Andover Obituaries Beginning with "D"


Burt D. Damon, 1909 - 1963 (Obituary from the Rumford falls Times, September 26, 1963)


   The death of Burt D. Damon, of Hanover, occurred at his Hanover residence on September 19 [1963].


   Mr. Damon had made his home with his sister, Mrs. Helen Stearns, at Hanover, for 11 years.


   He was born April 4, 1909, at Andover, the son of Llewellyn and Bessie Dunn Damon. He had worked for 11 years in the beater room at the Oxford Paper Company. He was a veteran of World War II in which he served in the U, S. Army.


   He was a member of Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Andover.


   Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Helen Stearns, Hanover, Mrs. Eva Bodwell, Andover, and Mrs. George Wentworth, Albion; brothers Roger T. Damon, Norway and Rex H. Damon, Veteran’s Hospital, Togus.


   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, September 22, from the Meader and Son Funeral Home with Rev. Carl M. Kingsbury officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.


  Committal services were conducted at the cemetery by Rev. Mr. Kingsbury.


   Pall bearers, members of Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias, were Herschel Hall, Stephen hall, Henry Roberts and Bradley Hines.

Ella (Mitchell) Damon, 1858-1932 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 21, 1932)

   Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Damon, widow of the late Oscar Damon, who died in Bethel Thursday night [December 15, 1932] after an illness of several months, were held from the Congregational church, Andover, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. George W. M. Keyes, pastor of the church, conducted the services, which were largely attended. Members of Lone Mountain Grange were seated in a body. The bearers were Clarence Hall, Vard Perkins, Ralph Thurston and Roger Thurston, all members of the Grange.

   Interment was at Woodlawn cemetery.

   Mrs. Damon was born in Roxbury, nearly 76 years ago, the daughter of Horatio and Ruth Merrill Mitchell. She is survived by brother, William Mitchell, Andover, with whom she had made her home since the death of her husband in 1923, also several cousins.

   She entered the Community Hospital, Rumford, for treatment early in the summer and later was cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Merrill at their home in Bethel, where she died.

   Mrs. Damon was a member of the Lone Mountain Grange, the King’s Daughters society, the Ladies Aid of the Congregational church and a member of the Universalist Ladies Aid and was much interested in all of these orders.

   Those attending the services from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Stevens, Dixfield; Mr. and Mrs. Foss Judkins, Dixfield; Mr. and Mrs. Evander Judkins, Dixfield; Mr. and Mrs. Roy Swett, Douglas and Clayton Swett, Carthage; Mr. and Mrs. Truman Damon, Mrs. Abbir Johnson, and two friends, Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Mitchell, Winthrop; Mrs. Eva Merrill Hodge, Canton; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Merrill, Bethel; Mr. and Mrs. Edgar Judkins, Mr. and Mrs. Dana Mitchell, Dixfield; and Mr. and Mrs. Elton Knight, Rumford Point.

Llewellyn R. Damon, 1870 - 1944 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)


  ANDOVER - Funeral services for Llewellyn R. Damon, who died Thursday night, were held at the First Congregational church Sunday afternoon and were largely attended. Rev. Linwood C. Potter officiated, assisted by members of Cabot Lodge, K. of P., who conducted their service led by Elton Knight of Rumford Point. The pall bearers were Timothy Learned, Waldo Merrill, Roger L. Thurston and Chester Learned. Burial was in the family lot at Woodlawn Cemetery.

  Among those attending from away were: Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Newton, Bethel; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Frew, Dixfield; Mr. and Mrs. George Wentworth, Eliot; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Stearns, Hanover; Charles Damon, Ella Damon, Ronald Damon, Portland; Mrs. Sybil Damon, Llewellyn Damon, Mrs. Abbie Johnson, Mrs. Mildred Nichols, Auburn.

  Mr. Damon, 74, was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 9 [1944] when his horse pushed him down and stepped on him.

  Mr. Damon was holding a pail of water for the horse when suddenly the horse became frightened and pulled the cart over Mr. Damon's body. Every rib on one side of Mr. Damon's body was broken and one lung was punctured. He received serious injuries to his face and head.

  He died at Community hospital, Rumford, Thursday night, Aug. 10, [1944]. Mr. Damon was born in Buckfield, Dec. 12, 1870, the son of Jonathan and Mary Jane Damon.

  Mr. Damon lived in Andover 40 years. He was a member of Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias and Andover Farm Bureau.

  He leaves four sons, Staff Sgt. Rex Damon, in England; Cecil, Bert and Roger Damon of Andover; three daughters, Mrs. Helen Stearns, Hanover; Mrs. Eva Bodwell, Andover; Mrs. Ruth Wentworth, of Eliot, and nine grandchildren. His wife died in 1939.

Oscar Damon, 1903-1907 (Story from the Rumford Falls Times, March 16, 1907)

Killed on his Fourth Birthday


Little Oscar Damon Crushed to Death by Log


    The saddest fatality which has happened in Andover in years occurred Friday afternoon [March 8, 1907] when littler Oscar Damon, 4 years old to the day, was crushed to death by a heavy log.


   Llewellyn Damon, the little boy’s father, was returning home from the woods with a log on a bob sled chained at one end with the other end dragging on the snow. His little son ran out to get on the sled, slipped and fell under the log. It took four men to lift the log from the little fellow who was still alive. A physician was summoned but before he reached the house, the boy had passed away.


   The fatal day was Oscar’s 4th birthday and he was to have had a party that evening.


   Services were held Sunday March 10th at the Congregational Church by Rev. G. B. Hannaford of Rumford Falls. The parents are grief stricken and have the sympathy of the whole community.


Reta E. (Porter) Damon, 1923 - 1998  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

   NORWAY - Reta E. Damon, 74, of Norway died Thursday, Feb. 5, at the Norway Rehabilitation and Living Center.

  She was born at Andover on April 14, 1923, the daughter of Franklin and Lillian Harding Porter. She attended Andover High School. She had been a housewife most of her life. She married Roger Damon on July 30, 1938. He died on Dec 14, 1996.

  She is survived by one son, Harold Damon and daughter-in-law Billie Lou Damon of South Paris; a granddaughter, Dorry Sekerak of Winthrop; a grandson, Joseph Damon of South Paris; a great-granddaughter, Alison Sekerak of Winthrop; a great-grandson, Matthew Sekerak of Winthrop; and two sisters, Leatrice Myshrall of Andover and Arvilla Robinson of North Carolina. She was predeceased by a sister, Mellisa Swan; and four brothers, Wilfred, Mark, Atwood and Leonard Porter.

Robert L. Damon, 1907-1933 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 2, 1933)

   Robert Damon, son of Mr. and Mrs. Llewellyn Damon, Andover, died at his home Friday morning [January 27, 1933] after a week’s illness of pneumonia. Two weeks earlier he was taken ill with the flu and recovered sufficiently to return to his work in the woods. He had a relapse and returned to his home where pneumonia developed.

   Mr. Damon was born in Andover, 25 years ago. Besides his parents, he is survived by five brothers, Rex, Cecil, Bert, Harold and Roger Damon, and three sisters, Ruth Damon, Mrs. Harold Bodwell, Andover, and Mrs. Leroy Stearns, Hanover.

   Funeral services were held from the First Congregational church Sunday afternoon with Rev. George W. M. Keyes officiating. The bearers were Harold Bodwell, Leroy Stearns, George Dunn, Basil Hutchins, Robert Dunn and Edward Hutchins.

   The members of Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias and Lone Mountain Grange of which Mr. Damon was a member, attended the services in a body. The interment was in Woodlawn cemetery. Those attending from out of town were Mrs. Truman Damon, Llewellyn Damon, Mr. and Mrs. Harold Smith, Auburn, Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Stearns, Hanover, Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Newton, East Bethel.

Percy Ellis Deane, Abt. 1899-1926 (Front page story from the Rumford Falls Times, May 15, 1926)


 One Man Dead, Three Injured in Auto Crash


Percy Deane Instantly Killed Receiving Broken Neck


   One man was killed and three injured Tuesday afternoon [May 11, 1926] at three thirty when a Buick touring car driven by Russell Wentzel overturned twice near the Charles Hodgman farm. Percy Deane, 27, of Andover was killed outright. The driver received a lacerated wrist and Mrs. Lucian Akers and her daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Parsons, received minor cuts and bruises,


   Every occupant of the car was hurled into the air when the car overturned and the escape of the other three is miraculous. It is reported Deane’s neck was broken in the accident.


   The party was coming to Rumford and when the car reached the scene of the accident it caught in sandy road. Wentzel says that Deane became alarmed and grabbed for the wheel . Motorists who passed the car just before the accident says it was traveling at a high rate of speed. But Wentzel told the state police that he was making twenty five miles an hour when the accident occurred.


   Percy Deane is a native of Lunenberg, Nova Scotia and two years ago came to Andover. In the winter he found work in the woods and drove a public car in other seasons. He is survived in Nova Scotia by his parents and a brother, Ogden. Burial will be made in Nova Scotia.


   Russell Wentzel is also a native of Nova Scotia. He was a close friend of Deane and was visiting him in Andover. Wentzel was planning to leave for Boston the day after the accident occurred and then for Worcester where he was formerly employed.


  Reports received yesterday were that Mrs. Dorothy Parsons was suffering from an injured ankle and that Mrs. Akers was recovering from bruises.

Gerald S. Deanis, 1965 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   Gerald S. "Jerry" Deanis, 29, of South Rumford died Saturday, June 18, 1994, at home.

   Born at Rumford, March 17,1965, he was the son of Gerald and Helen Lang Deanis. He was a lifelong resident of the Andover and Rumford area.

   Mr. Deanis graduated from Telstar Regional High School at Bethel in 1983 and had attended the University of Maine at Orono. He also served a tour of duty with the U.S. Army.

   He was employed for several years as a service technician for Stanley's Furniture Store at Rumford.

   Mr. Deanis was a former Boy Scout leader and was active on the Newry Softball Team. He enjoyed sports, especially fishing.

   Survivors include his parents of Andovcr; one son, Jarod of South Rumford; two daughters, Randi Marie and Melissa Lynn Deanis, both of Ashley, Pa.;  one step-daughter, Melissa Gaskey of South Rumford; two stepsons, Corey and Bryan Desgroseilliers of South Rumford; two sisters, Mrs. Douglas (Jodie) Wilson of Bethel and Mrs. H. Clay (Kimbalie) Moore of Vidor,  Texas; maternal grandmother, Marie Lang of Andovcr; and paternal grandmother, Eleanor Deanis Ames of Mexico. A brother, Randall L., died Oct. 12, 1985.

Joseph R. Deanis, 1917 – 1961  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, January 26, 1961)

   The death of Joseph R. Deanis, 43, of Granite Street, Mexico, occurred suddenly at his home, January 15 [1961]. He had resided in the community three years.

   Mr. Deanis was born in Rumford December 15, 1917, the son of Joseph and Margaret Higgins Deanis. He married the former Eleanor May Beck, who survives.

   He had worked for 18 years as a mechanic in the Oxford mill here. 

   He was a communicant of St. Anthanasius Church.

   Surviving are his widow, daughters Mrs. Phyllis Nicols, Rumford, Miss Patricia Deanis, Mexico, and Miss Sally Deanis, Mexico; sons Gerald of Rumford and Barry of Mexico; two grandsons; sisters Mrs. Francis Leighton, Mexico, and Mrs. Katherine Chambers, Rumford.

   Funeral services for Joseph R. Deanis were held at 8 am Wednesday, January 18, at St. Anthanasius Church, with a solemn high mass of rwquiem.

   Entombment was in St. John’s tomb for burial in St. John’s cemetery, Rumford, in the spring.

Leslie (Bean) Deanis, 1961 - 1985 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Leslie B. Deanis, 25, died Saturday [October 12, 1985] in a fire at her residence on Newton Street in Andover,

  She was born in Portland, Sept. 2, 1961, the daughter of Elmer and Berta Olson Bean Jr. She attended Telstar Regional High School in Bethel and was formerly married to Dennis Lindeman of Onstead, Mich. On Sept. 21, 1985, she married Randall Deanis at Roxbury Pond.

  Survivors include her mother, Mrs. Berta Olson of Bethel; her father, Elmer Bean Jr. of Bethel; a half sister, Miss Linda Griffin of Vera Cruz, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. Lorna Lynn Mahar of Hanover and Mrs. Marlene Ann Dunn of Andover; three step-sisters, Mrs. Dariene Baker of Hanover, Mrs., Mary Brown of Bethel and Mrs. Kathy-Jo Farren of West Bethel; a half brother, Neal Griffin of Bayview, Colo.; two brothers, Kevin Bean of Denver, Colo. and Mark Bean of Bethel; and maternal grandmother, Grace Olson of Bethel. Those who also died in the fire include her husband, Randall Deanis, and sons Bronson and Brock Lindeman, all of Andover.

Randall L. Deanis, 1960 - 1985  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

 ANDOVER - Randall L. Deanis, 25, died Saturday [October 12, 1985] in a fire at his residence on Newton Street, where he lived most of his life.

  He was born at Rumford, Feb. 21, 1960, the son of Gerald and Helen Lang Deanis. He was a graduate of Telstar Regional High School, class of 1979, and from the New Hampshire Vocational Technical College, Berlin, N.H., in 1981. For the past several years, he was employed at Andover Wood Products, Andover, and for the past year, was supervisor. He was married at Roxbury Pond, Sept. 21, 1985, to Leslie Bean.

  Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Deanis of Andover; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Marie Lang of Andover; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Eleanor Deanis Ames of Mexico; paternal great-grandfather, Omer Spidell of Mexico; two sisters, the Misses Jodie   and Kimbalie Deanis of Andover; a brother, Gerald Sean Deanis of Ft. Riley, Kan. Also deceased in the fire were his wife, Leslie Deanis, and stepsons, Bronson and Brock Lindeman, all of Andover.

Charles DeLong, 1898-1922 (From the Rumford Falls Times, August 12, 1922)

   Funeral services of Charles DeLong were held in the Congregational Church Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 8, [1922], Rev. Chester G. Miller of South Paris officiating. A large crowd was present and there were many beautiful flowers. He leaves a father [Sylvanus “Vene” DeLong], a step-mother and a sister to mourn him.

[Mr. Delong was killed in an automobile accident in Rumford Center Saturday night, August 12, 1922. A full story about the accident appears on the front page of the Rumford Falls Times August 8, 1922.]

Margaret Alfreda DeLong, 1921 - 2000 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

   LITTLETON, N.H. - Margaret A. "Freda" DeLong, 70 [s/b 79], formerly of Union St., passed away at the Littleton Regional Hospital, June 16, [2000].

  A native of Rumford, she was the daughter of Sylvanus and Mina (Stevens) DeLong. She graduated from Andover High School and later went on to business school in Laconia, N.H. She went to work at New England Telephone where she stayed on for 31 years before her retirement in 1972. She had lived in Littleton for the past 56 years.

  Surviving family members include two nieces and a nephew; and a lifetime friend, Frances Lindahl of Littleton.

Mina (Stevens) DeLong, 1879 - 1944 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mrs. Mina DeLong, wife of Sylvanus DeLong, died at her home on Main street at 5:30 o'clock Tuesday night [February 15, 1944] following a few days illness of a heart ailment.

  She was born in Andover nearly 64 years ago, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Peabody Stevens. She was a member of Ellis Glen Temple, Pythian Sisters, Kings Daughters Society, and Andover Farm Bureau.

  She leaves her husband; two daughters, Alfreda DeLong, of Laconia, N. H., and Francis DeLong, of the Maine General hospital of Portland; a step-daughter, Hazel, of the middle west, a twin sister, Mrs. Marna Thurston, and a half sister, Mrs. Annie Lovejoy, both of Laconia, N. H.; nieces and nephews.

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Sylvanus B. DeLong, 1873 - 1950 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Sylvanus B. DeLong, age 76, died Monday [March 13, 1950] at White's Convalescent Home where he had been a patient for some time. Mr. DeLong had been ill for a long time.

  He was born at Kempt, Nova Scotia, September 20, 1873. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Dennis Arsenault, St Clair Shores, Mich., Alfreda DeLong and Mrs. Archer D. Poor, Jr, both of Andover; six grandchildren.

  Before his illness, he was employed as foreman for Ray Thurston in lumbering operations for many years.

  Mr. DeLong was a member of the Knights of Pythias.

  Funeral services will be held at the Andover Congregational Church, at 3 p m this afternoon.

Evelyn S. (Richards) Doggett, 1919 - 1988  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

  Evelyn S. Doggett, 69, of Chattanooga, Tenn., died Oct. 11, 1988 in Chattanooga.

  She was born May 9, 1919, in Wiscasset, the daughter of Harold W. and Elizabeth (Baker) Richards. She was educated in the Andover schools, graduating from Andover High School. She married Frank L. Doggett, Jr., in Andover on April 1, 1939. For many years she owned and operated The Looking Glass Beauty Shops, Augusta and Brunswick.

  Survivors include her husband, Frank Doggett, Jr., of Chattanooga, a daughter, Mrs. Diantha Currier of Chattanooga; a son, Frank L. Doggett, III, of Los Angeles, Calif.; three brothers, Alton Richards of Seattle, Wash.; Frank Richards of Lewiston, and George Richards of Providence, R.I.; one grandson, and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Althea Hutchins, of Andover.

  Memorial services were conducted at the Andover Congregational Church, Saturday, Nov. 5, the Rev. E. Marriotte Churchill officiating. Interment was at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.


  Laura (Miller) Dolloff, 1923 – 2005 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, July 14, 2005)


   Laura (Miller) Dolloff, R.N., 81, died Wednesday, July 6, 2005 at the Rumford Hospital, Rumford. She had been a lifelong resident of the Andover area.


   Laura was born in Andover on Dec. 29, 1923, a daughter of Erwin and Frinda (Gordon) Miller, graduated from Andover High School Class of 1942 and from Central Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in Lewiston, Class of 1945.


   She had worked at the Rumford Community Hospital and Central Maine General Hospital in Lewiston and then as a private duty nurse for many years.


She was a member of the Calvary Bible Church and a former member of the Lone Mountain Grange. She was an avid reader, especially mystery novels, and loved spending time with her family.


   She was married in Andover on July 24, 1955 to the late Oscar Dolloff, who died in Portland on May 10, 1980.


   Survivors include two sons, David E. Dolloff and wife Twyla of Andover, and James 0. Dolloff and wife Kelly of Marshfleld, Mass.; a daughter, Anne Dolloff of Rumford and her companion Brad Best of Andover; and seven grandchildren.


   Funeral services were held Saturday, July 9, at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, Rumford, with the Rev. John O'Keefe officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.


   Those who desire, please contribute to the Calvary Bible Church, 1063 South Main Street, Andover, ME 04216 in her memory.

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Edmond P. Dorion, 1928-2009 (Obituary from the Portland Press Herald)

   PORTLAND -- Edmond P. Dorion, 81, of Portland and Palmetto, Fla., died Tuesday, June 2, 2009, at Maine Medical Center after a long illness. He was the long time companion of Mary S. Nutter. Ed was born in Andover on April 8, 1928, the son of the late Edmond P. and Ruth (Glines) Dorion Sr.

   He attended schools in the Bethel area and graduated from Gould Academy as a member of the class of 1946. A very athletic teenager, he was a team captain on his baseball, football and ski teams. After high school Ed went to work for International Paper, formerly know as St. Regis Paper Mill in Bucksport, and retired 45 years later in 1990 as a supervisor. Ed, a generous and kind man, was a member of Temple Shriner as well as the Masonic Lodge in Lewiston.

   He enjoyed traveling with Mary taking cruises and visiting their favorite location, Aruba, on several occasions. He loved his snowmobile and was know as an all around handyman, fixing anything that needed fixing. Besides Mary, Ed is survived by his sisters Mary Paine and her husband Erland of Bethel, and Sarah Lawthers and her husband Michael of Bluffton, S.C. He also leaves a nephew Richard Paine of Auburn and his children; and a niece Linda Jackson of Canada as well as Mary's children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   Memorial service & burial, Riverside Cemetery, Cornish, TBA. Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland.  Arrangements are under the direction of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. You are invited to share your thoughts, condolences and fond memories with the Dorion family by visiting Ed's guest book at In lieu of flowers donations can be made to: The National Kidney Foundation of Maine 470 Forest , Portland, ME 04101.

Leon K. Dowe, Abt. 1886-1918 (From the Rumford Falls Times, October 26, 1918)


   Died in Andover, Wednesday, Oct. 16th [1918], Mr. Leon Dowe, aged 32 years. Mr. Dowe and his family moved to Andover from Norway last spring, and he had been employed at the spool mill as an engineer. He leaves a wife, two young sons, a father and a mother to mourn his loss. The body was taken to Norway Thursday for burial. 

Sandra A. Downs, 1944-2004  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, April 23, 2004)


ANDOVER - Sandra Alma Downs of Andover, passed away on April 16, after a lengthy illness.

Born in New Haven, Conn., Nov. 15, 1944, she was the daughter of the late Raymond I. and Alma Wilson Downs.

She worked as a resort hostess in Florida, and Maine. More recently, she was employed as an aide for hospice care. She leaves family in Connecticut and North Carolina and many friends in Maine.

Beatrice (Warren) (Reed) Dresser, 1906 - 1992 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Beatrice R. Dresser, 86, died at her residence on Maple Street [December 22, 1992] where she has resided all her life.

  She was born May 17, 1906, the daughter of John and  Mattie Richards Warren. She graduated from Andover High School in the class of 1923 and had attended Bliss Business College in Lewiston. She had worked as a bookkeeper at C.R. Lunn and Sweet Shoe Company in Lewiston and was also a telephone operator in Andover until her retirement. She was married May 1, 1926 to the late J. Hylan Reed who died in Rumford, Aug. 21, 1965. She later married in Andover, on Oct. 14, 2966, to the late Frank C. Dresser, who died in Rumford, April 4, 1975.

  Survivors include one daughter, Barbara Flaherty of Andover; one son, Douglas Reed, of Enfield, Conn; four grandchildren , seven great-grandchildren. She was pre-deceased by a son, Theodore Reed, and a grandson, Theodore Reed.

Charles A. Dresser, 1864-1908 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, May 9, 1908)


   One of the leading citizens of Andover died at his home very suddenly Thursday afternoon [May 7, 1908]. Mr. Dresser was in good health and his death came as a shock to everyone. 


   Mr. Dresser was one of the leading citizens of Andover, and had been in the store business for eleven years. Previous to buying his business from Mr. R. L. Melcher in January 1907, he had clerked for Mr. Melcher for seven years.


   The deceased was 45 years of age. He leaves a wife and three small children to mourn the loss. Mr. Dresser was a member of Cabot Lodge, K of P, and Blazing Star Lodge F & A M, and R A Chapter of Rumford.


   The funeral services will be held at 1:30 P M Sunday. The Masons of Rumford will attend in a body.


[Additional information was provided in the Rumford falls Times May 16, 1908]


   On Thursday afternoon May 7 [1908] occurred the sudden death of Chas. A. Dresser at his home in this village. Not feeling quite well for twenty four hours previous nothing fatal was apprehended and the end came without hardly a struggle.


   Mr. Dresser was the son of Frank Dresser, a popular merchant here for several years. His mother, Ellen Frances (Stone) Dresser came from Abbington, Mass. and was an estimable lady. Chas. was born in 1864 and being at his decease 44 years. In 1901 he married Olive J. Field and his home life seemed all in all to him, never happier than when surrounded by wife and children. What better tribute can be paid to a man?


Elmer F. Dresser, ??-1929 (From the Rumford Falls Times, January 4, 1929)


   Word has been received in town of the death of Elmer F. Dresser last week at his home in Swampscott, Mass., after a week’s illness.


   Mr. Dresser was a son of the late Augustus and Catherine Chapman Dresser. He is survived by his widow and two daughters. Also two sisters, Mrs. Lilla Potier and Miss Grace Dresser of Salem. The youngest sister, Bessie Dresser, died in December. Mr. Dresser was a cousin of Mrs. Alice Thurston, I. E. Mills, Frank, Everett and Miss Faye Dresser, of this town

Elsie M. (Sedgeley) Dresser, 1909 - 1972  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Mrs. Elsie M. Dresser of Andover died unexpectedly Tuesday, Dec. 18, 1972, at Crystal Beach, Fla.

  She was born March 1, 1909, in Phillips, the daughter of Albert and Grace Sedgeley. Mrs. Dresser was a member of the Andover Congregational Church, Ladies Aid, and was treasurer of the Friday Club. She was town clerk of Andover for several years and taught in the Andover Elementary School for 26 years. Mrs. Dresser had lived in Andover for many years. She was married at Kingfield in July of 1931 to Everett M. Dresser of Andover, who survives.

  Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Harmon Thurston, Brandon, Vt., Mrs. Stuart Birch, Oakton, Va., and Mrs. Wayne Kerchner, New York City; two sisters, Mrs. Michael Miller, Danbury, Conn., and Mrs. Maude Sparks, Phillips; and 10 grandchildren.

  Funeral services were conducted Saturday, Dec. 23, at the Andover Congregational Church with Rev. Jay Cummings officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

  Bearers were Roger Mills Jr., William Swan, John Percival, James Fogg, all of Andover; and two nephews, Richard Hall and, Albert Hall.

Everett M. Dresser, 1906 - 1982  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Everett M. Dresser, 76, died Friday at Rumford Community Hospital upon arrival.

  He was a resident of North Main Street, having lived here all his life. He was born in Andover April 3, 1906, the son of Charles and Olive Field Dresser.

  He attended Andover schools and had worked as a woodsman in this area. He was at the time of his death employed as a security guard at the Communication Satellite Corporation in Andover.

  He was married in Kingfield in July 1931, to Elsie Sedgeley, who died Dec. 19, 1972 in Florida.

  Survivors Include three daughters, Mrs. Harman Thurston of Brandon, Vt., Mrs. Stuart Birch of Oakton, Va. and Mrs. Wayne Kerchner of Wellesley, Mass.; a sister, Mrs. E. Faye MacLeod of South Portland; and 12 grandchildren.

Frederick S. Dresser, 1965-1929 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July 19, 1929)

   Frederick S. Dresser, Chief Inspector for the Union Telegraph lines of New England, died suddenly at his home in Somerville, Mass., Thursday, July 11 [1929].

   Mr. Dresser was 63 years old and had been in the employ of the Western Union Telegraph Co. 43 years.

   He was born in Andover, the son of the late Frank and Ellen Stone Dresser. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Margaret A. Dresser; four sons, Frank, of Melrose, Louis of Everett, Herbert and Charles of Somerville, and two daughters, Mrs. Doris Fuller, of Brookline, and Mrs. Marie Wilson of Somerville.

   Funeral services were held in Somerville, Sunday. Burial was made in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, Monday.

Lincoln Dresser, 1835-1927 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 16, 1927)


Lincoln Dresser, Andover’s Oldest Man, Dies at 91


   In the death of Lincoln Dresser last Saturday [April 9, 1927] Andover lost its oldest citizen. He had lived to the ripe old age of 91 years, four months and had retained to the last the use of his faculties, his memory and his interest in life.


   He was born in Bridgton, the son of Nathan and Dorcas (Heald) Dresser who moved from Lovell to Andover when a young man. He was engaged in business in Boston for several years and for seven years in Denver, Colo.


   For the past three years he has made his home in Andover with his niece, Mrs. Alice Thurston. His wife, Katherine Merrill, passed away several years ago [1913].


   He is survived by a half sister, Mrs. Willard Newhall of Portland and several nieces and nephews. His passing at the last was sudden. The funeral was held at the Congregational Church Tuesday at two o’clock.


Margaret (or Marguerite) Dresser, 1863 – 1947 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, June, 1947)


   Commitment services were held at the grave of Mrs. Margaret Dresser, widow of Fred Dresser of Somerville, Mass., Sunday afternoon at Woodlawn Cemetery, Rev. L. C. Potter officiating.


   Mrs. Dresser died in February and the body was entombed in Andover. Beside friends in town those attending from away were Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Fuller, Brookline, Mass., Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Dresser, Reading, Mass., and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dresser, Arlington, Mass., who were luncheon guests of their cousins., Mr. and Mrs. Everett Dresser.

Martha (Merrill) Dresser, 1827–1905 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, September 16, 1905, Our Letter from Andover)

   Mrs. Martha Merrill Dresser [a daughter of Ezekiel and Phebe Merrill and widow of Nathan Dresser] passed away very suddenly on Saturday evening [Sept. 9, 1905]. She was as well as usual when she ate her supper, attended to some household duties then seated herself in a chair.  Her daughter, Mrs. [Gertrude] Newhall, hearing a peculiar noise, went to her, but she failed to recognize her.

   A physician was called but she was past help.  Funeral services at her home Tuesday at 2 o’clock were attended by Rev. Samuel Holden.  Mrs. Dresser was ever loyal to church, always ready to assist every good word and work.  She will be missed and her loss will be deeply felt throughout the community.

Michael P. DuBois, 1950 – 1999 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, November 14, 1999)

  RUMFORD — Michael P. “Mr. Ginseng” DuBois, 49, died unexpectedly Friday, Nov. 12, [1999] at the Rumford Community Hospital in Rumford. A lifelong resident of the area, he had resided on Pine Street in Dixfield.

  He was born in Rumford on Sept. 28, 1950, the son of George and Laura (Hunt) DuBois. He graduated from Mexico High School, class of 1968. He graduated from the University of Maine at Orono in 1972 and received his masters degree in botanical medicine from Emerson College in 1991. He received his doctorate in naturapathic medicine from the Clayton School of Natural Healing in 1995. He founded and owned the Umbagog Trading Company and Research Center on ginseng products in Andover and or many years has been involved with the production of ginseng in the Maine woods. He also instructed Maine farmers in the growing of ginseng and the cultivation of mushrooms. He was the president and founder of the Maine Ginseng Growers Association and worked closely with the Maine Department of Agriculture. He was involved with the Ginseng Growers of Quebec, Canada. In the earlier years he helped develop the activity centers for the mentally retarded in Rumford and Lewiston. He was also a notary public. He had also taught a program for gifted students at Bates College. He enjoyed hiking, climbing, his cottage in Andover, cross country skiing, photography, traveling, herbal gardening and antique collecting. He especially loved his family and sports with his son, Sean-Michael. He was married in Poland on April 9, 1976, to the former Linda McLaughlin who survives of Dixfield.

  Other survivors include his son, Sean-Michael DuBois of Dixfield; and his mother, Mrs Laura DuBois of Mexico.

Rose (Rowe) (McColloch) Duguay, 1918 - 1987 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

ANDOVER - Rose McColloch Duguay, 68, died Sunday [July 28, 1987] at her residence in Andover. She had lived in the area all her life. She was born in Auburn, Nov. 12, 1918, the daughter of George and Delia St. Hilaire Rowe. She had attended Rumford schools. Mrs. Duguay was married in Rumford Center on May 11. 1937 to the late Albro McColloch, who died in Augusta on July 16, 1971. She was later married in Andover, to the late Louis Duguay, who died at Togus, in August, 1984.

 Survivors include two sons, Warren McColloch of Poland and Harold McColloch of Buxton; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Meader and Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St., Rumford with Rev. Marriott Churchill officiating. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Charles F. Dunlap, 1845-1913 (Story from the Rumford Falls Times, March 13, 1913)


Sudden Death of Andover Native


C.F. Dunlap Passed Away Tuesday in Portland


   No traveling man in any line of business was more widely known in Oxford County that was Charles F. Dunlap, the veteran insurance agent of Maine, who died suddenly at his home in Portland on Tuesday.


   Mr. Dunlap was born on a farm on Farmer’s Hill, Andover, 67 years ago [June 2, 1845, the son of Benjamin F. and Nancy Dunlap]. In his youth he attended the Phillips-Andover Academy and taught school in different parts of the county.


   It was while he was a little lad that Mr. Dunlap came to know some of the foremost figures in Maine’s political history, and his reminisces of their stirring times were exceedingly interesting. He was never weary of recalling the time when a boy of eleven he sat on the platform with Hannibal Hamlin, afterwards vice president of the United States, and took notes on the statesman’s speech. Probably it was this early association with prominent men of those early days that caused him to remain to the last an interest in politics.


  Among those who will feel his death most keenly are many of Maine’s most prominent men, and he was entrusted by some of them with information which few other people could have obtained. Perhaps one of the highest compliments that could be paid to him is to say that he never betrayed any of these trusts.


   Mr. Dunlap had been for many years a traveling salesman who met with success from the very start, and it was while engaged in this occupation the he formed a lasting friendship with William Tecumseh Haines, the present Governor of Maine. Mr. Dunlap was in Oakland at the time and shared Mr. Haines room with him while together the two walked to Waterville the next morning. Mr. Haines had just entered into the practice of law. When he was a candidate for the nomination of chief executive last year he had no more ardent supporter than Mr. Dunlap, who always insisted that Mr. Haines would make an excellent Governor.


   Mr. Dunlap spent his vacation each year at the old farm on Farmer’s Hill. He made it a point to always visit the editor of this newspaper on his way to and from the old farm. He kept run of the current events in Oxford County through this newspaper which he read religiously every week.


   Mr. Dunlap leaves a wife and two sons, C. Archer of Portland and Maurice, who lives in Massachusetts.


Bert Dunn, 1876-1924 (From the Rumford Falls Times, November 15, 1924)

   Mr. Bert Dunn, a prominent citizen of Andover, passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 5 [1924] after a lengthy illness. He was born in Andover surplus 48 years ago, the son of Henry and Melvina (Marston) Dunn. A few years ago he sold his farm at the Surplus and purchased a house on Main Street where he was engaged in blacksmithing until his health forced him to give up the work. Mr. Dunn was a member of Cabot Lodge


   He is survived by his wife, Helen, who is the daughter of George P. Thomas, and seven children, George, Robert, Geneva, Thomas, Albert, Addie and Harry; also two sisters, Mrs. Alvin Averill and Mrs. Llewellyn Damon. The funeral was held at the home Saturday and largely attended. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery.


Frances E. (Lane) Dunn, 1909-2006 (Form the Rumford Falls Times)


   Frances E. (Lane) Dunn, 96 of Damariscotta, Me. died September 26, 2006 at Cove’s Edge Long-Term Care facility. Mrs. Dunn was born October 26, 1909, in Upton, ME, the first child of the late Ellis H. and Martha M. (Littlehale) Lane. She was the widow of the late George H. Dunn.


   Her family moved to Errol, NH when Frances was 4 years old.  There they opened a General Store near the headwaters of the Androscoggin River and supplied the lumber camps that were cutting long logs around the Umbagog and Richardson Lakes and sending them down the Androscoggin to mills. Frances worked in the store from an early age and it was here she learned addition and developed a keen interest in mathematics.


  History, and particularly, family history, was always a strong interest.  She was a direct descendent of William Brewster, a member of the Mayflower Colony and also a direct descendent of Deborah Bachiler Wing, a founder of Sandwich, MA.  She was very proud of the fact that Wing Family of America owns what is said to be the oldest dwelling house in New England.  Whenever possible she attended Wing and Littlehale family reunions.


   Frances grew up and received her first formal education in Errol. She graduated from Gould Academy in 1926 and went on to attend classes at Plymouth Normal School in New Hampshire for a short period, dropping out when she realized she was teaching more than she was learning. After a couple of years away from college to study hairdressing in Boston with her sister Margaret, she entered the University of New Hampshire in 1928 and graduated in 1932 with a BS degree in Liberal Arts. Her first teaching job was in a one-room school in Newry, Me. At that stage of the Depression, the powers that be were giving all teaching jobs to men supporting families and she lost her job after only one year. Frances returned to Errol and started gardening which led to her interest in the Physical Culture Society and developed into her interest in whole and organic foods.


   On April 30, 1938 Frances married George Dunn of Andover, Me where they established residence and raised their family. In 1955 Frances returned to teaching at Orr’s Island, Me. Subsequently she taught middle school and high school math at schools in Dixfield and Litchfield, Me., Farmington and Franklin, NH, before retiring in 1971.


   George and Frances moved to Patten, Me. to create their retirement paradise. After George died in 1975, Frances continued the dream in Patten for several years, before moving closer to her daughter Mary in Edgecomb, Me, and later lived in Round Pond, and Damariscotta, Me.


   A son, Howard G., her husband George H. Dunn, a sister Margaret Hawkins, a brother Clifford and a foster brother Everett Eames predeceased Frances. She is survived by a sister Martha Bennett of Lovell, Me, son Thomas Dunn of Orange Park, FL, daughter Mary (Mimi) Dunn and husband Ronald Shapiro of Portland, Me, son William Dunn and wife Laura of Litchfield, CT., and daughter Sarah Latham and husband James of Barnesville, OH, nine grandsons, and one granddaughter, two great grandsons, and five great granddaughters.


   Education, nutrition and her faith were very important to Frances. She spent much of her retirement reading, gardening and participating actively in the alumnae associations of for both Gould Academy and The University of New Hampshire. She was very pleased that one of her sons followed her through The University of New Hampshire and that one of her grandsons was able to graduate from Gould Academy 63 years after she did.


   Remembrance arrangements are an interment service at 1:00 PM Saturday October 21st at Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover, Me followed by a celebration of Frances’ life at the Andover Congregational Church. Her family feels an appropriate tribute to Frances is a contribution to the Andover Educational Fund, Inc. P O Box 32 Andover, ME 04216.


George H. Dunn, 1908-1975  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, April 24, 1975)


  The death of George H. Dunn, 66, former Andover resident, occurred on April 20 at his home, Happy Corner Road, in Patten.


  Mr. Dunn was born in Andover on June 29, 1908, the son of Bert and Sarah [Helen] Thomas Dunn. He was a carpenter all his life.


  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Frances Lane Dunn, Patten; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Shapiro, Edgecomb, and Mrs. Sarah Lathem, Zanesville, Ohio; two sons, Thomas Dunn, Brunswick, and William Dunn, of Litchfield, Conn; two sisters, Mrs. Addie Feener, Andover and Mrs. Geneva Mitchell, Rangeley; a brother, Harry Dunn, Denmark, and seven grandsons.


  Funeral services were held on April 23 in the Andover Congregational Church at 2 p.m. Entombment was in Andover for burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, in the spring.

Helen (Thomas) Dunn, 1886 - 1946 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mrs. Helen Dunn, widow of Bert Dunn, died Thursday June 13 [1946] at the Community hospital, Rumford, following an illness of several weeks.

  She was born in Andover, July 24, 1886, daughter of George P. and Anna Craig Thomas. She was a member of Lone Mountain Grange, Ellis Glen Temple, Pythian Sisters, a member of the Kings Daughters, also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.

  She leaves six children, George, Robert, Albert and Harry Dunn, of Andover; Mrs. Kenneth Feener of Andover, and Mrs. Colman Mitchell of Rangeley; eight grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Roger Thurston of Andover and a niece, Miss Anna Thurston.

  The funeral services, which were largely attended, were held from the First Congregational church Saturday June 15 at 2 o'clock. Rev. Linwood C. Potter, pastor of the church, officiated. Ellis Glen Temple, Pythian Sisters, of which she was a member, attended in a body.

  Pall bearers were Waldo Merrill, Philip Learned, Basil Hutchins and Harold Falkenham. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery. Those attending from away were Mr. and Mrs. Coleman Mitchell, Rangeley; Mr. and Mrs. Leroy Stearns, Hanover; Mrs. Charles Ripley, Rumford; Charles O. Poor, Hanover; Harold Tribou, Rumford; Mrs. Hazelle Ferguson, Hanover.

Henry W. Dunn, 1839-1915 (From the Rumford Falls Times, July 15, 1915)


   Henry Dunn, who had been ill several months, passed away at his home in North Surplus Monday noon, July 5 [1915] aged 75 years, 6 mos. Mr. Dunn has lived an honest life, was much respected and a genial entertainer. His wife, who was Malvina Marston Thomas, passed away several years ago.


   He is survived by one son, Bert Dunn, with whom he lived, two daughters, Mrs. Llewellyn Damon and Mrs. Herbert Hutchins, both of Andover, and one brother, William Dunn, of Norway. Mr. Dunn was a soldier in the Civil War. The funeral was at his late home Wednesday afternoon, Rev. George Graham officiating. Interment was at North Surplus [Cemetery].

Howard George Dunn, 1948 - 1951(Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Howard George Dunn, three year old son of Mr. and Mrs. George H. Dunn, Andover, died Friday [March 9, 1951], at the Rumford Community hospital, where he had been a patient for one day.

  The youngster was born in Andover, January 6, 1948, the son of George H and Frances Lane Dunn.

 Surviving besides his parents are his maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ellis Lane, Errol, N. H.; two brothers, Thomas H, 11, and William E, 8; two sisters, Mary F, 10, Sarah M, 4.

  Funeral services were held at Meader and Son Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 3 p. m. Entombment was in Andover receiving tomb for burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in the Spring.

  Present from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Bennett, Fryeburg; Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Hawkins, Mrs. Ellis Lane, Errol, N. H.; Harry Dunn, Denmark.

Lucinda M. (Marston) Dunn, 1839-1903 (From the Evening Herald of Rumford, August 13, 1903)


   The funeral of the remains of Mrs. Henry Dunn [daughter of Samuel Jr. and Lucinda Cutting Marston] were held Sunday at 9 A.M. at the house, attended by Rev. Samuel Holden. Mrs. Dunn died Friday [Aug. 8, 1903] after a long illness.

H. Howard Dunning, 1898 - 1984 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mr. H. Howard Dunning, 85, died Monday [no date given] at Cozy Inn Nursing Home, Rumford. He had resided in Andover all his life.

   He was born in Andover Aug. 13, 1898, the son of Jesse and Nellie Foye Dunning. He was a member of the Cabot Lodge 117, Knights of Pythias, Andover. He was a Maine Guidesman in the Rangeley Lakes area for over 30 years and was owner of Grants Camps, Kennebago Lakes. He was married in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada in 1945 to the former Jean Tennant, who died May 27, 1984.

   Survivors include two nephews, Jack Tennant of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and John Rodney Morton of Augusta; and a niece, Mrs. Virginia Rogers of Westerville, Ohio.

 Jean (Tennant) Dunning, 1915 - 1984 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Jean E. Dunning, 68, died Sunday [May 27, 1984] at the Rumford Community Hospital.

   She was born at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Nov. 29,1915, the daughter of Leslie and Grace Tennant. She attended school there and married Howard H. Dunning in 1945. The couple moved to Andover that year and were managers of Grants Camps at Kennebago Lake for over 25 years, retiring in 1972. She was a member of the Kennebago Lake Camp Owners Association, Andover Congregational Church and Andover Friday Club.

  Surviving are her husband of Andover; and a brother, Jack Tennant of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Norman E. Duran, 1922 – 2001 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, February 19, 2001)

  WEST PARIS — Norman E. Duran, 78, of Newry, died Saturday, February 17, [2001] at the Ledgeview Living Center in West Paris.

  He was born September 28, 1922, in Andover, son of the late Herbert and Una (Abbott) Duran. He attended Rumford and Andover area schools.

  He served during World War II in the U.S. Army. After serving in the war, he married Harriett Errington Ball. He worked for Boise-Cascade Paper Mill in Rumford, currently known as Mead Paper Mill.

  He was a member of the snowmobiling club in Newry, and enjoyed snowmobiling, was an avid hunter, and enjoyed the outdoors.

  He is survived by three nieces, Anne La Barbera and her husband Salvatore, of Newry, Gloria Holman, of Rumford Center, and Sandra Duran, of Canton; and several cousins. 

Ernest J. Dyer, ?? – 2004  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, October 14, 2004)


ANDOVER - Funeral services for Ernest J. Dyer of Rumford Point were conducted Saturday at the Andover Congregational Church, with the Rev. Jane Rich officiating. Organist was Betsy Cornwell who provided special music: "Happy Trails" and "I Need Thee Every Hour." Hymns included "How Great Thou Art" and "Amazing Grace." A poem, "I Remember," was read by granddaughter, Leah Shemwell. Special moments were prepared by daughter, Ernestine Shemwell, and read by Rev. Jane Rich. Several pilot friends and students of Ernest flew over the church in their planes just prior to the service beginning. A reception at the church followed the services. Arrangements were under the care of the Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rumford.

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