Francis on cover]; multiple
  • Mildred Woodbury

If you have information on any of the women mentioned above, taking care to respect the privacy of people who may be living, please leave a comment or contact me direclty.


    Sunday, August 12, 2018

    1902 Commencement Exercises, Hallowell High School, Hallowell, Maine


    Commencement Exercises of the Class of 1902 at Hallowell High School, Hallowell, Maine, which were held at the First Baptist Church on Friday, June 20, 1902 at 2pm, with a Class Reception at City Hall at 8pm.

    Approx. 7-1/8" by 5-1/2", consisting of an outer covering and two inside sheets.


    Programme
    • Music
    • Invocation by Rev. E. W. Webber
    • Music
    • General Topic - "Some Features of American Progress"
    • 1.  Virginia Louise Payson, Salutatory; "As Others See Us", A Review of Prof. Munstuberg's 'American Traits'
    • 2.  Nellie Gertrude Conley - "The Recent Growth of American Literature"
    • Music
    • 3.  Adelia Agnes Vigus - "Progress in Electricity"
    • 4.  Edith Christella Varney - "Transportation and Domestic Commerce"
    • 5.  Lena Blanche Sinclair - "Agriculture, Mining and Manufactures"
    • Music
    • 6.  Annie Elizabeth Day - "The Higher Education of Women"

    • 7.  Lottie Mae Johnson - "Women in the Industries and Professions"
    • 8.  Blanche Addie Wotton - "The Legal and Political Status of Women"
    • Music
    • 9.  Thomas Pentecost Bullock - "Civil Service Reform"
    • 10. Eva Charlotte Plummer, Valedictory - "America as a World Power"
    • Music
    • Presentation of Diplomas - Rev. C. A. Wight
    • Music

    Class Reception at 8 pm.

    Class History - Estelle Blanchard Varney
    Class Prophecy - Winifrede Eleanor Austin
    Presentation of Gifts - Katherine Louise Carey
    Singing Class Ode


    Class of 1902

    Classical Course
    Eva Charlotte Plummer

    Latin Scientific Course
    Katherine Louise Carey
    Virginia Louise Payson

    English Scientific Course [alpha order]
    Winifred Eleanor Austin
    Thomas Pentecost Bullock
    Nellie Gertrude Conley
    Annie Elizabeth Day
    Lottie Mae Johnson
    Lena Blanche Sinclair
    Edith Christella Varney

    Estella Blanchard Varney
    Adelia Agnes Vigus
    Blanche Addie Wotton

    Class Colors - Crimson and White

    Class Motto - "Non Quis Sed Quid"

    If you have information to share on any of the graduates or ministers mentioned above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Saturday, August 4, 2018

    Handwritten Epitaph for "Little Carrie", who Died on April 16, 1866 of "the whooping cought & other diseases"


    Paper scrap with handwritten epitaph for "Little Carrie", who died on April 16, 1866 of "the whooping cough & other diseases".  Nothing written on the reverse. 

    Much of my collection is from New England and the Maritimes, but this could have come from anywhere.

    Can you imagine the tears that were shed as this was written?

    Carrie may have been called "little"due to her very young age, or she might have been a bit older and was called "Little Carrie" to distinguish her from a mother of the same name.

    If you know of a Carrie who died young on April 16, 1866, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    5 documents, 1815-1867, relating to Daniel Norton of York, Maine, and to Jeremiah B. Norton


    Four documents, ranging from 1815 to 1867, pertaining to Daniel Norton of York, Maine, and one pertaining to Jeremiah B. Norton, also presumably of York, Maine.

    The document above is an 1825 deed from Joseph Norton to Daniel Norton, presumably the Daniel Norton who was a son of Joseph Norton.  Witnesses to Joseph's signature were Theodore Wilson and George Moody.

    Names on the reverse, in addition to Joseph Norton and Daniel Norton:
    • James Blasdell, presumably James Blaisdell, and possibly the James Blaisdell who was a brother to Daniel's first wife Lydia A. (Blasidell) Norton
    • Jeremiah Goodwin, Register of Deeds for York County, Maine


    The oldest document is a receipt showing that Daniel Norton had paid his 1815 direct tax of the town of York, Massachusetts - Massachusetts because Maine had not yet become a separate state.  The Deputy Collector who signed the receipt was a Goodwin, possibly John Goodwin or perhaps the Jeremiah Goodwin mentioned above.  Nothing written or printed on the reverse.


    The document below is an 1850 receipt for the payment of Jeremiah B. Norton to Belknap County Mutual Fire Insurance Company.



    The 1858 document below is receipt of the payment of Daniel Norton to the York County Mutual Fire Insurance Company, signed by Abner Oakes, Treasurer.  The reverse has a list of losses of members of the insurance company.



    The last document is a receipt from 1867 showing that Daniel Norton paid in full his State, County, Town and School Tax for the Town of York in the amount of $46.63; signed by ? Junkins.  Nothing on reverse.


    From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

    Daniel Norton was presumably the Daniel Norton who was born about 1787 in Maine, son of Joseph Norton and Ada (Nason) Norton.  He married twice: 1)  Lydia A. (Blaisdell), who died in 1837; 2)  Isabella M. Parsons.

    Jeremiah B. Norton may be the Jeremiah B. Norton (1821-1900) buried in Ocean View Cemetery at Wells, Maine, with wife Mary.

    If you have corrections to the information above, or additional information on any of the people mentioned, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Wednesday, August 1, 2018

    c1900 Calais, Maine, document mentioning Attorney Charles Bean Rounds and Merchant Henry Deane Pike, Deceased


    c1900 document from Calais, Maine, where attorney Charles Bean Rounds is certifying a claim for telephone pole work against the estate of Henry Deane Pike.


    The form was apparently originally printed in the 1870s; note the preprinted year of 187x. However, between the mention of telephone poles and the fact that a Henry Deane Pike died at Calais in May of 1900, I believe the documents dates from after May 1900.

    The document measures approximately 8" by 5-1/4" and is folded along the long edge.

    From brief online research, hopefully correct - corrections and additions requested:

    Charles B. Rounds was presumably attorney Charles Bean Rounds, who, according to his birth record, was born December 8, 1834 at Danville, Maine, son of Nathaniel Rounds and Purline (Perley) Rounds, who were born at Buxton, Maine, and Gray, Maine, respectively.  After a long legal career at Calais, Maine, Charles died on November 16, 1903 at Calais, Maine.  Charles' Find a Grave memorial contains a lengthy eulogy given by fellow attorney Richard J. McGarrigle, which contains much information on Charles' life and career.

    Henry D. Pike was presumably merchant Henry Deane Pike, who was born August 8, 1848 at Calais, Maine, the son of Saccarappa, Maine, native Samuel G. Pike and Westbrook, Maine, native Ellen (Hickey) Pike, according to Henry's death record.  Henry died on May 24, 1900 at Calais, Maine; his Find a Grave memorial gives his birth year as 1849, but that is based subtracting his age at death, 51, from his death year, 1900, without taking into account that he was just a few months shy of his 52nd birthday.

    If you have more information on Charles Bean Rounds and/or Henry Dean Pike, or if you feel they are different people than described, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Monday, July 30, 2018

    Calling card of Henry Burton Voter (1867-1944) of Farmington, Maine


    Calling card of H. Burton Voter; presumably of Henry Burton Voter (1867-1944) of Farmington, Maine; nothing on reverse.

    Henry Burton Voter, the son of Warren Voter and Lydia or Lida (White) Voter, married Annie Celestia Randall, daughter of William Randall and Sarah J. (Foster) Randall, on December 7, 1895 at Farmington, Maine.

    The first two items on a page offered online by Maine Masons pertain to Henry Burton Voter, the second of which is his obituary.

    If you have information to share on the Voter and/or Randall families, please leave a comment or contact me directly.


    1812 Document, possibly Freetown, Massachusetts area: George C. Briggs; Capt. John Terry; Williams; Sillas Tisdale


    September 2, 1812 handwritten document where George C. Briggs is inquiring of Mr. Williams if there is anything due on the Sillas Tisdale Note and, if so, to have it - the payment or the information - sent to Briggs by way of Captain John Terry.

    The document may have involved the maritime shipping industry out of the Freetown, Massachusetts, area.

    Whether Sillas is Silas, or if it's Silas Tisdale or Silas & Tisdale or Silas at Tisdale or a vessel named Sillas out of Tisdale, I can't determine.

    The reverse, shown below, indicates that Capt. John Terry did indeed receive a payment, in the amount of $3 dollars and 34 cents.


    I found a George Chase Briggs (1784-1854) and a John Terry, both involved in the maritime shipping industry, mentioned multiple times in the 1902 publication: A History of the town of Freetown, Massachusetts: with an account of the Old Home Festival, July 30th, 1902There's an especially interesting comment on a John Terry, shown below - presumably an ancestor of the sea captain John Terry.


    Perhaps Mr. Williams was Seth P. Williams, also a resident of Freehold, Massachusetts, or one of his relatives.

    There's a Find a Grave memorial for Abigail (Terry) Briggs, wife of George C. Briggs, and presumably George is buried there, too, but there's no memorial for him.

    If you can tie the clues in this document together in order to determine the locale and perhaps further identify the people mention, please leave a comment or contact me directly.

    Just in case, the document has a tie to Freetown, Massachusetts: