Andover Obituaries Beginning with
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 .
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.
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
were conducted at the cemetery by Rev. Mr. Kingsbury.
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
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)
MAN IS FATALLY HURT BY HORSE
- 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
Mr. Damon, 74, was seriously injured Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 9
 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,
. 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
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
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.
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
The fatal day was
Oscar’s 4th birthday and he was to have had a party that
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)
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,
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
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
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
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
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.
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 . 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
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)
- 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
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,
Funeral services of Charles
DeLong were held in the Congregational Church Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 8,
, 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)
- Margaret A. "Freda" DeLong, 70 [s/b 79], formerly of Union St.,
passed away at the Littleton
June 16, .
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.
Funeral services will be held at the Congregational church at
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Sylvanus B. DeLong, 1873 - 1950 (Obituary from an unidentified and
undated local newspaper)
- 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
Laura (Miller) Dolloff, 1923 – 2005 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, July 14,
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
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
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
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
Those who desire, please contribute to the Calvary Bible Church,
1063 South Main Street,
Andover, ME 04216 in her memory.
Online condolences and memories may be shared at firstname.lastname@example.org
Edmond P. Dorion, 1928-2009 (Obituary from the Portland Press Herald)
-- 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 www.mem.com. 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 , 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
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
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
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.
services will be held at 1:30 P M Sunday. The Masons of Rumford will attend in
[Additional information was provided in the Rumford falls
Times May 16, 1908]
afternoon May 7  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,
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
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
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,
Bearers were Roger Mills Jr., William Swan, John Percival, James
Fogg, all of Andover;
and two nephews, Richard Hall and, Albert Hall.
M. Dresser, 1906 - 1982 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated
ANDOVER - Everett M. Dresser, 76, died
Friday at Rumford
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
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
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 .
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.
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
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
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, 
at the Rumford Community Hospital
in Rumford. A lifelong resident of the area, he had resided on Pine Street in
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
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.
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,
Charles F. Dunlap, 1845-1913 (Story from the Rumford Falls Times, March
Sudden Death of Andover
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
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
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.
leaves a wife and two sons, C. Archer of Portland
and Maurice, who lives in Massachusetts.
1876-1924 (From the Rumford Falls Times, November 15, 1924)
Mr. Bert Dunn, a
prominent citizen of Andover,
passed away Wednesday evening, Nov. 5  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)
(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.
moved to Errol, NH
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
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.
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.
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,
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,
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
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)
- Mrs. Helen Dunn, widow of Bert Dunn, died Thursday June 13  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  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
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.
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.
H. Howard Dunning, 1898 - 1984 (Obituary from an unidentified and
undated local newspaper)
- 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,
and John Rodney Morton of Augusta; and a niece,
Mrs. Virginia Rogers of Westerville,
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
She was born at Edmonton,
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,
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,  at the Ledgeview Living
Center in West
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
Ernest J. Dyer, ?? –
(Obituary from the Lewiston
Sun Journal, October 14, 2004)
- 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,
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