Just in time for Mother’s Day, you are invited to the inaugural Quilt Show and Craft Fair, Saturday May 4th from 10-3 at the Cherryfield Academy Building on Main St in Cherryfield. Your $3.00 admission will benefit the academy building restoration.
Have a day out with Mom viewing quilts from antique to contemporary. See a display of antique sewing machines and help identify the names on an early 1900’s signature quilt. Then find a gift as unique as she is from one of the local crafters. There will be quilts, knitted and woven items, jewelry and much more. So come see the quilts, shop and have lunch while supporting the restoration of a local landmark. Mark your calendar for Saturday May 4th from 10-3 Cherryfield Academy Main St Cherryfield.
For more information contact Brenda Fickett HiBrenda@maineline.net or Brenda Willey Fickett on Facebook
Betty and Clifford knew it would be different from the Ruggles House in Columbia Falls because the era was different and this was a "middle class" family home. The intent was always a museum of some type. When Betty was alive she would open it on weekends for anyone that wanted a tour, now that she has passed her daughter Sonja Grant says that she would be delighted to schedule a tour any day she is available. You can reach her at this number 483-2727 to set up a tour.
The Town of Columbia had their 217th town meeting on Monday, March 18, 2013 with forty seven folks attending. Sonny Beal was reelected as first selectman, and Brandon Lovejoy was reelected as Road Commissioner. All forty two articles were passed with only one article with some discussion on it. The meeting adjourned at 7:58 P.M. The annual town meeting supper sponsored by the Columbia Cemetery Society was attended by sixty three folks from surrounding towns. Ninety four year old Grace Peterson the oldest resident of Columbia attended both the supper and voted at the meeting.
Grace Peterson of Columbia voting at 94
Because of the snowstorm on Thursday school was canceled in district 37
This week we were saddened to hear that Susie ‘Tucker” Leighton/Brewer passed away, a funeral will be held on March 30 in Augusta. Also Joseph Steward Jr. on December 1, 2012 and Agnes “Maddie” (Madden) Cameron on March 10, 2013, brother and sister they were the children of the former Gladys Grant of Columbia Falls.
On Saturday the Washington County Historical & Genealogical Society met in Machias with twenty one folks attending. Ronald Pesha was the speaker for the day. He spoke on the Gold Swindle of Lubec back in the 1800’s. Those that traveled to the meeting were: Valdine Atwood, Wallace Bunrer, Jim Appleman all of Machias; Bill Plaskon, Donald Woodward, Patsy Kelley, Shane Farris, Buzz Alley and Billy Milliken all of Jonesport; Cathy Fonda and Ronie Strout of Addison; Barbara Sellitto, Ron and Rowna Pesha all of Lubec; John and Bonnie Van Dyke of Brewer; Tom Gaddis and Paul Dyer both of East Machias, Celeste Sherman and Betsy Fitzgerald both of Machiasport.Ronie Strout is now looking for photos of old businesses in the towns of Addison, Columbia and Columbia Falls for the 2014 Calendar that the Pleasant River Historical Society is putting together soon. She wants a good copy of the Country Kitchen/Bargain Box in Columbia and of the gas station on the Four Corners back in the early 50-60's. Submitted by Ronie Strout.
Addison had their town meeting on Tuesday evening March 12 at the D.W. Merritt School; one hundred fourteen voters voted on the first selectman position that was opened. Mike Murphy received 34 votes and Brad Hamel received 79, with one vote disqualified. Mike Murphy has a lot of knowledge of the town of Addison in his head as he has held office for 32 years.
Congratulations to Linda Davis our mail carrier on her upcoming retirement in working for the Post Office here in Addison, she has delivered mail to all of us for many years.
Condolences go out to the family of Rebecca Grant Hall, my cousin who passed away on March 11, 2013 in South Carolina. Rebecca is related to Worcester’s, Look’s and Grant’s in the Columbia Falls area. We will surely miss her amongst the family reunions and gatherings. Her funeral was on Friday in Bangor. Those from the immediate area that attended were Chuck and Roberta Hammond and Philip, Valerie and Malinda Worcester of Columbia Falls, Sherry Polly and Ronie Strout of Addison.
Saturday afternoon The Order of Eastern Star, Rumery Chapter #46 of Jonesport had sixty members and one guest at their Installation Ceremony the new 2013-2014 Officers. The Alcyone Chapter #71 of Milbridge had fifty two members and one guest at their Installation Ceremony for the new 2013-2014 Officers. A supper was held before the Milbridge meeting. The Rainbow Girls of Bangor / Ellsworth area preformed for us before we had our Installation which was very beautiful. Members of the Order of Eastern Star that attended the two installations came from: Florida, Ashland, Jonesport, Jefferson, Thomaston, Orrington, Presque Isle, Orland, Bangor, Machias, Lisbon Falls, Ellsworth and Milbridge.
On Sunday the Pleasant River Historical Society met at the home of Jeanette Perry’s in the afternoon. Discussion was held on the upcoming calendar progress and on the cannons base replacements progress. Everything is right on target as soon as the weather gets better. We looked at older photos of the Town of Addison that Jeanette Perry had in her collection. Those that attended were Jeanette Perry, Cathy Fonda, Tim and Mary Thompson, and Ronie Strout.
Sunday evening March 17, we enjoyed our St Patrick Corned Beef dinner with friends, Roberta and Chuck Hammond of Columbia Falls. Doesn’t seem possible that March is half over and another snow storm in the forecast.
Tickets for the Civil War Ball are now on sale at the Columbia Falls Town Office for April 6. The tickets are made as a program where you write in who is dancing with you during the evening. This will be a great souvenir for the 150 year celebration of Columbia Falls. I am excited about going to the Civil War Ball as I with the help of my daughter have made my outfit for it. This should be a great social activity for the town and as some folks say ‘something different’ is happening in the area. Sounds like fun and I hope the locals will all turn out for it in their finery. The best part of the outfit I have made is that I can wear it during the day of the celebration in June. I think it would be so neat to have anyone that can be dressed in the Civil War era go in their outfits this day. - Ronie Strout
Town of Addison new First Selectman
The Rainbow Girls of Bangor / Ellsworth area
Columbia Girl is the Bride of Buck’s Harbor Man
August 31, 1935
Columbia—In a quiet but impressive ceremony performed in the presence of about fifty relatives and intimate friends, Miss Hilda Worcester and Calvin Hooper were married at 4 o’clock Saturday afternoon, at the home of the late Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Worcester, parents of the bride.
Against a background of evergreen and hydrangeas, the double ring ceremony was read by Rev. Ralph Barron of the Methodist church.
The bridal party entered the living room to the strains of the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, by Wagner, played by Mrs. Hollis Curtis, a cousin of the bride. Prior to the ceremony, O Promise Me and I Love You Truly were sung by Mrs. Earl Glidden of Albion, a classmate and intimate friend of the bride.
The bride was charming in white crepe, with tulle veil, and carried a bouquet of Easter lilies. Miss Lillian Sawyer was the maid of honor and was attractive in green plaid chiffon, and carried an arm bouquet of gladioli, while the bridesmaids were Miss Stella Worcester, a sister of the bride, who wore a gown of pink dotted swiss, and Miss Betty Stillson of Wyoming, R. I., who was attired in blue dotted swiss. They carried bouquets of annual larkspur.
Orrin Worcester, a brother of the bride, acted as best man, while Oswald Worcester, another brother, and Elvin Leighton, a cousin, were ushers.
The gift table was in charge of Miss Katherine Leighton, and Miss Marion Sawyer had charge of the guest book.
The bride gifts to her attendants were compacts. The gifts to the ushers were tie clips and to the best man a leather billfold.
Following the wedding a reception was held, during which a bridal collation was served by the bride’s sister Mrs. Theodore Cotton, assisted by Miss Genetta Drisko and Mrs. Hollis Curtis, cousins of the bride, and Mrs. Earl Glidden. The bride’s cake was cut by the bride.
Mrs. Hooper is a graduate of Columbia Falls High School in 1926, and of Washington State Normal School, and has taken several courses at Rhode Island College of Education. Since her graduation she has been a successful teacher in the public schools of Wyoming, R.I., and for the past year has taught in Columbia.
The bridegroom attended the public schools at Bucks Harbor and for five years was employed by a Telephone and Telegraph Company in New York. For the past two years he has been doing private yachting.
The couple left for an unknown destination, after which they will reside at Columbia for the winter. Mrs. Hooper’s going away costume was a blue ensemble with white accessories.
Among the guest present, not already mention, were: the groom’s grandmother and grandfather, Mr. and Mrs. Willis Clark, his uncle, Mr. Charles Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Veranus Hooper, Miss Agnes Hoper, Mrs. Leonard Hooper, Lelia Emerson, Imogene Hooper, of Bucks Harbor; Mr. and Mrs. Orrin E. Day, Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Leighton, Miss Agnes Cole, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Cates, of Machias; William Stillson, Miss Marion Woodbury, of Wyoming, R. I.; Mr. and Mrs. Charles C. Drisko, Mrs. Luther Sawyer, Columbia Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Cotton, Upper Dam; Mrs. Florence Ingersoll, Miss Lulu Stevens, Miss Edna Libby, Frank Libby, and Mrs. Susie Leighton, Columbia.
A Trip Down Memory Lane
Looking Back in History
By Ronie L. Strout
History of Ronie D. Worcester
I just want to share with you some history of my grandmother Ronie Diadem Leighton (24 Nov 1878 – 24 Feb.1934) the daughter of Fonze and Genetta Leighton who married Ralph Eben Worcester Worcester (21 Sept. 1874 - 1924) on 1 Feb, 1899 son of Ferdinand and Emma (Tucker) Worcester. They had seven surviving children out of eight.
My grandparents lived their entire life in Columbia, before she married Ralph Eben Worcester Sr. in 1899. She taught school in Columbia at the Branch School and the Webb District School, she also taught at the Beddington School. My dad told me that she went by horse and buggy up over the Epping Barrens to get to the Webb District school from her home and I imagine this is how she got to the Beddington school to teach too.
My grandparents were very active members of the Columbia Grange 361 and she was one of the leaders in the Farm Bureau work in town. My grandmother Ronie was always ready to do her part up to the time of her failing health.
There is a record book of 1913 that Ronie kept accounts on people that bought produce from her in 1913; Edith Woodward, Brother Wint Leighton, Charles H. Tabbutt, A.M. Ingersoll, Ralph Norton, George L. Tabbutt, and Willie Jones were some that had accounts with her She sold two fresh eggs for 5 cents, two quarts of milk for 12 cents, cream and butter went for a pound at 35 cents.. She also made her own soap and sold two bars of soap for 10 cents, among some of the other items that she sold were : oilcloth for three yards for 60 cents, powder, castor oil, starch, potatoes, tobacco, vinegar and molasses. She had also written down how much it cost for people to work for her, plowing, harrowing and shoeing horses in 1908.
Ronie kept records of her husband’s blueberry lease on Township 25 from 1915 to 1923.
She even kept records of the amount of wallpaper she used in each room, and the births of her children.
There is a page or two on her children when Orrin had chickenpox and when the children Orrin, Merrill, Hilda and Elva had whooping cough during the summer vacation of 1914. That Stella, Oswald and Ralph Jr. had whooping cough in 1924 and they all had the mumps during Christmas of 1924.
Several pages consisted of names of teachers that her children had during their school days at the Epping School and the Columbia Falls High School from 1912 to 1932.
On Mar 31, 1926 - She writes - Quarterly letter from Mother on Children.
Five of the children have not been absent from school for the year. One of the little boys has been out a few days due to sickness. The girls had to board near school a short time during winter thus involving extra expenses.
Merrill has sent braces, belts, shirts, shoes, pants and silver ware for table. I do not know cost of same. (He was working in Haverville, Massachusetts)
Ronie writes: ‘my greatest problem just now is – How can we obtain the means to help Hilda to attend Normal School so she can teach? Besides the household expenses and clothing I have wood to be fitted for stove, fences to be repaired, vegetable garden to be planted and haying to be done and also an acre of tillage to be prepared and grass seed sown. Orrin is janitor at school and we have the teacher boarding here at present. I do a few washings besides we have stock in barn to care for. My two cows have been dry thru Feb. and part of Mar. but we are now making butter again. While cows were dry and teachers vacation we did a little white washing, house papering, repaired chairs, washed and repaired bedding, and made five new quilts out of pieces I had in the house.’
Ronie D. Worcester was the head of the household then as her husband Ralph had passed away on Tuesday A.M. June 3, 1924.
At the time of her death Ronie Worcester was the secretary for the Columbia Grange #361, she belonged to the Columbia Epping Church and served as president for the Columbia Union Church Society.
In February 1934 Ronie passed away after only two weeks of illness leaving seven children and her home to two of the boys, Merrill and Orrin. Today that home is no longer there as one of Orrin’s children tore it down a couple of years ago.
Book Review: The Hannah Weston Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Machias, Maine has recently published a 2012 special indexed edition of George W. Drisko’s book, THE REVOLUTION: LIFE OF HANNAH WESTON with a brief history of her ancestry, Also a condensed history of the first settlements of Jonesborough, Machias and other neighboring towns originally published in 1857 and again in 1903. In Chapter I Drisko provides some background information about Hannah Weston’s ancestry, especially her father Samuel Watts and her birth place, Haverhill, MA. Chapter II gives the reader some insight into the origin of Hannah’s courage and fortitude which likely came from her great-grandmother, Hannah Emerson Dustin who survived capture and kidnapping by Indians in the winter of 1697. Watts moved his family to Jonesboro in 1769. Chapters III through V covers some very interesting early history of Jonesboro and Machias and politics leading up to the Revolution. In June of 1775 an urgent message came that a British man-of-war was coming to capture the town of Machias. Of course Hannah Weston is the heroine who called on all the families in Jonesboro and collected some 30 to 40 pounds of ammunition - gun powder, lead, pewter spoons etc. in a pillow case. Since all able bodied men had left the day before in response to the Machias messenger’s demand that men should arm themselves with whatever defense they had and proceed to Machias at once to aid in defending the town against the approaching British ship, the task fell on Hannah and her husband’s sister Miss Rebecca Weston. The arduous 16 mile journey through the forest, thick swamps, brooks and valleys was made and the ship, Margaretta was captured. But this is only one chapter in this great history book. In 2004 a deposition given by Hannah Watts Weston circa 1839 was discovered in the archives of the Washington County Courthouse. The entire transcription of Mrs. Weston’s own account of her heroic journey in June 1775 is included in this book. More information has been found about this historic event and clarifying information in brackets has been added throughout this special edition. The appendix of Hannah Weston and her descendants for three generations has also been updated. Perhaps the most useful addition to this book is the huge 23 page Appendix F, EVERY NAME/EVERY PLACE INDEX for genealogy research. Some graphics added are the silhouette of Hannah Weston, The Maine Women Veterans Plaque, Hannah Weston’s monument, and a 19th century hand drawn and hand painted Family Register of Betsey (Weston) & Asa Farnsworth. Since there are no known images of Hannah Weston the silhouette on the cover and the sculptor’s model for the Maine Women Veterans Plaque (page 85) is that of one of her direct descendants and namesakes, Hannah Weston Dykes. The Hannah Weston Chapter of the DAR deserves a great deal of credit for the tremendous amount of work that went into the updating and publishing of this long over due, out of print, important and historic book.
Photo by Chuck Hammond. Family Movie Night at DW Merritt School, Friday October 19th. Kids on pillows and blankets, some dressed in PJ’s along with their parents and grandparents await the beginning of Madagascar 3. Movie night was sponsored by the DW Merritt Parent Support Group. All proceeds will go towards the playground fund.