Sunday, January 6, 2013

Photograph of Alice S. Bearce '04; by Lewiston, Maine studio

Photograph of a young woman identified on the reverse as Alice S. Bearce, '04.  The photograph was taken by the Harry L. Plummer studio of the Journal Building at Lewiston, Maine.

My guess is this is a photograph of Alice Sarah Bearce of Hebron, Maine, taken at her graduation, perhaps from Hebron Academy or another area high school. 

From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome!]

Alice Sarah Bearce was born 8 January 1885 at Hebron, Maine, daughter of Herrick Mellen Bearce and Mary Jane (Murch) Bearce, both Hebron, Maine, natives.

Alice's paternal grandparents were Seth and Annie (Gurney) Bearce.  Her maternal grandparents were Benjamin Bailey Murch and Mary Bird (Faunce) Murch.

On 31 January 1911 at Holland Patent, New York, Alice married Daniel Chase, son of Granville Clifford Chase and Caroline (Polleys) Chase.  Daniel was born 26 November 1885 at Baring, Maine.

[Alice's photograph was found with a collection of photographs that included one of John Polleys, who worked at the U.S. Customs offices at Calais, Maine, and Houlton, Maine.  His father, Horatio H. Polleys, was a brother to Caroline (Polleys) Chase.  When researching the collection of photographs, I had no idea of a relationship; it's fun to see how patterns emerge.]

Daniel Chase graduated from the University of Maine in 1908; he was class president and participated as a leader in sports and other activities.  

Throughout his life, Daniel had stints as a Y. M. C. A. official, director of athletics at Hamilton College, chief of the New York State Bureau of Physical Education, director  of the Sportsmanship Brotherhood and as an insurance agent. 

From Who's Who in S. A. E. Fraternity, 1912

Alice and Daniel had at least two children, a son and a daughter.  They lived at Albany, New York, and later in Manhattan. 

Alice died in 1975 at Ashville, North Carolina.

If you have corrections and/or information to share, please leave a comment for the benefit of other researchers.

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