Wednesday, December 22, 2010

1880s/1890s Autograph Album of Bertha Clements of Waldo Center, Maine


Small autograph album, approximately 5"x3", that was owned by Bertha Clements of Waldo Center, Maine.  It's in rather fragile condition but the binding is still holding.

This is the kind of project I've always put on the back burner because scanning/photographing would have been time consuming and possibly damaging to the item.  I'm glad to report, though, that the new Flip-Pal scanner handled the job with ease in the "flip" orientation, where the lightweight scanner rests upon the page and scans from above.  For items over 4" x 6", there's an easy stitching program, but I didn't have to use that for these 5"x3" pages.

I've included some of the scans below.  As I have time, I'll research the genealogy and family history of the signers for future posts.

The signers: [Click on the names in bold for a post featuring their autograph pages and genealogy.]

Bertha Clements signed her first name on the inside cover and her name and address on the first page
"Mother", who was Maria F. (Mixer) Clement of Waldo
Robert Clements, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Frank Blood, friend, 1887
Percy W. Clements, Waldo, Maine
Belle M. Clements, Bertha's sister
Florence A. Roberts, friend, 1891
Burton A. Curtis, friend, 1887
Melvin George Rolerson, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Laura J. Blood, East Knox, Maine
Isaac G. Sanborn, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Georgia, Bertha's friend
Lydia Clements, Bertha's cousin, 1891
Ethel Foss, Brooks, Maine, 1889
Phebe Paul, Waldo, Maine, 1889
? Clements, Bertha's cousin, Waldo, 1891
Bertha, Bertha's friend, 1887
C. E. Whitcomb, friend
Edna Reynolds, Waldo, Maine 1891
John D. Fraser, Pictou, Nova Scotia
Angie M. Sanborn, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Carrie S. Nickerson, Waldo, Maine, 1888
Jabie Clement (?), Bertha's cousin, 1889
Castanous Merrill Smalley, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Isaac Sheldon, Waldo, Maine, 1887
Ida Whitcomb, schoolmate, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Esther Clements, Bertha's sister, Waldo, Maine, 1887
Lela, Bertha's friend, Waldo, Maine, 1887
A. M. Patterson, Bertha's brother - I assume brother-in-law, Whiting Iowa, 1887
Effie Dell Rolerson, friend, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Ida Rolerson, friend, 1887
Lulu R. Cammett (?), Waldo, Maine
Delbert Joel Rolerson, Waldo, Maine, 1891
Ella F. Whitcomb, Waldo, 1890
Verie, Bertha's schoolmate, 1887
George H. Clements, Bertha's schoolmate, Waldo, Maine, 1890
Ellen M. Camett (?), Bertha's cousin, Waldo, Maine, 1889
Ernest L. Curtis, Bertha's friend, 1890
Irvin L. Curtis, Waldo, Maine
Everett Clements, Waldo, Maine
Rachel, Bertha's schoolmate, 1887
Berie Melcher (?), Waldo, Maine
Mary D. Smith, Waldo, Maine
Grace, friend, 1887

From online research into the family of Bertha Clements, hopefully correct:

Bertha Clements was born in April of 1875 in Waldo, Maine, the daughter of Andrew Jackson Clements and his wife Maria F. (Mixer) Clements, both of whom were born in Maine.   Andrew Jackson Clements had died before the enumeration of the 1880 Census.  Maria F. (Mixer) Clements died 6 June 1909.

Bertha's paternal grandparents were Hall and Sarah "Sally" (Anderson) Clements.  Her maternal grandparents were George and Mary Polly (Crooks) Mixer.

Bertha married George O. Clark on 14 March 1903.  Sadly, Bertha died 28 September 1907, nearly two years before her mother's death.

If you have any corrections, additions or insights regarding the information on Bertha's family or any of the others signers, please leave a comment in the comments box or contact me directly.  Thanks!

A map of Waldo, Maine:

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