Note: Be sure to scroll down to the comments, where a reader has provided interesting family history on the Perkins, Page, McPhetres/McPheters, Ayer and Inman families of Penobscot County, Maine. Some of Alice's lines go back over two hundred years in the area.
1886 graduation photograph of Alice Perkins, presumably the Alice A. Perkins who attended Orono High School. The photograph was taken by the George Lansil studio of Bangor, Maine.
Alice's photograph was found with those of four others, including three with Bangor, Maine, given as their addresses. However, most of them can be found living at either Orono, Maine, or Old Town, Maine, during the relevant time frame, so the school they graduated from was likely at Old Town or Orono.
Two of the students, Alice A. Perkins and Nellie F. Chaplin, are specifically mentioned in the 1885 town report of Orono, Maine, as achieving a spot on the Roll of Honor for students who hadn't missed a half day or more of school during the year.
The other two students are Nellie Sutton and Mamie ?
From the Town Report project at Fogler Library at the University of Maine:
One member, the only male of the group of five photographs, did possibly attend the University of Maine, assuming George Gould who lived at Stillwater, Maine, a village in Old Town, Maine, adjacent to Orono, was George Pendleton Gould.
I believe the Alice Perkins pictured above is Alice A. Perkins, who was born about 1867 at Orono, Maine, the daughter of Albert D. and Amanda C. (Page) Perkins, both Orono natives.
Alice may have sought higher education after her high school graduation, but her name doesn't appear among students at the nearby University of Maine.
On 30 May 1896 at Old Town, Maine, Alice A. Perkins married Charles W. Hayes, son of William M. and Laura J. (Collins) Hayes of Old Town. Charles was born about 1858 at Old Town, Maine.
Sadly, less than a year later, Alice A. (Perkins) Hayes died of "nervous prostration", on 1 March 1897 at Orono, Maine.
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