Andover Obituaries Beginning with "O & P"

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Helena (Robinson) Oldham, 1912-2006  (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen,  November 16, 2006)

   Helena “Lena” R. Oldham, 94, of Dickvale Road, West Peru, died Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2006 at the Ledgeview Living Center in West Paris.

   She was born Sept. 26, 1912, in Andover, the daughter of Walter and Nina [Philbrick] Robinson.

   She was educated in Andover schools and on Sept. 26, 1940, married C. Dwight Oldham. They built and lived in their home on the Dickvale Road until Dwight’s death in February 2005. She was well known for being a homemaker and for the many children she helped care for.

   Her family includes nieces and nephews, Freda Russell, Jim Saunders, Alta Pierce, Norman Millett, Juanita Sprague, David Robinson, Verna Pendexter and Joanne Moody.

   She was predeceased by her husband, Dwight; her parents ; sisters, Hazel Millett and Hildreth Saunders; Brothers Herman and Herbert Robinson; and a nephew, Allan Robinson.

   The family wishes to thank Ledgeview Living Center; Danny and Tammy Mayo; other close neighbors; the Littlehale family; and her caregivers for the past few years.

Lois (Parkman) O’Leary, 1934 – 2004  (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, January 8, 2004)

  Lois P. O’Leary, 69, a resident of Mexico Avenue, Mexico, died Thursday morning, Jan. 1, 2004 at Rumford Community Hospital following a long illness She was born in Pembroke, Mass., July 16, 1934, the daughter of Russell and Charlotte Douglas Parkman and was educated in the schools of Andover, Mass. On Jan. 13, 1967, she married Gerald L. O'Leary in Dixfield. He died July 29,1995.

  Mrs. O'Leary was employed as a painter for several years at the Hale Mill in Mexico. She later worked at the Rumford Community Hospital as a nurse's aid and then as a kitchen assistant.

  She was a member of St Athanasius St. John Parish and enjoyed the interest of gardening and camping.  Her most important interest was her family members whom she spent as much time with whenever possible including locally several nieces and nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews.

  Survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Sylvanus (Harriet) Glover of East Andover and Mrs. Earl (Jean) Miner of Plant City, Fla.; two brothers, John Parkman and his wife Fran of North Carolina, and David R. Parkman and his wife Cheryl of Montana; and several nieces, nephews as well as great-nieces and nephews.

  There will be no services. Spring interment will be at St. John's Cemetery, Rumford.  Donations preferred to  Androscoggin  Home Care and Hospice, Rumford Abbott Farm Plaza, Rumford, ME 04276.

Isabelle (Merrill)  (Duswald) (Andrews) Osborne, 1850-1929 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, January 11, 1929)

   The death of Mrs. Isabella Osborne of Andover, Occurred suddenly last Saturday morning [January 5, 1929] at the home of her only son, George Duswald, of Waldoboro, where she had gone last fall to spend the winter. Her age was 79 years.

   Surviving are her son, James Duswald of Waldoboro; a sister, Mrs. Abbie Wyman of Medford, Mass., and a number of nieces and nephews.

    The body was brought to Rumford by her son on Tuesday and was taken Wednesday morning to Andover where funeral services were held at two o’clock from the summer home of her sister, Mrs. Abbie Wyman. The Rev. James Renfrew officiated and burial was made at Andover.

   Mrs. Osborne was a native of Andover, the daughter of Rufus Merrill, of Eastport, and Elvira Barker Merrill, of Bridgton. When a young woman she resided for a number of years in Lynn, Mass., and following her marriage to James Duswald she lived in Philadelphia where a son and daughter were born.

   She later returned to Andover where her marriage to George Andrews occurred in 1902. About 13 years ago she was united in marriage with Richard Osborne, of Bangor, and continued to live in Andover on Main Street until last fall when she went to Waldoboro to be with her son for the winter.

 Violet H. O'Shea, 1915 – 2005 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, September 14, 2005)

  Violet H. O'Shea, 90, died Monday, Sept. 12, 2005 at the Sandy River Center for Health Care, Farmington, where she had resided the past several years. She was formerly of Roxbury Notch for many years, then she and her husband lived at Red Mountain Estates in Deming, N.M., from 1977 to 1995 when she moved back to Andover to live with her daughter, Maureen.


  She was born in Chelsea, Mass., June 20, 1915, a daughter of Esau and Mirah (Hopkins) Parsons, and had attended schools in Chelsea. She was a former member of the Rumford Falls Aerie 1248, F.O.E.



  Violet had owned and operated the Notch Trading Post in Roxbury for many years with her husband until their retirement in 1977 when they moved to New Mexico.


  She was married in York on July 19,1935 to the late James P. "Red" O'Shea, who died in Deming, N.M. on Oct. 28, 1989.


  Survivors include three daughters, Maureen Adams and husband Ronald of Andover, Dolly Gasior and husband Stanley of Middletown, Conn., Betty Bowman of Milford, Mass.; a son, James P. O'Shea, Jr. and wife Nancy of Danvers, Mass.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three great-great-granddaughters; a sister, Elsie Palladino of Chelsea, Mass. She was predeceased by a daughter, Patricia White; a granddaughter, Laura Bowman; a great-grandson, Mark Walsh; three brothers, George; Elmer and Harold Parsons; two sons-in-laws, Al Bowman and Daniel White, Sr.; a brother-in-law, Joseph Palladino.


  Funeral services will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, at 11 a.m. at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin Street, Rumford with the Rev. Clifford 01son officiating. Interment will be at Pineview Cemetery, Roxbury. Calling hours will be at the funeral home 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. Online condolences and memories may be shared at


Joshua Francis Ottignon, 1880-1927 (From the Rumford Falls Times, June 6, 1927)


   The body of Joshua Francis Ottignon, who died in a Vermont hospital last week [June 5, 1927] was buried in Woodlawn Cemetery Sunday.


    Mr. Ottignon was born in Andover, the son of Charles Ottignon and Addie Small about 45 years ago. He is survived by a wife and three children.


Dennis F. Page, 1882-1973  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, May 23, 1973)


  The death of Dennis F. Page of East Andover, occurred at the Ledgeview Memorial Home in West Paris, on Sunday, August 19.


  Mr. Page was born in Phillips on December 5, 1882, the son of Frank and Cora Leavitt Page. He attended the Phillips school and was employed in the R. J. Swain Woodturning Mill at East Andover for many years and retired at age 70.


  He was a fifty year member and a past chancellor of Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias, Andover.


  He is survived by nieces.


  Funeral services were held at the Andover Congregational Church on Tuesday, August 21, with K of P services. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery in Phillips.


Blanchard K. Paine, 1925-2006  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, March 29, 2006)

   AUGUSTA - Blanchard K. Paine, 80, of West Farmington died Sunday, March 26, at Glenridge Nursing Home.

   He was born Sept. 8, 1925, in Andover, the son of Edward F. and Annie (Kennedy) Paine. He graduated from Wilton Academy. He married Flora Dolloff in May of 1983. She died July 20, 1998. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy.

   After the war, he worked for more than 30 years at Forster Manufacturing in East Wilton. He also owned and operated his apple orchard on Morrison Hill for several years. He retired in the late 1980s. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Farmington. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cultivating his apple orchards, and horse racing and following the fair circuits.

   Survivors include a son, Mark Paine and his wife, Cathy, of Gloucester, Va.; two daughters, Susan Bragdon and her husband, Sonny, of East Wilton and Cynthia Paine of Wilton; four grandchildren, Christina, Kimberly, Mark Jr. and Cody; a sister, Beverly Smith of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers, Donald W. Paine of Turner and Clifford Paine of Placerville, Calif.; and three stepsons, Terry, Steve, and Reggie Spencer.

  Amelia R. (Marston) Palmer, 1904 - 1977 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

 Mrs. Amelia R. Palmer of Andover, died Wednesday, March 9, 1977, at Rumford Community Hospital.

  She was born March 4, 1904, in Andover, the daughter of Claude and Lillian Cutting Marston. Mrs. Palmer attended Andover schools and was married to James O. Palmer who died Feb. 10, 1963. She had lived here most of her life.

  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Hugh (Kathleen) Morton, of Rumford, and Mrs. Alfred (Alma) Learned, Southbridge, Mass.; six sons, James H. of Stratton, Claude S. and Raymond E., both of Portland, Stanley E. of Mexico, Merton A. and Maurice, both of Andover; a sister, Miss Lucille Marston, of Andover; a brother, Byard of Andover; 36 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.

  Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. from Meader & Son funeral home, Rumford, Rev. Leon Strout officiating. Spring interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Claude S. Palmer, 1828-1978 (obituary from the Portland Press Herald, October 10, 1978)

  Claude S. Palmer, 49, of 69 Purchase St., formerly of Andover, died Sunday at a local hospital after a long illness.

  He was born in Andover [November 25, 1928], son of James O. and Amelia Marston Palmer. He attended Andover schools.

  Mr. Palmer is survived by six sons, Robert, Clinton, George, Claude Jr. and Cedric, all of Portland, and Rodney of Stratton; three daughters, Mrs. Timothy (Shirley) Market, Mrs. Linda Huntington and Miss Amelia Palmer, all of Portland; five brothers, James of Stratton, Stanley of Mexico, Maurice of Andover, Merton of Rumford and Raymond of Portland, and two sisters, Kathleen Morton of Rumford and Alma Learned of Southbridge, Mass.

  Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at 749 Congress St., with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Dorothy Dawn “Dee_Dee” Palmer, 1991-2007 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, November 5, 2007)

   CANAAN - Dorothy-Dawn "Dee-Dee" Palmer, 16, died Saturday, Nov. 3, in Canaan as a result of injuries sustained in an auto accident. She was resident of Farmer's Hill Road in Andover.

   Born on March 14, 1991, in Waterville, she was a daughter of Sherwood Palmer and Sandra (Conley) Palmer. She was a junior at Telstar High School in Bethel ,where she was the historian for the FBLA and was also on the field hockey team and was a a member of the drama club and the band. She attended a National Leadership Forum on medicine at Emory College in Georgia.

   She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church and had attended Pilgrim Lodge Camp and UCC Synod in Connecticut.

   She loved working with children, gatherings at the house with family and friends, hiking, camping, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing

   Survivors include her mother, Sandra Hall and her husband, Joe, of Andover; her father, Sherwood Palmer and his wife, Renee, of Norway; four sisters, Angela Palmer of Missouri, Jennifer Palmer of Auburn, Tiffany Steele of Norway and Candace Hall of Andover; three brothers, Richard Steele and his wife, Katrina, of Bangor, Scott Steele of Portland, Ryan Steele and his wife, Megan, of Colorado; foster sister, Angie; maternal grandparents, Thomas and Nancy Conley of Rumford; paternal grandmother, Ivah Palmer of Stratton; paternal granparents, Robert and Darlene Hall of Andover; her companion. Travis Morton of Rumford; aunt, Cindy Gammon and her husband, Stacy, of Andover; cousins, Lacey, Lauren and Lisa Gammon and Brooke Bennett; aunt, Sonya Jenke and her husband, Bruce, of Canton; cousins, Brianna, Alysha and Stephanie; aunt, Sandra Prince and her husband, Harold, of Turner; cousin, Matthew; aunt, Alysha Fortenbacker and her husband, John, and family of New Vineyard; aunt, Gloria Arnold of Startton; uncle, Odias Bachelder and his wife, Kelly, and family of Rangeley; uncle, Roger and Priscilla Palmer and family, of Rangeley; uncle, Nelson and his wife, Coco Palmer, of Cumberland; paternal grandparents, Ronald and Shirley Banovich of Norway.

   She was predeceased by a paternal grandfather, James Palmer; and maternal grandmother, Victoria MacDonald Conley.

   She touched many lives and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Car crash kills Andover teen (From the Rumford Falls Times, November 7, 2007)


  CANAAN - A 16-year-old Andover girl following her school-mates to a leadership conference was killed Saturday morning when a van sideswiped a small bus, and then hit her car head-on.


  Dorothy Palmer, a junior class member of the Telstar High School's Future Business Leaders of America Club, died at the scene of the accident on Route 2, according to police.


   The eastbound bus was traveling to  a conference  at  Nokomis Regional High School in Newport when the accident occurred.


   Police said Stephen Carter, 49, of Whitefield was driving west in his van, when he reached for a handkerchief he had dropped. His van then crossed the center line, striking the bus and then slamming head-on into Palmer's car, with the bus and the van overturning and coming to rest on their sides.


  Bus driver Tommy Sweetser, 62, of Bethel, teacher Jennifer Bennett, 36, of Bethel and the four students were treated for minor injuries and released from Redington-Fairview General Hospital in Skowhegan.


The passengers were Thomas Henley, Mathew Lauro, Elizabeth Forkus and Amy Farrington. Carter also was treated and released from the hospital.


   The accident remains under investigation.


   Telstar was open Sunday to offer counseling by its crisis response team, and was also available for the services on Monday.


   Those who desire may contribute to Dorothy-Dawn Palmer Scholarship Fund, c/o Ted Davis, at Telstar High School, 284 Walker

Mills Rd., Bethel 04217 in her memory.

Glendon G. Palmer, Jr., 1981-2007 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, April 25, 2007

   FARMINGTON - Glendon G. Palmer Jr., 25, died Monday, April 23, in Farmington. He was a resident of Rumford.

   He was born in Springfield, Ore., Dec. 16, 1981, the son of Glendon and Teresa (Larsen) Palmer Sr., and had attended schools in Rumford and Mexico. He was a self-employed carpenter and painter, and enjoyed sports, especially football and baseball.

   Survivors include his father, Glendon G. Palmer Sr. of Rumford; mother, Teresa Broomhall and husband, Philip "Butch," of Rumford; maternal grandmother, Lillian Sawyer of Dixfield; paternal grandmother, Edith J. Palmer of Andover; brother, Nathan Palmer; and sister, Megan Palmer, both of Rumford; and several aunts; uncles; and cousins.

   Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 28, at Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin Street, Rumford, with the Rev. Jane Rich officiating. Friends are invited to call after 12 noon on Saturday, prior to the funeral. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Online condolences and memories may be shared at

James H. Palmer, 1928 - 2001  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, July 19, 2001)

  COPLIN PLANTATION — James H. Palmer 73, of Coplin Plt., died at his home on Tuesday, July 17 [2001] following many years of illness.

  He was born in Mexico, on Jan. 5, 1928 [the son of James and Amelia (Marston) Palmer]. He was educated in the Rumford area. He served in the United States Army during World War II. He married Ivah Bachelder, Aug. 18, 1950, in Rangeley. He was employed for many years at Forster Mfg. Co. in Stratton.

  He was also employed by A & W Construction and spent his final years of employment with Newell Construction in Coplin. He enjoyed his family and friends, being outside, woodworking, building motorized airplanes, and watching ballgames across the street.

  He is survived by his wife of 50 years of Coplin Plt.; four sons, Odias Bachelder and his wife Kelly of Langtown Plt., Roger and his wife Priscilla of Rangeley, Sherwood and special friend, Renee of Cumberland, Nelson and his wife Constance of Windham; two daughters, Gloria and her husband Bruce Arnold of Coplin Plt., Alicia and her husband John Fortenbacker of Stratton; 21 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Kathleen and husband Hugh Morton of Roxbury, and Alma Learned of Southbridge, Mass.; two brothers, Stanley and wife Leah of Mexico, Raymond of Scarborough.

James O. Palmer, ?? – 1963  (From the Rumford Falls Times, February 28, 1963)

   The funeral of James O. Palmer was held at 2 p.m. Wednesday February 13 [1963] at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Rev. Nathaniel Pearson, pastor of the church, officiated.

   Entombment was in Woodlawn tomb for burial in the spring, in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

   Pall bearers were Harry Gibbs, Timothy Learned, Ira Bodwell, George Morton, Bernard Hutchins and Henry Roberts. 

Maurice E. Palmer, 1933 - 1989 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Maurice E. Palmer, 56, died Monday [October 16, 1989] at Rumford Community Hospital shortly after arrival. He had resided at Pine Street, Andover, where he had lived for most of his life.

  He was born in Canton, June 22, 1933, the son of James and Amelia Marston Palmer. He attended Andover schools and was a machine operator at the Andover Wood Products Co. for more than 25 years. He attended the Andover Congregational Church and was an avid hunter and fisherman.

  Mr. Palmer was married in Mexico, Jan. 16,1960, to Edith White, who survives of Andover. Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Rhonda) Jodrey of Andover, and Miss Robin Palmer of Andover; four sons, Edward Palmer of Andover, Glendon Palmer of Rangeley, and Russell and Sgt. Warren Palmer, both of Lexington, Ky.; four brothers, Stanley and Merton, both of Mexico, James of Stratton, and Raymond of Portland; two sisters, Mrs. Alma Learned of Southbridge, Mass., and Mrs. Kathleen Morton of Rumford; and five grandchildren. He was predeceased by a brother, Claude Palmer of Portland.

  Funeral services, 2 p.m., Thursday, at the Andover Congregational Church in Andover with Rev. E. Marriotte Churchill officiating. Interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, Me. Friends are invited to call at Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin Street, Rumford, 2-4 and 7-9 p.m., Wednesday. Those who desire may contribute to the Andover Congregational Church in Andover, Maine, 04216, in his memory.

Merton A. Palmer, 1933 - 1999 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, August 18, 1999)

  MEXICO - Merton A. Palmer, 66, died Monday, August 9 [1999] at his home on 23 Main St. in Mexico.

   Born in Canton, Maine on June 22, 1933, he was the son of James O. and Amelia (Marston) Palmer. He was educated in the Andover School system.

   Merton enjoyed horseshoes, hunting, fishing and playing cards.

   Survivors include three brothers, Stanley Palmer of Mexico, James Palmer of Stratton, Raymond Palmer of Scarborough; two sisters, Mrs. Alma Learned of Southbridge, Mass. and Mrs., Kathleen Morton of Roxbury.

   He was predeceased by two brothers, Maurice and Claude Palmer.

   Merton will be greatly missed by all members of his family, especially by his nephew, Matt and his special friend, Cindy Sweetser.

Stanley E. Palmer, 1931 – 2006 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July 26, 2006)



MEXICO - Stanley Elmer Palmer, 75, of Fourth Street, Mexico, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 22, [2006] at his home with his family by his side.

He was born in East Peru on April 26, 1931, the son of James and Amelia (Marston) Palmer. He attended Andover schools.

Stanley was employed at the Boise Cascade paper mill for more than 42 years, retiring in 1993 from the basement crew.

He was married in Mexico on Aug. 29, 1951, to Leah Annie Davis, the love of his life, for more than 55 years.

Stanley loved baseball, especially watching Red Sox games with his wife. He also enjoyed following his children's and grandchildren's sporting events. His other interests included camping, horseshoes and cribbage.

Known to be a man of many talents, Stanley enjoyed woodworking and carpentry. The home he built for his family serves as a reminder of his workmanship.

He was well known for his musical talents, playing numerous stringed instruments, excelling in guitar and mandolin. He enjoyed playing at many bluegrass festivals, and regularly played at the weekly jam sessions held at the Eagles Club, where he was also a member. He was known to be the best mandolin player in the area.

Stanley was a caring, self-sacrificing individual with a great sense of humor. He was good-natured and humble and touched many lives. His unrelenting devotion to his family will always be remembered.

He is survived by his wife, Leah Palmer of Mexico; three sons, Mark S. Palmer and wife, Stephanie, of Rumford, Matthew L. Palmer and wife, Terri, of Rumford, and Noel M. Palmer and wife, Elaine, of Rumford; two daughters, Fawn A. Maness and husband, James, of Westmoreland, Tenn., and Felicia H. Zadakis of Mexico; nine grandchildren, Travis, Ryan, Marcus, Kristy, Lyndee, Christopher, Kelly Palmer, and Cody and Kasey Zadakis; three great-grandchildren, Travis Jr., Andrew and Mackenzie Palmer; and one loving, caring sister, Kathleen Morton of Rumford.

He was predeceased by his parents; one sister, Alma Learned; and five brothers, James, Maurice, Merton, Raymond and Claude Palmer.

The family would like to thank the staff at the CMMC T1 unit and Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice for their caring support.

Shirley E. (White) Parkman, 1929 - 1967  (Obituary from an  unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  EAST ANDOVER - Shirley Edna Parkman, 37, died Thursday [July 20, 1967] at Frye, Maine, as the result of a motorcycle accident.

  She was born at East Andover, Dec. 29, 1929, the daughter of Chesley and Edna White. Mrs. Parkman was the assistant head surgical nurse at the Rumford Community Hospital. She was a member of the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

  Surviving besides her parents are two sons, Roderick and James, East Andover, and two brothers, Ronald, East Andover, and Russell, Rumford.

  Services will be held at the Meader and Sons Funeral Home, Rumford, at 2 p.m. Monday. Officiating will be Frank Sanfino. Burial will be in the Andover Cemetery.


 Alys G. Parsons, 1912 – 2010  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, August 15, 2010)  

   RUMFORD — Alys (Grua) Parsons, 98, of Andover, died Thursday, Aug. 12, at Rumford Hospital, Rumford.

   Alys was a Wilderness woman and a true champion of the Maine Wilderness and avid friend of the Richardson Lake environment. She was the oldest resident of Andover and had been offered the Boston Post Cane.

   She was born in Cambridge, Mass., on Feb. 16, 1912, and was the daughter of George and Elizabeth (Caverly) Grua. She graduated in 1933 from Cony High School in Augusta. Alys had not only lived most of her life in the back woods, but her career centered around bringing a wilderness experience to others.

   Alys and her husband, Larry, owned and operated Lakewood Camps from 1942 to 1976, one of the oldest sporting camps in the United States, and had still spent her summers there at Middle Dam, tucked away in a cozy corner of Lower Richardson Lake, in the Rangeley Lakes region of Western Maine, until September 1999 after more than 57 years.

   In the early years at Lakewood Camps, Alys was a registered guide, hostess, chief cook and bottle washer, and postmaster, however, her marriage to Capt. Larry Parsons forced the closure at the picturesque summer post office at Middle Dam because a married woman was not allowed by the U.S. Postal Service to serve as Postmaster.

   She was a member of Chi Omega Society, and had served as treasurer and trustee of the Andover Public Library for many years. She was a personal friend of the writer Louise Dickinson Rich who she talked with on the phone on a daily basis.

   She was married in Livermore Falls on Feb. 27, 1937, to Laurence H. “Larry” Parsons, who died in Andover on Nov. 1, 1980.

   Survivors include a sister, Ruth Pelletier, of Utica, N.Y.; a niece, Christa Parry and husband, William, of Clark Summit, Pa.; one grand-niece and 1one grand-nephew; and good friends, Ted Orino of Rumford, Betsy White of Andover, and their families.

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  Laurence H. Parsons, 1897 - 1980  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Laurence "Larry" H. Parsons, 83, died suddenly Saturday [no date given, but year was 1980] at his residence at Andover.

  He was born at North Newcastle Sept. 29, 1897, the son of Joseph and Nancy Decker Parsons. He was a graduate of Kents Hill High School. Mr. Parsons married Alys G. Grua of Augusta on Feb. 27, 1937 at Livermore Falls. He was associated with the Lakewood Camps at Middle Dam from 1923 to 1975. He was a member of the Elks, and Masons and the Men's Club, all of Rumford.

  He is survived by his widow of Andover. A son, Raymond, died in 1938.

  A Memorial Service will be held Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. from the Andover Congregational Church, Andover, Maine. Interment in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. At the request of the family there will be no visiting hours.

  Arrangements by Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin Street, Rumford. If desired contributions may be made to the Andover Congregational Church in memory of Lawrence H. Parsons.

Olive G. (Akers) Parsons, 1936 - 1987  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Olive G. Parsons of 91 Spring Street, Saco, died, Wednesday, March 24, 1987, at the Maine Medical Center, Portland, where she had been a patient for seven weeks.

  She was born in Andover, Dec. 24, 1936, the daughter of George and Agnes Akers. She attended Andover schools and had lived in Portland for 12 years, before moving to Saco 10 years ago.

  Survivors include one sister, Mrs. Randy (Margaret ) Cook, Limington; three nephews and one niece.

 Graveside services will be held in the spring at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Grace (Gibbs) Patenode, 1894-1929 From the Rumford Falls Times, January 10, 1930)

   The body of Mrs. John Patenode (Grace Gibbs) who died in Philadelphia, Sunday, December 28 [1929] was brought to Andover where the funeral services were held at the home of her brother, Harry Gibbs, Wednesday after, conducted by Rev, James Renfrew.

   Mrs. Patenode is survivied by her husband, a daughter, 12 years of age, and a son, 8; also her mother, Mrs. Blanche Cobb and two brothers. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

Irma (Cutting Pawe), 1893-1926 (From the Rumford Falls Times, May 1, 1926)


   Mrs. Erma Cutting Pawe, wife of Clifford Pawe, passed away Friday afternoon [April 23, 1926] at her home on Main Street after a few days illness of acute Bright’s disease. She was born in Andover 32 years ago, the daughter of the late George and Myrtle [Dunn] Cutting.


   Surviving are her husband, a daughter [Minnie], one sister, Mrs. S.B. Newton of Bethel, one brother, Max Cutting, and six half brothers and sisters, Edward, Bernard and Basil Hutchins, Miss Merna Hutchins, Mrs. Lee Falkenham and Mrs. Arthur Noble of this town.


 William C. Pawe, 1880-1973  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, March 8, 1973)


   Rev. Jay Cummings officiated at funeral services for William Clifford Pawe, Andover, on February 28, at 2 p.m. in the Andover Congregational Church.


   Miss Ivy Thurston was organist and Rev.Cummings conducted committal services at the church.


   Entombment was in the Woodlawn receiving vault, Andover, for burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in the spring.


   Members of Cabot Lodge No. 117, Knights of Pythias, Andover, were bearers, Harold Falkenham, Roger Mills, Jr., Waldo Merrill, Lee Falkenham, Frank Morgan, Howard Marston, all of Andover.


Charlotte (West) Peaslee, 1930 - 2006 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, June 29, 2006)


  Charlotte Peaslee, 75, of North Yarmouth, died Thursday, June 22, 2006 after a courageous four-month  battle with larynx cancer.


  She was born in Mexico on Oct. 29, 1930, to Robert Guy West and Isabelle Clark West. She was a graduate of Stephens High School.


  On Feb. 1, 1951, she married her best friend and soul mate, Silas F. Peaslee of Andover. Together, with much love and patience, they raised 10 children and were currently raising their granddaughter, Brianna Kane.


  Blessed with a love of children, Charlotte bore seven children and adopted three others. She was a foster parent to many children over the past three decades.-She was a devoted, selfless mother, and dedicated her entire life to family. She was an inspiration to others, teaching her children morals and the value of never giving up.


   Her spirit was unbroken. Struggling for 10 years with COPD didn't stop her from trips for breakfast to Roy's in Auburn, where she loved to meet with her many friends. She also enjoyed shopping for gifts for others.


   Her granddaughter, Brianna, brought daily joy, laughter and hope into her life.


   She is survived by her husband, Silas of North Yarmouth; two sons, Gary and his wife Janice of New Gloucester, and Douglas and his wife Judy of Buxton; seven daughters, Debora Gellatly and her husband Norm of Auburn, Bonnie Littlefield and her husband David of Portland, Sherri Curit and her husband Moe of North Yarmouth, Charlotte Kane of Lisbon Falls, Ruth Ann Terison and her husband Fred of Falmouth, Patricia Hansen of Yarmouth, and Charlotte Howard of Auburn; 21 grandchildren;  13 great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Pauline Bernard of Mexico, Robertine Patenaude of Topsham, and Lorraine Marston of Andover. She was predeceased by her son, Silas F. Peaslee Jr., on Aug. 25, 2001.


  Charlotte will be sadly missed but not forgotten.


  A graveside service was held at Woodlawn Cemetery, South Main Street, Andover, Tuesday, June 27, with the Rev. Martha Hoverson officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Charlotte's memory to the Maine Cancer-American Cancer Society, 52 Federal  Street,  Brunswick, ME 04011.



Gregory Jon Peaslee, II, 1979 – 2004 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, June 16, 2004)


     HALLOWELL - Gregory Jon Peaslee, II, 24, of Hallowell, formerly of the Dixfield area, died unexpectedly on June 11, 2004 in Hallowell.


   He was born Oct. 23, 1979, in Rumford, a son of Gregory J. Peaslee and Cheryl (Brown) Brennan.  He received his education in Rumford, Dixfield and Telstar schools, earning his GED in Augusta.


   At the time of his death, Greg was employed at Appliance and Furniture Store in Farmingdale. He was an outdoorsman who was a compassionate, nonviolent "hunter" and he loved to fish.


   He will be missed by all who knew and loved him; his father, Greg J. Peaslee of Andover; his mother and step-father, Cheryl Brennan and John Brennan of Dixfield; two brothers, Joel Peaslee of  Mexico and Sean Brennan of Dixfield; a sister, Amber Storer of Turner; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.


   He was predeceased by his beloved paternal grandmother, Pearl Peaslee.


   Funeral services will be held Thursday morning at 11 a.m. from the Wiles Remembrance Center, 30 Weld St., Dixfield. Family and friends are invited to call at the Remembrance Center, Wednesday 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Burial at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Those attending his services have been asked to wear bright, colorful, and most importantly, casual clothing. In lieu of flowers, friends may give gifts to his family c/o Wiles Remembrance Center 30 Weld St., Dixfield, 04224.

Pearl I. (Parks) Peaslee, 1908 - 1987 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mrs. Pearl I. Peaslee, 78, died Tuesday [February 2, 1987] at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway where she had been a patient for nearly two weeks.

  She was born at Young’s Cove, New Brunswick, Canada, on May 22, 1908, the daughter of Herbert and Ida Fanny Parks. She received her education in Canada and came to Maine in 1923, and had lived in Andover since 1939, moving from Upton. She was married to Waldo D. Peaslee on Oct. 31, 1926.

  He died on May 27, 1962. Mrs. Peaslee was employed for several years at Andover Wood Products Co., retiring about l8 years ago. She worked as a nurse's aide in the area and later for the VISTA program in the Rumford area. She more recently was an Avon representative. During World War II she trained ground observers for civil defense in Andover. She was active in community affairs and served as a volunteer in many social and civic organizations. Mrs. Peaslee was a member of Lone Mountain Grange and the Pythian Sisters, both of Andover.

  She is survived by three sons, Silas Peaslee of North Yarmouth, Harold Douglas Peaslee of Yelm, Wash. and Gregory Jon Peaslee of Andover; two daughters, Mrs. Clinton (Ida) Davis of Rumford and Ilean Guild of Litchfield; a half-brother, Ronald Parks, a half-sister, Mrs. Fred (Gladys) Kierstead, and a step-mother, Mrs. Nina Parks, all of Young’s Cove, N.B., Canada: 23 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren.

Dale E. Penney, 1969 - Abt 1990  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

  BOXFORD, Mass. - Dale Elliot Penney, 21, of 25 Attitash Ave., Merrimac, died Sunday [no date given, but year was probably 1990] at Boxford as the result of an automobile accident.

  He was born July 24, 1969, at Norway, Maine, the son of Stephen and Virginia Bell Penney. A resident of Massachusetts most of his life, he was a graduate of Lynn English High School, class of 1987, and was employed as a truck driver for the Haverhill Produce Co., Haverhill.

  Surviving are his mother of Merrimac; his father of Norway, Maine; his maternal great-grandmother, Elizabeth Hyland of Groveland; his maternal grandmother, Cecelia Bell of Lynn, his maternal grandfather, Albert Bell of Andover, Maine; his paternal grandmother, Katherine Penney of Hanover, Maine; two brothers, Wade and Douglas Penney, both of Merrimac; a half-brother, Eric Penney of Norway, Maine; three stepsisters, Mrs. Steven (Tina) Hodge of Dixfield, Maine; and Carrie and Pamela Scott, both of South Paris, Maine.

  Funeral services Wednesday, 10 a.m., Andover Congregational Church, with Rev. Marriotte Churchill officiating. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Gertrude (Stowell) Percival, 1913 - 1997  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  NORTH ANDOVER - Gertrude Stowell Percival, 84, of North Andover, died Saturday, Feb. 8, [1997] at her home.

  Born at the "John Paul Jones House" at Portsmouth, N.H., Jan. 1, 1913, the daughter of George P. and Eva Merrill Stowell, she moved to Dixfleld as a young girl to live with her aunt and uncle, Isabel and Charles Russell.

  Mrs. Percival graduated from Dixfield High School in 1931 and attended Nasson College. On Sept. 3, 1932, she married Warren Edward Percival of Gorham, N.H. They lived at Gorham, N.H., and Andover.

  She was a homemaker and enjoyed gardening, birds, nature, antiques and refinishing. In 1988, she moved into her new home at Andover. Mrs. Percival was a former member of the Congregational Church of Gorham, a member of the choir and the Gorham Women's Club. She was also the first woman to serve on the Gorham, N.H. School Board. For the past 40 years, she resided at Andover.

  She was a member of the First Congregational Church of Andover, the Ladies Aide, taught Sunday school and was the choir director for many years. She was a member of the Friday Club, the Andover Historical Society, Weld Historical Society and the Webb Lake Association. She spent her summers at Weld at Webb Lake, as a child up until her adult life.

  Survivors include two daughters, Paula P. and son-in-law, Bill Smith Jr. of Andover and Pamela of Ridgefield, Conn.; two sons, John W. and daughter-in-law, Linda Akers and David S., all of Andover; eight grandchildren, John, Joel and Joshua Putnam, Kris, Penny, Stephanie, Jennifer and Angela Percival; and 10 great-grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by her husband, Warren E. Percival in 1983; a brother, George P. Stowell II in 1988.

Warren E. Percival, 1904 - 1983 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Warren E. Percival, 78, died Wednesday morning [no date given] at Andrews Nursing Home, South Paris, where he had been a patient for five weeks.

  He was born in Berlin, N. H., July 21, 1904, the son of Elmer and Eunice Bennett Percival. He was educated in Gorham, N. H. schools and graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 1928. While in college, he played hockey for four years and was captain of  an undefeated team. He skated at Lake Placid in the 1932 Olympics, and skated throughout his life. He married Gertrude Stowell Sept. 3, 1932. Mr. Percival owned a woodturning mill in Gorham. N. H., for many years, later moving his operations to Shelby, N. C., where he leased his mill to the Lily Thread Mills, Inc. After retiring, he returned to Andover and built a mill which he ran with his two sons. Mr. Percival was a 50-year member of the Gorham, N. H., Lodge, F and AM; president of the Andover Ski Club, member of Andover Congregational Church, Building Committee for the Christian Education Building and Andover Historical Society. He worked on the Andover satellite station as a layout engineer.

  Mr. Percival is survived by his wife; two sons, David S. and John W., both of Andover; two daughters, Pamela Percival of Ridgefield, Conn., and Paula Putnam of Andover; a sister, Lillian Percival of Gorham, N. H.; and eight grandchildren.  

Albert Perkins, Abt. 1830-1903 (From the Evening Herald of Rumford, September 15, 1903)


   Albert Perkins of Andover died Monday evening [Sept.14, 1903] after a long illness. He was 73 years of age. He leaves a widow [Mary] and three children; deputy sheriff F. A. Perkins of Mexico, W.W. Perkins of Andover and H.Z. Perkins of South Paris. The funeral services will be held Wednesday at the homestead in Andover.

Claude A. Perkins, 1881 – 1959  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, November 26, 1959)

   Claude A. Perkins, 78, of South Rumford, died November 20 [1959] at the Community Hospital where he had been ill for six days.

   He had resided in Rumford for 11 months. Previously he was a resident of Andover.

   Mr. Perkins was born in Andover September 19, 1881, the son of Frank A. and Nellie Merrill Perkins. He married the late Eleanor Stevens.

   A painter by trade, he had been retired for the past four years. He had lived in Lovell for 20 years.

   Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ray (Louise) Freeman, South Rumford, and Mrs. Earl (Charlotte) Smith. Lovell; two sons, Albert Perkins, Lisbon Falls, and Frank Perkins, Center Lovell; sisters Mrs. Nellie Caldwell, Mexico, Mrs. Eula Knox, Mexico, and Mrs. Retha Blood, Orlando, Fla.; nine grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

   Funeral services for Claude A. Perkins, South Rumford, were held at 2 pm Monday, November 23 at the Meader and Son Funeral Home, Franklin Street.

   Rev. Harold Yates officiated. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, where Mr. Yates officiated.

Etta (Glover) Perkins, 1889 - 1977 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Mrs. Etta G. Perkins died Thursday, Nov. 3, 1977, at a Dixfield nursing home where she had been a patient for the past two years. She had made her residence in Andover on Pine Street and had lived there most of her life.

  She was born Dec. 19, 1889, at Mexico, the daughter of Lucius and Belle Farrar Glover. She was a life member of the Lone Mountain Grange in Andover and a former member of the King's Daughters. Mrs. Perkins had attended the Andover Congregational Church. She was married to Vard M. Perkins who died Feb. 24, 1954.

  Surviving are a son, Merton W. of Andover; two grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

  Funeral services were held Saturday at the Andover Congregational Church with Rev. David Wuori and Rev. Carl M. Kingsbury officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.  

Henry T. Perkins, 1915-1974  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, May 2, 1974)

  Funeral services for Henry T. Perkins were held Wednesday, April 24 at 2 pm in the Andover Congregational Church. Rev. David Norrie and Rev. Carl M. Kingsbury officiated. And Miss Ivy Thurston was organist.

  Entombment was in the Sunnyside receiving vault, Rumford, and burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, later in the spring.

  Bearers were Buster Marston, Howard Averill, Roger Mils, Jr., Walter Gordon , Daniel Cole, and Charles Johnson/

John Perkins, 1829-1911 (From the Rumford Falls Times, July 22, 1911)


   On Saturday morning [July 15, 1911] John Perkins was found dead in bed. He had been ailing with heart trouble for some time. He was 81 years old and leaves two daughters, Mrs. Josiah Philbrick and Mrs. John Bailey.


Mary N. Perkins, 1831-1916 (From the Rumford Falls Times, May 20, 1916)


   Mrs. Mary Perkins [widow of Albert Perkins] passed away at the home of her son, W.W. Perkins, Sunday morning, May 14 [1916] aged 86.

Merton W. Perkins, 1918 - 2001 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  RUMFORD - Merton W. Perkins, 82, died Tuesday, March 20, 2001 on Route 2 in Rumford as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was a resident of Elm Street in Andover, Maine and had lived in the area all of his life.

   Born in Rumford on July 3, 1918, he was the son of Vard and Etta (Glover) Perkins. He attended Andover schools and was a private in the US Army during WWII with Company C, Infantry. He was a truck driver for Farrington's Lumber Mill in East Andover for many years until his retirement.

  Mr. Perkins was a member of the Greater Rumford Senior Citizens and the Neighborly Senior Citizens Club:  a member of the Andover Congregational Church: and for many years, he served as Treasurer and board member of Western Maine Transportation.

   He was a member of Napoleon Ouellette Post # 24. American Legion: a life member Al & Ted Gauthier Chapter # 21 DAV: was formerly active with local chapters of the American Red Cross: was a past board member of Western Area Agency on Aging: and was a member of Chapter # 7 of the 1918 Club.

   He was married in Rumford on May 7. 1941 to the former Eda M. Roberts, who survives of Andover. Other survivors include two granddaughters, Sheryl Hoisington and her husband, Michael, of Epson, N.H., Linda Simmons-Farwell and her husband, Scott of Windsor: four great-grandchildren Nicholas and Kyle Hoisington of Epson, N.H., and Gabrielle and Quinn Farwell of Windsor. ME.

   He was predeceased by a daughter, Avis Simmons, who died January 15, 1987.

Vard M. Perkins, 1879 - 1954  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday [no date given] at the Andover Congregational Church for Vard M. Perkins [husband of Etta Perkins and son of William and Clara Perkins], with Mrs. Easter Peters officiating. [date of death was February 24, 1954]. Organist was Mrs. Ivy Thurston. Entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery Tomb, with burial in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, in the spring.

  Bearers were members of Lone Mountain Grange, Russell Wentzell, Ezra Webster, Lewis Morton and Sidney Palmer.

  Attending from out of town were George Stowell, West Bethel; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Frew, Dixfield; Arthur Bradeen, Frye; Irving Cole, Rumford Point; Ernest Stewart, Canton; Mr. and Mrs. Lucius Goddard, Rumford; Mr. and Mrs. Chester Goddard, Rumford Point; Millard Parker, Hallowell; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Pierce and son, Olean, Gardiner; Mr. and Mrs. Donald Mailloux, Strong; Jess Grower [Glover?] and Mrs. Editha Grower, Norway; Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Taylor, Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. H. Hutchins, Bethel; Mrs. Lina Weeks, Bethel.

William W. Perkins, 1855-1932 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July 28, 1932)

 Andover Man Ends Life By Hanging Wed.

   William W. Perkins, 77, Andover, committed suicide by hanging at 11:45 a.m., Wednesday of last week [July 21, 1932],in the barn owned by his son, V. M. Perkins, Pine Street, Andover. The body was found by Mrs. Minnie Glover, who was caring for the Perkins’ home during the absence of the family.

   Dr. H. W. Stanwood, county medical examiner and E. Walker Abbott, count attorney, viewed the body, and it was pronounced a case of suicide.

   In Ill Health

   Mr. Perkins had been in ill health for some time and it is believed that his illness affected his mind. According to officials who investigated, he had threatened to and his life on previous occasions. He had been about the house as usual, Wednesday morning, but when Mrs. Glover called him for dinner he did not respond. She made a search and found his body in the barn, adjacent to the house. He had hanged  himself from the edge of a stairway.

   Besides his son, V. M. Perkins, he is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Erma Bennett.

   Mr. Perkins is survived by eight grandchildren and two brothers, Frank Perkins of South Andover, and Henry Perkins, of West Paris.

   He was a charter member of Lone Mountain Grange.

   The funeral services, which were held from the home of the son Friday afternoon, were largely attended. Rev. George W. M. Keyes, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated.

   Bearers were I. E. Mills, Lewis Akers, Arthur Lang and Clarence Hall.

   Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery. 

Florence E. (Holt) Perry, 1897 - 1985  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  MEXICO - Florence E. Perry, 87, died Sunday morning [Jan. ??, 1985] at the Cozy Inn Nursing Home in Rumford.

  Born in Andover, Dec. 30, 1897, she was the daughter of Llewellyn and Ada Proctor Holt. She was educated in Andover graduating from Andover High School in 1916.She married Jesse Perry in June of 1916 at Mexico and the couple moved to Massachusetts shortly thereafter. They returned to Maine in 1925, settling in Mexico around 1930 where Mrs. Perry was employed as a practical nurse by several area physicians and medical facilities. Mr. Perry died in 1974. Mrs. Perry was a former member of the Oozalluc Temple Pythian Sisters of Mexico and was a past grand officer of the former Orange Lodge.

  She is survived by one son, Robert of Mexico; two brothers, Lewis Holt and Freeman Holt, both of Rumford; four grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Nellie (Milton) Perry 1873-1934 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

   Mrs. Nellie M. Perry, 9 Moore Street, West Somerville, Mass., died of heart disease aboard the Eastern Steamship liner Saint John at St. George’s, Bermuda, Thursday [no date given]. Mrs. Perry and her husband, Frank A. Perry, were on an eight-day cruise and she was apparently in excellent health.

  Mrs. Perry, who was 60, was born in Sackville, N. B. [the daughter of William and Sarah Ann Milton] and had lived in Somerville 24 years. For the past few years she has spent her summers in Andover, at Hotel Milton which she owned and operated successfully. She was a member of the West Somerville Congregational church, past president of the Somerville League of Women Voters and a member of the Boston League of Women Voters, the Probonata Club, the Heptorean Club, the Somerville Woman’s Club, and Highland Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. She was also a member of the Andover Friday Club, and a member of the King’s Daughters.

  Besides her husband, she is survived by one brother, Ernest Milton, of Andover.

Arthur A. Philbrick, 1876 - 1946 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Arthur Alonzo Philbrick, a life long citizen of Andover, died at his home on Farmer's Hill Saturday night [October 5, 1946] at 11:30, after a long illness.

  He was born in Andover, December 28, 1876, the son of George and Rachel Bragdon Philbrick.

  He and his brother were engaged in farming and exhibited fine cattle at the Agricultural Fairs.

 He leaves his brother, Sidney Philbrick, with whom he lived, and a sister, Mrs Nina Robinson, West Peru. Funeral services were at the home Tuesday at 2 p. m. Rev. Linwood C. Potter officiated. Burial was at Farmer's Hill Cemetery.

Charles Philbrick, 1873-1910 (From the Rumford Falls Times, September 30, 1910)


   Chas., the son of Geo. Philbrick of Farmer’s Hill, died at the insane asylum Hospital, Augusta, the first of the week [Aug. 29, 1910] and was brought to Andover where the funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon.


George W. Philbrick, 1842-1915 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 13, 1915)

   George W. Philbrick of Farmer’s Hill, who had been in ill health for some time, died at his home early Saturday morning, Feb. 6 [1915] The funeral was held Sunday, Feb. 7, Rev. George Graham officiated.


Josiah B. Philbrick, 1850-1931 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 3, 1931)

   Josiah Philbrick, 81, Rumford Center, who left November 15 to go to Seattle, Wash., by motor car, died there suddenly yesterday morning, [December 1, 1931] according to word received in Andover yesterday forenoon.

   Mr. Philbrick was born on Farmer’s Hill, Andover, 81 years ago and was the last of a large family. [He was the son of James and Sarah (Dunlap) Philbrick] He had made 24 trips across the continent. In 1930, accompanied by Herbert Brown and family, he crossed the continent by house car, covering 7,000 miles and arriving at Rumford Center in February of this year.

   Surviving are Herbert and Mrs. Alice Payne Brown, to whom he had given a father’s care since they were children. His wife [Sarah] died many years ago.


Rachel (Bragdon) Philbrick, 1840-1914 (From the Rumford Falls Times, July 25, 1914)

   On Thursday, July 15 [1914] occurred the death of Mrs. George Philbrick at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Walter [Nina] Robinson. Mrs. Philbrick had been a great sufferer during the past year. Last fall she was moved from her home on Farmer’s Hill to Mrs. Robinson’s at East Andover, that her daughter might care for her. Besides this daughter, she leaves a husband and three sons, Arthur, Sidney and Roy, all on the home farm on Farmer’s Hill.

Sarah (Perkins) Philbrick, 1852-1926 (From the Rumford Falls Times, April 17, 1926)


   Sarah P. Philbrick, wife of Josiah Philbrick, passed away Saturday morning at her home in Rumford Center after a few weeks illness.


   She was born in Lynn, Mass., July 31, 1852, the daughter of the late John and Mary Dunlap Perkins. In September, 1875, she married Mr. Philbrick and for about ten years lived in San Francisco, California. They also lived in Seattle for a number of years. Coming to Andover about 40 years ago they purchased a nice farm on Farmer’s Hill where they lived until six years ago when they moved to Rumford Center.


   She is survived by her husband, and an adopted son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Brown who lived with them, also a sister, Mrs. John Bailey of this town.


   Mrs. Philbrick was a member of the Congregational Church, united with the church at Rumford Center. The funeral took place Monday forenoon and was largely attended. Rev. Gardner Wills conducted the services. There were many beautiful flowers. The remains were brought to Andover for burial.


Sidney Philbrick, 1875 - 1950 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Sidney Philbrick, 75, a lifelong resident of Farmer’s Hill and oldest man in this community died at the home of his daughter and husband, Mr. And Mrs. Linwood Tucker, October 5 [1950] after a month’s illness. He died in the house in which he was born March 16, 1875.

  He was the son of Rachel T. and George W. Philbrick.

  Funeral services were held Sunday, October 8, at 2 p. m., at the Tucker house on Farmer’s Hill. Rev, C. C. Salisbury, of Andover Congregational Church, officiated. Burial was in Farmer’s Hill Cemetery. There were many floral tributes.

  He is survived by one daughter, Urfred Tucker; a granddaughter, Darlene Tucker; a sister, Nina Robinson of West Peru; three nieces, two nephews and four grandnieces and nephews.

  Pall Bearers were Frank Lovejoy, Mexico, Lewis Lovejoy, Lockes Mills; William Roberts, Rumford; and Lloyd White, of East Andover.

  Those attending the service from out of town were Florence Lovejoy, Mr. And Mrs. Daniel Tucker, Rumford Point; Lewis Lovejoy, Lockes Mills; Frank Lovejoy, Mrs. Hildrith Saunders and son, Mr. And Mrs. Harry Vale, Mr. And Mrs. Kenneth Utter, Mexico; Mrs. Clarence Clements, Mr. And Mrs. William Roberts, Rumford; Mr. And Mrs. Roy Millett and two children, Mr. And Mrs. Monty Millett, West Peru; Mrs. Nina Robinson, Mr. And Mrs. Dwight Oldham, Mr. And Mrs. Herman Robinson, West Peru; Clem Cogley, Roxbury; Mr. And Mrs. Herbert Robinson and two children, of Lovell and Roy Lohnes, Mrs. Emily Thurston, Sadie Bailey, Walter Bailey and Mrs. Evelyn Stevens of Andover, besides many from East Andover and Farmer’s Hill.

Eunice (Jameson) (Fox) Phister, Abt. 1913 - 1996  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

  Eunice Jameson Fox Phister, 83, of Arlington, Mass., died February 15, 1996, at her Florida home. She was a 1934 graduate of Smith College, Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa where she was president of her class and chairman of the Judiciary Committee. She later did graduate work in fine arts at Harvard University.

  Mrs. Phister was a widely known local sculptor who studied in the studios of George Demetrius and Peter Abate. Her work was exhibited nationally, including in the National Sculpture Society show in the Level Building, New York City. She also held four one-man shows. Her latest work was completed when she was well into her seventies.

  Mrs. Phister was the widow of the late John B. Fox of the Harvard Business School, and Lispenard B. Phister, a Boston Attorney. She was active in the communities of Arlington, Cambridge, Boston, and Newbury, Mass., and Andover, Maine, where she had a summer home, and Clearwater Beach, Florida, where she had a winter home. She was a member of the St. Botolph Club, the Cambridge Art Association, the Cambridge Boat and Clearwater Yacht Clubs, the Andover Historical Society, the Chevy Chase Club, and several Smith College clubs. Active in civic organizations, she was a former member of the League of Women Voters and the South End Day Nursery and a member of the Fragment Society. She was elected an honorary member of the Signet Society of Harvard College in recognition of her work as a sculptor.

  She leaves a son, John B. Fox, Jr. of West Newton, Mass., a granddaughter of Philadelphia and a grandson of Los Angeles. She will be interred at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, in the spring.

 Lispenard B. Phister, 1896 - 1985 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

  Lispenard Bache Phister, a Boston lawyer since 1924, died Nov. 24, 1985, at New England Baptist Hospital, Boston.

  He lived in Newbury, Mass., and spent summers in Andover, Maine.

  Mr. Phister was born in Chicago, Sept. 27, 1896, to Walter Bell Phister and Elizabeth Lispenard Johnson Lane, and through his mother was a descendant of President John Adams. He married Eunice Jameson in 1972.

  He served as an observation plane pilot in the Army Air Corps in World War I.

  Following the war, he was graduated from Trinity College and then attended Columbia and Harvard Law schools, graduating from the latter. He began his law career with the firm of Dunbar, Nutter and McClennan.

  In addition to his wife, he leaves three nephews, several grandnephews, grand-nieces and great-grandnieces; a stepson, John Bailey Fox, Jr., of West Newton, and two step-grandchildren.

  A memorial service will be held Dec. 16 at noon at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newburyport, Mass. Burial will be in the Oak Hill Cemetery, Newbury.

Arthur S. Pingree, 1944-2006 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal November 15, 2006)

   ANDOVER - Arthur S. Pingree, 62, died Monday, Nov. 13, at his residence in Andover.

   He was born in Rumford, on Nov. 2, 1944, a son of Ellsworth and Irene (Cole) Pingree. He was a graduate of Gould Academy in Bethel. He served in the U.S. Army as a private from 1965 to 1966. He was a self-employed logger in the area.

   He was married in Rumford on May 2, to Janet McPhee, who survives of Andover.

   Other survivors include a daughter, Kristina Pingree of Andover; two sons, Davis Pingree and James Billings of Rumford; stepsons, Ryan Frost of Auburn and Jason Webster of Georgia; grandchildren, Corbin and Sadie Standeven, Nicholas and Nathan Billings and Danika Schearer; stepgrandchildren, Hyla, Abby and Chase; a brother, Stanwood Pingree of Andover; and a sister, Rita Wilson of Bethel.

Richard B. Plantier, 1937 - 2001 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, November 21, 2001)

  Richard B. Plantier, 64, died Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2001 at the Rumford Community Hospital. He was a resident of East Andover.

  He was born in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 21, 1937, the son of Joseph and Madeline (Rondeau) Plantier. He was a graduate of Plainfield High School in Plainfield, Conn., with the class of 1956 and RCA Technical Institute in New York in 1963.

  He was employed as an electronic technician at COMSAT in Andover and INTELSAT in Washington, DC until his retirement on Dec. 31, 1994.

  Mr. Plantier was a member of the American Motorcycle Assoc.; BMW owners of America; and Andover Congregational Church. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, snowmobiling, traveling and especially his motorcycle.

  Survivors include two sons, Troy and his wife Wanda of Blissfield, Mich., and Michael and his wife Lisa of Mt. Airy, Md.; a daughter, Lynne Vu and her husband Quang of Fredrick, Md.; his mother of Danielson, Conn.; two sisters, Helen Provost and her husband Roger of Dayville, Conn., and Janet Plantier of Brooklyn, Conn.; and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father; and a brother, Phillip.

  Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 17 at the Andover Congregational Church with the Rev. Jane Rich officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery,

Andover. Those who desire may contribute to the Andover Congregational Church, P.O.  Box 240 Andover, ME 04216 in his memory.

Winnifred A. (Grover) Plourde, 1939-2005  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, October 6, 2005 )


   LEWISTON - Winnifred A. Plourde, 66, of Gill Street, died Monday evening, Oct. 3, at Central Maine Medical Center after many years of suffering with a lung illness.

   She was born Aug. 26, 1939, in Andover, the daughter of Rodney and Editha (Glover) Grover.

   She grew up in the Norway/Paris area and married Romeo Plourde in 1957. They settled in the Lewiston/Auburn area and had a number of wonderful children.

   She worked as a homemaker for many years as her children were growing up. She created a loving home where not only family was always welcome, but many friends also. She was known to friends of her children and other neighborhood children as "Mom." Her No. 1 priority was always family, as she greatly enjoyed spending time with her children, their spouses and her grandchildren. Winnifred was always there for her children and will be sadly missed by us all and many others around her.

   She leaves her daughter Sandra Labreck and husband, Larry Labreck, granddaughter Angela Wood and husband, Brian, great-grandsons, Trenton and Cameron, great-granddaughter, Lauryn, grandson K. Jason Burgess and wife, Amanda, grandson, Jeremy Burgess and fiancée Destiny Bell; a daughter, Kathleen Plourde, and grandson David; a son, Paul Plourde and fiancée Nancy Nadeau, and granddaughter Amy; a son, Donald Plourde; a daughter, Mary Jane Chabot and husband, Joe Chabot, granddaughter Kortney, and grandson Jacob; a daughter, Leslie Lacasse, granddaughter Montera and grandsons, Dominick and Preston; a sister, Priscilla Gammon and husband, Stan; and a brother, Luther Grover.


Mrs. Abbie G. (Barker) Poor, 1849-1908 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 21, 1933


   Mrs. Abbie G. Poor, 84, of Andover and Portland, died suddenly of heart disease at her winter home , The Eastland Hotel, Saturday afternoon [Dec. 16, 1933]. She was the widow of Olcott Poor.


   Born at Westbrook, she moved to Andover at an early age and spent much of her life there. She spent the last seven winters at the Eastland. Mrs. Poor was a prominent member of the Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants, the Women’s Literary Union and the Gorham Dames.


   Her survivors include a brother, Fred C. Barker, and a niece, Mrs. Ray Harnden, both of Rangeley, and a sister, Miss Mary P. Barker of Portland.


Agnes Blake Poor, 1842-1922 (From the Rumford Falls Times, March 11, 1922)

   Friends in town were saddened to learn of the recent death of Miss Agnes Poor of Brookline, Mass. Miss Poor is well-known in Andover, having spent a great many summers at the “Merrill” House.

[NOTE: Agnes Blake Poor was the daughter of Henry Varnum and Mary Wild Poor and transcribed the manuscript “Andover Memorials” from the reminisces of her uncle, Silvanus Poor.]


Annie (Thomas) Poor, 1856-1915 (From the Rumford Falls Times, June 5, 1915)


   Mrs. Annie (Thomas) Poor, who had been ill for a number of months, passed away Thursday, May 27 [1915,] at her home on Main Street, aged about 60 years. She was the wife of Henry L. Poor and had lived in Andover since her marriage, was a member of the Congregational Church several years and was always ready to help in every good work. The writer had lived near neighbor to her nearly forty years and never has an ill word passed between us to mar our friendship, a fair tribute to her memory.

   Mrs. Poor is survived by her husband, three daughters, one son [Arthur] and two brothers, all living in Andover, also an aged sister in Manchester, N.H., besides a large circle of friends. All will miss her and much sympathy is expressed for those in the immediate home circle.

Archer D. Poor, Sr., 1880 - 1953, (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Archer D. Poor, Sr., 72, Andover, died early Friday morning [March 13, 1953] at his residence on Newton Street in Andover. He was a lifetime resident of that town.

  He was born July 9, 1880, the son of Lister E. and Asenath Marston Poor. He married Susie Goodwin, who survives him.

  Mr. Poor was caretaker and guide for Mrs. Norton Downs for many years at Bellevue Camps at Upper Dam.

  Besides his wife, he is Survived by one sister, Mrs. Ina Clough; Winthrop; two daughters, Mrs. Roger Milton, South Paris, Mrs. Harry, Clark, North Cambridge; one son, A D Poor Jr., Andover; four grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

Arthur Poor, 1886 - 1953  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

Arthur Poor, 67, of 469 College Sr., died yesterday [Dec. 29, 1953] at the CMG Hospital after three years illness.

Born at Andover Nov. 13, 1886, the son of Henry L. and Carolyn A. Stockbridge Poor, he was a retired lumberman and farmer. His ancestors were among the earliest in the Andover region. A former resident of Auburn, he had resided with his daughter, Mrs. Clifford (Irene) Buck of Lewiston, the past few months.

Surviving are two sons, Stanley H. of Auburn, and John, North New Portland; three daughters, Mrs. Margery Moreau, Auburn; Mrs. Doris Keenan, South Portland; and Mrs. Buck; three sisters, Mrs. Stella Marston, Rumford; Mrs. Susie Hutchins, Andover, and Mrs. Myra Leonard, Massachusetts; 14 grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be attended at the Teague and Stevens Funeral Home, Saturday morning, Jan. 2, at 9:54 A.M., followed by a requiem high mass at Sacred Heart Church at 10:30. Interment Pine St. cemetery, Auburn.

Asenath (Marston) Poor, 1859-1915 (From the Rumford Falls Times, August 28, 1915)


   Mrs. Asenath [Marston] Poor, wife of Lister Poor [and daughter of Samuel Jr. and Lucinda (Cutting) Marston] of this place, passed away Thursday, August 15 [1915], aged 54 years. Mrs. Poor had not been well for some time, and submitted to a serious operation at a hospital in Portland about six weeks ago. Being somewhat improved, she returned home, but the disease still grew. Her family put up a hard fight for her recovery, by consistent care, trained nurses, and several physicians.


  She leaves besides her husband, one daughter, Mrs. Elmer Clough, one son, Archie Poor, several grandchildren, one sister and two brothers, all of Andover to mourn her further. She was a member of the Grange, Pythian Sisters, and president of the King’s Daughters, which place she has faithfully served for several years and was ever ready to help all in need, a woman who will be missed by a large circle of friends.


   The funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Congregational Church, the regular pastor officiated, after which the Pythian Sisters held their solemn service. Several selections were sung by Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Howard and Gladys Howard.  Flowers from the different orders, and near relatives were in great abundance and beautiful.

Catherine (Jordan) Poor, Abt. 1850-1928 (From the Rumford Falls Times, February 18, 1928)


   Word was received in Andover recently of the death of Catherine Frances Poor, widow of the late Scott Poor, at her home in Chapman, Kansas, Tuesday, February 7 [1928].


   Although Mrs. Poor  had not been in good health for some time, death came suddenly.


   She was the daughter of the late Rev. and Mrs. William Jordan, pastor of the Andover Congregational Church.


   Mrs. Poor was nearly 80 years of age, and is survived by four sons, and a daughter, Mrs. Root, who resides in Arizona. Robert O. Poor, a son, who lives in Canton, left immediately for Chapman to attend the funeral.

Charles O. Poor, 1873 - 1961 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Charles O. Poor, 88 of the Lafayette Hotel, Portland, a retired Chicago industrialist, died Tuesday [October 17, 1961] in a Portland hospital after a short illness. He was a summer resident of this town.

  Born March 9, 1873 in Solon, N. Y., he was the son of William C. and Harriet A. Smith Poor. His wife, the former Ora Wickwire, died last year in Portland, where they had lived for the past two years.

  Mr. Poor had been engaged in the manufacture and sale of electric automatic block signals for railroads and other railway appliances until his retirement in 1939. At that time he was president of Vermillion Equipment Co., Chicago. He had started in the signal manufacturing business in Chicago in 1893 with the construction department of the Hall Signal Co. He was a former president of Poor and Moore Co., Ltd., Montreal, and was former vice president of the Chicago Railway Signal and Supply Co. and the Bradford Corp., Chicago.

  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. W. P. Burleigh, Old Lyme, Conn., and Mrs. R. C. Hoffman, Haverford, Pa.; a brother, Samuel Poor, of this town, six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Charles T. Poor, 1848-1930 (Obituary fro the Rumford Falls Times, June 6, 1930)

   Charles T. Poor, the oldest resident of Andover, and the holder of the Boston Post cane, died Sunday afternoon at the Rumford Community Hospital, where he was brought Saturday, after several weeks of failing health

   Mr. Poor was born in Andover on September 16, 1848, the son of Benjamin and Catherine Montgomery Poor. He continued to reside in Andover where he engaged successfully in farming and also held lumber interests. He was always interested in town affairs and for many years served as road commissioner.

   Mr. Poor was a member of Cabot Lodge, U. R. K. P., of Andover and a member of the Congregational Church parish in Andover, and for several years was affiliated with the Oxford North Agricultural Society. For 55 years he had held membership in Blazing Star Lodge, F. & A. M. of Rumford.

   Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at one o’clock from the Andover Congregational Church, the Rev. Thomas Burton Hatt, pastor of the Dixfield Congregational Church, officiating. Burial was made in the Woodlawn Cemetery at Andover, where services were conducted by members of Cabot Lodge in which the deceased had held office for many years. The pall bearers were chosen from this order.

   Surviving are two sons, Harold Poor of Rumford; Charles M. Poor, of Detroit, Mich.; who arrived here Monday morning, and the granddaughter, Barbara Poor, daughter of Charles Poor. A daughter, Mrs. Marion Lang, died several years ago.

Eben Akers Poor, 1864 - 1946 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

Former Rumford Policeman Dies In Los Angeles

  Eben A. Poor, 82, born in Andover [July 18, 1864] and a resident of Rumford until 1920, died at his home in Los Angeles January 24 [1946].

 On the Rumford Police force for many years, Mr. Poor also worked for the Rumford Falls Power Company at its pumping station before accepting a position with the Los Angeles Water District in 1920.

 He is survived by his wife, Mrs Annie Poor, and a daughter, Mrs Jennie Baker, both of Los Angeles; by nephews, William H. Gruber and Ralph Akers, Rumford, and Merle Akers, Andover; two nieces, Mrs Merle Burgess, Rumford Point, and Mrs C. A. Hall, Andover.

  Mr. Poor was an Akers from Andover, but on the death of his mother [a Lambert], was adopted by an aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs Eben Poor, Andover.

  One of the pallbearers at his funeral was James Demeritt, Pasadena, Cal., formerly of Rumford, and a police officer for Rumford when Mr. Poor was on the police force.

Edwin Poor, 1845-1909 (From the Rumford Falls Times, June 15, 1909)


   The funeral of Edwin Poor [son of Sylvanus and Eliza Poor] was attended by a large circle of friends and relatives on Thursday at 10:30 A M. [date of death was June 8, 1909] Services were conducted by Rev. H. L. Packard. Cabot Lodge K of P attended in a body and held their burial service at the cemetery.

Frances S. (DeLong) Poor, 1922 - 1991 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mrs. Frances S. Poor, RN, 68, died Monday [February 18, 1991] at her home on Main Street, Andover. She had lived in the area all of her life.

  She was born in Andover on Nov. 12, 1922, the daughter of Sylvanus and Mina Stevens DeLong. She graduated from Andover High School in the class of 1940 and Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in Portland in the class of 1944, with an R.N. degree. She worked at Maine General Hospital for a short time prior to her marriage. She later worked part-time as a registered nurse at Rumford Community Hospital for many years and did private duty nursing.

  She worked alongside her husband at Camp Bellevue on Richardson Lake for many years. She was an active member of Andover Congregational Church, a former member of the Ellis Glen Temple 54 of the Pythian Sisters in Andover and had always been active in the community. She was married in Andover on Nov. 17, 1946 to Archer D. Poor Jr. of Andover, who survives.

  Other survivors include two daughters, Miss Penelope Poor of Plymouth, N.H., and Mrs. David (Paula) McDonald of Gilford, N.H.; a son, Peter J. Poor of Andover; a sister, Miss Margaret A. DeLong of Littleton, N.H.; a half-sister, Mrs. Hazel Arsenault St. Clair Shores, Mich.; and four grandchildren.

  Funeral services 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Andover Congregational Church, Andover, Maine, with Rev. E. Marriotte Churchill officiating. Interment in the spring in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover. Friends are invited to call at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St., Rumford, 7-9 p.m. Tuesday. Those who desire please contribute to the Andover Congregational Church, Andover, Maine 04216, in her memory.

Henry L. Poor, 1851-1931 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, November 26, 1931)

   Henry Laurens Poor, a life-long resident of Andover, and prominent in the affairs of the town, died Friday morning [November 20, 1931] at 6 o’clock at his home on Main Street.

   About six months ago Mr. Poor suffered a paralytic shock and has been in failing health since.

   He was [born in Andover August 5, 1851] the son of Elbridge and Susan (Stevens) Poor and was 80 years of age.

   He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Guy Learned, Massachusetts, Mrs. Eben Hutchins and Mrs. Samuel Marston, Andover; one son, Arthur Poor, Lewiston; a brother, Alfred C. Poor, Chapman, Kansas.

   Mr. Poor was a member of the Congregational Church Parish, Cabot Lodge, Knights of Pythias, and a member of the Andover Hook and Ladder Company.

   For many year he had charge of the building and repair of the Lake Road for the State and County resigning the work a few days before he was taken ill. 

Harry M. Poor, 1876 - 1937 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  The death of Harry Maurice Poor, 60, a prominent Andover man occurred  Friday night [October 29, 1937] at 11 o'clock at the Rumford Community hospital. He had been ill for a few days with pneumonia.

  Mr. Poor was the son of the late Henry W. and Mrs. Mary Smith Poor. He was educated in the Andover schools. He was president of the Pineland Ski Club of Andover and in charge of the local W. P. A. work on bridges.

  He is survived by his widow, Elizabeth Richards Poor and a sister, Mrs. Blanche Richardson, of Canton.

  The funeral services were held from the Congregational church Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. George W. M. Keyes, pastor of the church conducted the services which were largely attended by friends and relatives.

  The bearers were Arthur Lang, Hylan Reed, Irving Akers and Frank Keith, a former resident of Andover. Interment was in Woodlawn cemetery.

  Those from out of town attending the funeral included Mrs. Blanche Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Richardson, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Richardson, Canton; O. P. Smith, Frank Smith, Mexico; Samuel Smith, New York; Mrs. Guilmette and friend, Rumford; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Keith, Mechanic Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Millett Lombard, Bethel; Mr. and Mrs. Harold Tribou, Rumford.

Henry V. Poor, 1812 - 1905

Noted Railroad Expert, Dies at 93, as the Result of an Accident

Broke an Ankle in Fall on the Ice, and the Shock Was Fatal - Founder of Railroad Manual, Oldest Graduate Bowdoin. (Obituary from an unidentified and undated, but probably Boston-area newspaper)

    Henry V. Poor, founder of Poor's manual on railroads, a publication issued in New York for more than a half century, writer on books of financial matters, on money and on the tariff, and known on two continents for his profound knowledge of railroad subjects, the oldest living graduate of Bowdoin College at the time of his death, passed away last evening at his residence on Walnut Street, Brookline. Three weeks ago he fell on the ice and broke an ankle. The shock was a severe one to his system, as he was in his 93rd year, and his death was caused by heart failure.

         He was a remarkable instance of prolonged vitality, active, healthy mind and remarkable vigor up to the time of his accident. His mind was as keen as a man half his age, and he was constantly engaged in literary work. He was born in Andover, Oxford County, Me., son of Sylvanus Poor, a farmer. He prepared for Bowdoin in the early thirties.

    Early in life he went to New York and began a career that earned for him recognition not only in this, but in other countries. He was interested in the publication on railroads which he started and which bears his name up to the time of his death. His literary work was confined chiefly to financial and tariff matters. He was one of the founders of the New York Geological Society. He lived much of his life in the fine old estate on Walnut Street, and was a regular attendant at The First Parish (Unitarian) Church, Brookline, and a deacon in it. He is survived by his widow, one son, Henry W. Poor, the banker, and three daughters, Mrs. Alfred D. Chandler and two unmarried daughters with whom he lived.

Henry Varnum Poor, Abt. 1879-1931 (Front page story from the Rumford Falls Times, October 29, 1931)

N.Y. Attorney Accidentally Shot Monday

Poor Dead Of Shot Gun Wound In Breast

   While preparing to clean a shot gun with which he had been hunting, Henry Varnum Poor, 52, wealthy New York government attorney, was killed about noon, Monday [ October 26, 1931], when the shotgun was accidentally discharged, the “buck” shot entering his left breast puncturing his heart and left lung. His body was found on the floor in front of the fireplace in the library of his country estate at Andover.

 No Autopsy

   Dr. H. W. Stanwood, county medical examiner, pronounced death due to accidental shooting . An autopsy was to be held at Rumford, Tuesday, but after a hearing at the Poor estate at Andover, Tuesday morning, at which Sheriff William O. Frothingham, County Atty. E. Walker Abbott, and Deputy Roger L. Thurston, Andover, were present, it was decided definitely that death was accidental and that an autopsy of the body was unnecessary.

   Mr. Poor, who is a prominent New York attorney, having been a member of the law firm of Larkin, Perry and Rathbone, came to Andover Friday, telling the caretakers of his estate, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Snell, that he wished to rest and hunt.

To Leave For N. Y. Monday

   After breakfast Monday morning he went partridge hunting, but before leaving the cottage of the caretakers, where he had breakfast, he stated that he would leave for New York in the afternoon, going to Bryants Pond to connect with the Canadian National Railway.

   When the owner of the large estate, which is one of the more pretentious in this section of Maine, failed to appear for dinner, Mr. and Mrs. Snell started searching for him.

Find Body

   Mrs. Snell discovered the body of Mr. Poor on the floor in front of the fireplace in the library of the estate. Authorities were notified and the medical examiner called.

   At the hearing at the Andover estate Tuesday morning, authorities tried to trace the movements of Mr. Poor after he had returned to his summer home after his hunting trip, and to ascertain just how the accident occurred.

   After the investigation it was believed that upon his return from hunting, Mr. Poor leaned his shotgun against the wall and that his cleaning materials were on a table at his left.

Grasps Gun

   It is believed that as he was about to sit down in a chair in front of the fireplace, he reached forward and grasped the gun by the barrel sand pulled it toward him. In some manner one barrel of the double-barreled weapon was discharged, the shot piercing his left breast. He dropped against the chair and fell, and the side of the chair was damaged. The gun was loaded with one bird shot and one “buck” shot shell

Mrs. Ruth Ashmore Poor, widow of the deceased, and a son and daughter left their New York home for Andover as soon as they were notified of the accident. Four children survive, including Henry, Ruth, Priscilla and Daniel, all of whom live in New York.

Son of Author

   Henry V. Poor was the son of the late Henry William Poor, author of Poor’s Manual, a financial reference book. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1904 and became a member of the law firm in 1909.

   He was vice president and director of Caro Cloth corporation, a director of Lake Tankers corporation, chairman of the boards of Poor’s Publishing company, and president and director of Poor’s Securities corporation.

Henry W. Poor, 1839-1913 (From the Rumford falls Times, February 1, 1913)


   Henry W. Poor passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Otis [Sarah] Richardson, in Canton Tuesday, Jan. 28 [1913]. Funeral and interment in Andover Thursday, Jan. 30th. Mr. Poor had been in ill health for a longtime past but was sick in bed only a few days before his death, which was due to diabetes.


   Mr. Poor was 73 years of age and born in Andover, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Silvanus Poor, who were pioneers of this town. He lived all his life on the fine farm owned by his father and grandfather before him, to which he was strongly attached, being loath to leave it even for a short time. The location of this farm is one of the most beautiful in Andover, the broad, fertile acres nearly surrounded in the distance by hills and mountains make an exceedingly picturesque spot in which to spend a lifetime.


   Mr. Poor has been identified with Andover and its interests all his life, as were his parents and grandparents before him. Mr. Poor’s wife [Mary F. Smith] passed away twenty years ago. He leaves two children, Mrs. O.M. Richardson of Canton and Harry Poor of Andover, besides three grandchildren, Frank, Ruth and Edward Richardson, also one brother, William Poor of Philadelphia, and two sisters, Mrs. Mary Fox of Dorchester, Mass., and Mrs. Addie Gregg of Ft. Riley, Kansas.


Henry William Poor, 1844-1915 (Obituary from the New York Times, April 14, 1915)




Head of Poor’s Manual and Banker Expires Suddenly at His Home, at 71




His Wife Gave Her Big Estate to His Creditors in 1908 – An Art and Book Collector


   Henry W. Poor, the banker and internationally known as the publisher of Poor’s Manual, died suddenly yesterday afternoon at his home, 777 Madison Avenue. He was born in Bangor, Maine in 1844 [the son of Henry Varnum and Mary Pierce Poor] and received his education at Harvard University, from which he was graduated in 1865 with the degree of A. B., taking the degree of A. M. in 1872. Mr. Poor came to this city immediately after graduation in 1865, and started in the banking and publishing business as a member of the firm H. V. & H. W. Poor. He started publishing Poor’s Railway Manual in the same year, and soon became widely known, as this was the most comprehensive and leading publication of its kind.


   In 1880, his former firm having been dissolved for some time, Mr. Poor became a member of the firm of Poor & Oliphant. A year later this firm was succeeded by Poor, Oliphant & Co. It was not until he became a member of the firm of Poor & Greenough that Mr. Poor became famous on Wall Street. He was particularly active in leather and ice securities, and was reputed to have made a fortune of more than $5,000,000 by dealing in these stocks.


   In 1899 the firm was dissolved and he remained in business under the name of H. W. Poor & Co. From that time he was less successful, and in 1906 failed, with liabilities of $2,110,000 and assets of $180,000. One of the ventures that the firm found unprofitable was the consolidation of a number of Cuban and Louisiana sugar properties, which was said to have netted a loss of between $300,000 and $400,000. It was discovered when a schedule of the assets and liabilities of H. W. Poor & Co. was filed that Mrs. Poor, who was Miss Constance E. Brandon before her marriage to the late financier and publisher, had turned over all her possessions to the creditors of her husband’s firm.


   Among those were the old Cyrus W. Field’ mansion at 1 Lexington Avenue in Gramercy Park, and the house adjoining, which her husband had given her, and which were valued at $1,000,000. She turned the homes over to the creditors complete, with all the statuary, decorations, and objects of art, with the exception of a few small personal belongings. The art treasures of the two houses were especially valuable and had been collected for Mr. Poor by the late Stanford White, who had been commissioned to search Europe for them. Mrs. Poor .also presented the Tuxedo Park home to the creditors. This home was also sumptuously furnished and contained many art treasures.


   Mr. Poor, outside financial circles, was noted as an art lover, a liberal supporter of music, and a book collector. He helped many art and music students to attain prominence in their professions, and for years spent large sums on rare editions and fine bindings. His library was said to have hardly an equal in this country, and among the special treasures were a first edition of Thomas a Kempis’s “Imitatio Christi,” Higdon’s “Polychronicon,” and some very rare Americana. The library was said to be worth nearly $300,000, and the first intimation of his financial difficulties was given when it was offered for sale early in 1908. The first section of the library was sold for $75,000, and among the bidders were representatives of former Senator Henry C. Lodge and the late J. Pierpont Morgan.


   At the time of his death, Mr. Poor was president of Poor’s Manual of Railroads, Publishers: a Director of the Postal Telegraph-Cable Company of Texas, the Missouri Kansas & Texas Railway Company, and the United States Casualty Company, He was a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and the University, Manhattan, The Brook, the Racquet and Tennis, the Downtown, Tuxedo, Groliers, Lambs, City, Midday, and the New York Yacht Clubs.


   In 1908, his daughter, Miss Edith Poor, was married to Capt. James K Cochrane of the Leicester Regiment of the British Army, and the wedding was one of the most brilliant events of the social season. Mr. Poor is survived by his widow, two daughters and a son.


Editor’s Note: Henry William Poor was the son of Henry Varnum Poor, 1812-1905, and Mary Wild (Pierce) Poor, 1812-1912; the grandson of Lt/Dr. Sylvanus Poor, 1768-1848 and Mary (Merrill) Poor, 1781-1841; and the great grandson of Ezekiel Merrill, 1747-1830 and Sarah (Emery) Merrill, 1753-1847, the first white settlers of Andover, Maine. Although Mr. Poor ran into serious financial trouble in the early 1900s and had to sell his New York properties, “…he retained the Andover house which he had inherited.” This statement refers to the Merrill-Poor House, the oldest house in Andover which was started in 1791 by Ezekiel Merrill, and comes from the National Register of Historic Places Inventory—Nomination Form which was filed with the National Park Services. The Merrill-Poor House was included in the National Register of Historic Places May 17, 1976.

J. Harold Poor, 1887 - Abt. 1950, (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  FOUR PONDS - While hiking out of heavily wooded Four Ponds area, J. Harold Poor, 62, suffered a heart attack, about six o'clock Sunday night. [no date given]

  Long a resident of Rumford, he has been a popular figure in this area, all his life, as operator of grocery stores. He was last employed by the First National supermarket, Congress street.

  Mr. Poor was born in Andover, November 9, 1887, the son of Charles H and Ada Merrill Poor. He married the former Jenny Fletcher, who survives him.

  He was a member of the North Eastern Oxford County Fish and Game Association, Blazing Star Lodge No 30, F and AM, Royal Arch Chapter 56, Strathglass Commandery No 21, Knights Templar, Penacook Lodge No 130, IOOF.

  Besides his wife, he is survived by a brother, Charles M Poor, Detroit, Mich.; an uncle, Charles Merrill, Andover; two cousins, Waldo Merrill, Andover, Mrs Leroy Fiske, Portland.

  Funeral services were held at Meader and Son Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon, at 2 p. m., Rev. Harold Yates officiated. Burial was in Demeritt Cemetery, West Peru.

John A. Poor, 1808 - 1871 (Obituary from the Eastern Argus, Portland, September 6, 1871)

  Another of our best men has been called away.

  John A. Poor died this morning, at his own home, surrounded by his family, without notice and without suffering, about three o'clock - the physician says of rheumatism of the heart.

  The death of such a man is a great public calamity, and just now, when one of his grandest schemes was fast ripening to fulfillment, a loss, not only to Portland, a city which his foresight and sagacity have so largely contributed to build up, but the country at large, and we might say without extravagance to the world; for his magnificent undertakings have been so vast and comprehensive, and hitherto so successful, that the business world, both at home and abroad must feel the bereavement as among the heaviest blows of our day.

  Mr. Poor - John Alfred Poor - was born in Andover, Maine, January 8th, 1808, and was consequently in his sixty-fourth year. [He was the son of Silvanus and Mary (Merrill) Poor]

  He leaves a widow and one child only.

  To no man of Portland are we so largely indebted for the prosperity we now enjoy; and we know not where to look for another to supply his place.

  A Memoir will be prepared and issued as soon as it may be done with accuracy.

  It happens that he has left materials, carefully arranged for the Historical Society, and prepared within the last few weeks.

  Here is a later Government Resolution from the Eastern Argus, Portland, September 13, 1871

The Late John A. Poor

The following are the resolutions passed by the [Portland] City Government in respect to the memory of the late Hon. John A. Poor:

Resolved, that among the many laborious, energetic and far-seeing business men of Portland, to whom we are indebted for the consideration we now enjoy, both at home and abroad, the Honorable John A. Poor, who called away on Tuesday morning last, stood foremost - head and shoulders above the rest.

As not merely a business man, but as a statesman, large-hearted, sagacious, indefatigable and self sacrificing, it was not for the present, but for the future, that he underwent such labor for nearly thirty years, as resulted in sudden death at the age of sixty-three, when the grandest of all his magnificent undertaking wanted but a few days of completion.

Resolved, That to his labor, knowledge and foresight, we are indebted for the Atlantic & St. Lawrence Railway, now the Grand Trunk, whereby our valuation has nearly quadrupled since 1842, the season of our greatest depression and discouragement;

For the opening of Commercial Street now lined on both sides with large business houses and resulting in the Marginal Way, one hundred feet in width, around our whole city, front and back, and over three miles in length, giving us an uninterrupted water front, worth million to us, in connection with out unrivaled harbor;

For the opening of our Portland Works, where engines and cars of the best workmanship have been built, year after year in large numbers not only for the railroads of Maine, but for other and very distant regions, during the last twenty years;

For the establishment of our Gas Works, after they had come to a full stop; And for much that has been done first and last for the flourishing Rochester Road, now on its way to New York;

For the original movement, which resulted in the hydrographic survey of our state by that able and conscientious engineer, Walter Wells, whereby our whole country has been brought acquainted with the astonishing accumulation of water power within our territory for manufacturing purposes.

Resolved, That to John A. Poor we are indebted for the project of out European and North American Railway, now nearly completed - as part of the Trans-continental and Inter-oceanic railway through Portland, Rutland, Oswego, and Chicago - which, had he lived, would soon be in successful operation, a great highway for the nations, opening the West, by a direct line, the nearest, safest and cheapest transportation, for five hundred million bushels of wheat which Baring Brothers have already provided a market for, and for whatever else the overflowing West may desire to be rid of; enriching the farmers and connecting the Old World with the New, China, Japan, and the East with all Europe, through our territory, leaving us to take toll both ways, and bringing the commercial world acquainted with our magnificent harbor, and our unequaled facilities for a large business; all the other enterprises mentioned, though successful, being but preliminary and subordinate to this, now so near its consummation.

Resolved, That while we desire to bear sad testimony to the world of the departed, we cannot withhold our sympathy from his wife and child, thought we are aware that, for a season, their loss will be but aggravated by such evidence, because we believe that after a time it may be among the greatest of their earthly consolations.

John B. ”Jack” Poor, 1915 - 1995  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  PARAMUS, N.J. - John Barton "Jack” Poor, 80, formerly of Ridgewood, N.J., and Andover, died Tuesday [October 3, 1995] at Paramus, N.J.

  Born at Philadelphia, Pa., Aug. 29, 1915, the son of Samuel and Elsie Preston Poor, he had also resided at Garden City and Easthampton, N.Y.

  Mr. Poor graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University and with honors from Harvard Law School.

  He served with the U.S. Coast Guard.

  For many years he served as president and chief executive Officer of RKO General in New York. He was married to the former Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Rome, who died in l984.

  Survivors include four daughters, Nancy Kelley of Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J., Penelope Dolara of Coral Gables, Fla., Pamela Mallory of Charlotte, NC., and Lisbeth Farnum of Duxbury, Mass.; one son, John B. Jr. of Short Hills, N.J; one sister, Betsy Poor Fisher of Andover, and 11 grandchildren.

Josephine C. Poor, 1913 - 1990 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

   AUBURN - Josephine C. Poor, 77, died September 19, 1990 at Clover Health Care Facility after a long illness.

   Born at Andover [Aug. 20, 1913, the daughter of Sylvanus and Gertrude (Parsons) Poor], she graduated with a bachelor's degree from Sargent College of Boston University, where she studied physical therapy.

   She served with the U.S. Army in France during World War II at the 193rd General Hospital. She continued her service with the Army Reserve following the war, including assignments at Murphy Army Hospital in Waltham, Mass. She retired from the Army as a lieutenant colonel in 1973.

   Miss Poor also served in supervisory physical therapy positions at the Veterans Administration Hospital at Togus, rising to the post of assistant chief of physical therapy before her retirement from the civil service in the early 1970s.

   Until she moved to Clover Manor in Auburn in 1987, Miss Poor was a member of the Andover First Congregational Church and the ladies Aid, the Historical Society and the Cemetery Committee of Andover. She was also a member of the State Genealogical Society. She was an accomplished horsewoman in her youth.

   She is survived by one sister, Mrs. George (Sylvia) Ellis of Andover.

   Memorial services were held Saturday, October 13 at 1:30 p.m. at Andover First Congregational Church, with burial in Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover.

  For those who wish, a donation may be made to Andover First Congregational Church, Andover, ME 04216 in memory of Josephine C. Poor.

Lizzie (Richards) Poor, 1883 - 1955 (Obituary from unidentified and undated local newspapers)

  ANDOVER - Services for Mrs. Lizzie R. Poor were held at the Andover Church at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Rev. Andrew Young officiated and Mrs. Ivy Thurston was organist. Burial was at Woodlawn cemetery, with services by Mr. Young. Bearers were Waldo Merrill, Harold Hodsdon, Irving Akers and Philip Learned. Attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. Charles Cutting and Master Charles Cutting, University Park, Md.; Mrs. Marguerite Richards, Portland; Edward Richardson and Charles Richardson, Canton; Mrs. Joel D. Austin, Providence, R. I.; Mrs. Elmer Lane, West Peru; Edward Warren, Hanover; and Samuel T. Smith, Bethel.

  Lizzie R. Poor, age 72, died in Augusta on October 16 [1955]. A resident of Andover, she was the widow of Henry [s/b Harry] M. Poor of Newton street.

  Mrs Poor was born in Andover on June 8, 1883, the daughter of Stephen Richards and Ida Cutting Richards.

Penelope "Penny" Poor 1947 – 2004 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, May 13, 2004)


    AUBURN - Penelope "Penny" Poor, 56, a long- time resident of Andover, died May 5, 2004 at Central Maine Medical Center, following a 24-year struggle for life against the effects of Hodgkin's disease. With characteristic courage, she had fought for recovery from recent surgery; a week later with even greater courage, she accepted and faced her passing with her loving family at her side.    


   Born on November 25, 1947 at the Rumford Hospital, she was the first child of Frances DeLong and Archer Dalton Poor, Jr. At age two, in her father's arms. Penny turned her young face directly into the wind on Andover's Main Street; from the start, she was undaunted by adversity.


   Penny graduated from Andover High School in 1966. She went on to attend Husson College in Bangor and then Andover College in Portland. Then she turned to her culinary gift, inherited from both of her parents, becoming chef and pastry cook at the famous Balsams Hotel in NH, and later at Summerfields in Laconia, NH.


   Penny's loves were many. Some of them emerged when she was a girl and occurred mostly in the Richardson Lakes area: paddling a canoe through a quiet bog or across rough lake waters; climbing mountains; cannon balling off a diving board into Upper Richardson's icy morning waters or diving off a pier at Upper Dam; and sleeping out on Big Rock.


   As a grown woman, Penny found more to do: fishing, listening to music, gardening, knitting, quilting, and making maple syrup in her father's maple orchard. Once she was compromised by Hodgkin's' disease, her interests and loves only grew: the natural world became her university, and she became an expert in many of its areas.


She studied the behavior of loons, eagles, fox, and birds, especially the hummingbird, and she read all she could about these creatures, as well as Maine's history from 10,000 years ago, a specialty of her father's. She knew wildflowers and wild grasses, and she decorated the woods near Upper Dam with red and pink impatiens. Her sister took her up to the lake before her recent surgery. "It was the best day of my life," she said of it.


   While most people faced with her limitations would succumb to television watching, Penny was instead a tireless volunteer; first at the Andover Library where she also was a trustee, the Andover Bicentennial Committee, and the Friends of Richardson, and she conducted the loon count for Maine Audubon.


   Penny's love of her family filled much of her heart. She especially loved her three nephews and one niece; she labored with love over a high school graduation quilt for her niece a year ago, and again this year, she and her sister, Paula completed a quilt for their nephew Peter's graduation from high school.


    She knitted endlessly for Ryan and Cory when they were young. Her sister, Paula and brother, Peter and their families never wavered in their support of her; she returned their support with homemade gifts and a generous, loving heart.


   Penny will be sadly missed by her father. Archer Dalton poor, Jr.; her sister and brother-in-law, Paula P. and David F. McDonald; her brother and sister-in-law, Peter J. and Belinda Poor; her nephews, Ryan David McDonald, Cory Stevens McDonald, and Peter John Poor II; and a niece, Jenna Lee Poor.


   The loons and eagles of Upper Richardson will likewise miss her, but many believe they will carry her spirit into the woods and the sky, and over the lake, so part of her may abide in the place she most loved.      


   She was predeceased by her mother, Frances Delong Poor.


  At the family's request, there were no public calling hours, but friends were invited to attend the funeral services Saturday, May 8, at the Andover Congregational Church,

Andover, with the Rev. Jane Rich officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. The family requests that, instead of flowers, a gift may be made to one of

Penny's interests: Andover Congregational Church, P.O. Box 249, Andover, ME 04216, Friends of Richardson, P.O. Box 71, Andover, ME 04216, or a charity of one's choice.

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Sophie B. Poor, 1875-1930 (From the Rumford falls Times, May 2, 1930)


   Commitment services for Miss Sophie B. Poor were held in Woodlawn Cemetery Saturday forenoon conducted by Rev. James Renfrew. Miss Poor was the daughter of the late Walter S. Poor, and is survived by her mother and a brother, Walter Poor, of Morristown, New Jersey


Susie E. (Goodwin) Poor, 1884-1972  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, September 21, 2011)


  At the age of 88, Mrs. Susie Poor died at her home on Newton Street, Andover on Monday, September 11. She was the widow of the late Archer D. Poor Sr. who died March 13, 1953, and had resided in Andover for most of her life.


  Born on July 24, 1884 in Stetson Village, Maine, she was the daughter of George B, and Frances Moody Goodwin.


  An active church woman, Mrs. Poor was a member of the Andover Congregational Church ; the Ladies Aid of the church; The Friday Club; and was a former Member of the King’s Daughters. She is survived by a son, Archer D. Poor, Jr, of Andover; two daughters, Mrs. Harry Clark of Arlington, Mass., and Mrs. Roger F. Milton of Norway; a sister, Mrs. Harland Mayo, and a brother, Ira Goodwin, both of Brewer; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren.


  Rev. Jay Cummings officiated at the funeral services for Mrs. Susie Emma Poor at the Andover Congregational Church on Thursday, September 14 at 10 a.m. Miss Thurston was the organist.


  Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, where Rev. Mr. Cummings conducted the committal services.


  Bearers were Robert Milton of Auburn, Elmo Clough of Winthrop, Theodore and Richard Mayo of Brewer.

Sylvanus Poor, 1880 - 1963 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Sylvanus Poor, 82, died at his home here early Tuesday morning [October 30, 1963].

   He was born in Andover, Feb. 25, 1880, the son of Edwin and Flora Taylor Poor. He graduated from Hebron Academy in 1900 and was later the proprietor of The Homestead, a summer boarding house here. He was active in civic affairs and served as Republican town chairman for 29 years. He was a deacon of the Andover Congregational Church, president of the Andover Water Co. and worked many years to promote community concerts in Rumford.

    After retiring he carried on a successful chinchilla business at Andover.

   On Oct. 26, 1910, he married Miss Gertrude M. Parsons, North Newcastle.

  Survivors include his widow, two daughters, Josephine, Augusta; and Mrs. Sylvia Ellis, Wellesley, Mass.; and four grandchildren.

  DIED - At Andover, Oct. 30 [1963] Sylvanus Poor, aged 82. Memorial services to be held at Andover Congregational Church Saturday, Nov. 3, at 10:30 a.m. under the direction of Greenleaf Funeral Home, Bethel. Burial Woodlawn cemetery, Andover. The family requests in lieu of flowers, to make contributions to Andover Congregational Church.

Teresa E. Poor, 1903-1904 (From the Rumford Falls Times, January 16, 1904)


   The little daughter of Harry Poor died Jan. 5th [1904] of pneumonia, aged 5 months. She had been ill but a few days. Funeral services were attended by Rev. O.B. Hannaford.


William Poor, 1847-1923 (From the Rumford Falls Times, February 24, 1923)

   Word was received this week of the death of William Poor [son of Sylvanus and Eliza Brown Poor] on Friday, Feb. 16 [1923]. Mr. Poor had made his home for several years with his daughter, Mrs. Roman Hoffman of Nazareth, PA, but was spending the winter with his sister, Mrs. Addie Gregg, in Seattle, Wash.

   Mr. Poor spent many summers in Andover and was interested in the town. He will be greatly missed. Funeral services were held in Seattle and the remains will be placed in the tomb until spring when interment will be in Woodlawn cemetery.

[A later story in the May 15, 1923 issue of the Rumford Falls Times states that his sister, Mrs. Addie Gregg, died the same week and funeral services were held for both of them at their childhood home, The Homestead, in Andover prior to their interment across the street in Woodlawn Cemetery.] 

Agnes D. (Roberts) Porter, 1927 - 2000  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  NORWAY - Agnes D. Porter, 72, of Andover, died Thursday, June 22, [2000] shortly after arrival at Stephens Memorial Hospital. She had been a lifelong resident of Andover, and made her home on Main Street.

  She was born in Andover, on Nov. 6, 1927, the daughter of Henry and Viola (Cole) Roberts, and was a high school graduate and had attended Andover schools. Mrs. Porter had been employed at Andover Wood Products as a production wood operator for over 20 years until retirement in 1990.

  She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church. She had spent many hours doing craft work, playing Bingo, and enjoying visiting with her family. She was married in Mexico, on March 16, 1946 to the late Leonard A. Porter who died in Portland, on Nov. 16, 1976.

  Survivors include a daughter, Joyce "Joy" Porter of Andover; a son, Robert A. of Bath; a granddaughter, Heidi Porter of Rumford; a grandson, Todd Porter and his wife Laureen of Gahanna, Ohio; three sisters, Grace Simmons and Ismay Meecham of Andover, and Edna Hilton of Kittery; a brother, Kenneth Roberts and his wife Margaret of Rumford; and several nieces and nephews.

Frank A. Porter, 1914 - 1944 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  RUMFORD - The body of Pvt. Frank A. Porter, 30, killed in Germany, Nov. 18, 1944, will arrive at the Rumford station, Saturday morning [no date given].

  Born at Andover, June 15, 1914, the son of Frank C. and Daffodil Harding Porter, he had been a resident of Rumford for 10 years prior to his enlistment, April 4, 1944. A member of the 16th Infantry, First Division, First Army, he was sent overseas in September, 1944.

  Besides his parents, Pvt. Porter is survived by his widow, Mrs. Eva Paltonawich of 105 Maple Street; four children, Atwood, 12, Ronald, 9, Lance, 8, Brenda, 6; four sisters, Mrs. Villa Learned, Andover, Mrs. Rita Damon, Norway; Mrs. Melissa Swan, Auburn; Miss Leatrice Porter, Andover; four brothers, Wilfred, Rumford; Clinton and Learned, Andover; Mark, Locke Mills; several nieces and nephews.

  MILITARY SERVICES - For Pvt. Frank A. Porter who was killed in action in Germany, Nov. 18, 1944, will be held at Woodlawn cemetery, Andover immediately following the arrival of the 10:10 A.M. train at Rumford, Saturday. Rev. Linwood Potter will officiate at the American Legion Military Service.

Dora (Robinson) Porter, Abt. 1869-1926 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 4, 1926)

   The funeral services of Mrs. For a Porter, whose death occurred Tuesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oscar Austin [Rumford].

   Mrs. Porter had been in ill health for two years and was confined to her bed for three weeks. She was tenderly cared for during her illness by her daughter and husband, Mrs. And Mrs. Austin.

   Mrs. Porter was born in Andover 57 years ago, the daughter of William and Susan (Kimball) Robinson. She was unified in marriage to Clinton E. Porter of Dixfield Center and to them were born six children; Ellery of Dixfield, Mrs. Edna Rose of Canton, Mrs. Lona Hollis of Lewiston, Mrs. Lora Gee, Mrs. Mary Austin, and Charlie Porter of Dixfield.

   Besides the above mentioned se leaves six grandchildren, four brothers and four sisters, Mrs. Nancy Jordan, Milan, N.H., Mrs. Wesley Robinson, Berlin, N.H., Mrs. Mabel Bartlett, Rhoda Gross and William Robinson, Lockes Mills; Walter Robinson, Andover; Mrs. Emma Smith, Charleston, Mass. Interment was in the family lot, Piper Cemetery, West Peru.

Frank C. Porter, 1876 - 1962 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Frank C. Porter, 85, died Tuesday [January 3, 1962] at the Rumford Community Hospital where he had been a patient for three days.

  A lifelong resident of this community, he was born Sept. 24, 1876, the son of John and Mary Porter. He was a retired lumberman. He was married to the late Lillian Harding.

  Survivors include four daughters, Mrs. Mollissa Swan, Athol, Mass.; Mrs. Arvilla Robinson, Turner; Mrs. Rita Damon, Norway; Mrs. Leatrice Myshrall, Andover; four sons, Clinton and Leonard, both of Andover; Wilfred, Newport, N. H.; and Mark, Bryant Pond; 34 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren

  Services at 2 P. M. Friday at Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rev. Nathaniel Pearson officiating. Entombment at Woodlawn Cemetery tomb, Andover. Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, in spring.

Harold E. Porter, 1939 - 2002  (Obituary from the Providence, RI Journal, September 5, 2002)

  Harold E. Porter, 63, of 8 Cottage St., Manville, an employee at National Lumber in Mansville, Mass., died Saturday [August 31, 2002] at Landmark Medical Center.

  He was the husband of Marie M. (Lapierre) Porter. Born on March 23, 1939, in Andover, Maine, a son of May (Goodwin) Porter of Holliston, Mass., and the late Clinton Porter, he had lived in Manville for 15 years.

  Mr. Porter was employed in the ordering department at National Lumber for five years. He had been employed at the Franklin Lumber Co.

  Besides his wife and mother, he leaves three brothers, James Porter in Pennsylvania, Gerald Porter in Maine and Vernald Porter of Holliston; and four sisters, Barbara Witham of Rangeley, Maine, Ernestine Miller of South Portland, Maine, Edna Touchette of Holliston and Fay Stinchfield of Waterford, Maine, and five children, Christine Morin, Brenda Desper, Brian, and Andrew, all of Woonsocket, RI and Marc of Idaho.

  The funeral service will be held tomorrow at 8 p.m. in Kubaska Funeral Home, 35 Harris Ave., Woonsocket. Burial will be private.

H. Clinton Porter, 1912 - 1985  (Obituary from The Portland Press Herald, May 21, 1985)

  H. Clinton Porter, 72, of 158 St. John St., Portland, died Sunday [May 15, 1985] in a Portland hospital after a long illness.

  Born at Andover [December 30, 1912], son of Franklin and Lillian Harding Porter, he attended Andover schools and lived there until moving to South Portland  in 1974.

  He moved to Limington in 1982 and Portland in 1983. He worked in the woods until an accident in 1949 paralyzed him from the waist down. He later operated a home workshop with the help of his family, retiring in 1979.

  Survivors include his wife of 52 years, the former May Goodwin of Portland, four daughters, Barbara Witham of Stratton, Ernestine Miller of South Portland, Edna Touchette of Holliston, Mass., and Fay Stinchfield of Limington; four sons, James of Honey Brook, Pa., Harold of Woonsocket, R.I., Gerald of Bowdoinham and Vernald of Medway, Mass; four sisters, Arvilla Robinson of Turner, Melissa Swan of Lewiston, Reta Damon of South Paris and Leatrice Myshrall of Andover; one brother, Wilfred of New Hampshire; 35 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren.

  At the request of Mr. Porter there will be no funeral. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Funeral arrangements are by Hay and Peabody Funeral Home, 749 Congress Street.

Leonard A. Porter, 1916 - 1976 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Leonard A. Porter, 60, died Tuesday at the Maine Medical Center shortly after admission. He had resided at Andover most of his life.

  He was born Sept. 12, 1916, in Andover, the son of Frank and Lillian Harding Porter. He served during World War II in the Army. Mr. Porter was the road commissioner here for more than 15 years and the past nine years had worked for the Maine State Highway Commission. He was a member of the Maine State Employees Assn., and was married in Mexico on March 16, 1946, to Agnes Roberts who survives of Andover.

  Also surviving are a son, Robert A., and a daughter, Miss Joyce Porter, both of Andover; three brothers, Clinton of South Portland, Mark of Bryant Pond and Wilfred of Newport, N.H.; four sisters, Mrs. Molissa Swan, Athol, Mass., Mrs. Arvilla Robinson, Turner, Mrs. Rita Damon, South Paris, and Mrs. Leatrice Myshrall, Andover; and two grandchildren.

Lillian D. (Harding) Porter, 1893 - 1960 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  NORWAY - An elderly Norway woman died here Saturday [March 26, 1960] while apparently attempting to extinguish a fire at her Alpine Street home.

  Sheriff James Lassiter identified the woman as Mrs. Lillian D. Porter, 66 [widow of Frank C. Porter]. Lassiter said the fire, which started in a box of newspapers, apparently caused the woman to be overcome. She fell to the floor and her clothing was set afire, according to the Oxford County Sheriff.

  Norway fireman arriving on the scene were able to put out the flames using snow before equipment arrived. A broom discovered near the body led officials to believe that the woman had been trying to put out the flames. It was understood that an autopsy would be performed to determine the exact cause of death. Damage to the house was slight.

  Mrs. Porter was born September 2, 1893 at Andover, the daughter of Joel and Lydia Libby Harding and attended Andover schools.

  Surviving are her husband, Frank, of Andover; four sons, Clinton and Leonard of Andover, Mark of Bryant Pond and Wilfred of Newport, N. H.; four daughters, Mrs. Mellissa Swan of Athol, Mass., Mrs. Arvilla Robinson of Auburn, Mrs. Reta Damon of Norway and Mrs. Leatrice Myshrall of Andover; three brothers, Jack Harding of South Paris, Gerald Harding of Norway and William Harding of Fryeburg; three sisters, Mrs. Ledelia Boulette and Mrs. Hattie Farmington of Norway and Mrs. Rose Burnham; 33 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.

DIED  At Norway, March 16, 1960, Mrs. Lillian B. Porter, aged 66. Funeral services will be held at 2. p.m. Tuesday at the Huff Funeral Home, So. Paris, Rev. Clifford N. Vincent of South Paris Baptist Church officiating. Entombment in Norway Pine Grove Cemetery, with interment in Spring in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Mark W. Porter, 1919 - 1985  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

  Mark. W. Porter of Woodstock died Saturday, March 23, 1985, at the Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway.

  Mr. Porter was born at Andover, April 6, 1919, the son of Frank C. and Daffodil Harding Porter. He received his education in Andover schools and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He made his home on the Gore Road since 1947, coming from Andover. His early employment was at Bath Iron Works, Bath, and Tyler’s Garage in Bryant Pond. He later worked as a welder at Boise Cascade in Rumford, retiring in 1979. He was a member of American Legion Post 24 of Rumford and former member of Jefferson Lodge, AF & AM, of Bryant Pond.

  He is survived by four daughters, Ms. Carolee Roberts of Locke Mills, Mrs. Kathryn Francis of North Leeds, Ms. Monica Bach of Brown Mills, N.J., and Mrs. Becky Cobb of North Kingston, R.I.; two brothers, Wilfred Porter of New Hampshire and Clinton Porter of South Portland; four sisters, Mrs. Melissa Swan of Massachusetts, Ms. Arvilla Robinson of Turner, Mrs. Rita Damon of Norway and Mrs. Leatrice Myshrall of Andover, and six grandchildren. Mr. Porter was predeceased by two brothers, Leonard Porter and Edward Porter who was killed in action during World War II.

  At the request of Mr. Porter, there was no funeral or visiting hours.

May Abbott (Goodwin) Porter, 1913 – 2002 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, December 21, 2002)

  HOLLISTON – May Abbott (Goodwin) Porter, 89, of Holliston, Mass., passed away after a short illness at the Metro-West Medical Center, Leonard Morse Hospital Annex in Natick, Mass., on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

  She was the widow of H. Clinton Porter of Andover.

  She was born July 19, 1913 in Rumford, the first of eight children of James Abbott and Edna May (Blake) Goodwin. She graduated from Stephens High School in 1932.

  She married Clinton Porter on Oct. 1, 1932 and lived in Andover until 1974 when they moved to South Portland. In 1982 they moved to Limington and in 1983 to Portland. Mr. Porter passed away in May of 1985 and she continued to live in Portland until 1997, at which time she moved to Holliston, Mass. to live with her daughter.

  She loved to garden, crochet and to take summer trips to her daughter’s summer home in Maine and her son’s home in Pennsylvania. Right up to her demise, she crocheted afghans for her beloved grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  She leaves seven children, Barbara Witham of Rangeley, Ernestine Miller of South Portland, James Porter of Coatesville, Pa., Gerald Porter of Denmark, Vernald Porter of Holliston, Mass., Edna Touchette of Holliston, and Fay Johnson of Waterford. She also leaves two sisters, Ruth Brennan of Holliston and Faye White of Hale; and one brother, Ray Peare of Millbury, Mass.; 38 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and some great-great grandchildren. She kept all of their pictures sitting on shelves where she could look at them while she crocheted.

  She was predeceased by her husband of 52 years in May of 1985; and her son, Harold, in August of 2002.

Eleanor B. Potter, Abt. 1918 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated source)

  Potter, Eleanor B., 76, of Bushnell, FL, passed away Mon. April 25, 1994 at Vencor Hospital, Tampa, Fl. She was born in Hermon, Maine and came here 28 years ago from Wakefield, N.H. She was a homemaker. Survivors include husband: Rev. Linwood Potter of Bushnell; brother: Raymond Smart of Bangor, Maine; Nephew: Chester Eames, Jr. of Waterville, Maine; niece: Charlene Spellman of Westbrook, Maine; niece: Rebecca Libby of Brewer, Maine.

  The funeral service will be Thurs. April 28, 1994, 2:00 P.M. at Nobleton Community Church with Rev. Lawrence Vincent officiating. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations go to the Nobleton Community Church, Nobleton, Florida. Arrangements by
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Linwood C. Potter, Abt. 1911 – 2001  (Death Notice from the Colby College Magazine Obituary Section, Fall 2001)

Linwood C. Potter '41, July 19, 2001, in Wakefield, N.H., at 90. He received his divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary. His 60 years in the ministry of the Congregational Church in many Maine and Massachusetts communities included 21 years as a military chaplain with the Army in World War II and the Korean Conflict. Predeceased by his wife, Eleanor, brother and sister, he leaves many friends. 

Carroll W. Powell (1923 -2003) Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, November 19, 2003)

  LEWISTON - Carroll W. Powell, 80, died on November 14, 2003 at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. He was a resident of Swift River Road in Mexico.

   Born in Ridlonville on February 15, 1923, he was the son of George E. and Delia (Kennard) Powell. He attended Mexico Schools. He worked for Oxford Paper Company on the Paper Machines.

   He served in the US Army as a Technician 5th grade from 1943 to 1946. He was a member of the Robert Shand Post #1641 VFW and the Dixfield American Legion Post #100.

   He was married in Rumford on March 7, 1987 to Mavis Hodgson Vamum, who survives of Mexico. Other survivors include eight step-children; a brother, George Powell of Rumford; a sister, Mildred Barren of Hartford; and several nieces and nephews.

   Graveside services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover with Pastor David Willhoite officiating.

Louise (Hewey) Powell, 1924-2009  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, January 14, 2009)

   DIXFIELD – Louise H. Powell, 84, died on January 9, 2009 at her residence in Dixfield.

   She was born in Andover on January 26, 1924, the daughter of Ralph and Alma (Grover) Hewey. She graduated from Andover High Scholl Class of 1941. Louise was a member of the Rumford Greater Grace Church. She enjoyed reading, crocheting, puzzles, shopping and playing cards. She was a lady who always had a smile and a kind word for everyone and she will be dearly missed.

   Survivors include cousins, Mary Walton of Dixfield, Joanne Berry and husband, Wilbur of Bloomfield, CO, Polly Johnston and husband Richard of Spanaway, WA; a niece, Gail Simmons of Portland; a nephew, David Powell and his wife, Carolyn of Milton Township.

   Funeral services will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St, Rumford, ME 04276 with Rev. Lawrence Shaw officiating. Calling hours after 10 a.m. Saturday prior to the funeral. Interment in the spring at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Rumford Greater Grace Church, c/o Rte 232, Box 821, Bryant Pond, ME 04219 in her memory.

Edward J. Pratt, 1891 - 1967  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  RUMFORD - Edward J. Pratt, 75, died Monday afternoon [March 13, 1967] at his home, 20 Congress Street.

  Native of Andover, he was born April 22, 1891, son of Edward and Sadie Learned Pratt. He had lived here for 16 years. For several years he was employed by R. J. Swain-Stowell, Andover wood products manufacturers, and later by Rumford Water District.

  Besides his widow, the former Hazel Akers, he leaves three daughters, Mrs. Ronald Grace, Westmont, N.J.; Mrs. Charles MacKinnon, Burlington, VT., and Mrs. Barbara Meisner, Andover; three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

  Services 1 A.M., Thursday at the Andover Congregational Church, Rev. Carl M. Kingsbury officiating. Entombment Woodlawn Tomb, Andover. Burial at Woodlawn Cemetery in the spring.

Mary (Stevens) Pratt, 1832-1916 (From the Rumford Falls Times, January 1, 1916)


   Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pratt died at Andover Friday, Dec 29 [1915]. Mrs. Pratt was the daughter of Jonathan P. Stevens and wife and was born at Andover, Mass. Mrs. Pratt had lived for many years in the town of Andover, ME, where she was an honored and much respected member of the community. The funeral service, simple and impressive, was held Sunday, Dec. 31, Rev. George Graham officiating.


   Mrs. Pratt is survived by two sons and a daughter, George Pratt of Lisbon Falls, ME. William Pratt of Dixfield, and May E. Pratt of Dixfield. The family wishes to express their thanks and appreciation for the loving kindness and sympathy of their friends and neighbors and their gifts of beautiful flowers.

Sadie (Learned) Pratt, 1872-1906 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, June 14, 1906)


   Mrs. Sadie Learned Pratt, wife of Edward Pratt, passed away July 6 [1906]. Mrs. Pratt had been ill for some days but hopes of her recovery were entertained until a very short time before the end.


   Mrs. Pratt was the oldest daughter of Simon Learned and Louise Morse. She was born June 12, 1872 in Andover. She married Edward J. Pratt Nov. 28, 1886. They lived on the farm where Mr. Pratt was born all their married life until three months ago, when Mr. Pratt sold and bought a home in the Village.


   Mrs. Pratt was a devoted wife and mother. She leaves a husband, son, daughter, four brothers, three sisters and a father and mother upon whom the blow falls heavily.


   She was a member of the Ellis Glen Assembly, who attended the obsequies in a body. Funeral services were from the Congregational Church, conducted by Rev. Mr. Quinby, pastor of the Universalist Church. Cabot Lodge of which Mr. Pratt was a member attended in a body. The burial was in Pine Grove Cemetery. There was a profusion of flowers.

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