Andover Obituaries Beginning with "B"


Clarence H. Bailey, 1889 - 1960 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Clarence H. Bailey, 71, died Monday [August 22, 1960] at his home.

   Born here June 18, 1889, he was the son of John L. and Emma Perkins Bailey. He married the former Winifred Abbott. Mr. Bailey was a veteran of World War I; a member of Lone Mountain Grange, the Andover Congregational Church, and the Oxford County Extension Association.

   Surviving are two sons, Clarence J. and Lester H., both of this town; a sister, Miss Sadie Bailey of this town; seven grandchildren.

   DIED  At Andover, Clarence H. Bailey, aged 71. Funeral services will be held from the Andover Congregational church, Wednesday at 2 p.m., Rev. Leon Strout officiating. Interment in the family lot, Woodlawn cemetery, Andover. Friends may call at Meader & Son Funeral Home, Rumford, Tuesday after 3 P. M.

Edmund M. Bailey, 1858 - 1943  (Obituary from an un identified and undated local newspaper)

   E. M. Bailey, Well Known Geologist, Dead in Auburn

   Edmund Morris Bailey, 84, a prominent citizen of Andover, died recently [April 1, 1943] at the Damon nursing home, Auburn, where he had been ill of heart disease since last fall.

   Mr. Bailey, recipient of a Master’s degree in science from the University of Maine in 1941, in recognition of his work in the fields of geology and mineralogy, bequeathed his large collection of minerals and gems to that institution.

   Harold L. Redding of Auburn was named executor of the will and in the event the bequest is refused, is empowered to give them to any other institution. The cases containing the collection are included in the bequest.

   Mr. Bailey was greatly interested in the early history of Oxford County and was considered an authority. Taken seriously ill last fall at his home in Andover, he was removed to Auburn where he had shown improvement during the winter but suffered a relapse this week.

  He was born in Andover November 28, 1858, the son of Josiah and Harriet Lovejoy Bailey.

   He had held the office of Selectman of Andover for many years and was a deacon and collector of the First Congregational Church for a long term of years, a member of Lone Mountain Grange and a Trustee of the Andover Public Library of which he was greatly interested.

   Surviving is a sister, Miss Lavina Bailey, 87 years of age, who is recovering from a severe illness at the nursing home in Auburn, also several nieces and nephews.

  The funeral services which were largely attended were held at the First Congregational Church, Andover, Sunday, April 4 [1943]. Rev. Linwood C. Potter officiated. The bearers were Sylvanus Poor, Clarence Bailey, Frank McAllister and Clarence Hall. The body was placed in the receiving tomb to await burial in the spring.

Emma (Perkins) Bailey, 1863 - 1946 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Mrs. Mary Emma Bailey, 83, widow of John L. Bailey, died Friday [December 20, 1946] at her home at South Andover . She had been a resident here for 62 years.

   Born May 8, 1863 in Lynn , Mass. , she was the daughter of John W. and Mary P. Dunlap Perkins.

   She was a charter member of Lone Mountain Grange and a member of the Congregational Church and the Ladies Aid.

   Surviving are three children, Sadie M. Bailey, Walter L. and Clarence H., all of Andover; three grandchildren, three great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Congregational Church, Rev Linwood Potter officiating. Bearers were Waldo Merrill, Sylvanus Poor, Vard Perkins, Roger Thurston. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

   Those attending from out of town were Mrs. John Lang, Lewiston; Mrs. Bruce Ramey and Mrs. Leo Bartlett, Rumford Center; Mrs. Chesley Abbott, Mexico; Florence Lovejoy, North Rumford; Mr. and Mrs. Chester Bixby, Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hall, Rumford Point; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Nichols, Mr. and Mrs. Loring Abbott and Mrs. Bessie Abbott, Rumford.

Florence C. (Cummings) Bailey, 1891 - 1984  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   Florence C. Bailey of South Paris, died Saturday morning, Jan. 14, 1984 at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway.

   She was born Nov. 6, 1891 in Bethel, the daughter of Eugene and Inez Bean Cummings. She graduated from Norway High School in the class of 1910 and taught school for a year. In 1912 she married Walter Bailey of Andover who died in 1957. After his death, she returned to South Paris. She was a member of Deering Memorial Methodist Church and the church’s women’s group, the Senior Citizens, and the Extension Day Group.

   She is survived by three grandson, Leon Akers of Andover, Melvin Akers of Sanbornville, N.H., and Charles Akers of Palmer, Alaska; and seven great-grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held at the Raymond funeral home, South Paris. Interment will be in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Frances (Nichols) Bailey, 1925 - 1964 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Mrs. Frances Mae Nichols Bailey, 39, died Sunday at Rumford Community Hospital after a short illness.

   Born in Rumford, Oct. 15, 1925, she was the daughter of Robert L. and Alona Houghton Nichols. A resident of Andover for 20 years, she was a member of the Andover Congregational Church, Oxford County Home Extension and the Mother's Club.

   Surviving are her husband, Clarence J.; four daughters, Rosalie Ann, June Ellen, Nancy Elaine and Kathy Jean, two sons, Howard Arlan and Donald Arthur, all of Andover; her mother and a brother, John W. Nichols, both of Rumford.

   DIED - In Rumford, Nov. 29, 1964, Mrs. Frances Bailey, 39. Funeral at Andover Congregational Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, with Rev. Nathaniel W. Pearson and Rev. Leon Strout officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Visiting hours after 7 p.m. Monday at Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rumford.


John L. Bailey 1858-1930 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, (February 21, 1930)


   John Lester Bailey, a prominent citizen of Andover, died Tuesday morning, February 1 [1930] at his home in South Andover after a few days illness.

   Mr. Bailey was born in Andover August 20, 1858, the son of the late John Haskell and Elizabeth Bailey.

   When a young man he spent a year in Aroostook County and also worked in Lowell, Mass., a few years. He returned to Andover and bought an interest in his father’s farm where he has since resided.   

   In 1885 he married Miss Emma Perkins, of Andover, who survives him, also two sons, Walter L. and Clarence, and a daughter, Sadie Mae, all living in Andover. A son, Howard, died in infancy. A sister, Mrs. Edith Farrar, resides in North Rumford.

    Mr. Bailey became a member of the Congregational Church December 27, 1883, of which church he has been clerk and Deacon for many years.

   He has served as member of the School Committee and also as ballot clerk for several terms. He was active in Grange work and a Charter member of Lone Mountain Grange of Andover, filling the Master’s chair for many terms; a member of New Century Pomona of which he was Master for a term and he also held other offices in that Pomona Grange.

   The funeral was held at the late home Thursday, February 13, at 11 o’clock. Rev. James Renfrew conducted the service. There was a large gathering of relatives, friends and members of Lone Mountain Grange.

   Those attending from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Farrar, Mrs. Leo Bartlett, Mrs.  Cleora Abbott, North Rumford; Florence Lovejoy, Mrs. Chesley Abbott, Rumford Point; and Miss Ruth Bailey, a grand daughter, from the Normal School at Farmington.

   The bearers were Lewis Akers, Ralph Thurston, Henry L. Poor, and Marshall Howard.

   Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Lavina Bailey, 1857 - 1959 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

   Miss Lavina Bailey, who was to have been 102 years old in less than two weeks, died Wednesday [January 14, 1959] at the Damon Nursing Home [Auburn] where she had resided for 17 years.

   Born Jan. 26, 1857, she was the daughter of Josiah and Harriet Lovejoy Bailey and had lived in Andover before coming to Auburn.

   Surviving are two nieces, Mrs. Chester Bixby of Inglewood, Calif., formerly of Auburn, and Mrs. Julia Colcord of West Poland; and a nephew, Josiah Colcord of South Portland.

Robert W. Bailey, 1918 - 1943 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   Lt. Bailey Killed By Plane, Is First Andover War Death

   ANDOVER - Military funeral services for 1st Lt. Robert W. Bailey, who was killed in a training plane crash at Malden Army Air Field, Malden, Missouri, last week [July 21, 1943], were held at Woodlawn Cemetery here at 6 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Lt. Bailey was the first from this community to give his life for his country in the present war.

   Rev. Millard Giles, Mechanic Falls, conducted the service which was in charge of the Maine State Guard Reserve Company, Mechanic Falls, which provided the bearers, the firing squad and the bugler. The body was escorted here by Lt. Lyons. There were many flowers.

   Attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lasselle, Mrs. Chesley Abbott, Mrs. Arabelle Farrar, Holman Farrar, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Maxim, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wellander, Mrs. Burpee Pearle and Miss Alice Maxim.

   Lt. Bailey was born in Andover, Dec. 19, 1918, the son of Walter and Florence Cummings Bailey. He was a graduate of Andover high school and later attended Indiana Technical School, Ft. Wayne, Ind., graduating in the class of 1940. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in April, 1941, and was sent to New York for a three months' course. Upon its completion he went to Chanute Field, Ill., where he received his commission. He was then transferred to Cochran Field, Macon, Ga., and in 1943 was sent to Malden.

   On Jan. 7, 1942, he married Helen Maxim of Mechanic Falls. She survives with his parents, his grandmother, Mrs. Emma Bailey; a sister, Ruth Akers, three nephews, and several aunts and uncles.

   Memorial services were conducted by Rev. Millard Giles at the Baptist church, Mechanic Falls, Saturday afternoon.

   Bearers were Capt. Walter S. Chase, Lt. Gerald Saunders, Sgt. Lyndall Beal and Cpl. Romeo Roy. The firing squad under command of Lt. Fred Chase included Sgt. Henry Kelley, Sgt. Harry Lowell, Cpl. Harold Smith and Pvt. Albert LeBlanc. Miss Helen Maxim served as bugler.

  Members of the Army Air Corps Portland, and representatives of the 14th Co., Maine State Guard Reserve were present. During the service Mrs. Dorothy Goss rendered vocal selections.

   Among those attending from out of town were Lt. Bailey's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Bailey; Clarence Bailey Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Merle Akers, all of Andover; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Maxim, Mr. and Mrs. Howard Lasselle, Mrs. Thelma Holden, all of South Paris; Mr. and Lewis Merrill, Harrison; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Merrill, Waterford; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Packard, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Chadbourne, Mrs. Ruth Chadbourne, all of Harrison, and Mr. and Mrs. William Chadbourne, Auburn.

Sadie M. Bailey, 1894 - 1962 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Miss Sadie M. Bailey, 68, died Friday [July 13, 1962] at the Rumford Community Hospital  shortly after admittance.

   A life-long resident of this community, she was born Feb. 6, 1894, daughter of John and Mary Perkins Bailey. She was a bookkeeper for the Stowell Manufacturing Company for many years and later worked for Lester Farrington until her retirement in 1961 due to ill health. She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church and Ladies Aid, a member and treasurer of the Lone Mountain Grange and a member of the Pomona Grange.

   There are no immediate survivors.

   DIED - At Rumford, July 13, Miss Sadie M. Bailey, aged 68. Services at 2 p. m. Monday at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Nathaniel Pearson officiating. Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Friends invited to call at Meader and Son Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Saturday.

Walter L. Bailey, 1886 - 1957 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Walter L. Bailey, 70, died Saturday [July 20, 1957] at his residence in Andover. He was a lifelong resident of Andover.

   Born in Andover, Sept. 6, 1886, son of John L. and Mary Perkins Bailey, he had been engaged in farming most of his life. He was a member of the Andover Congregational Church and the Farm Bureau.

   Surviving are his widow, the former Florence Cummings; a daughter, Mrs. Merle Akers; a sister, Miss Sadie Bailey; a brother, Clarence H., all of Andover.

   DIED - At Andover, July 20, Walter L. Bailey, aged 70. Services at 2 P.M. today at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Andrew Young officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Winifred (Abbott) Bailey, 1915 - 1938 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   Mrs. Winifred Bailey, wife of Clarence Bailey, Andover, died at the Community hospital, Rumford, Friday morning [December 2, 1938] at 1:30 o'clock following a surgical operation.

   Mrs. Bailey was born in North Rumford 43 years ago, the daughter of Joshua and Cleora Abbott. She is survived by her husband and two sons, Clarence Jr. and Lester Bailey, South Andover; her mother, Cleora Abbott; and four brothers, Clarence, Chesley, Ellery and Loren Abbott, Rumford.

   Funeral services which were largely attended were held from the Congregational church, Andover, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock with Rev, George W. M. Keyes officiating.

  The bearers were the four brothers. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Calvin E. Baker, 1939 – 2006 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, June 7, 2006)

   LEWISTON - Calvin E. Baker, 67, of 87 Granite St., Mexico, passed away Monday, June 5, at CMMC, where he had been a patient for six months, battling cancer.

   He was born in Rumford on April 26, 1939. He enjoyed fishing, rock hunting and spending time with his grandchildren.

   He is survived by his companion of 17 years, Laura Hagen; five daughters, Alicia, Sharon, Michelle, Erin and Monica; and nine grandchildren.

   He was predeceased by his parents, Edward [Ned] and Viola Veinot Baker and his stepfather, Allan Fraser.

   At his request there will be no services. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society. 

Dorothy Baker, 1867-1931 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December, 1931)

   The death of Dorothy A. Baker, for 37 years a resident of Andover, occurred Wednesday [December 2, 1931] at her home in that town following an illness of several months.

   Mrs. Baker was born in Philadelphia 65 years ago. She is survived by a daughter [Lizzie] and a son [Ned], her husband, Simon P. Baker having died several years ago.

   Funeral services will be held from the Andover Universalist church Friday morning. Burial will be made in Andover.

Edward S. Baker, 1897 – 1948 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

   Funeral services were held for Edward [Ned] Baker, Saturday afternoon at the Andover Congregational Church, with Rev. C. C. Salisbury officiating. Mr. Baker, a resident here for many years, succumbed to a heart attack while at his work for the Brown Company of Berlin [Dec. 16, 1948]. Interment was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Pall bearers were George Chase, Frank Morgan, Louis Hall, Harold Falkenham, Philip Learned Sr. and T. H. Learned.

   Surviving are a sister, Elizabeth Richards, of Andover; and several nieces and nephews.

Vivian Mary (Eagle) Barlow, Abt. 1908 - 2000  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   Vivian Mary Barlow, beloved teacher of many in the Andover, Rumford , Mexico area, went to be with her Lord on April 12, 2000 . She was 91 years of age. She was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will be sadly missed by her family.

   Vivian taught school for 35 years and was still an active member of the Maine Retired Teachers Association and the Gould Academy Alumni Association. During the last years she spent six months at her home in Andover and six months in Vernon, British Columbia with her daughter, Patricia. While in Vernon she attended Elim Tabernacle Church.

   Vivian's faith was very important to her. She was passionate about taking the word of God to those who could not get out to church and would carry a "sunshine basket" of goodies, which she would put together and take to the people she visited.

   Survivors include her son, George (Noy) in Thailand and her daughter, Patricia (Mrs. Richard) Springborn in British Columbia; three grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and extended family in Maine and other areas. She was predeceased by her husband, George, in 1978.

   A memorial service was held on Good Friday, April 21, at Elim Tabernacle. Cremation followed, and Vivian will be laid to rest beside her husband at the Hanover Cemetery at a later date. A memorial service will be held in Andover in the fall. Please check for the announcement in September. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that a donation be made to the church of your choice or to the Gideon's International.


 Emma N. (Head) Barnes, 1870 – 1950  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 4, 1950)

  Mrs. Emma N. Barnes, 79, died January 24 at her home on Main Street, Andover following a long illness.

  She was born in Eaton, N. H. June 20, 1870, the daughter of Rufus and Bessie Fletcher Head. She married Walter Barnes who died some time ago. Mrs. Barnes was a member of the Kings Daughters, Ladies Aid and Andover Congregational Church.

  She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Etta French, Auburn; a son, Merton Fox, Andover; one grandson; several nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services will be held from the late residence at 2 pm today,. Burial will be at the Kezar Falls Cemetery.


M. Abbie Barnes, 1856-1915 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 17, 1915)


   Mrs. M. Abbie Barnes, after one week of illness from bronchial trouble, succumbed suddenly from heart failure at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mooney, in Somerville, Mass., Friday evening, April 9 [1915], at the age of 69 years. She was the widow of Dr. W. W. Barnes, who practiced in this town for several years. After his death she went to Boston and spent several winters with her sister.


   Last summer she was with her son, Walter, who is pleasantly located in Andover and enjoyed her visit so much that she lingered until the late cold weather when she returned to Boston. She was a member of the Congregational Church and the Christian Endeavor Society from its organization and always ready to do her part.


Walter M. Barnes, 1867-1929 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, January 3, 1930)


   Walter M. Barnes, prominent merchant in Andover for many years, died instantly Christmas morning as he collapsed in his general store on Main Street.


   Mr. Barnes was born in Philadelphia nearly 62 years ago, the son of Walter W. and Abbie Marston Barnes. When he was a boy his parents moved to Andover and he was educated in Andover public schools.


   He was married to Mrs. Emma Pratt, who survives him. A brother, Lloyd Barnes, of Somerville, Mass., also survives, a younger brother, David, having died several years ago.


   Funeral services, which were largely attended, were held Saturday afternoon from the late home, Rev. James Renfrew, pastor of the Congregational Church, officiating. Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias, of which Mr. Barnes was a member, attended in a body and conducted its impressive service.


   Interment was in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery.


Fred Barrett, 1854-1908 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, May 23, 1908)


   Fred Barrett, who died suddenly last week [May 12, 1908], was the youngest son of Reuben Barrett and Joanna (Hewey) Barrett, life-long residents of this town. He resided here for several years, was a farmer and blacksmith, a temperate man and much respected. He leaves a wife [Lydia Fields] and four children [Fred S., Gertrude, Mildred and John].


   Funeral services were held at the Congregational Church Thursday afternoon at 1:30. The local lodge K of P attended. Also Lone Mountain Grange. The funeral offerings were many and beautiful. 


Alonzo Barrell, Abt. 1857-1928 (From the Rumford Falls Times, February 4, 1928)


   Word has been received in Andover of the death of Alonzo Barrell, Thursday, January 19 [1928] at his home in Medford, Oregon, after an illness of several weeks. Death was due to heart disease.


   Mr. Barrell was born in Ashburnham, Mass., 71 years ago, the son of Nelson D. and Annie Barrell. His wife, who was Miss Ida Jordan of Andover, survives him, also a son and daughter, one grandchild, and a sister, Mrs. A. S. Jordan of Andover.


Fred S. Barrett, 1891 - 1963  (Obituary from an unidentified an undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Fred S. Barrett, 71, died unexpectedly Saturday morning [January 12, 1963]. He had lived in Andover for 50 years.

   He was born Oct. 3, 1891 at Augusta, the son of Fred and Lydia Barrett. Employed as a lumberman, he had been retired the past four years because of ill health.

   Surviving are his widow, Eva Whynot Barrett; a daughter, Mrs. Floyd Howard, Andover; a son, Fred S., Hartford; two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Roberts, Andover; Mrs. Mildred Adkins, Kansas; and nine grandchildren

   Services 2 P.M. Tuesday at Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Nathaniel Pearson and rev. Clyde Park officiating. Entombment Woodlawn Tomb, burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover in the spring.


Fred S. Barrett, 1924-2006 (From the Lewiston Sun Journal, November 18, 2006)


HARTFORD - Fred S. Barrett, 82, died Friday, Nov. 17, at his residence in Hartford.

   He was born in Andover, on Oct. 24, 1924, a son of Scott and Eva (Whynot) Barrett. He attended Andover schools. He served in the U.S. Navy as a Ship's Cook Second Class from 1943 to 1946. He worked for more than 38 years at Boise Cascade Paper Co. retiring in 1986 as a hyster driver with the unloading crew.

   He was a member of the Dixfield Senior Citizens. He loved the outdoors especially hunting and fishing.

   He was married in Mexico, on March 29, 1947, to Mildred Irene Powell who survives of Hartford.

   Other survivors include two sons, Bob Barrett, and his wife, Linda, of Canton and Scott Barrett, and his wife, Cathy, of Davenport, Fla.; two daughters, Vivian A Crocker, and her husband, Rodney, of Hartford and Debbie Warren, and her husband, Edward, of Morrill; and six grandchildren

Edith Margaret (Farrar) Bartlett, 1925 – 2004 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, September 1, 2004)


   THEODORE, AL - Edith Margaret Bartlett, 78, died on August 15, 2004 at home, in the care of her loving family.


   She was born at in Rumford Center on Sept. 18, 1925, the daughter of Richard Bailey and Arabelle Holman Farrar. She attended Rumford schools, graduating from Stephens High School in 1944.


   She married William E. Bartlett on June 21, 1947, and they were long time residents of Rumford Point, moving to Andover for several years before retiring to Theodore, Alabama .


   While in Maine, she enjoyed being part of various service groups, and worked as a cook in the Rumford school system. She enjoyed painting, reading and braiding rugs. Summers always found the family at the camp on South Shore Road in Howard Pond in Hanover .


   She attended the First Congregational Churches of Rumford Point and Andover, and was a member of the Regency Church of Christ in Mobile, AL at the time of her death.


   She is survived by her husband, William, of Theodore, AL; a sister, Evaline Alcombrack of Belmont, NH; three sons, Eugene (Robin) of Mobile, AL, Carry (Margie) of Hanover, ME, and James (Sherell) of Rindge, NH.


   There are eight grandchildren who she loved dearly, those who live locally are Benjamin Bartlett, Andover , and Kara Bartlett and fiancé Doug Koskela, Bryant Pond. There are two great-grandchildren, Mary Kyle, who drew Nana a picture to take with her, and John Marj, who says "Nana won't be shy when she meets Jesus."


  She was predeceased by her brother, R. Holman Farrar.


   Those wishing may donate to the American Cancer Society in Edith's memory. Burial of her ashes will take place at the Rumford Center Cemetery, with a graveside service at a later date.


Fanny Bartlett, ??-1918 (From the Rumford Falls Times, February 11, 1922)

   Mrs. Fanny Bartlett passed away Saturday evening, Feb. 23rd [1922] at the home of her son, Fred Bartlett. The body was taken to Stoneham Sunday, where funeral services were held Monday. She is survived by four sons, Dr. Herman Bartlett and Charles Bartlett of Norway, Melvin Bartlett of Boston and Fred Bartlett of Andover, and several grandchildren.


Fred H. Bartlett, Abt. 1870-1928 (From the Rumford Falls Times, July 28, 1928)


   Friends were grieved to hear of the passing of Fred H. Bartlett of Norway, Saturday, after several years of ill health. Mr. Bartlett and family resided in Andover for a number of years where he had an interest in the Elliott and Bartlett spool mill which he helped establish. The mill was shut down Monday afternoon during the funeral services. Mr. Bartlett served as a member of the school committee for three years.

Francena Barton, Abt. 1850-1911 (From the Rumford Falls Times, January 14, 1911)


   Died in Andover after an illness of several months, Francena Barton [wife of Albion Barton], aged 61 years. [Date of death was January 5, 1911]


Cynthia Ellen Beatson, 1963-2006 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, September 14, 2006)


   Cynthia Ellen (Cabral) Beatson, 43, of Bethel died in Newry on Sept. 4, 2006.


   She was born in Boston, Mass., on May 29, 1963, the beloved daughter of Bernard J. and Dorothy (Barry) Cabral.


  Cindy was educated in Sudbury, Mass., and later at the Fashion School of Design in Boston and Babson College in Wellesley, Mass. She moved to Maine in 1992 where she met her husband, Douglas, while both were working at Sunday River Ski Resort. They were married on May 26, 1994 in Andover. Their beautiful daughter, Carlee, was born July 14, 1994 and Bethel became their home.


   Over the years Cindy worked as a successful and respected manager and waitress at several Sunday River restaurants and the Bethel Inn Resort. Recently she went back to school for her real estate license and had started a career she loved as an agent with Apple Tree Realty in Bethel. Over the years she was also self-employed as a seamstress, and with her extraordinary sense of style and design her work was in constant demand. She made everything from bathing suits to draperies, but her Halloween costumes for her daughter, Carlee, were some of her (and the townspeople's) favorites.


   Cindy was an outgoing and loving person that lit up a room when she entered. She was always active skiing, hiking, golfing, and swimming. She loved people and will always be remembered for her remarkable energy, love of life and the good times she shared with family and friends. She will also be fondly remembered for her ability to "make fun" and her willingness to always lend a helping hand.


   She is survived by her husband, Douglas, and daughter, Carlee, of Bethel; her mother, Dorothy (Barry) Cabral of Sudbury, Mass.; a brother, Charles Cabral and his wife Maggie and their children Joe, Matt and Casey all of Northboro, Mass.; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. She was predeceased by her father, Bernard Joseph Cabral.


   Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Greenleaf Funeral Home, Vernon Street, Bethel. A funeral mass will be held at The Alliance Church in Bethel on Saturday, Sept. 16, at 10 a.m. Interment will immediately follow at the Riverside Cemetery in Bethel. A gathering for family and friends will then take place at the Bethel Inn Conference Center. Memorials in Cynthia's name are requested to the "Sugar Beet Memorial Fund," c/o Norway Savings Bank, P.O. Box 916, Bethel, ME 04217 .


Arthur E. Bedell, 1864-1930 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, April 25, 1930)


Arthur Edward Bedell died Monday night [April 21, 1930] at the home of his sister, Mrs. Alice B. Thurston, of Andover. About 11 years ago, Mr. Bedell, then living in Boston, suffered a paralytic shock, and has been in failing health since. About two weeks ago he was stricken with a still more serious attack, form which he did not rally. During the 11 years he has made his home with his sister.


   Mr. Bedell was born in Andover February 8, 1864, the son of Elijah E. and Malvina D. Bedell. He was educated in the schools of Andover and for several years was an officer at Deer Island, Boston Harbor. He is survived by a brother, Freeman Bedell, of Boston, and a sister, Mrs. Alice Thurston, of Andover,


Elijah Bedell, 1830-1911 (From the Rumford Falls Times, May 13, 1911)


   Elijah Bedell, who died on May 2 [1911], was born in Eddington in 1830, the son of Rev. Abraham and Mary Eddy Bedell. He was educated at Lancaster Academy, New Hampshire and for a number of years taught school in Vermont.


   Coming to Andover in 1854, he was engaged for several years in the mill business. Later he was interested with his brother, in a summer hotel in the White Mountains, where he spent part of his summers. After selling his interest in the hotel he devoted his time to farming.


   Mr. Bedell was married in 1861 to Malvina Dresser, daughter of Col. Nathan and Dorcas Dresser. Three children were born, all of whom are living: Arthur Bedell and Freeman Bedell of Boston and Mrs. Y. A. Thurston of Andover. For about 50 years he had held various town offices. For seven years he had lived on Main St., giving up the duties of his farm.


   The funeral was held Thursday after at the Congregational Church, Rev. H.L. Packard officiated. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers.


Freeman W. Bedell, 1865 - 1950 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Committal services for Freeman W. Bedell, 85, were held Thursday morning, December [21], [1950] at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, Rev C C Salisbury officiating.

   Mr. Bedell was born in Andover, in 1865, the son of Elijah E. and Melvina Dresser Bedell. He died at the Baker Memorial Hospital, Boston.

   For the past 60 years he had been connected with a Boston brokerage firm.

   Mr. Bedell is survived by his widow, Mrs. Margaret A. Bedell, Boston.


Malvina (Dresser) Bedell, 1838-1923 (From the Rumford Falls Times, May 5, 1923)

   Mrs. Malvina Bedell passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Y.A. Thurston, Tuesday, April 24 [1923] after a few weeks of illness. Mrs. Bedell was born in Sweden, ME, August 11, 1938, the daughter of Nathan and Dorcas (Heald) Dresser. She came to Andover when a young girl and in 1861 was married to Elijah Bedell. She had been a member of the Congregational Church for over fifty years.


   She is survived by two sons, Freeman Bedell of Boston and Arthur Bedell of Andover, and one daughter, Mrs. Y.A. [Alice] Thurston of Andover with whom she lived for the past twelve years and has been tenderly cared for in her declining years and will be much missed in the home. She is also survived by a niece, Mrs. Dora Mills of Boston, to whom she gave a mother’s love and care from a young child, a brother, Lincoln Dresser, who is nearly 88 years of age, and a half-sister, Gertrude Newhall of Portland.

Yves Belanger, 1906 - 1990  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

   Yves Belanger, 84, of Andover, died Saturday, June 9, 1990, at the Rumford Community hospital where he had been a patient five days.

   He was born April 28, 1906, in St. Come de Beauce, Que., Canada, son of J. Alfred and Aglaee Carter Belanger. He was educated in Canadian schools. He had been a resident of Andover since 1954, was a communicant of St. Anthanasius-St. John Church in Rumford and was retired from Andover Wood Products Co. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army Air Corps as a staff sergeant in the European Theatre of Operations.

   Survivors include two brothers, Paul Arthur Belanger of St. Come de Beauce and Robert Belanger of Montreal, Canada; three sisters, Sr. Marie Blanche of Quebec City, Que., Beaturice Savoie of St. Come de Beauce and Fernande Gilbert of Springfield, Mass.

Albert W. Bell, 1923 - 1996  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   RUMFORD - Albert W. Bell, 72, died Wednesday, Jan. 10 [1996] at the Rumford Community Hospital. He was a resident of Church Street, Andover, and had lived in the area most of his life.

   He was born in Lynn, Mass. on Oct. 20, 1923 and was the son of Kenneth and Daisy (Chase) Bell.

   He had attended schools in Berkshire, Mass. During World War II he served four years with the U.S. Marines, including overseas in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater with the 1st Marine Division and was one of the original Edson's Raiders.

   He had been employed at Boise Cascade Paper Co. for over 25 years until retirement in the early 80s from the shipping department.

   He was also an avid outdoorsman and especially enjoyed trapping, for which he was well known. He was a member of the Boise Cascade Paper Co. 25 Year Club; Member Napoleon Ouellette Post 24, American Legion; Member Robert Shand Post 1641, VFW; Member Edson’s Raiders Association.

   He was married in Hanover on Jan. 22, 1967 to the late Saddie Bachelder who died in Rumford on July 12, 1972.

               Survivors include five daughters: Mrs. Virginia Penney of Merrimac, Mass., Mrs. Gene (Cynthia) Towle of Rumford, Mrs. Roger (Susan) Jones of Gray, Mrs. Alexander (Elizabeth) Beauchesne of Andover and Mrs. Thomas (Martha) Luttrell of Nashua, N.H.; nine grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and was predeceased by a grandson Dale Penney who died in 1990.

Cecelia C. Hyland Bell, Abt. 1928 – 2009 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

RUMFORD -- Cecelia C. Hyland Bell, 81, died on September 14, 2009 at the Rumford Community Home.

     Cecelia was a mother and housewife, raising four children in East Andover for 25 years before moving to Massachusetts. She became a Certified Nurses Aide and worked for two nursing homes in Lynn, Massachusetts until her retirement. For the past 15 years, she lived with her daughter Virginia in Merrimac, MA.   

  Cecelia loved the water and enjoyed spending time with her family at Roxbury Pond and Richardson Lake. She had a passion for reading mystery novels and was a music lover and used to sing at home. She was a member of the East Andover Community Club when she lived in Andover. She loved the outdoors and in 1956 Cecelia became a member of the Big Buck Club when she harvested a beautiful 8-point Buck. She also enjoyed BBQs and feeding the birds and squirrels from her daughter Virginia's back deck where she lived for the last 15 years. She was an animal lover who had several pets of her own over the years and enjoyed the dogs and cats that her children and grandchildren had.    

  Cecelia enjoyed returning to Maine for vacations especially during the summer BBQ season when fresh garden vegetables were available and her son-in-law, Roger would cook vegetables or make salads and BBQ just the way she liked. She was an avid Lottery player.      

   She had a great sense of humor. Her favorite expression was "I wish I was rich instead of so beautiful" and when asked her age the answer was always 29.    

   She is survived by four daughters, Virginia Penney of Merrimac, MA, Cynthia Towle and her husband, Eugene of Rumford, Susan Jones and her husband, Roger of Gray and Elizabeth Beauchesne of Andover; one sister, Veronica McAllister and her husband, Robert of Groveland, MA; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.   

   She was predeceased by a grandson, Dale Penney, and a sister, Mary Frongillo.   

   At the family's request, there are no services. Those who desire may contribute to McKennal's Animal Shelter, 88 Hall Hill Rd., Rumford, ME 04276 in her memory.

Evelyn (Wilbur) (Gurshick) Bell, 1924 – 2004 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, May 20, 2004)


   Evelyn Gurschick Bell, 79, of Caron Lane, Auburn and formerly of Andover, died Sunday, May 9, 2004 at the Odd Fellows Home following a short illness.


   She was born in Skowhegan on Dec. 1, 1924, the daughter of Leon and Mildred (Smith) Wilbur and was a graduate of Rumford High School.


   She was the widow of Karl Gurschick, who died in July of 1978.


   She was a housewife having raised her loving family, worked part-time selling deerskin gloves, and also worked for the Andover Water District and Library.


   She taught Sunday School and was a member of the First Baptist Church in Rumford and the Andover Congregational Church. She was also a member of the Ladies Circle in Andover.


   She enjoyed the "Olde Home Days," knitting, word puzzles, and writing in her journal.


   She is survived by her five children, Karl Gurschick and his wife Dawn of Hermon, Keith Gurschick and his wife Terry of Windsor, Nova Scotia, Kathy Gurschick of Lewes, Del., Karen Crowley and her husband Jim of Westminster, S.C., and Kirby Gurschick and his wife Karen of Auburn; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her infant daughter, Kimberly; her second husband, Albert Bell; her brother, Everett; and her sister, Dorothy Harvey.


   Graveside services will be held Friday, May 14 at 2 p.m., at Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Evelyn's name to the National MS Society, c/o Karen Crowley, 1983 Highway 59, Westminster, SC 29693, or to the Odd Fellows Home, 309 Fairview Avenue, Auburn, ME.


Sadie Rose (Bachelder) Bell  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July 13, 20, 1972)


  The death of Sadie Rose (Bachelder) Bell, 48, of East Andover, occurred on July 12 at the Rumford Community Hospital where she had been a patient for one week. She had been a resident of this area for over twenty-five years.


  Mrs. Bell was born on December 29, 1923, at Coplin Plantation, the daughter of Vance and Rosie Campbell Bachelder. She was married to Albert W. Bell on January 22, 1967.


  Surviving are her husband, of East Andover, three daughters, Mrs. Winona Conrad and Miss Martha J. Bell, of East Andover, Mrs. Rena Parker, of Mexico; two sons, William Myshrall of North Leeds, and Ephriam Myshrall of East Andover; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Vance Bachelder, of Coplin Plantation; two brothers, Kenneth Bachelder, of Reddington, and Delmont Bachelder of Coplin Plantation; six sisters, Mrs. Iva Palmer and Mrs. Lena Merrill, both of Stratton; Mrs. Vera Harris and Mrs. Unice Bachelder, both of Rangeley; and Mrs. Izzy Daggert and Mrs. Ada Hoyt, both of Kingfield; 7 grandchildren.


   Funeral services for Mrs. Bell were held from the Andover Congregational Church at 11:30 A.M. Friday, July 14 with Rev. Jay Cummings officiating. Burial was at the Evergreen Cemetery, Rangeley.


  Bearers were Theodore Conrad, Charles Marston, Jr. and Robert Porter, all of East Andover, Elmo Serafin of Mexico, Roger Jones of Lynn, Mass.; Ephriam Myshrall, of Leeds.


Charles Sumner Bemis, 1874 - 1964 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   ANDOVER - Charles Sumner Bemis, 90, died Tuesday [December 6, 1964] at Rumford Community Hospital after a short illness.

   Born in Fryeburg, Feb. 16, 1874, he was the son of Seth and Lucy Johnson Bemis. A resident here 47 years, he was a retired fireman for the Stowell Mill, Andover.

   Surviving are his widow, Vivian Hodsdon Bemis; four daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Spaulding, Mrs. Henry Hutchins, both of Andover; Mrs. Lewis Decker, Yarmouth; Mrs. Roselie Harlow, Mexico; a son, Clyde Bemis, Andover; 18 grandchildren and 27 great-grandchildren.

   DIED - At Rumford, Dec. 1, Charles Sumner Bemis, aged 90. Funeral services will be held at Meader & Son Funeral Home, Thursday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. Burial at Woodlawn cemetery, Andover in the spring. Visiting hours after 7 p.m. Wednesday. 


Henry J. Bemis, 1909 - 1951 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   Henry J. Bemis, native of Roxbury, died Saturday [March 10, 1951] at Rumford Community Hospital, where he had been a patient for the past three weeks. He made his home in Andover where he was employed in lumbering.

   He was born in Roxbury, August 4, 1909, the son of Charles and Vivian Hodsdon Bemis.

   Surviving are his parents, four sisters, Mrs. Henry Hutchins, Andover; Mrs. Fred Harlow, Mrs. Dana Doyen, Mexico, Mrs. Lewis Decker, Yarmouth; one brother, Clyde Bemis, Andover.

   Funeral services were held at the Andover Congregational Church, at 2 p. m. Monday. Entombment was in Andover receiving vault for burial in Woodlawn cemetery, in the spring.

Ellen Frances (Dresser) Benson, 1874 - ?? (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

   Word was received in town Thursday [no date given] of the death of Mrs. Ellen Frances Benson, wife of Alvers C. Benson at Framingham Union hospital, following an emergency surgical operation due to a recurrence of a previous illness. A native of Maine, Mrs. Benson was born in Andover Jan. 29, 1874, daughter of Francis F. and Ella Frances Stone Dresser.

   She was married to Mr. Benson in Andover, Me., in 1901 and, in addition to her husband is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Charles T Olson of Belmont, a former teacher in the Roosevelt school.

   Mrs. Benson was a member of Grace Congregational Church and was active in the women's association of the parish, being affiliated with Circle No. 12.

   She was also a member of Framingham Chapter, D. A. R., Framingham Women's Club, Neighborhood club, Orient Chapter 31, Order of Eastern Star, and the Maine Association.

   Funeral services were held at the Cookson Chapel Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Bernard F. Drew, pastor of Grace Church.


Donna L. Bernard, 1942 – 2009 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, September 30, 2009)

   AUBURN – Donna L. Bernard, 67, of Andover and Englewood, FL, died peacefully on September 21, 2009 at the Hospice House in Auburn with her family by her side. She had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in May of 2008.

   She was born in Lewiston on Jan 3, 1942, the daughter of Charles and Pauline (Harrington) Smith. She was the second of two children. She was educated in Bethel and was a graduate of Gould Academy.

   She was a stay at home mom for several years raising four daughters and was later employed at Tri County Mental Health in Rumford as a receptionist, a job she proudly held for 30 years.

   She was an active retiree and enjoyed traveling, camping, bowling, clogging, and line dancing. She bowled on Rumford leagues for many years and was a member of the Scoggin’ Cloggers, performing at area facilities and events. She camped for several years at South Arm Campground and loved to go boating on Richardson Lake with her husband, friends and family.

   She was a lover of music and was a consummate social butterfly, always the life of the party. She was a karaoke queen and often hosted karaoke parties at her home in Englewood, FL in the company of beloved friends. She truly had too many friends to count and was loved by everyone she met here in Maine and Florida. She loved to socialize and entertain.

   In a third grade essay she wrote, “I like everyone and hope everyone likes me.” Simply put, that is who she was. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She will be missed more that words can ever express, and our memories of her will forever be kept close in all of our hearts.

   She is survived by her husband of 24 years, James Bernard of Andover and Englewood FL; her four daughters, Julie Martin and her partner, Debbie Lands of Auburn, Jackie Thibeau and her husband, Bruce, of Bridgton, Jeri Manson and her partner, Glenda Fox of Key West, FL., Janet Jeselskis and her husband, Richard, of  Cudjoe Key, Fl; four grandchildren, Katie, Tyler, Nicole and Megan; two great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Kobe; her brother, Gary Smith of Freeport; two step-sisters, Lisa Saxton and her husband, Brian, of Michigan, Michele Sanzari and her husband Vincent and their two children, Michael and Nicholas of Falmouth.

   She was predeceased by her father in 1995 and her mother in 2006.

   The family would like to express their immense gratitude to the staff of Androscoggin Home Health Care & Hospice at the Hospice House for their caring and kindness.

   A graveside service will be held at the East Bethel Cemetery on Intervale Road in East Bethel at 11 a.m. Sunday with Rev. Jane Rich officiating. A celebration of Donna’s life will follow at the Alder River Grange, 1895 Intervale Rd., East Bethel. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to make a donation in her memory to Androscoggin Home Health Care & Hospice, PO Box 819, Lewiston, ME 04243, or Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 2141 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 7000, El Segundo, CA 90245, or



Albert Berry, 1867-1925 (From the Rumford Falls Times, September 26, 1925)


   Albert Berry of Andover died Saturday morning, [Sept. 19, 1925] at the C.M.G. Hospital in Lewiston as the result of a fractured skull when he was struck by a passing automobile in South Paris Friday evening.


   Mr. Berry was the son of the late Daniel G. and Deborah Berry and was born in Andover about 58 years ago. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Helen Kimball of Andover with whom he lived. A brother, Walter, died in Rumford nearly a year ago. Funeral services were held in the Congregational Church Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. C.W. Robinson. Burial was in the family lot.

Isora (Sweatt) Berry, 1875 - 1953 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   WEST PARIS - Isora Sweatt Berry, 78, died Sunday [May 31, 1953] at CMG Hospital, Lewiston, where she had been a patient nine days.

   Born at Andover, Jan. 21, 1875, the daughter of Henry and Amoretta Davis Sweatt, she was a member of Baynes Bird Club, and a past noble grand of Rebekah Lodge 29. Her husband, Edwin R. Berry, died May 8, 1949.

   She is survived by a brother, Clayton Sweatt, a daughter, Mrs. Alice Adams, Cornish, a grandson, and several nieces and nephews.

   DIED  In Lewiston, May 31, Isora S. Berry, age 78. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 11 A.M. at the West Paris Baptist Church, with Rev. Frank Blankley officiating.

Iva Berry, 1862 - 1948  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   The death of Mrs. Walter Berry, 87, [the daughter of David T. Graffam, a painter born in Bath and residing in Lewiston and Mary B. Jackson, a housewife born in So. Lewiston and residing in Andover], a former of resident of Andover and Rumford, occurred at Turner falls, Mass., where she was residing with her daughter, Mrs. Arthur Hinds, on January 2 [1948].

   As a young woman Mrs. Ivy Berry resided for some time in Andover, and was a resident of Rumford for many years. While she lived there she was a member of the Ladies Aid of the Universalist Church, which she attended.

   When Arthur Hinds, former International Paper Company and later Continental Paper and Bag Mills agent here, moved with his family to Turner Falls, Mass., Mrs. Berry went with them to live.

   Funeral services were held there Monday afternoon and burial will be at Andover in the spring.

   Surviving besides her only daughter are several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Rebecca (Noble) Berry, 1832-1913 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 19, 1913)


   Mrs. Daniel [Rebecca] Berry died April15 [1913]. She would have been eighty-one years old Friday. She leaves two sons, Walter, of Rumford, and Bert with whom she lived, also a daughter, Mrs. Helen Kimball who tenderly cared for her.


Walter Boyd Berry, 1859-1924 (From the Rumford Falls Times, November 22, 1924)


   The remains of Walter Boyd Berry, who died suddenly at his home in Rumford Tuesday Nov. 11 [1924] were brought to Andover for burial in the family lot.


   Mr. Berry was born in Andover Feb. 8, 1859, the son of the late Daniel G. and Deborah Berry. He is survived by his wife [Iva], a brother, Albert, a sister, Mrs. Helen Kimball of this town, also a large circle of friends both here and in Rumford where he has lived for the past 25 years.



Christopher Billings, Abt. 1837-1913 (From the Rumford Falls Times, September 20, 1913)


   Monday evening [September 15, 1913] occurred the death of Christopher C. Billings, aged 76 years. Mr. Billings had made his home for the past few years with his daughter, Mrs. William Thomas, who had dearly cared for him, and he has been in failing health for several weeks. Funeral services were held in Hanover Wednesday, Sept. 17.


Victorine Blanchard, 1865 - 1946 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   After several years of ill health Mrs. Victorine Blanchard, 81, died at her home in Norway, Saturday, Nov. 30 [1946].

   For twenty-two years she made her home at Andover and Norway each summer, spending her winters in Coral Gables, Florida, where she maintained a place until failing health caused her to dispose of it.

   Mrs. Blanchard performed numerous deeds of charity. She gave many books to the Andover Public Library and was greatly loved by the children of whom she was very fond. She was an honorary member of the book purchasing committee and maintained an interest in the library work always.

  Mrs. Blanchard contributed liberally to the RED Cross and other war projects. There are no known survivors. Requiem high Mass was at St. Catherine's church, Norway, at 10 A.M. Tuesday, Dec. 3, with Rev, Francis J. Brady officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery, Andover.


Erlon N. Blood, 1918 – 2010

LANCASTER, Mass. — Erlon N. Blood of South Lancaster, Mass., died March 2, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer with his family by his side.

   He was born in Ridlonville, June 1, 1918, the son of the late Lester and Retha (Perkins) Blood of Andover. He lived in Andover until he entered the U.S. Army in 1941. He served in the 10th Mountain Division as a medic in the Aleutian Islands and in Italy. He received the Bronze Star for valor during the Allied push northward into the Apennine Mountains in northern Italy. He married Alida Verrill on Sept. 3, 1945.

   He competed in the masters competitions, winning many medals in his class, including 5k to 50k events in Lake Placid, N.Y., Steamboat Springs, Colo., and Quebec, Canada. In the summer his training included cycling, hiking, and baseball.

   At age 75, he began 15 years of participation with the American Lung Association’s 175-mile “Trek Across Maine.” He completed his last Trek in 2008 at the age of 90. He loved hiking in the mountains and hills of western Maine. He hiked the New England section of the Appalachian Trail and the Long Trail through of Vermont. Each year in August, he joined with his fellow World War II 10th Mountain veterans to hike Mt. Washington for a memorial service at the top. He made his last climb to the summit in 2007.

   He is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Alida (Verrill) Blood; two daughters, Janice Kendrick of Sterling, Mass., and Sheila Bakland, of Newburyport, Mass.; four grandchildren; two great-grandsons; one brother; three sisters; and many loving nieces and nephews.

   He was predeceased by two brothers.

David H. Bodwell, 1935 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   David H. Bodwell, 58, of Upton Road, Andover, died Sunday, May 29, 1994, at Central Maine Medical Center. He was born in Andover on Sept 8, 1935 , the son of Harold and Eva (Damon) Bodwell. He graduated from Andover High School and lived in the area all of his life. He served in the U.S. Air Force as an Airman Second Class from November 1955 to August 1959. He had worked at Andover Wood Products for many years as a lift operator until his retirement He served as Andover road commissioner from 1967 to 1968.

   He was married in Houlton on Sept. 29, 1970, to Esther Finnigan; she died in Portland on Feb. 4, 1993.

   Mr. Bodwell is survived by one brother, Allen Bodwell of Andover, and one sister, Mrs. Russell (Ruth) Hilton of Kittery.

    Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, June 3, at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, with Pastor Jane Rich officiating.

   Those who desire, please contribute to the Andover Rescue Unit, Andover, ME 04216 in his memory.

Dora (Dean) Bodwell, 1914 - 1935  (Obituary from the Norway ME, Advertiser Democrat, February 8, 1935)

   Mrs. Dora (Deane) Bodwell, wife of Herschel Bodwell, was found dead in the camp at South Andover, where they were staying this winter. She was apparently in good health when her husband went to work at 7:30 in the morning. On returning at 12:30 he found her lying on the bed partially dressed. She had been dead about 4 hours. An autopsy held later showed death was caused by internal hemorrhage.

   Mrs. Bodwell was born in Mexico twenty years ago and was married to Mr. Bodwell Sept. 10, 1933. She leaves her husband, a mother, father, and several brothers and sisters of Mexico.

   The funeral services were held in the Congregational Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. George W. Keyes officiated. Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ebenezer Bodwell, 1785 – 1868 (Story from the Oxford Democrat, December 11, 1868, Oxford County Maine)

   In Andover, November 4th, [1868] Deacon Ebenezer Bodwell, age 83 year 5 month 2 days. Deacon Bodwell was born in Bradford, Massachusetts, and in his early life came to Andover. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and received a very severe and dangerous wound in the head during the engagement at Chategue Woods which rendered him a pensioner for the remainder of his life. He was a most consistent professor of the Christian religion, and after serving his Great Master in a long and useful life, he waited patiently for God’s own time to take him to his Mansions above.

Esther M. (Finnigan) Bodwell, 1943 - 1993 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   PORTLAND - Mrs. Esther M. Bodwell, 50, died Thursday [February 4, 1993] at Maine Medical Center in Portland. She was a resident of Upton Road, Andover, and had lived in the area for more than 27 years.

   She was born in Monticello Jan. 21, 1943, the daughter of Warren and Ottis McPherson Finnigan. She was educated in Monticello schools. She was married in Houlton on Sept. 29, 1970 to David H. Bodwell, who survives of Andover.

   Mrs. Bodwell also is survived by a sister, Mrs. Edward (Virginia) Upham of Meriden, Conn.; and several nieces and nephews.

Eva (Damon) Bodwell, 1906 - 1990 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   RUMFORD - Eva D. Bodwell, 84, died Tuesday [June 5, 1990] at Rumford Community Hospital. She was a lifelong resident of Andover.

   She was born in Andover, April 26, 1906, the daughter of Llewellyn and Bessie Dunn Damon. She was a graduate of Andover High School with the class of 1924. Mrs. Bodwell was a member of the Andover Congregational Church and was a former member of the Ellis Glen Temple, PS, of Andover, and Mount Zircon Chapter, OES.

   She was married in Andover in October 1929 to Harold F. Bodwell. He died March 26,1967.

   Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Russell (Ruth) Hilton of Kittery; two sons, David and Allen, both of Andover; a brother, Roger Damon of Norway; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Wentworth of Albion; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services 2 p.m. Friday at the Andover Congregational Church, Andover, ME, with Rev. E. Marriotte Churchill officiating. Interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, ME. Friends are invited to call at the Meader & Sons Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St., Rumford from 2-4 & 7- 9 p.m. Thursday. Those who desire may contribute to the Andover Congregational Church, Andover, ME 04216 in her memory.

Flora May (Hewey) Bodwell, 1866 - 1942 (Obituary from The Rumford Falls Times)

   Flora May Hewey Bodwell, wife of Neal D. Bodwell, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday afternoon at 1:30 [June 15, 1942] at her home in Andover after nearly two years of ill health.

   She was a member of Ellis Glen Temple, Pythian Sisters, A Kings Daughter, and a member of the Andover Farm Bureau.

   She was born in Andover March 23, 1866, the eldest daughter of Luther M. and Arvilla Hewey.

   She leaves besides her husband, three sons, Ira, Harold and Herschel Bodwell; and a daughter, Mrs. Rena Spidell, and eight grandchildren, all of Andover; also a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Smith, Andover, aunts, Mrs. Frank Thomas, Andover and Mrs. Annie Hurd, Norway.

   Funeral services were held at the First Congregational Church Wednesday at 2 p.m. Pall bearers were the three sons, Ira, Harold and Herschel Bodwell, Avard Spidell, Neal Willis Bodwell and Ralph Hewey. Rev. Linwood C. Potter conducted the services.

   Burial was at Woodlawn cemetery.

Harold F. Bodwell, 1902 - 1967 (Obituary from the Norway, ME Advertiser Democrat, March 30, 1967)

   ANDOVER . Harold F. Bodwell, 64, of Pine Street, died Sunday night March 26, [1967] at Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway, where he had been a patient for 2 days.

   He was born June 25, 1902 in Andover, the son of Neil and Flora (Hewey) Bodwell. Mr. Bodwell had been a life long resident here and had worked at the Raymond Akers Dowel Mill for the past eight years.

  Surviving are his widow, Eva Damon Bodwell, Andover, two sons, David of Hanover and Allen of Boston, a daughter Miss Ruth Bodwell, two brothers, Ira and Herschel, and a sister, Mrs. Rena Spidell, all of Andover.

   Services were held at 2 PM Wednesday at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Carl M. Kingsbury, officiating. Entombment at Woodlawn Tomb, burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, later in the spring.

Herschel H. Bodwell, 1904 - 1979 (Obituary from the Bethel, ME Citizen, August 16, 1979)

   Herschel H. Bodwell of Andover died Monday Aug. 6, 1979 upon arriving at Rumford Community Hospital.

   Born in Andover Nov. 2, 1904, the son of Neil and Flora (Hewey) Bodwell, he attended Andover schools and was a woodsman all his life. He was married to Dora Bradeen [s/b Dean] who died in 1935

   Surviving is a sister Rena Spidell of Andover.

   Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Andover Congregational Church with Rev. David Wuori officiating. Interment was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Ira Merrill Bodwell, 1893 - 1970 (Obituary from the Norway, Me Advertiser Democrat, December 31, 1970)

   Andover - Ira M. Bodwell, 72, died unexpectedly Friday Dec. 25 at his home.

   He was born in Andover Nov. 30, 1893, the son of Neil D. and Flora Hewey Bodwell.

   Mr. Bodwell served in the Army during World War I and was employed by the Roger Favreau mill until his retirement in 1958.

   He was graduated from Andover High School in 1912 and Kents Hill in 1913.

  Mr. Bodwell was a member of Napoleon Ouellette Post, AL [American Legion], Rumford, Pineland Ski Club and Cabot Lodge, K. of P., both of Andover. He was also a member of Andover Congregational Church.

   Surviving are his widow, the former Marion Robinson of Andover, three sons, Neil W. of Litchfield, Paul H. [s/b R.] of Bethel, and James H., Andover, a sister, Mrs. Rena Spidell of Lawton, Okla and five grandchildren.

   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Q. Wellman officiating.

   Entombment, Woodlawn receiving vault, Andover. Burial, Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover in the spring.

Marion H. (Robinson) Bodwell, 1901 - 2002 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, November 6, 2002)

   WEST PARIS - Marion H. Bodwell, 101, formerly of Andover died Saturday, November, 2 ,2002 at Ledgeview Living Center.

   She was born in Palmyra, Maine on July 8,1901, the daughter of Willis James and Louisa (Harding) Robinson and was the youngest of four children.

   Marion graduated from Newport High School, Kents Hill School and Farmington Normal School, Class of 1923. In 1923 she went to Andover to teach school.  

   In 1924, she was married to Ira Merrill Bodwell and they had four sons.

   She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church, the Andover Lady's Aid Society and a former member of the Ellis Glen Temple #54 Pythian Sisters of Andover and the Retired Teachers Association of Oxford County.

   She was a willing worker and cook for any of the various clubs in Andover. She and her husband worked for the Andover Ski Club while their boys were in school and attended all the events that the boys were in.

   Marion also served as tax collector for the Town of Andover for a number of years. The family remembers counting pennies that someone used to pay their taxes.

   She was a wonderful seamstress and loved to make quilts, knit and do crafts. She made many mittens for the annual Christmas Tree at the Andover Congregational Church.

   Surviving are three sons, Neal and his wife, Jean of San Antonio, FL, Paul and his wife, Sally of Bethel, and James and his wife, Elizabeth of Andover; four grandsons, Russ, Barry, Peter and Richard; one granddaughter, Debbie; five great grandchildren, Lynsie Bodwell, Mandy Bodwell, Justin Buck, Luke Bodwell and Zoe Bodwell; and many nieces and nephews.

   She was pre-deceased by her husband who died in 1970 and her son, Ray Fremont Bodwell.

Neal D. Bodwell, 1865 - 1955  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   Neal D. Bodwell, 89, died Wednesday [September 14, 1955] at Elsie's Nursing Home where he had been a patient for two days.

   He was born Nov. 7, 1865 at Andover, the son of Ira W. and Caroline Hall Bodwell and was the widower of the late Flora M. Hewey Bodwell.

   Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Rena Spidell, three sons, Ira M., Harold F. and Herschel, all of Andover; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.


Neal W. Bodwell 1924 – 2011 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

Neal W.  Bodwell, 86, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2011, at Maine General Medical Center in Augusta.

   He was born in Andover on July 10, 1924, the first child of Marion (Robinson) and Ira M. Bodwell. Neal went to school in Andover and graduated in 1941 as salutatorian of his class. He went to Business College and took a number of correspondence courses in accounting.

   He went to work for the Maine Department of Education. Later, he went to what was then the Bureau of Taxation and retired in 1984. He worked for the State of Maine for 35 years.

   In 1946, he married Jean Elizabeth Harris, and in 1949, their son, Russell was born. Neal built two houses and remodeled an old farmhouse in Litchfield, which he and Jean both loved.

   In 1992, Neal and Jean went to Florida on vacation. They liked Florida so much they bought a house and lived there, returning summers to Maine while his mother was alive.

   In 2000, Neal got homesick for Maine and returned to be near his brothers and other relatives.

   Neal was a wonderful son, husband, father, brother and friend. He is survived by his wife, Jean Harris Bodwell; a son, Russell Bodwell; brothers Paul and James Bodwell; a niece, Debi Travers; and nephews, Barry, Peter and Ricky Bodwell.

   A memorial service was held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 7, at Staples Funeral Home, 53 Brunswick Avenue, Gardiner. Burial will take place at a later date at Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover.

Ray Fremont Bodwell, 1925-1926 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 24, 1926)


   The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Bodwell passed away Sunday evening [April 15, 1926] after a brief illness with pneumonia.


   Funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon conducted by Rev. Gardner Wells, pastor of the Methodist Church at Rumford Center. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Royal Bolduc, 1920-1973  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July 19, 1973)


  Royal Bolduc, 53, of Rumford died Monday, July 16, at the Rumford Community Hospital where he had been a patient for four days.


  He was born July 16, 1920 at Stornoway, P.Q., the son of John and Marie Louise Gagnon Bolduc.


  A resident of this community 20 years he resided on Star Route, Royal Avenue, and was the founder of Andover Wood Products in 1953.


  Mr. Bolduc established Andover Wood Products Inc. which opened its doors in Andover in 1953, since then the company has grown to six times its original size.


  The firm’s operations include woods, trucking, sawmilling, yard, kiln drying and panel making.


  Its product is glued furniture panels, chair seat blanks, and laminated parts for use in furniture manufacturing, novelty items, and industrial components.


 The concept of preparing semi-finished panels for the furniture manufacturers was pioneered in the Northeast by Mr. Bolduc, president and founder of the firm, which only a short time ago was sold to the Ethan Allen Company of New York.


 He was a communicant of St. Anthanasius and St. John Church and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus.


             Surviving are his widow, Yvonne Fecteau Bolduc, Rumford; two sons, Peter, Mexico, and Francis, Roxbury; a daughter, Mrs. Martha Umbro, Lewiston; his mother, Mrs. Marie Louise Doucette, Lewiston; three brother, Roland, Norman, both of Lewiston, Lionel, Lisbon; two sisters, Mrs. Dominique Poulin, Mrs. Paul Lessard, both of Lewiston.


             Funeral services will be held from St. Anthanasius and St. John Church Thursday at 10 am with burial at St. John’s Cemetery.


Yvonne B. (Fecteau) Bolduc, 1917, - 2003 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, September 20, 2003)

   BIDDEFORD — Yvonne. B. Bolduc, 86, passed away on Sept. 18, after a long battle with cancer. Her strength and determination during her health struggle in the past two years were an example of how strong the will to live can be. Above all, it is her love and concern for her family which will be remembered most.

   She was born in Spaulding, Quebec, on April 13, 1917, the daughter of Anna and Josaphat Fecteau.

   As a young woman, she lived and worked in Quebec City, at time in her life she truly loved.

   She married Royal Bolduc in Quebec in 1940. They began their life together in New Hampshire in the lumber camps he owned.

   They later moved to Colebrook, N.H., and their three children were born during this time.

   In the early 1950’s, she and her husband moved to Mexico, and later Rumford.

   He was the founder and President of Andover Wood Products, a furniture manufacturing plant still in operation today.

   She loved to sing and play the piano and organ. She was actively involved in the area Catholic churches and their choirs, as well as the local theater group. Cooking and gardening, and especially growing roses, gave her great pleasure.

   Her husband died in 1973. She later moved to Auburn and South Portland to be closer to her children. She loved to travel and she wintered in Florida.

   She is survived by her three children and their spouses, Martha Bolduc of Old Orchard Beach, Peter and Nancy Bolduc of Cape Elizabeth, and Francis and Theresa Bolduc of Andover and Mims, Fla.; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Gerard and Herve Fecteau both of Canada; and three sisters, Susan Woodard, Cecile Nadeau (both of New Hampshire) and Alice Bouchard also of Canada.

   She was predeceased by three sisters, Edna Gadwah, Claire Potvin and Marie Anna Beloin; and a stepfather, Fidele Landry.

   The family wishes to thank Beacon Hospice and the Southridge Nursing Home for their care of Yvonne.

Gladys (Pratt) Boulter, 1892 - 1940 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   E. J. Pratt received word of the death of his sister, Mrs. Gladys Boulter, at the Maine General Hospital, Portland, Sunday [late November, 1940]. She had been ill a long time.

   Mrs. Boulter was born in Andover, September 18, 1892, the daughter of Edward J. and Sadie Learned Pratt.

   About 25 years ago she married William Boulter, Rangeley, and had made her home there since.

   Survivors besides her husband are a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Haley; two grandsons in Rangeley; a step mother, Mrs. Emma Barnes; three uncles, T. H. Learned, Charles and Chester Learned; three aunts, Mrs. Helen Morgan, Mrs. Nellie Hoyt, all of Andover, and Mrs. Blanche Cobb, Augusta.


Janet (Swift) (Hutchins) Bowers, 1917-2005 (Obituary provided by Mike Stowell)

   Lewiston - Janet Swift Hutchins Bowers, 88, of Rumford, died Friday, April 29, at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston .

   She was born in Greenwood , March 4, 1917, the daughter of the late Harry M. and Florence (Littlefield) Swift and graduated from Woodstock High School in 1934.

   On Sept. 21, 1946, she married Henry Bowers, Sr., in Royalston, Mass. , and moved here in 1948. They both worked at Ecko Wood Products for many years and lived in Greenwood until his death in 1979.

   She was treasurer and served as school board member for the town of Greenwood. She later moved to Rumford and became active as a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary 1248. She was president of F.O.E. Auxiliary 1248 from 1992 to 1995 and from 1996 to 1998.

   She was a colorful lady, an avid reader and a lover of animals, especially cats. She enjoyed crochet work. She made many afghans to give to nursing home residents. She was known for her sharp wit and was very knowledgeable about world events. She loved to travel. She led an active lifestyle and had a zest for life.

   Survivors include her companion, Walter "Woody" Woodford, of Rumford; a daughter, Amanda Bowers of Rumford; a son, Richard Hutchins of Rumford; a son, Henry Bowers, Jr., and his wife, Eva, of Greenwood ; one sister, Carolyn Vaughan of Dixfield; one aunt, Esther Farnum of Norway ; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Clara Celeste (Hall) Bragg, 1857-1927 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 23, 1927)


   Funeral services for Callie Bragg, widow of the late Ingalls Bragg, who passed away in Providence, R.I. [April 9, 1927] were held Friday afternoon at the Universalist Church. Rev. Robert Rice of Rumford conducted the services.


Ingalls Bragg, 1842-1910 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 19, 1910)


   Ingalls Bragg died at his home on Main Street on Monday Feb. 14 [1910] of pneumonia after a few days of illness. Mr. Bragg was a blacksmith by trade and always followed this business. Mr. Bragg had always lived in South Andover until about seven years ago when he moved to the village.


   He had been in poor health for a number of months and unable to do much work. A widow and one sister, Mrs. E. M. Pratt of this town survive him.


Horace Brickett, 1843-1909 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 3, 1909)


   Horace Brickett [son of James N. and Sarah (Abbott) Brickett] died at the home of Mrs. Baker in South Andover, where he had been boarding last Saturday morning [March 26, 1909] He had pneumonia and kidney trouble. He had been a town charge but inherited some property a few years ago so he had enough to carry him through and bury him.


Alden A. Briggs, 1917 – 2001 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, April 11, 2001)

   SOUTH PARIS — Alden Allen Briggs, 77, of Rumford, died Monday, April 9, [2001] at the Maine Veteran’s Home.

   Born in Reading, Mass., Jan. 21, 1924, the son of Fred and Jennie Patterson Briggs, he attended schools in New Brunswick.

   Mr. Briggs served in the U.S. Navy for over 20 years including World War II and the Korean Conflict, retiring as an ENC.

   He and his family moved to the Andover area in 1969. He retired after 17 years from the Communication Satellite Co. in Andover as a maintenance mechanic.

   Mr. Briggs was a member of the Masons and enjoyed hunting, fishing and being with his family.

   Survivors include his wife, Gwendolyn of Rumford; three daughters and their husbands, Belinda and Peter Poor of Andover, Sharon and Mark Farrington of East Andover and Debra Gilsdorf of Windsor, Conn.; seven grandchildren, Peter, John and Jenna Poor, Daniel and Victor Gilsdorf and Matthew, Cindy and Lindsey Farrington.


Gwendolyn L. (McGinnis) Briggs, 1926-2007 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, March 28, 2007)


   Gwendolyn L. “Gwen” Briggs, age 81, of Upton Road in Andover, passed away Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at Rumford Hospital with her loving family at her side.

   She was born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, on Feb. 13, 1926 a daughter of James F. and Lilian I. (James) McGinnis and was educated in schools in Canada.

   Gwen married Alden A. Briggs on Jan. 2, 1946; he passed away in April of 2001.

   She was proud to be a career Navy wife and cherished the many friendships she made, especially her dearest friend, Eleanor.

   Gwen loved to cook, and she was known for her great pies. She also loved traveling, and saw all 50 states; many of those trips were done with her daughters.

   She also enjoyed playing bingo with her friends, crocheting, and sewing, but especially spending time with her loving grandchildren and her beloved pets.

   She is survived by three daughters, Belinda J. Poor and husband Peter of Andover, Sharon K. Farrington and husband Mark of East Andover, and Debra A. Gilsdorf of Windsor, Colo.; a sister, Doreen Ramsay of Moncton, N.B. Canada; seven grandchildren; a niece; a nephew; and her dearest friend, Eleanor Willhoite of Norfolk, Va. She was predeceased by her parents and her husband, Alden.

   A Funeral Service was celebrated Friday, March 23, at the Calvary Bible Church, Route 5 Andover, with the Rev. Ken Wagstaff officiating. If so desired contributions in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, One Maine Street, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086-1240 or the charity of one’s choice. Spring interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Relatives and friends may pay tribute to Gwen at


Rowena M. Brochu 1920-2004 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, May 27, 2004)


   DOVER, N.H. - Rowena M. (Marston) Brochu, 84, formerly of 130 Salmon Falls Road, Rochester, N.H., died May 23, at the Dover Rehabilitation and Living Center in Dover, N.H., after a period of failing health.

   Born in Andover, May 3, 1920, the daughter of the late Steven and Ida Cutting Marston, she had lived in Rochester most of her life.

   She had worked in the stitching room at Miller Shoe for several years. She loved yard sales, cooking and people. She was well known for her coffee, homemade donuts and fudge. She was a warm and loving woman to all who knew her, especially her closest and dearest friend, Hylas (Bud) Wheeler, who will miss her very much.

   Members of her family include four nieces, Lydna Marston, Margrett Herrick, Brenda Coolidge and Janet Gaughnour; one nephew, Steven Marston; one sister-in-law, Lorraine Marston; and several great-nieces and nephews. She will be missed by all who knew her.

   She was predeceased by her parents; a brother, David Marston; and two husbands, Clifford Gill and (Red) Brochu.

Alton Brooks, Abt. 1886-1925 (From the Rumford Falls Times, December 19, 1925)


   Alton Brooks passed away Sunday morning [Dec. 13, 1925] after a brief illness at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roberts where he was boarding. Mr. Brooks is survived by three young daughters [Edith A., Marguerite M., Jessie M.], one brother and three sisters.


   Mr. Brooks had lived in Andover for a number of years and had made many friends. His wife [Edith Morton, daughter of Herbert H. and Georgia Morton] passed away several years ago. The funeral services were held at the Universalist Church Monday afternoon, Rev. Mr. Miller officiating.


Patricia (Deanis) Broomhall, 1944-2007 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, March 16, 2007)


MEXICO – Patricia [Deanis] Broomhall, 62, died on Wednesday, March 14, [2007] at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. She was a resident of Granite Street, in Mexico.

She was born in Rumford, on July 21, 1944. She was a daughter of Joseph and Eleanor (Beck) Ames Deanis. She was a graduate of Mexico High School.

She worked as a lab technician for NewPage Paper Mill in Rumford.

She was an active member of the LeParesseux Snowshoe Club, and was an avid bingo player. Her family was her pride and joy. She went by the saying "just one day at a time".

Survivors include a daughter, Brenda Doucette and her husband, Lee, of Rumford; two sons, Philip, of New York City, and Gary, of Mexico; her mother, Eleanor Ames, of Mexico; two very special granddaughters, Katie Doucette and Breanna Broomhall; two brothers, Gerald Deanis and his wife, Helen, of Roxbury Pond, and Barry Deanis and his wife, Cyndi, of Rumford; and one sister, Phyllis Nicols and her husband, James, of Mexico; and several nieces and nephews; and a special companion for many years, Stephen Gallant.

She was predeceased by her father, Joseph Deanis; and sister, Sally Cloutier and husband, Ernest Cloutier.


Doris (Morton) Brown, 1909-2008 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, January 31, 2008(

WEST BETHEL - Doris M. Brown, 98, of West Bethel, died at her residence Wednesday, Jan. 30, with her family at her side.

She was born in Andover on June 27, 1909, the daughter of Herbert and Daisy (Brooks) Morton and graduated from Stephens High School (now Mountain Valley High School) in the Class of 1926.

She married Richard J. Brown on June 27, 1929; he died Aug. 7, 1994 after being married 65 years. She had worked as secretary to Henry H. Hastings Sr. 1926 to 1929, Dr. Sherman Greenleaf 1933 to 1939, and was a teller at Bethel Savings Bank 1961 to 1976, as well as helping her husband on the family farm.

She was a member of the West Bethel Union Church, Chapel Aid, Bethel Historical Society, Oxford County Senior Citizens and had been treasurer of the Salvation Army-Bethel Unit since Oct. 1, 1961.

She is survived by three daughters, V. Sally Bradley and her husband, Raymond Jr., of Wakefield, R.I., Martha Farrington and her husband, Phillip, of Maine and Texas, and Dixie-Lea Thayer and her husband, Charles, of Bangor; six grandchildren, Raymond Bradley III of Charlestown, R.I., Richard Bradley of Providence, R.I., Debra Moody of Auburn, Darrin Farrington of Oxford, Lea-Anne Thayer of Brunswick and Laurie-Sue Rodrigues of Marblehead, Mass.; and five great-grandchildren, Raymond IV, Erica, Alex, Loeden and Colette.

She was predeceased by several siblings.


Floyd R. Buck, 1933 – 2003 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, February 10, 2003 )

   LEWISTON – Floyd R. Buck, 69, of East Andover, died Saturday afternoon, Feb. 8, at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston, following a lengthy illness.

   He was born Sept. 10, 1933 in Milton Plantation, a son of the late Llewellyn A. and Ethel M. (Eastman) Buck.

   On April 7, 1962, he married the former Carol L. Vashaw in Colebrook, N.H.

   He will be remembered by his family and friends as an avid outdoorsman. Along with his wife, he loved to hunt, fish and go camping. For many years he enjoyed gardening.

   In addition to his wife of 40 years, he is survived by eight children, Floyd L. Buck of Minot, Barbara Dyke of Lebanon, Donald Turbide of Lebanon, Deelight Pennell of Portsmouth, N.H., Randy Buck of East Andover, Robin Ladisheff of Concord, N.H.; Kevin Buck of Portsmouth, N.H., and Kim Buck of Lewiston; five siblings, Kathleen Barker of Mexico, Elbridge Buck of Milton Plantation, Esther Knapp of Byron, Charlotte Rose of Byron, and Thelma McKenna of East Milton; and many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.

   He was preceded in death by two daughters, Judi Fifield of Berwick, and Rosanda Buck of Milton Plantation.


Irene S. (Cole) Buck, Abt. 1908 – 1999 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, October 24, 1999)

   ANDOVER – Irene S. Buck, 91, of Andover, formerly of Milton Plantation, died unexpectedly at her residence on Friday, Oct. 22 [1999].

   She was born in Buckfield, the daughter of the late Lineous R. and Nellie (Wood) Cole. She attended the Milton Plantation schools and married Mervin Buck. She was an animal lover and enjoyed spending time with her family.

   She is survived by one daughter, Rita Wilson and her husband, Dennis, of Greenwood; two sons, Stanwood Pingree and his wife, Joyce, of Andover and Arthur Pingree and his wife, Tammy, of Andover; 16 grandchildren; many great-grand children; and several great-great grandchildren.


Mervin E. Buck, Abt. 1919 - 1993  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   RUMFORD - Mervin E. Buck, 74, of Andover, died Wednesday [July 7, 1993] at the Rumford Community Hospital after a long illness.

   Mr. Buck was born in Bethel, the son of the late Ernest and Grace (Farrell) Buck. He attended Bethel schools and graduated from Gould Academy in 1936.

   Mr. Buck worked for a number of years on the family farm and later was employed by the Oxford Paper Company. He also worked at Andover Wood Products for more than 25 years, retiring several years ago.

   Besides his wife, the former Irene S. Cole, he is survived by a step-daughter, Mrs. Dennis (Rita) Wilson, of Bethel; two stepsons, Stanwood and Arthur Pingree, both of Andover; three brothers, Raymond and Albert Buck, both of Bethel, and David Buck of Augusta, Ga.; 16 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.


Charles W. Burditt, 1873 - 1946 (Obituary from an unidentified newspaper, but probably Rumford Falls Times)

   Charles W. Burditt, 72, died at the Community Hospital Thursday [no date given]. He had been a patient there 11 days.

   Mr. Burditt was born at Charlestown, Mass., November 18, 1873, the son of Henry Oscar and Mary Newhall Burditt. He came to Rumford 45 years ago, and until he retired from business a few years ago, owned and operated a grocery store.

   He married the late Gertrude Brimigion Burditt.

   Mr. Burditt was past master of Blazing Star Lodge No. 30 F. & A. M., was past high priest of Royal Arch Chapter, No. 56, was past recorder of Strathglass Commandery, No. 21, Knights Templar.

   He is survived by two sons, Paul and Donald Burditt, Newark, N. J., a brother, Dana W. Burditt, Ashland, Mass.; three sisters, Mrs. Emma B. Howe, Rumford, Mrs. Henry Dix. Stoneham, Mass., Mrs. Wesley Goodwin, Greenwood, Mass.

   Funeral services were at 2 p. m., Monday, at the First Baptist Church. Rev. William Johnson officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Pall bearers were Basil Gray, Walter Hicks, William Roberts, Rodney McDonald, William Waterhouse, Chester Martin.

Attending the funeral from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Howe, Bristol, Conn., Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Goodwin, Stanley Goodwin, Greenwood, Mass., Mrs. Henry Dix, Stoneham, Mass., Mrs. Hal Goddard, Andover, Mass., Alan Dix, Augusta, Dana Burditt, Ashland, Mass.

Dana W. Burditt, 1888 - Aft. 1946 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

   Dana W. Burditt, youngest son of the late Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Burditt, long residents of Rumford, passed away at the Baker Memorial Hospital, Boston, Friday June 17 [no date given, but maybe 1949].

   He was born in Andover September 8, 1888, coming to Rumford with his parents to live when he was 12 years of age. He graduated from Rumford high school in the class of 1907. After graduation he worked in his father's grocery store under Hotel Rumford, Congress Street, going to Massachusetts later.

   He was associated with his brother-in-law H E Dix in the stationery business in Boston, later conducting a wholesale stationery business for himself.

   He married Esther Enslin February 24, 1917 at Ashland, Mass, and has made his home there since. To them were born two daughters, Barbara and Katherine. Their oldest daughter Barbara died October 22, 1946.

   He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Burditt of Ashland, a daughter, Mrs. Clyde Christman, nee Katherine, of Cambridge, Mass; three sisters, Mrs. Charles Howe, Rumford, Mrs. Wesley S Goodwin, Greenwood, Mass, nee Ella Burditt and Mrs. Henry E Dix, nee Oriesa Burditt of Stoneham, Mass; several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services were held Monday, June 20 in Ashland, Mass.


Gertrude (Brimigion) Burditt, 1875 – 1946  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)


   Mrs. Gertrude Brimigion Burditt, wife of Charles W. Burditt, died Monday night, January 14, 1946 at Elsie’s Nursing Home, after an illness of several years. She had been at the Nursing Home two days.


   Mrs. Burditt was born in Avon, now Phillips, February 23, 1875, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Brimigion, and lived there until her marriage to Mr. Burditt, November 8, 1900. She had been active in community and church work during her 45 years in Rumford.


   She was a member of the Christian Science Church, Past Matron of Mount Zircon Chapter, No. 142, Order of Eastern Star, Past President of the Past Matron’s Association, Past District Deputy of District No. 6, Grand Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, member of the Christmas Club, and Past President of the Ladies Aid of the Methodist Church.


   Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Donald, instructor of industrial arts, Newark, N. Y., and Paul of Newark, N. Y., and three grandchildren.


 The funeral will be at 2 p. m. today from the Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rev. William Johnson will officiate. The body will be placed in the receiving tomb. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, in the Spring.

Florence A. (Akers) Burgess, 1892 - 1984  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   Mrs. Florence A. Burgess died Tuesday evening March 20, 1984 at the Cozy Inn Nursing Home in Rumford where she had resided eight years. She had lived in Rumford Center and the area all of her life.

   She was born in Andover, May 28,  1892, the daughter of Winthrop and Cora Cutting Akers. She was a graduate of Andover High School and Gorham State Teachers College. She taught for many years in the Rumford elementary schools until her marriage in Andover in 1925 to the late Merle F. Burgess. She was a member of the Christian Valley Literary Club and the Willing Workers of the Church, a member of the Rumford Center Methodist Church and in the past had served on the Rumford School Board.

   She is survived by a son, Thomas Burgess of Rumford Center; a brother, Merle Akers of Andover; a sister, Mrs. Mary Hall of Rumford Point; and two granddaughters.

   Funeral services were held Friday morning at the Meader and Son funeral home, Rumford, with Rev. Robert Plummer officiating. Entombment was at the Sunnyside Receiving Vault, Rumford, with burial in the spring at Rumford Center Cemetery.

Perry E. Burgi, 1947 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   EAST ANDOVER - Perry E. Burgi, 46, of Farmer's Hill Road, died Sunday [January 16, 1994] at the Maine Medical Center in Portland where he had been a patient for three weeks.

   He was born March 22, 1947, in The Dalles, Oregon, the son of Raymond and Mildred (Polf) Burgi. He graduated from Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona and attended Arizona Western Junior College for one year and the University of Arizona at Tucson for four years.

   A resident of this area since, 1972, he was employed as an electronics technician at the Boise-Cascade Paper Group in Rumford for 20 years and owned and operated the Satellite Systems of Maine.

   Mr. Burgi was a member of the East Andover Congregational Church and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers.

   He was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed all aspects of the out-of-doors including hunting, fishing, camping and hiking with his family.

  On April 18, 1975 he married Charlene Yanush in Las Vegas, NV. Surviving, besides his wife of East Andover are his father of Yuma, Arizona; and three daughters, Julie, Katerine and Alexa, all of East Andover. He was predeceased by his sister, Paula Burgi.


William E. Burke, 1929 – 2009 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, June 10, 2009)

   ANDOVER – William E. Burke, 79, of Andover and Ledgeview Living Center, West Paris passed away on June 3, 2009.

   He was born in Albany, NY, on October 15, 1929, the son of Leo and Elizabeth (Grogan) Burke. He attended school in Albany and graduated from the Christian Brothers Academy of that city. He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War for four years from 1950-1954.

   He worked for the state of New York as an offset printer for 30 years and upon retirement was employed by the Bellows Falls Vermont High School as a printer from 1984-1989, and later moved to Andover.

  Survivors are a brother, The Honorable Thomas Burke of Dubai, his longtime companion, Barbara Adams of Andover, and many nieces and nephews.

   He was predeceased by his parents; three brothers, Leo, Atty. Paul Burke and Patrick; and a sister, Elizabeth Mahoney.


Charles E. Burnham Sr., 1910 – 2000 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, January 24, 2000)

   NORWAY – Charles E. Burnham Sr., 89, of Hanover died Sunday morning, Jan. 23, 2000, at Stephens Memorial Hospital following a brief illness.

   He was born in Boothbay, Oct. 24, 1910, son of Charles F. and Violet A. Thurston Burnham.

   He attended Boothbay and East Boothbay schools.

   He graduated from Gould Academy in 1929 and Sherman’s Business School in 1931.

   After learning the meat-cutting trade, he worked at the First National Store in Rumford.

   He worked as head clerk in woods operations and woods superintendent at the Camden Shipbuilding Corp. locating oak logs for ships.

   He was also woods superintendent for Andover Wood Products, Inc. for 14 years.

   After working for P.H. Chadbourne & Co. surveying and cruising land, he retired in 1976 as a self-employed surveyor.

   He married Marjorie Lois Thurston, Oct. 30, 1934, in Gilead.

   Mr. Burnham was a life member of Oxford Bear Lodge, Knights of Pythias and a former member of the Bear River Grange.

   He enjoyed nature, the outdoors, bird carving, painting, writing and reciting poetry and telling stories.

   As a resident of Hanover for 54 years, Mr. Burnham participated in many community affairs including serving as chairman of the N.O.V.A. board of directors.

   He also served as Boy Scout Master and took the troops to the World’s Fair in Canada.

   He will be greatly missed by his loving family and friends.

   Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Marjorie Burnham of Hanover; four sons: Charles E. Burnham Jr. and Mary Ellen Goddard of North Rumford, David L. Burnham and his wife, Jeanne of Scarborough, Guy F. Burnham and Bridget Lancaster of Bethel, Melvin P. Burnham and his wife, Debra of Skowhegan; 12 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

   He was predeceased by a sister, Florence P. Burnham in 1976.


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