Andover Obituaries Beginning with S


Virginia (Glover) Salisbury (1923 – 2006) (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

   Virginia G. Salisbury, 83, of Northport, died Wednesday March 8, 2006. She was born in Andover on Jan. 26, 1923, the daughter of Jesse and Winifred (Learned) Glover.

   She enjoyed restoring old trunks, knitting and sewing items of clothing. She loved to make rugs and afghans.

  She is survived by her three sons, Gerald R. and his wife Veronica of Miami, Fla., Darrell J. of Northport and David M. and his wife Donna of Searsmont; three siblings, Christine Ladd, Natalie Littlehale and Sylvanus Glover, all of Andover; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend and sister-in-law, Molly Glover of Andover. She was predeceased by her husband, Gerald B. Salisbury; a brother, Harold Glover; and a sister, Editha Aldrich.

   Funeral services were held Thursday, March 16, at the Crabiel-Riposta Funeral Home, Belfast..

Gerald Z. Schachter, 1925 - 2002  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal August 9, 2002)

  ANDOVER - Gerald Z. Schachter, 77, died Friday, Sept. 6, in Andover. He was a resident of Wyman Hill Road in Andover.

  Born in Chicago, Ill., on April 14, 1925, he was the son of Isadore N. and Edith L. (Goldberg) Schachter. He was a graduate of Austin High School in Chicago, Ill., and held a B.S. in Chemistry and Science from Indiana University. He was a private first class in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946.

  He married Rebecca Purdy in Chicago, Ill., on Nov. 25, 1964.

  He was a commercial photographer in Maine and Chicago, Ill. He also taught Chemistry and Physics at Mexico High School and was head of the department. He was a former member of Maine Teacher’s Assoc.

  He loved his home, photography, learning and books.

  Survivors include his wife Rebecca of Andover; two sons, John A. and wife Pia of Brookline, Mass., and Jacob of Jamaica Plains, Mass.; one brother; Carl of New York, N.Y.; and a granddaughter, Lucy Schachter of Brookline, Mass.

Blanche B. (Crooker) Schneider, 1901 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  EAST ANDOVER - Blanche B. Schneider, 92, died Friday [February 18, 1994] at her residence in East Andover. She had lived in East Andover until 1942 when she moved to Middleboro, Mass., and returned to the family homestead in 1987.

  She was born in Dedham, Mass., on Dec. 24, 1901, and was the daughter of Calvin and Marie (Jank) Crooker. She attended schools in Andover.

  She was past Vice President of the East Andover Community Club and a long-time member and past superintendent of the Sunday school of the First Congregational Church and had held the Sunday school in the East Andover School House before the church had Sunday school facilities. She had enjoyed fishing and the outdoors life in her younger years.

  She was married in Dedham, Mass., on Aug. 14, 1924, to the late Erville W. Schneider who died on July 18,1966.

  Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Betty Moore and Miss Beatrice Schneider, both of East Andover and Mrs. Gilbert (Phyllis) Silver of Havana, Ill.; one brother, George Crooker of East Andover; two sisters, Mrs. Pauline Colby of Pittsfield, N.H., and Mrs. Roy (Louise) Leach of Arthurette, N.B., Canada; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Erville Schneider Jr., who was killed in action during the Korean War and a brother William Crooker of East Andover.

Arthur L Schroeder, 1929 – 2005  (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, February 17, 2005)

  Arthur L. Schroeder, 75, died Friday, Feb. 11, 2005 at his residence on the Learned Road, Andover.

  He was born in Trenton, N.J., on July 27, 1929, the son of Alfred and Bessie (Moon) Schroeder, and was a graduate of Hamilton High School in Trenton, Class of 1947.

  He was a well-known gardener in the Andover area for many years until his retirement in 1994.

  He was an avid woodcarver for many years and was especially known for his bird carvings and was a member of the National Association of Wood Carvers.  He loved the outdoors and living in the woods.

  He was married in Trenton, N.J., to the former Marcia Ruth Plaag, who survives of Rumford.

  Other survivors include a daughter, Karen Gucwa and husband Stanley of Thornhurst, Pa.; and a grandson, Jonse Schroeder of Thornhurst.

  At his request, there are no public calling hours or funeral services.  At his request, in lieu of flowers, please contribute in his memory to the Mexico Congregational Church, Main Street, Mexico, ME 04257.  Online condolences may be shared at meaderfh&

Luella (Gallant) Sciaraffa, 1920 – 2011 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, March 3, 2011

  Luella (Tootsie) Sciaraffa of Bethel passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.

  Tootsie was born in Andover, Maine on July 18, 1920, daughter of the late Theodore and Persis Gallant. Tootsie lived in a caring community with wonderful friends. She enjoyed days filled with sunshine at the beach, evenings dancing at the Legion Hall, socializing in the shops along Main Street and her weekly excitement of winning at Bingo.

  She was the wife of the late Stephen Paul Sciaraffa, the loving mother and mother-in-law to Sandra Alice and Richard Brown of Waterville, N.Y., Paul Stephen and Deborah Sciaraffa of Seymour, Conn., and the late Anthony George Sciaraffa of Lakeworth, Fla. Sister of the late Stanley Gallant, Margaret Belanger and Marie Swan of Bethel. She is also survived by six loving grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Through the generosity and love of Frank and Linda Swan, Tootsie will rest with her dear sisters at the Riverside Cemetery in Bethel, Maine.

  A memorial service will be held in Connecticut in the spring. Memorial contributions may be made to Bethel Ambulance and Rescue, 183 Main Street, Bethel, Maine 04217 or Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, Maine 04210. Online condolences may be shared with her family at

Mrs. Callie (Akers) (Dresser) Scott, Abt. 1853-1924 (From the Rumford Falls Times, October 18, 1924)


   Word has been received in town of the death of Mrs. Callie Scott, widow of the late Charles Scott, of Holden, Mass., following a paralytic shock. Mrs. Scott was born in Andover, the daughter of the late Samuel Akers, and has been twice married, her first husband being William Dresser, son of the late Frank Dresser of this town. She is survived by two daughters, Ida Dresser and Della Scott, and one son, William Scott of Holden, Mass.


Mrs. Elizabeth Fraser Scott, 1867 – 1942  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)


   Mrs. Elizabeth Fraser Scott, 75, died after a long illness at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Avery Merrill, Sunday Morning at 10:30 [May 31, 1942]. She was born in Inverness, Scotland, November 12, 1867, and had lived in Andover 22 years.


   She was a member of Lone Mountain Grange and Glen Ellis Temple, Pythian Sisters.


   She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Avery Merrill, Andover, and Mrs. Elizabeth Scott Marston, Buckfield.


   Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 P. M., Rev. Linwood Potter officiated. Pall bearers were Harry Gibbs, Wilbert Feener, Stephen Marston, Waldo Merrill, David Glines and Charles Merrill. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.



Floyd Searle, 1870 – 1905 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, August 26, 1905, Our Letter from Andover)

  The funeral services of Floyd Searles were held in the Congregational Church conducted by the Rev. F. E. Barton of Bethel. Mr. Searles had been ill but a few days.

  He was a prominent member of the band here, a leader of the orchestra.  He has been foreman in the J.A. Thurston mill in the past year.  He had gone to Parmachenee to run the engine on the steamer there. He leaves a wife [Daisy Brooks Searle] and two small children [Viola and Daisy].

  He was a member of the Hanover Lodge, Knights of Pythias, who took charge of the burial. There was a profusion of beautiful flowers. He will be missed as he was ever ready to assist in music when called upon. He was 35 years of age.

Joleen (Reed) Seaward, 1936-2006 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, September 13, 2006)

   WILTON — Joleen Reed Seaward, 70, of Wilton died on September 2, 2006 after a brave fight against cancer. As she had wished, she died at her home in Wilton, surrounded by family.


   Joleen was born in Roxbury on July 10, 1936, the youngest child of Joseph Stillman Reed and Lilla Edna Reed (Morse). She was a member of  the Stephens High School Class of 1953 in Rumford. She graduated from Farmington State Teacher's College in 1957 with a Bachelor's Degree in Education.


   As "Miss Reed," she began her teaching career on Great Cranbury Island, followed by brief tenures in Limestone and Lewiston. She returned to Oxford County to teach at Andover and then Mexico Junior High Schools.


   She took an extended break from teaching, when she moved to Flagstaff, Arizona and married her husband, Carl Albert Seaward, Jr. In the spring of 1981, she returned to Maine, from Parks, AZ with her family.


   She resumed her teaching as, "Mrs. Seaward (Mrs. C.)" at St. Athanasius-St. John's School in Rumford, where she taught seventh and eighth grades until her retirement in 1991.


   Joleen was proud to be a 50-year member of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution.   She held many chapter and national offices including. Past Chapter Regent, in both the Amarrisoggin

(Rumford) and Coconino (Flagstaff, AZ) Chapters.


   She was also a distinguished member of the Order of Eastern Star, (Maine and Arizona), White Shrine of Jerusalem and Order of the Amaranth.


   Joleen wanted to thank all of those friends and family that attended her special "July Celebration." Also, Androscoggin Home Health and Hospice, especially her very special friend, Patty Ann Douglas.


   She is survived by her husband, of 36 years, Carl Albert Seaward Jr. of Wilton; two sons, Kristopher Kent Knapp of Town Creek, Alabama, and Joseph Karl and wife, Rebecca Lynn Seaward (August) of Wilton; a step- daughter, Marjorie Dianne (Seaward) and husband, Benjamin Stephen McCollister, of Canton Point; her greatly loved and cherished grandchildren, Katie Joleen McPherson, Rebecca Marjean McPherson and her fiancé, Jeremey McLeod, Sonny Alan McPherson, Benjamin Stephen McCollister, Holt Stephen McCollister, Khristian Anthony Seaward, Corrina Marie Seaward and Makenzie Skye Seaward.


   She is also survived by several nieces, nephews and many cousins across the country.


   Services will be held at the convenience of the family.


   The family asks that donations, in memory of Joleen R. Seaward, be sent to Annual Fund Campaign, Androscoggin Home Health Care and Hospice Foundation, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston, ME 04243-0819.


   Joleen was preceded in death by her father and mother; older sister, Kathleen Reed Knapp; as well as her infant daughter, Kristeen, all of Roxbury.      

Charlotte M. (White) Sennett, 1918 - 2001 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  RUMFORD - Charlotte M. Sennett, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 1, [2001] at the Rumford Community Hospital. She was a resident of the East Andover Road in Rumford. Born in Byron Feb. 2, 1918, she was the daughter of Melvin and Hattie (Isnor) White. She attended Andover schools. She was a charter member of the East Andover Community Club and was an avid bingo player. She also enjoyed dancing. She loved her grandchildren and her great-grandchildren. She was married in Andover, on June 7, 1934 to the late James M. Sennett Sr. who died in 1973.

   Survivors include one son, James Jr. of Dixfield; one brother, Lester White of East Andover; two granddaughters, Kathi Knowles and her husband Bob of Dixfield, Karen Murphy and her husband Dwight of Rumford; four great-grandchildren, Bryan and Nathan Knowles of  Dixfield, Karissa and Kendra Murphy of Rumford; and her companion, Philip Morse of Rumford Center.

   She was predeceased by three brothers, Norman, Fulton and Aubrey; and one sister, Minnie Hines.

Elizabeth A. (Meisner) Sennett, 1905 - 1994  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  WALDOBORO - Elizabeth Sennett, 88, died Tuesday morning [June 28, 1994] at her home in Waldoboro.

  She was born on Dec. 25, 1905, in South Andover, the daughter Steven and Gusiah (Lohnes) Meisner.

  She attended school in Andover and was a member of the East Andover Community Club. She attended the Second Congregational Church in Warren, and was a member of the Ladies Circle and Kings Daughters.

  She is survived by a daughter, Charlotte Hayes of Thomaston, a son, Charles Farrington of East Andover; a sister, Arvilla Feener of Rumford; nine grandchildren, and ? great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husbands, James Farrington in 1935, and John Sennett in 1978, and a son James Farrington in 1982.

Essie G. [Hodsdon] Sennett, 1884-1930 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, June 20, 1930)

   The death of Essie G. Sennett, aged 45 years, occurred at her home in Roxbury, Monday night at 11:45 o’clock. Mrs. Sennett had been in ill health for the past four years and on the morning of her death suffered a shock.

   Mrs. Sennett was born in Andover, October 5, 1884, the daughter of Marchant S. and Katie M. Rand Hodsdon. She resided in Andover for a period of 23 years and for the past 22 years had resided in Roxbury.

   Surviving are her husband, John Sennett, six children, John Jr., aged 21, James, 17, Katie, 16, Annie, 15, Mary, 13, Joyce, 10; one brother, Luther Hodsdon, of Mexico; three sisters, Mrs. Harrie Hall, York Street; Mrs. Grace Thomas, Roxbury; and Mrs. Mary Kirkpatrick, Lewiston.

   Funeral services were held on Wednesday afternoon from the home at two o’clock, the Rev. W. A. Knight, of Mexico, officiating. Burial was made in the family lot in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover.

James M. Sennett, Sr. , 1913-1973  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, June 14, 1973)

  The death of James M. Sennett, Sr., of East Andover, occurred at the Rumford Community Hospital, early Thursday, June 7 . Mr. Sennett was 60 years of age.

  He was born on March 17, 1913, in Roxbury, the son of John and Essie Hodsdon Sennett. He had resided in East Andover and was self-employed as a truck driver.

  His widow, Mrs. Charlotte White Sennett  survives, also a son, James M. Sennett, Jr. of East Andover; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Hodgkins of Mexico; Mrs. Annie White of Canton; and Mrs. Joyce Arsenault of South Paris, and two grandchildren.

James M. “Jungle Jim” Sennett, Jr., 1934 – 2003  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, October 15, 2003)

  RUMFORD — James M. "Jungle Jim" Sennett, Jr., 68, died on October 12, 2003, at the Rumford Hospital. A resident of the area most of his life, he resided on Hall Hill in Dixfield.

  He was born in Andover on Dec. 7, 1934, the son of James and Charlotte (White) Sennett. He graduated third in his Class of 1953 from Andover High School. He served with the US Army from 1957 to 1959.

  Mr. Sennett was a self-employed log and pulp truck driver for many years until retirement in 1978. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially base-ball, hunting, fishing, and going to his camp at "Meetings of the Water" in Andover.

   Survivors include two daughters, Kathi Knowles and her husband, Robert of Dixfield, Karen Murphy and her husband, Dwight of Rumford; four grandchildren, Bryan and Nathan Knowles of Dixfield, Karissa and Kendra Murphy of Rumford; his companion, Mary Walton of Dixfield and her sons Steven Knox and his wife, Cheryl of Canton, and Randall Knox of San Rafael, CA; her daughter, Martha Cronin and her husband, Richard of So. Andover; four grandchildren and four great grandchildren; and his cat "Molly."

   Funeral is noon Wednesday at the Meader & Son Funeral Home in Rumford. Interment Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Those who desire, please contribute to the Umbagog Kidney Center, 73 Allen St., Wilton, ME 04294 in his memory.

Mary L. (Hall) Serafin, 1932 - 2002  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, August 7, 2002)

  MEXICO - Mary Louise Serafin, widow of Elmo Serafin of 1 Penley St., died July 30 [2002] at the Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston where she had been a patient for two weeks. She was born September 1, 1932 in Andover, the daughter of Richard and Katherine Sennett Hall. She attended Andover schools and graduated from Andover High School in 1950.

  A resident of Mexico most of her life, she was a communicant of St. Theresa’s Church and was active in her parish council and taught in the religious education program.

  Mrs. Serafin was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and was a member and secretary of WOW.

  She had been employed as a dietetic aide in the Head Start Program.

  Her greatest joy in life was her role as a wife, mother and homemaker.

  She is survived by twin daughters, Louise and her husband Bruce Geoffroy of Auburn, and Linda Serafin of Rockport; two brothers, James Morris Hall of Ft. Worth, TX and Richard H. Hall of Acton, ME.

  Her twin, Margaret Hall, predeceased her.  

James P. Shields, 1939 – 1998 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, December 18, 1998)

  PORTLAND - James P. "Jim" Shields, 59, died Thursday morning, Dec. 17 [1998] at Maine Medical Center after being diagnosed with stomach cancer two weeks ago.

  Born in Rumford on Aug. 25, 1939, he was the son of Ethelyn Abbott Shields and Robert MacBride Shields.

  He attended Rumford schools, graduating with the Class of 1958 from Stephens High School. He worked from 1963 to 1967 at Frost Motor Supply and in 1967 became the first manager of L & A Tire Co. in Mexico until he bought out Bennett's Service Station in Rumford. He also worked for Daniels Construction at the Mead (Boise) Mill in Rumford. He was currently owner/sole proprietor of Andover Tool Service in Andover, selling truck caps and servicing small engines. He was a former Masonic and Elks Brother, and also served as President of the Andover Snow Valley SnoGoers. He was an avid sportsman and loved the outdoors, especially enjoying his new found love of golf. He particularly enjoyed "beating" his sons at the game.

  He is survived by his wife of 34 years Rae (Lyon); a son Jamie and his wife Debbie; their son, Zack of Niceville, Fla.; a son, Rob of Cambridge, Mass.; a brother, Sam and his wife Kathy of Rumford; several nieces and nephews.

  He was predeceased by his brother Richard; and his sister, Marietta (Sandy).

Florence (Noyes) Sidelinger, 1906 - 1993  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   SOUTH PARIS - Florence Sidelinger, 87, formerly of Andover, died Wednesday evening at Market Square Health Care Center in South Paris.

  She was born April 7, 1906 in Weld, the daughter of Bert and Celia Noyes. She attended Weld schools and had worked in area dowel mills as well as being a homemaker. Mrs. Sidelinger enjoyed gardening. She was married to Laurence Sidelinger; he died in 1971.

  Mrs. Sidelinger is survived by a daughter, Norma Sidelinger of Norway; a son, Roderick Sidelinger of Eustis, Fla.; three grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Kenneth L. Silver, 1892 - 1956  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Kenneth L. Silver, 64, died Monday, June 18 [1956] at the Togus Veteran’s Hospital, Augusta, where he had been a patient for three weeks.

  He was born in Nova Scotia, Canada on May 4, 1892, the son of John and Bessie Jodrey Silver. A resident of Andover, he was a veteran of World War I. He was married to the late Elizabeth [Vivian?] House Silver.

  He drove the Andover stage for many years and was a state highway patrolman. He had been in ill health for the past few years. Mr. Silver was a member of the Peru American Legion Post.

  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eugene Merrill and Mrs. Colby Roberts, both of Andover, his mother, Mrs. Bessie Silver, Bridgewater, N. S.; one sister, Mrs. Blanche Lohnes, Bridgewater, N. S.; one brother, Cecil Silver, Berwick, N. S.; six grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.

  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 21, at the Andover Congregation al Church with Rev. Andrew Young officiating. Miss Ivy Thurston was organist.

  Burial was in the Woodlawn cemetery, Andover, with services at the cemetery by Rev. Mr. Young. Bearers were George Ladd, Sylvanus Poor, Alfred Morton  and Alfred Learned. Honorary bearers were Jesse Glover and George Berringer.

  Attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. George Kimball, P. W. Learned, Rumford Center; Mr. and Mrs. James Roberts, Augusta; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Morton, Miss Marilyn Morton and Master Peter Morton, Glenn, N. H.; Mr. Jesse Glover, Miss Editha Glover and daughter, and Mrs. Priscilla Mullin, Norway; also many friends from surrounding communities.

  Avis H. (Perkins) Simmons, 1941 - 1987 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Avis H. Simmons, 45, died Thursday [January 15, 1987] at the Rumford Community Hospital. For the past five years, she had resided at North Main Street in Andover.

  Born at Rumford, Sept. 8, 1941, she was the daughter of Merton and Eda Roberts Perkins. She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church, graduated from Andover High School with the Class of 1960, and attended business school in Portland. For a short time, Mrs. Simmons had been employed by Central Maine Power Co. in Rumford. She was married in East Machias on Jan. 7, 1962 to Leon F. Simmons.

  Survivors include her husband of Andover; her parents of Andover, and two daughters, Miss Sheryl Simmons of Berwick and Miss Linda Simmons of Farmington.

  Memorial services will be celebrated Saturday at 1 p.m. at Andover Congregational Church, with Rev. E.  Marriotte Churchill officiating. Interment in the spring in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. At the family's request, there are no calling hours, but friends and relatives are invited to attend the service. Those who desire, please contribute to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 456, Brunswick, 04011, m memory of Mrs, Avis H. Simmons.  Arrangements under direction of Meader and Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin St., Rumford.

David F. Simmons, 1924-1972  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, September 21, 1972)

  David F. Simmons, a resident of Andover for over twenty seven years, died at the age of 48 on September 11 at Rumford Community Hospital where he had been a patient for twelve days.

  He was born on June 7, 1924 at Portland, the son of William Simmons Sr. and Jesse Enman Simmons. He was educated in the Portland school system and married Lorena Cushing on September 26, 1948 in Bethel. He was a World War Two Army veteran and a member of the Calvary Congregational Church, East Andover. Mr. Simmons was employed at the Oxford Paper Company for over 21 years. He and his wife resided on South Main Street, Andover.

  Surviving are his wife, Lorena Simmons of Andover, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Simmons Sr. of East Andover, two daughters, Mrs. Victoria Meisner and Miss Rebecca Simmons of Andover, a son, Bruce Simmons of Chatsworth, California; a brother, William Simmons, Jr.; two sisters, Mrs. Marjorie Stinson and Mrs. Jean White, both of East Andover; and a granddaughter.

  Funeral services for David F. Simmons of Andover were held on Thursday, September 14 at 2 p.m. in the Andover Congregational Church.

   Rev. Lester Strout of East Andover, Rev. Robert Colby of Bethel, and Rev. Nathaniel Pearson of Carthage officiated. Stanley Fox was the organist.

  Interment was in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, where committal services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Strout.

  Bearers were Clarence Bailey, Robert MacKenney, Harold Falkenham, Freeman Farrington, Marcel Clement, all of Andover, and Earl Meisner of East Andover.

F. Grace (Roberts) Simmons, 1925 - 2000  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  F. Grace Simmons, 75, of East Andover, died Tuesday, July 25, [2000] at the Rumford Community Hospital. She was a resident of East Andover and was a life long resident of the area.

   She was born in Andover on June 29, 1925, the daughter of Henry and Viola (Cole) Roberts, graduated from the Andover High School class of 1942, and later from beautician's school in Portland, where she owned and operated a beauty shop for a short time. Mrs. Simmons had worked at the Andover Wood Products for over 23 years until her retirement.

  She was a member of the Andover First Congregational Church. She loved her family dearly and loved bingo, trips to Kittery and P.E.I. She enjoyed her time as an aide to the Andover Elementary School and the Andover Public Library, and as a ballot clerk for the town of Andover.

  She will be sadly missed by the Andover Service Circle. She was married in Portland, on Sept. 17, 1943 to the late William K. Simmons, Jr. who died in Norway, on Feb. 21, 1991.

  Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Jeannette) Hutchins of East Andover and Mrs. Richard (Carolyn) Merrill of South Andover; two sons, William H. and his companion Patricia Kenyon of Upton, and Stephen K. and his wife Cynthia of East Andover; a daughter-in-law, Barbara Simmons of Andover; two sisters, Ismay Meecham of Andover, and Edna Hilton of Kittery; a brother, Kenneth Roberts and his wife Margaret of Rumford; 10 grandchildren, Mrs. Jeffrey (Stephanie) Sterling, Eric Hutchins, Richard Merrill Jr and his wife Jennifer, Mrs. John (Jennifer) Vitale, Kevin Merrill, William A. Simmons, Kimberly Hutchins Bowes, Gregory Simmons, Beth A. Hutchins and her companion Lonnie Dresser, and Kier T. Simmons; 12 great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

  She was predeceased by a sister, Agnes D. Porter.

   SIMMONS - Died July 25, 2000, Mrs. F. Grace Simmons, age 75. Funeral 1:00 PM, Thursday, at the First Congregational Church, Andover, Me., with Rev. Jane Rich officiating, interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, Me. Calling hours 6-8 Wednesday at the MEADER & SON FUNERAL HOME, Rumford, Me. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Andover Rescue Service, Main St., Andover, Me. 04216, or the First Congregational Church, Elm St., Andover, Me. 04216, in her memory.

Mrs. Jessie R. (Enman) Simmons, 1898 - 1982  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Mrs. Jessie R. Simmons of East Andover, died Friday, Oct 1, 1982, at the Rumford Community Hospital, where she had been a  patient for eight days.

  She had been a resident of East Andover since 1946. She was born in West Devon, P. E. I., May 1, 1898 the daughter of Daniel and Margaret MacArthur Enman. She was a member of the Calvary Congregational Church, South Andover, and a former member of the Canadian Legion of World War I. She attended schools in Prince Edward Island and was married in Portland, Oct. 8, 1919, to William K. Simmons, who died in Rumford, June 1, 1973.

   Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lester (Jean) White and Mrs. Ralph (Marjorie) Stinson, and a son William K. Simmons Jr., all of East Andover; 21 grandchildren, and 38 great-grandchildren, and a great-great-granddaughter.

  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Calvary Congregational Church, South Andover, with Rev. Donald Grover officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

William H. Simmons, 1949-2008 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, June 17, 2008)

UPTON - William H. Simmons, 59, died Sunday, June 15, at his home on Thistle Street in Upton, after a long battle with cancer.

He was born in Rumford, on May 7, 1949, a son of the late William and F. Grace (Roberts) Simmons Jr. He graduated from Andover High School, Class of 1967.

He worked for Pratt and Whitney and Manchester Bus Co. in Connecticut. He returned to Andover in 1973. He worked in the woods for many years for Robert Akers and Percival Logging.

He loved playing his guitar, family gatherings, reading, western books and watching westerns on TV and gardening and his black lab, Bernard.

He is survived by two sons, William A. Simmons and Gregory Simmons and their mother, Barbara Simmons, all of Andover; his companion, Patricia Kenyon of Upton; sisters, Jeannette Hutchins and her husband, Arthur, of Andover and Carolyn Merrill and her husband, Richard, of Andover; brother, Stephen Simmons and his wife, Cynthia, of East Andover; three grandchildren, Keri Standeven of West Bethel, William T. (Buddy) Simmons of Mexico and Isabella Simmons of Andover; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. 

William K. Simmons, Jr., 1923 - 1991  (Obituary from an  unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  NORWAY - William K Simmons, Jr., 67, of Rumford Road , Andover, died Thursday [Feb. 21, 1991] at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

  He was born in Portland March 31, 1923, the son of William and Jessie Enman Simmons Sr. He attended Portland schools and had served with the U.S. Army during World war II.

  He had lived in the area most of his life. He worked for Richard Pelletier in Andover as a woodsman until retiring.

  On Sept. 17, 1943, in Portland, he married Grace Roberts, who survives him.

  Other survivors include two sons, William and Stephen of Andover; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur (Jeannette) Hutchins and Mrs. Richard (Carolyn) Merrill of Andover; two sisters, Mrs. Lester (Jeanne) White and Mrs. Ralph (Marjorie) Stinson of Andover; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandson. He was predeceased by a brother, David.

  Funeral services were held Saturday at the Meader and Son Funeral Home. Officiating was Rev. E. Marriotte Churchill, Pastor of the Andover Congregational Church. Pall bearers were Richard Merrill, Kevin Merrill, Eric Hutchins, Greg Simmons and Bill Simmons. Interment in the spring in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Cora (Learned) Small, 1873-1911 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July 15, 1911)


   Mrs. Cora Learned Small, wife of P. P. Small [and daughter of Peter W. and Ellen (Morse) Learned], after several months of illness, died in Dr. McCarthy’s hospital in Rumford Friday morning, July 7 [1911], aged 38 years. Her death was sudden to her many friends being hastened by heat prostration.


   Deceased leaves a husband and four children [Herschel, Illian, Pauline and Lois], father, mother, besides several brothers and sisters and a large circle of friends by whom she was dearly loved.


   The funeral was at the Universalist Church, officiated by Mr. Messick. The Pythian Sisters, of whom Mrs. Small was a member, conducted their impressive service. There was a great abundance of flowers.

  Herschel S. Small, 1902 - 1930  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   The death of Herschel Stanwood Small, aged 28, of Andover, occurred early Wednesday night [June 11, 1930] at the Rumford Community Hospital where he had been receiving treatment for the past eight weeks.

   Mr. Small was born in Andover [April 3, 1902] the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Perley Small.  He is survived by his widow, Dorothy Young Small; three sisters, Mrs. Carl Virgin and Lois Small, of Mexico, and Mrs. Calvin Heath, of New London, Conn.

  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon from the Universalist Church, Andover, and burial will be in the Woodlawn Cemetery.

Lyman D. Small, 1844 - 1894  (From the Oxford Democrat newspaper of Paris, Maine: August 14, 1894)

[NOTE: This is not exactly an obituary, but it is an interesting story about the death of an Andover resident.]


  He was Resisting Arrest, and did not Mean to be Taken. - It Looked Like the Officer's Life or His - The Culmination of a Family Quarrel.

  A tragic affair occurred in the town of Andover Monday morning, August 6. Lyman D. Small of Andover was shot by Deputy Sheriff C. M. Wormell while resisting arrest, and died from the wound Thursday morning.

  The affair was in a sense the outcome and culmination of a long and bitter family feud. Joshua Small of Andover, a brother of the man who was shot, died two or three years since. At the time of his death he owned some real estate in Andover village, and a small amount of personal property. The heirs to this property were two daughters Mrs. Addie A. Ottignon and Eleide Small Scribner, now Mrs. G. C. Royal of Paris.

  The history of the endeavors to divide the property of Joshua Small between those two daughters is more or less familiar to court attendants during the last few terms. The daughters are both handsome, intelligent and energetic women, but seem to be possessed of ungovernable tempers, and they have fought each other in this matter with a zeal worthy of much better cause. The matter dragged along over several terms of court, being productive of several suits at law and suits in equity, and even one personal encounter. Finally, at the last May term of court the parties were persuaded to refer all the matters to Judge Whitehouse, his decision to be final. The hearing occupied all one day and evening, and was only terminated the next morning by the departure of the stage on which the court officers were to leave town.

  The decision of Judge Whitehouse awarded to Mrs. Royal a certain portion of the real estate in Andover village, and the necessary legal proceedings were carried out to give her the title to it. This having been completed, she went to take possession of the property.

  Now Lyman D. Small claimed title to or interest in this real estate by virtue of some previous transaction, and when Mrs. Royal appeared to take possession he forcibly ejected her from the premises. She thereupon went to Bethel and swore out a warrant against him for assault, which was placed in the hands of Deputy Sheriff Wormell for service.

  Small, it should be remarked, had an hereditary predisposition to insanity, had been an inmate for a time of the state insane hospital, and his mental condition was such that neighbors stood in more or less terror of him. He was a large, powerfully built man.

  Mr. Wormell arrived in Andover about 5 A. M. Monday morning, and very soon after saw Small and explained his errand. Small said he would be ready after breakfast and Mr. Wormell went back to the hotel.

  While he was gone, Mrs. Ottignon saw Small, who is her uncle, and urged him not to give up the building. The rumor that Mrs. Ottignon had counseled Small to fight spread through the village, and Mr. Wormell soon heard of it. Realizing that a fight would be inevitable, he summoned several good men, Messrs. Henry A. Mills, William Cushman, Charles Stevens, Henry Poor, William Gregg and Mr. Berry and one or two others. With these, and followed by a crowd of the curious, Mr. Wormell started for the place.

  When the party arrived there was a curious scene. Small had barricaded the door and all the windows below, and was standing rifle in hand at an upper window, which commanded the front door. Mrs. Ottignon was in the yard. In forcible language she warned the officer not to dare to enter the premises. Small, sitting by the chamber window with a rifle, threatened to shoot the first man who touched the door. When, by Wormell's orders the men sprang forward to burst in the door, Small snapped the rifle, but it failed to go.

  The door was broken in, and then Mr. Wormell found that the assault had only begun. There was a flight of stairs to ascend, and at the head of those stairs stood Small, armed with a rifle, an axe laid by his side, a heavy butcher's cleaver beside the axe, and a long butcher knife, the handle of which protruded from the opening of his coat.

  At the foot of the stairs Mr. Wormell halted to use persuasion. Small kept the rifle leveled on him continually, and to all arguments would reply, "My body is my own and I am going to protect it." Mr. Wormell, during the conversation had worked toward him, stair by stair until he was half way up. At this point Small, who had continually warned him back, pulled the trigger, but the rifle failed to go.

  The moment he pulled Wormell started for him, but he seized the axe and aimed a vicious blow at the officer's head. Wormell dodged back, and the axe just grazing his chest and neck, buried its blade in the stairway. Then Small struck again as the officer came forward, but they were so near each other that a part of the axe, probably the handle, struck the officer's arms in such a way that the weapon flew out of Small's hands and, grazing the head of Mr. Cushman, who was just behind, flew down the stairway among the posse.

  As the axe hit him, Mr. Wormell drew back an instant, and in this brief time Small seized the cleaver and drew back to strike. Believing it to be a matter of life and death between them, Mr. Wormell, who had drawn his pistol at the first, fired. As the bullet struck, Small's body underwent a contortion, but he was so nearly ready to launch the cleaver that he completed the movement, and the ugly weapon flew by Wormell's head, narrowly missed Mr. Mills, and fell among the people below.

  Small had fallen heavily by this time but immediately recovered, and seizing the rifle propped himself into an attitude of defence, and said: "I tell you, man, I am not a going with you, and if you come up here you are a dead man."

  He also expressed regret that he had not shot Wormell, and no persuasion could induce him to allow any one to come up to attend to his wound. The necessary attention was finally secured by a stratagem.

  Mrs. Ottignon, who had not ceased to talk and threaten during the whole proceeding, fell over in hysterics when Small was shot. The bullet which was a 38-calibre, went through Small's' body, a little below the heart. Small seemed at one time about to rally, but died Thursday morning.

  An inquest was held by Coroner F. H. Bartlett, and after a full hearing a verdict was returned exonerating Sheriff Wormell from all blame, as acting in self-defence.

  Whatever criticism of Mr. Wormell's action as caused by the first fragmentary and incorrect rumors of the affair, has mostly disappeared now that there is a full and correct understanding of it, and even those who criticise admire Mr. Wormell's "grit."

[Lyman D. Small was born in Andover Feb. 18, 1844, the son of Joshua and Dolly Maxwell Small]

Noble Small, 1832-1906 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 22, 1906)


   The funeral services of Noble Small [the son of Joshua and Dolly Maxwell Small] were held in the Congregational Church Saturday, December 15 [1906] at 10 A.M. attended by Rev. Mr. Fisher of Mexico who made fitting remarks. There were flowers contributed by the King’s Daughters and other friends.


   Mr. Small had moved from the old farm where he had spent his married life to the Village about a week before his illness, which came upon him suddenly and rapidly failing he passed away at 1:30 P.M.. Mr. Small had been a resident of Andover more than 55 years, having spent his married life here.


   He leaves a wife [Eunice], five sons [probably Perley, Branch, Walter, Cuvier and Herman], a stepson and a daughter [Gertrude]. He was 74 years of age. He was much respected and will be missed by this community.


Perley P. Small, 1864-1927 (From the Rumford Falls Times, March 12, 1927)


   Perley Prescott Small, 62 years of age, passed away early Friday morning of last week [March 4, 1927] at his home on Elm Street after several months of failing health. He was stricken with a paralytic shock Monday evening and did not regain consciousness.


   He was born in Andover [in December, 1864], the son of the late Noble and Clara P. Small. He is survived by a son, Herschel, of this town, and three daughters, Mrs. Carl [Illian] Virgin and Pauline Small of Rumford and Lois of Andover. Also a stepmother, Mrs. Emily Small of Berlin, N.N., and five brothers, Branch O. and Culver of Norwood, Mass., Sprague W. of New London, Conn., Herman of Braintree, Mass. and Lister Poor of this town.


   Funeral services were held at the Congregational Church Sunday afternoon at two o’clock conducted by Rev. James Renfrow, pastor of the church. Cabot Lodge, K of P, of which he was a member, attended in a body and gave their impressive service, Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

David Smith, Sr., 1907 - 1986  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  David Smith Sr. of Andover died Friday, Jan. 24, 1986, at the Rumford Community Hospital.

  He was born in Andover, Oct. 27, 1907, the son of Charles D. and Harriet Murchison Smith. A life-long resident of Andover, Mr. Smith went to school there and was a self-employed woodsman all his life. He married Edna J. Armstrong in Newport, N.H., on Sept. 4, 1942. Mr. Smith was a trustee and charter member of the Calvary Congregational Church in South Andover.

  Survivors include his wife, Edna, of Andover; one son, David Smith, Jr. of Andover; two daughters, Mrs. Robert (Marion) MacKenney of North Edgecomb, and Mrs. Albert (Margaret) Buzzell of Hermon; and eight grandchildren.

  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Calvary Congregational Church with Rev. Donald Grover and Rev. Nathaniel Pearson officiating. Interment will be in the spring at the Woodlawn cemetery, Andover.

Edna J. (Armstrong) Smith, 1917 – 2004  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun – Journal, March 21, 2004)

  NORWAY — Edna J. Smith, RN, 86, of Andover, died Friday, March 19, at Stephens Memorial Hospital. She had resided on South Main Street in Andover and had been in the area since 1942.

  She was born in Newport, N.H. on Sept. 4, 1917, a daughter of Charles and Alice Rollins Armstrong. She graduated in 1935 from Towle High School in Newport, N.H., and in 1941 from the School of Nursing at Holyoke City Hospital, Holyoke, Mass.

  She worked on the family farm in Andover for many years and, prior to her marriage and moving to Maine, she worked as a registered nurse at the Claremont Hospital in Claremont, N.H.

  She was a member of the Calvary Bible Church and was very active in all aspects of the church serving as a deaconess, Bible superintendent, Sunday school teacher, and served on many of the church committees.

  She was a member of the Andover Senior Citizens and a former member of the Andover Grange. She was an avid reader and loved Scottish music.

  She was married in Newport, N.H. on Sept. 4, 1942 to the late David Smith Sr. who died in Rumford on Jan. 24, 1985.

  Survivors include a son, David Smith Jr. and his wife Donna of Andover; two daughters, Margaret Ann Buzzell and her husband Albert of Orrington, and Marion MacKenney and her husband Robert of Edgecomb; a sister, Eva Charles of Newport, N.H.; a brother, Ronald Armstrong of Newport, N.H.; many nieces and nephews; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

  She was predeceased by three brothers, Richard, Phillip, and Donald Armstrong.

Eugene Francis Smith, 1925-1929 (From the Rumford Falls Times, August 9, 1929)

   The little son of Guy Smith who died on Saturday [August 3, 1929] was buried Monday P.M. at Farmer’s Hill. Rev. Renfrew conducted the funeral service. Another child in the same family is reported very ill.

Frank Smith, 1855-1925 (From the Rumford Falls Times, February 28, 1925)


   Word has been received of the death of Frank Smith [son of Samuel and Evelyn Smith] at his home in Elkhart, Indiana. Mr. Smith, who was a former resident of Andover, was nearly 70 years of age. He was mayor of Elkhart for four years. He was an engineer on the railroad for many years and in March would have received a pension for his services. Surviving are his wife, a son, a brother, Fred Smith, of this town and a sister, Mrs. Owen Smith of Mexico.


More Frank Smith


 (From the Elkhart, Indiana Truth, February 20, 1925)


   Frank Edward Smith, who was mayor of Elkhart from January 1, 1914, to January 1, 1918, a resident of Elkhart since 1881, a veteran New York Central passenger engineer, a Knight Templar, a member of St. John’s Episcopal church and a highly respected citizen, died at 5:20 this morning at his home, 121 North Fifth street. He would have been 70 years old on March 3.


   Mr. Smith’s death terminated a critical illness of three weeks, during the last ten days of which he had been in a semi-conscious condition. Uremic poisoning complicated with heart trouble was the cause of his death.


   His last run on the New York Central was made on January 31, when he brought the Twentieth Century from Chicago to Elkhart.


   Funeral services will be held at 2:30 Monday at St. John’s Episcopal church, Rev. W. J. Lockton officiating. The body will lie in state in the church from 12:30 Monday until the hour of the service. The Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers will have charge of the services at the grave. Burial will take place in Grace Lawn Cemetery.


  Mr. Smith, who was the son of Samuel and Evelyn Smith, was born in Skowhegan, Me., on March 3, 1855. He began his railroad career of 53 years as a fireman on the Maine Central railroad in 1872, going to the Portland & Ogden Railroad Co. as an engineer in 1875, and coming to the Lake Shore & Michigan Railroad Co. in 1881, the year he reached this city. Mr. Smith used to tell that he was induced to come west by the prospect of better pay. He had heard that engineers on western roads were paid $2 a day, whereas he was receiving but $1.50 a day where he was. He had expected to go farther west, but chancing to stop here he met some railroad acquaintances who induced him to remain. He had been with what is now the New York Central Railroad Co. ever since, and for a number of years was one of the men selected by the company to pilot the Twentieth Century between Elkhart and Chicago. During all of his years on the railroads, he met with but one serious accident and that was at LaPorte five years ago when he suffered a fracture of one leg when he lost control of the reverse lever of his engine. He was in a hospital several months. Mr. Smith was in active service as an engineer except for a period of seven years during which he served as foreman of the Englewood round house and later in the same capacity here. He then returned to the throttle, that he might not lose his seniority rights.




   Mr. Smith was elected mayor on the progressive ticket when that party was dominant in Elkhart city and county and during the four years that he was the chief executive the city was credited with a sincere desire to bring about legislation which he believed was for the interests of the entire city. During the World war he was chairman of the county council of defense and was known for his unswerving efforts to support the government in its war efforts.


   He had been for a number, and was at the time of his death, treasurer of the Railroad Young Men’s Christian Association.


   Mr. Smith was a past president of the Pioneer Association of the Old Lake Shore & Michigan Southern Railroad Co., a member of Kane Lodge and Elkhart Commandery, Masons, of the Brotherhood of Enginemen and Episcopal church, the Traveling Engineers association and the Air Brake association. He was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers for 43 years, having joined that organization in Portland, Me., on November 13, 1881.




   Surviving Mr. Smith are his wife, Ellen Smith; a son, James O. Smith of Toronto, Canada, who with his wife, has been here since the beginning of his father’s illness; two grand-children. Cora and Marion Smith; a step-daughter, Mrs. S. G. Morehouse of Elkhart, but at Orlando, Fla. for the winter; a brother, Fred S. Smith of Andover, Me., and a sister, Mrs. O. P. Smith of Mexico, Me.


   Mr. Smith would have retired on March 3 and had planned to retain his home in Elkhart but expected to spend eight months each year on property he owned in Florida.


   Flags on the Municipal building are displayed at half staff for Mr. Smith.  

Gertrude (Hewey) Smith, 1870 - 1964  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mrs. Gertrude Smith, widow of William Smith, died unexpectedly Sunday [December 6, 1964] at Rumford Community Hospital.

  Born Dec. 8, 1870, she was the daughter of Luther M. and Arvilla Cutting Hewey. She was a member of the Ellis Glen Temple, PS; and Kings Daughters Society, Andover.

  A resident here most of her life, she had been the golden cane holder since 1914 (sic). Her husband died about 10 years ago.

  Surviving are five nephews and two nieces.

Joe Smith, about 1877 – 1937  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, May 6, 1937)
Man Crushed By Logs As Landing Caves, Andover       

  The body of Joe Smith [age 60], woodsman, killed Wednesday of last week [April 28, 1937] in North Andover Surplus when a pile of logs on which he was standing gave way, throwing him into Surplus Brook, was recovered Sunday afternoon from three feet of water about two and a half miles below the point where he was thrown into the brook.

  Dr. William T. Rowe, Penobscot Street, Oxford County Medical Examiner, pronounced death due to a fractured skull and internal injuries caused when the logs crushed to the victim of the accident.

  Landing Gives Way

  The accident occurred about 5 o’clock Wednesday night of last week. According to Deputy Sheriff John Johnson, Mexico, who was called to Andover Thursday forenoon to investigate the accident, Smith was standing on a landing on Surplus Brook, also called West Branch of Ellis River, in North Andover Surplus, throwing logs into the brook.

  There were about ten men in the crew working about the landing, employed by Asa Sessions, who had a contract to get out the pulp for the American Realty Company. Officers say Smith was warned, but as he tossed the pulp into the stream, one struck a key log apparently, and the pile gave way with a roar and threw him into the stream.

Logs Slipping

  He was crushed by the logs, and although a search was made the body was not recovered then.

  It is understood that as the pile gave way, the other workers ran out of danger, but it had been raining and the peeled logs were slippery, so that as the pile caved Smith went into the water with it.

  Smith had been at work about a day and a half, it is understood.

Find Clothing

  As the search continued for Smith Thursday his coat and hat were discovered a quarter of a mile below the scene of the accident, caught on a rock. The coat was torn in three places. Arthur Shorey found the coat and hat.

Find Body

  On Sunday Mrs. Jennie Billings and two sons, Gerald and Lloyd, were visiting the section near the Dunn farm, so called, now the property of Oxford Paper Co. They were watching the logs in the brook when Mrs. Billings spied Smith’s limbs about 1:30 p. m. and he was later taken from the water.

  Medical Examiner William T. Rowe and Deputy Sheriff James A. McMennamin were summoned.

  Funeral services were held yesterday from the St. Anthanasius Church and interment was at St. John’s cemetery.

  A brother, Michael, St. Theresa, Prince Edward Island, survives.

Margaret (Sharpe) (Meisner) Smith, 1902 - 2002  (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, February 14, 2002)

  Margaret Smith, 99, died Tuesday Feb. 12, 2002 at her home on the East Andover Road. She had lived in the area since 1920.

  Born in Danfertine, Scotland, on July 12, 1902, she was the daughter of Frank and Agnes (Downs) Sharpe. She attended schools in Scotland. She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church in Andover.

  She was married on Nov. 15, 1920 to the late Reginald Meisner, who died in 1930, and she was later married in Andover, on Oct. 29, 1932 to the late Clarence C. Smith, who died in Rumford on Dec. 24, 1976.

  Survivors include two daughters, Jeannette Smith of East Andover and Sylvia Witham of Brunswick; three sons, Orville Meisner of East Andover, Earl Meisner of Eastport, and Irving Smith of East Andover; two sisters; Hilda Graham of Alberta, Canada and Ina Smart of Scotland; 11 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.

   Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Andover. Those who desire may contribute to the Service Circle, Andover, ME in her memory.  

   Mary L. Smith, 1819-1906 (From the Rumford Falls Times, June 30, 1906)


   Mrs. Thomas Smith passed away at her daughter’s, Mrs. Timothy Hastings, on Friday morning [June 22, 1906]. Mrs. Smith returned Thursday night as well as usual. Her daughter hearing a noise, went into her room and found she had a severe pain in her arm. Mrs. Hastings went to get some water but again hearing her mother hastened to find her breathing her last. Mrs. Smith was about 87 years old. Funeral services were from her late home at Mrs. Timothy Hastings’ Sunday, June 24 at 10 A.M. attended by Rev. Samuel Holden. Mrs. Smith is survived by her daughter, Mrs. Hastings, and one son, Owen, of Mexico. Her oldest daughter, Mrs. Searles of Newry, died some years ago.


William B. Smith Jr., 1918-2006 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, December 30, 2006)

NORWAY - William Burke Smith Jr., 88, of Andover, died in Norway on Thursday, Dec. 28, after a long illness.

  He was born in Presque Isle on April 22, 1918, the son of William and Florence (Wood) Smith. He moved to Quincy, Mass., in 1925 and graduated from Quincy High School in 1935. He received a mechanical engineering degree from Northeastern University, and later spent five years in the U.S. Army, three of which were spent overseas in Africa, Algeria, Sicily, Italy, Southern France and Germany. He earned six battle stars.

  William married Rita Matthews on Jan. 19, 1946.

  He had been employed by Boston Edison, was an engineer on the building of a nuclear power plant, Pilgrim 1, in Plymouth, Mass. He was a pioneer in the development and implementation of a very important safety program for preservice and inservice inspection of boiling water and pressure water reactors to comply with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) code section 11, 1969.

  He wrote welding procedures for the nuclear power plant and had them certified, as well as the welders who used them. He developed and implemented a lubrication program for the nuclear plant and was an active member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Society of Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), American Nuclear Society and a contributor to the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM).

  When Pilgrim 1 went online, he returned to the fossil generation power plants and completely reorganized the power plant maintenance group, including establishing and implementing an apprentice school.

  He and Rita had three children, William III, Janet and Karen. Rita passed away in 1978.

  He married Paula Percival Putnam in 1983. He moved from Newton, Mass., to Andover after his marriage to Paula, and they lived in her home.

  He enjoyed all outside activities and especially enjoyed time spent at his summer cottage on Lake Webb in Weld.

  He was a trustee for five years at the Andover Congregational Church and was an active member and for three years a director in the Webb Lake Association. He was vice president of the Maine chapter of the 1918 Club. (To belong to this club, you must have been born in 1918.) He and his wife, Paula, enjoyed attending local meetings and national conventions.

  He was an avid sports fan and religiously followed all high school, college and professional sports, especially the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.

  Bill was a 33rd degree Mason, belonging to the Bethel Lodge and a member of the Kora Temple Shrine in Lewiston. He belonged to the funsters and for many years was "Dumbo the Elephant" in shrine parades all over the state of Maine. He belonged to the Snow Valley Sno Goers Snowmobile Club of Andover and the Maine Snowmobile Association

  He is survived by his wife, Paula Percival Putnam Smith of Andover and Weld; one son, William B. Smith III of South Hamilton, Mass.; daughters, Janet Smith Russo and her husband, Gildo, of Watertown, Mass., and Karen Smith Gowan and her husband, Sam, of Bolston Lake, N.Y.; stepsons, John E. Putnam and his wife, Sonja, of Weaverville, N.C., Joel W. Putnam of Andover and Joshua D. Putnam of Seabrook Island, S.C.; nine grandchildren, Joshua, Trevor and Spencer Gowan, Shena Connelly and Max Mader, Amy, Peter, Michael and Julia Smith; and 13 step-grandchildren, John, Aaron, and Leslie Putnam, Jessica, Joel Ryan, Jeremy, Jennalee, Joseph, Jodi, Jacob, and Julia Putnam, Joshua, Jared and Jordan Putnam.


Eddie Kay Snyder, 1931-2007 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, December 6, 2007)


  HOLDEN, Mass. - Eddie Kay Snyder, 76, of 508 Bullard St., formerly of Andover, died Monday, Dec. 3, surrounded by his loving family.

  He was born in Wooster, Ohio, on March 13, 1931. He graduated from Margaretta High School in Castalia, Ohio, in 1949, and entered the Army soon after graduation. He completed U.S. Army Signal School and went on to instruct and train Army staff on electronics equipment during the Korean War. His Army career was underscored by meeting General of the Army and first Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Omar N. Bradley in 1951. He was honorably discharged as a sergeant in 1952.

  He worked for AT&T in Andover, where he was instrumental in the historic launch, tracking, telemetry and global communications transmissions by satellite, Telstar I, in 1962. Telstar I carried the first live television broadcast to be shown across the Atlantic Ocean, sending American space technology into the global limelight. Eddie was immensely proud of this accomplishment and considered it the highlight of his career. He worked for AT&T until retiring in 1984, after 31 years.

  He leaves his wife of 45 years, Katherine L. (Denslow) Snyder; seven children, Mark A. Snyder and wife, Anna, of Andover, Robin (Snyder) Gardner and husband, Richard, of Port Clinton, Ohio, Scott A. Snyder and wife, Deborah, of Rutland, Mass., John K. Snyder of Auburn, Andrew K. Snyder of Norway, Cherie (Snyder) Ronayne and husband, Paul, of Worcester, Mass., and Lori A. (Snyder) Rojcewicz and husband, Keith, of New Braintree, Mass.; 19 grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; three sisters, a twin, Betty Lou Goff and husband, Richard, of Gulf Port, Fla., Mary Lynn Milford of Yucca Valley, Calif. and Zoe Ann Boring of Barberton, Ohio.

  He was predeceased by his father, John H. Snyder; his stepmother, Irene Snyder of Catawba Island, Ohio; and his mother, Evelyn (Bowman) Brewer of Wooster, Ohio.

Lillian A. (Swan) Spaulding, 1929 - 1988  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated newspaper)

  AUBURN -  Lillian A. Spaulding, 59, of 1 Spring St. Extension, died Sunday evening [December 25, 1988] at Central Maine Medical Center as a result of injuries sustained an a pedestrian auto accident.

  She was born in Andover, July 14, 1929, the daughter of Walter and Molissa Porter Swan. A homemaker, she was a resident of this area most of her life. She was an active member and disciple of the United Pentecostal Church in Lewiston.

  She is survived by her mother of Lewiston; three daughters, Roseanna Swan of North Carolina, G. Gale Small of Mechanic Falls and Brenda Lauzier of Lewiston; three sons, Norman of Tampa, Fla. and Sherman and Kevin, both of Auburn; two stepdaughters, Sandra Spaulding of Lewiston and Starr Whittemore of Westbrook; two stepsons, Westbrook(?) of Massachusetts and Sterling of Fort Worth, Texas; 20 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

  Funeral services will be held Saturday 11 a.m. at the United Pentecostal Church. Interment family lot Gracelawn Memorial Park.

Alonzo E. Spidell, 1876 - 1946 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, August, 1946)

  Alonzo E. Spidell died early Wednesday morning, August 7 [1946] at the home of his son, Avard, on Maple Street [Andover]. He had lived in Andover 50 years. He was born August 18, 1876, in Parkdale, Nova Scotia. His mother was Mary C. Foster.

  He leaves five brothers, Guy Rafuse, Richmond Rafuse, Parkdale, Nova Scotia, Ashley Rafuse, Rumford, Elgin Rafuse, West Peru, Evan Rafuse, Somersworth, N. H.; Three children, Avard Spidell, Andover, Omer, of Rumford, Mrs. Willa Carver, Ridlonville; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews. His wife died several years ago.

  The funeral services were held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the First Congregational church. Rev. Linwood C. Potter officiated. The bearers were Philip Learned, Timothy Learned, Harry Gibbs, John Ellis.

  Burial was at Woodlawn Cemetery where committal services were held. Among those attending from away were Mr. and Mrs. Omer Spidell, Rumford; Mrs. Willa Carver, Ridlonville; Mr. and Mrs. Ashley Rafuse, Rumford; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Carver, Dale Berry, Roland Berry, Mrs. Fred Howard, all of Ridlonville; Elgin Rafuse, West Peru, Edward Baker, Rumford.

Avard F. Spidell, 1900 - 1967 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 16, 1967)

ANDOVER - The death of Avard S. [s/b F.] Spidell, 66, of Maple Street occurred on February 9 on arrival at Rumford Community Hospital.

  Always a resident of Andover, he was born there August 12, 1900, the son of Alonzo E. and Eva Brooks [s/b Crooker] Spidell. He married Rena A. Bodwell, who survives.

  He had been engaged in carpentry and lumbering until retirement in 1959.

  Mr. Spidell was a member of Blazing Star Lodge No. 30, F and AM in Rumford; Lewiston Lodge of Perfection; Auburn Council of Princes of Jerusalem; H. H. Dickey Chapter of Rose Croix; and Maine Consistory S. PRS 32nd Degree.

  Surviving are his widow, of Andover; a daughter, Mrs. Jack Smith of Fort Worth, Texas; sons Robert A. Spidell, Anaheim, Calif. and 1 Sgt. Howard E. Spidell, US Marines in Vietnam; 10 grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Willa Carver, Mexico; and a brother, Omer Spidell, Mexico.

  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Andover Congregational Church. Rev. Carl M. Kingsbury, pastor of the church, officiated. Interment was in the Woodlawn tomb for burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, in the spring.

  Mrs. Mary Knox was organist at the funeral ceremonies.

  Pall bearers were Merton Perkins, Lester Farrington, Colby Roberts, Waldo Merrill, William Crooker, and George Crooker.

 Eva A. (Crooker) Spidell, 1866 - 1936 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, July, 1936)

  The death of Mrs. Eva A. Spidell, 70, occurred at her home at East Rumford Sunday noon [June 28, 1936] following an illness of six months.

  Mrs. Spidell was born in Peabody, Mass., on March 30 - 70 years ago, the daughter of Calvin and [Maria] Merrill Crooker. In Peabody she spent her early life getting her education there. Shortly before her marriage she resided in Andover, Maine, where her marriage took place. She continued to make her home there until two years ago, when the family moved to East Rumford.

  Surviving are her husband, Alonzo Spidell; one daughter, Mrs. Willa Carver, Ridlonville; two sons, Avard Spidell, Andover and Omer, residing at home; three sisters, Mrs. E. M. Brooks, East Dedham, Mass., Mrs. Isabelle Heath, Bristol, Pa., and Mrs. Arvilla Merrill, Chelmsford, Mass.; one brother, C. B. Crooker, East Andover, and four grandchildren.

  Funeral services were conducted from the home in East Rumford Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. Kenneth Hatch, Mexico, officiating. Burial was in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

  Among those here were the two sisters, Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Heath, also a niece, Miss Evelyn Hague, East Dedham, Mass.

Evelyn Spidell, 1909-1929 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, April 19, 1929)

   The funeral services of Evelyn Spidell of Andover, were held at the home of her parents, Thursday afternoon of last week, conducted by Rev. James Renfrew, pastor of the Congregational Church. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.

   Miss Spidell died Tuesday of last week [April 9, 1929] after a few days of illness.

   She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Spidell, of Andover, and she is survived by a sister, Mrs. J. Wesley Carver, of Mexico, and two brothers, Omer and Avard Spidell, of Andover

Howard E. Spidell, 1930 – 2010 (Obituary from the Bethel Citizen, October 28, 2010)

   Howard E. Spidell, 80, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010, at his residence on Maple Street, Andover, Maine.

   He was born in Andover, Maine on March 1, 1930, the son of Avard Foster Spidell and Rena A. Bodwell. He graduated from Andover High School Class of 1947and had attended Cypress College in Cypress, Calif.

   He made a career of the U.S. Marine Corps for over 21 years, retiring May 31, 1968 as a 1st. Sgt. and had served in the Korean and Viet Nam Wars.

   Howard had attended the Andover Congregational Church, had served as a director of the Andover Water District for many years, and had loved to travel with his wife. He had also received a Certificate of Heroism from the Boy Scouts of America for saving a family members life from drowning in 1942. He had also volunteered for the habitat for Humanity for several years and had served as a Swamp Guide at Big Cypress Preserve in the Everglades.

   He was married in Andover, Maine on Dec. 31, 1949 to the former Ruth Ellen Hall, who died in Andover, Maine on June 25, 2004.

   Survivors include daughters Judy Ann Alspaugh and husband Geoffrey of Miami, Fla., Sandra Gonzales and husband George of Knoxville, Tenn., and Cheryl Gurney and husband Rob of Eureka, Calif.; a son, Michael Spidell and wife Mary of Pollock Pines, Calif.; a sister, Shirley Smith of Mustang, Okla.; and a brother, Robert Spidell and wife Janet of San Clemente, Calif.; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

   At his request, graveside services at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, will be held at the family’s convenience. Friends are invited to sign the guestbook and share memories online at www,

Omer A. Spidell, 1907 - 1992  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  RUMFORD - Omer A. Spidell, 85, of 12 Richards Ave., Mexico, died Wednesday [Dec. 23, 1992] at Rumford Community Hospital. He had lived in the Rumford and Andover area all of his life.

  He was born in Andover on March 31, 1907, the son of Alonzo and Eva Crooker Spidell. He was a graduate of Andover High School with the class of 1925. He retired from Ethyl Corp., now Boise Cascade Paper Company, in Rumford in 1970. He was a truck driver for more than 23 years. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the Army. He was married in Rumford on April 2, 1942, to the late Ruth Stewart. She died in Rumford on Feb. 25, 1977. He was a member of the Robert Shand Post 1641 VFW, and the Napoleon Ouellette Post 24 American Legion, and the Al and Ted Gauthier Chapter DAV.

  Survivors include one step-son, Robert W. Beck of West Peru; one step-daughter, Mrs. Eleanor Ames of Mexico; one sister, Mrs. Willa Carver of Mexico; many step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.

Rena A. (Bodwell) Spidell, 1897 - 1984 (Obituary from the Oxford County Citizen, July 24, 1985)

   Rena A. Spidell of Andover died Monday, July 22, 1985, at the Rumford Community Hospital, where she had been a patient for two days.

  She was born in Andover, Sept. 27, 1897, the daughter of Neal and Flora Hewey Bodwell.  A graduate of Andover High School, Mrs. Spidell was a lifelong resident of Andover.  She married Avard F. Spidell, who died Feb. 9, 1967.  She was a former member of the King's Daughters, the Ellis Glen Pythian Sisters and MT. Zircon Chapter, OES.  She had also attended Andover Congregational Church and in the past was very active in community affairs and was well known for her knitting.

  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Shirley) Smith of Lawton, Okla.; two sons, Howard, of Andover, and Robert of Anaheim, Calif.; 12 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

   Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at one o'clock at the First Congregational Church in Andover.  Interment will be at the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.  Arrangements are under the direction of Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rumford.

Ruth A. (Stewart?) (Beck) (Proof) Spidell, 1892 - 1977  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  MEXICO - Mrs. Ruth A. Spidell, 84, of Richards Avenue, died Friday night [Feb. 27, 1977] at Rumford Community Hospital where she had been a patient two weeks following a long illness.

  She was born Feb. 27, 1892, in Troy, VT. and had been a resident in this area for 42 years. She was married in Rumford, April 2, 1942, to Omer A. Spidell, who survives.

  Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eva Saunders, Williamsburg, VA, and Mrs. Eleanor Ames, Mexico; a son, Robert W. Beck, West Peru; 12 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.


  Ruth Ellen (Hall) Spidell 1928-2002 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, June 27, 2004)


   Andover – Ruth Ellen Spidell, 75, died Friday, June 25 [2004] at her home on Maple Street, Andover.


   A resident of the area for many years, she was born in Rumford, on Oct. 2, 1928, a daughter of Josiah F. and Dorothy (Leach) Hall, and had graduated from Robinson Female Seminary in Exeter Center, N.H.


   She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church and while living in North Carolina had served as a Girl Scout Leader.  She enjoyed sewing and needlework and loved to travel with her husband.


   She was married in Andover on Dec. 31, 1949 to Howard E. Spidell who survives of Andover.  Other survivors include three daughters, Judy Ann Spidell and her companion, Geoffrey Alspach of Miami, Fla., Sandra Gonzalez and her husband, George of Knoxville, Tenn., and Cheryl Gurney and her husband, Rob of Eureka, Calif.; son Michael Spidell and wife Mary of Pollock Pines, Calif.; five sisters, Elizabeth Warner and husband, Calvin of Milford, N.H., Dorothy Anderson of East Andover, Josephine Meisner and husband, Earl of Pembroke, Margaret Farrington of East Andover, Edith Russell of East Andover; brother Robert and wife, Darlene of East Andover; many grandchildren, including granddaughter Karen Adams who had lived with her grandparents and many great-grandchildren.


   At the family’s request there are no public calling hours and private services will be held at the family’s convenience.  Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, Maine.  Arrangements are under the care of the Meader & Son Funeral Home, 3 Franklin Street, Rumford, Maine 04276.  Online condolences and memories may be shared at

Natashia L. Standeven, 1999 – 1999, (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, January 27, 1999)

  RUMFORD — Natashia Lyn Standeven, infant daughter of Kristina Lyn Pingree of 183 Sawyer Notch Road, Andover, died Monday Jan. 25 [1999] at the Rumford Community Hospital.

  Surviving besides her mother of Andover are her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Pingree of Andover; her maternal great-grandmother, Constance Davis of West Paris; her paternal great-grandmother, Irene Buck of Andover; and an uncle, Davis “Bo” Pingree of Andover

Dr. Albert L. Stanwood, 1852-1930 (Front page story from the Rumford Falls Times, October 2, 1930)

Dr. Stanwood Dies Monday at Andover

Death Comes After Illness Of Ten Days At Home

   Funeral services for Dr. A.L Stanwood, of Andover, whose death occurred at his home Monday night following a 10 day illness, will be held here [Rumford] at the Franklin Street Methodist Church at two o’clock this afternoon, Rev. Charles E. Brooks, pastor of the church, officiating.

   The death of Dr. Stanwood, one of the most widely known physicians in this section of Maine, occurred Monday night at nine o’clock at his home in Andover, where with his sister, Mrs. Hannah Holbrook, he had resided since going there in 1927.

Suffers Shock

   Dr. Stanwood suffered a shock Friday, September 19, a second stroke coming Thursday of last week. Up to the time of the second attack Dr. Stanwood was perfectly conscious but from the second stroke he failed to rally, remaining unconscious to his death. Pneumonia setting in Saturday added complications which could not be overcome.

Death Is Blow

   The death of Dr. Stanwood came as a blow to scores of friends and relatives in the communities in which he has lived, and in which as a physician, as a citizen and town official and as a horseman he was known and respected.

Active Life

   As a physician Dr. Stanwood has long served the needs of the people ably and unfailingly, both in private life and in the service, often under adverse conditions. As a citizen he had been active and interested in the affairs and life of the communities in which he resided, making many friends, forming a wide acquaintance and lending support to all worthy enterprises.

Public Official

   In public life, Dr. Stanwood served as sincerely as he did as a physician, serving many terms as selectman in Canton and also in Andover, since his residence there. He had also served as superintendent of schools in Canton.

Lover of Horses

   As a horseman Dr. Stanwood was known throughout New England. Always a lover of horses he had long been connected with fairs, serving as an officer or on committees, acting as a judge, or entering his own horses in the contest.

Bowdoin Graduate

   Dr. Stanwood was born in Brunswick November 25, 1852, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Stanwood. He was educated in the public schools of that town, and entered the Maine Medical school at Bowdoin College, graduating in the class of 1878.

   Shortly after his graduation from Bowdoin, Dr. Stanwood was married to Miss Nellie Julia Kimball of Brunswick and Gardiner, whom he met while he was in College, and while she attending St. Catherine’s school for girls.

Comes to Canton

   Dr. Stanwood then went to South Portland, where he practiced for a time before removing to Canton, where he lived and practiced for 20 years. It was at Canton that all the children were born

Serve In World War

   In 1898 Dr. Stanwood moved from Canton to Rumford, and he practiced here until the World War. Entering the service in 1918, Dr. Stanwood went from his first assignment, which was of short duration, to Forts banks, Boston, where he was director of the hospital and medical department until the close of the war.

With Fisk Company

   Following the completion of his service, Dr. Stanwood went to Chicopee Falls, Mass., to assume his duties as medical director for the Fisk Rubber Tire company. Dr. Stanwood served in this capacity until 1927, the death of Mrs. Stanwood occurring while he was in Chicopee, June, 1925.

Comes To Andover

   In 1927, Dr. Stanwood moved to Andover, where he practiced until his last illness. Since the death of Mrs. Stanwood, his sister, Mrs. Hannah Holbrook, had resided with Dr. Stanwood.

Lodge Affiliations

   Dr. Stanwood was a member of the Episcopal church, and had numerous affiliations with lodges and societies. He was a past commander of Strathglass Commandery, Knights Templar, of Rumford, and was a Shriner and a member of the Odd Fellows. He was also a member of the American Legion, the Rumford Driving Club, and the Oxford North Agricultural Society, in which he served as superintendent of the horse department for the annual fair of the society.

   During his residence in Canton, Dr. Stanwood was also a member of the Androscoggin Valley Agricultural Society, serving for many years as its president. He was also a member of the Oxford County Medical Association and the Maine Medical Association, in which he was very active, never missing a meeting of either body unless circumstances would not permit. He was also a member of the Rumford and Mexico medical club.

Public Life

  During his residence in Canton Dr. Stanwood served as superintendent of schools and he served several terms as selectman. He also served two terms as selectman in Andover during his residence there.

   Dr. Stanwood was well known as a horseman and a lover of good horses until the time of his death. He owned some excellent high bred stock in Lexington, Ky., and was also interested in breeding fine horses, carrying out his own ideas in this regard.

   He had acted as a judge at many fairs and horse racing programs throughout the section, and while in Massachusetts he had served as a judge at the Eastern States Exposition in Springfield, every year.

   Surviving Dr. Stanwood are two daughters, Mrs. Walter G. Morse, of Rumford, and Mrs. Mary Partenheimer, of Springfield, Mass.; sons Frank of Dixfield, Dr. Harold W. Stanwood, of Rumford, Joe, of Togus, Ormand, of Andover, and Albert, of Rumford. Another daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Irish, of Hartford, died in 1903.

   He also leaves four sisters, Mrs. Hannah Holbrook, of Andover, Mrs. Frank E. Roberts, of Brunswick, Mrs. Annie Kennard, of Portland, And Mrs. Allan Howe, of Brunswick; one brother, James, of Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Miriam, Kimball and Sally Stanwood, of Rumford, James and Barbara Morse, and Mrs. William J. Leader, of Rumford, Lizzie Irish, of Montreal, Betty Stanwood, of Skowhegan and Junior Partenheimer, of Springfield, Mass., Mrs. Josie Cole, of Brunswick, Wilbur Caldwell, of Springfield and Mrs. Bessie Buck, of Topeka, Kansas; and two great grandchildren, William and Jacqueline Leader, of Rumford, and several nieces and nephews.

  Prayers will be held this morning at 10 o’clock from Dr. Stanwood’s late home in Andover, and the funeral will be held this afternoon at two o’clock at the Franklin street Methodist church, where the Masonic service will be carried out. Rev. G. V. Bell, priest in charge of the St. Barnabas church, will officiate at the commitment service. Burial will be at the Sunnyside cemetery at East Rumford.

 Hildreth Staples, Abt. 1864-1928 (From the Rumford Falls Times, March 3, 1928)

   Hildreth Staples, 65, formerly of Phillips, for several years a resident of Andover, died Thursday evening, February 23, at the home of Lena Graves, after an illness of four days of double pneumonia. He is survived by a brother, George Staples, of Phillips, who was at his bedside when the end came. Mr. Staples was a former superintendent of the Elliott and Bartlett Spool Mill and was much esteemed by all who knew him. Funeral services which were largely attended were held from the Congregational Church Saturday morning. Rev. James Renfrew, pastor of the church, officiated.

   The Elliott and Bartlett Spool Mill closed during the service and the men attended in a body. Beautiful flowers covered the casket, mute testimony of the love and respect for him. The remains were placed in the receiving tomb at East Rumford.  

Laura (Hutchins) Staples, Abt. 1898 - 1996  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  PORTLAND - Laura H. Staples, 97, of 199 Alien Ave. died Wednesday, April 17, [1996] in a Portland nursing home. She was born in Andover, a daughter of Eben and Susie Poor Hutchins and was educated in Andover schools, graduating from Andover High School. She graduated from the School of Nursing at Rumford Hospital. She was a homemaker and enjoyed knitting and sewing.

  She was a member of the North Deering Congregational Church and the Deering Navy Mothers Club.

  She is survived by two sons, Howard A. Staples and Lee L. Staples, both of Portland; four grand children and seven great-grandchildren.

  A daughter Ruth Staples died in 1932; her husband, George A. Staples, died in 1964.

Ruth Alice Staples, 1927-1932 (From the Rumford Falls Times, December 8, 1932)

   The body of Ruth Staples, five year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Staples (Laura Hutchins) who died Wednesday night of last week [November 30, 1932] following injuries received when she was struck by a train at 4:10 on the Nicholas street crossing, South Paris, was brought to Andover, Saturday noon for burial in Woodlawn cemetery. Mr. and Mrs. Eben Hutchins, Mr. and Mrs. Henry McQuire and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Remington attended the funeral in South Paris Saturday forenoon. 

Stephen E. Stearns, 1938 - 1953 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  BETHEL - Stephen Ethridge Stearns, 15, formerly of this town, died suddenly Tuesday morning [June 16, 1953] at his home, 241 Walden [Waldo?] St., Rumford.

  Born in Andover, April 15, 1938, he was the son of Adelma and Ruth Etheridge Stearns.

  Surviving besides his mother are two half sisters, Alberta of Denmark and Mrs Priscilla Murphy, Rangeley; two half brothers, Adelma Stearns and Robert Farwell. 

Donald A. Stecher, 1925-2005  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, March 21, 2005)

   NORWAY - Donald A. Stecher, 79, of Bethel, died Friday, March 18, at Stephens Memorial Hospital.

   He was born in Laconia, N.H., on Aug. 13, 1925, the son of Adolph and Mary McDerment Stecher.

   He had received a bachelor's degree from the University of New Hampshire and a master's degree in forestry from the University of North Carolina.

   He proudly served our country in the U.S. Army during World War II. He worked as plant manager in several wood furniture plants in New England. Between 1964 and 2002, he worked as plant manager and president of Andover Wood Products in Andover.

   He is survived by his wife, Winona M., of Bethel; two sons, Michael and wife, Kiki, of Copper Mt., Colo., and Tom and wife, Karen, of Guilford, N.H.; three daughters, Sandra Stecher of Meredith, N.H., Terry and husband, Joseph Mastro, of Moultonboro, N.H., and Mary Stecher of Lewiston; three stepsons, Glen Conrad and wife, Kathy, Grant Conrad and wife, Jodi, and Garth Conrad and wife, Judy; 21 grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by four sisters, Winifred, Pearl, Thelma, and Jean.

Edward C. “Doc” Stuart, 1878-1973  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 8, 1973)

  Edward C. “Doc” Stuart, 94, former deputy sheriff and game warden, and timber operations supervisor, died at Cozy Inn Nursing Home, Rumford, on January 30. He had been a patient there for three weeks.

  For many years, a resident of Andover and Rumford Point, Mr. Stuart was born in Rumford September 27, 1878, the son of Dr. James W. Stuart and Harriette Sargent Stuart.

  He attended Rumford schools and was a graduate of Gould Academy in Bethel. He was employed for many years by the Oxford Paper Company as a supervisor of lumber operations in the Province of Quebec. He was a well known carpenter in this area.

  During 1925 through 1927, Mr. Stuart was employed by the Department of Inland Fisheries and Game as a deputy sheriff and game warden, and he had served as a deputy sheriff of Oxford County.

  On December 23, 1900, he joined the Knights of Pythias and since then had been Deputy Grand Chancellor in the 12th District of Maine in both 1955 and 1956 and in 1967 he was awarded the rank of Knight of the Golden Spur. He was a past Chancellor Commander and life member of the Oxford Bear Lodge No.54, Knights of Pythias of Hanover. He was a life member Cabot Lodge No. 117 K of P of Andover.

  Surviving are a sister, Mrs. John F. Martin, Rumford Corner, and a niece and two nephews.

  Funeral services for Edward “Doc” Stuart, of Rumford, were held at the Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rumford, at 3 p.m. on Friday, February 2. Rev. Robert Holmes officiated.

  Entombment was in the Sunnyside receiving vault for burial in the spring in the Rumford Corner Cemetery.

  Members of the Oxford Bear Lodge No. 54, Knights of Pythias, of Hanover, served as pall bearers; Martin Colby, James Knight, Charles Hutchins, William Lamson, all of Rumford Point.

Arthur J. Stevens, 1880 - 1949 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Funeral services for Arthur J. Stevens were held at 2 p m Tuesday, April 12 [1949] at his late residence in South Andover, with Rev. C C Salisbury, of the Andover Congregational Church officiating. Mrs. Carl Watson of Rumford, organist, played "Jesus, Lover of My Soul" and "Rock of Ages." Pall bearers were Clarence Bailey, Harry Merrill, Allan Fraser and Eugene Merrill. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Those surviving are his widow Mrs Evelyn Stevens and a half-brother, Edwin Hoyt. Those attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs Charles Howard, Mr. and Mrs Frank Howard, Miss Mae Abbott, Mrs Carl Watson, Freeman Holt, Lewis Holt, of Rumford; Mr. and Mrs Dwight Elliot, Mrs Alwyn Elliot, Miss Dorothy Elliot of North Rumford; Mr. and Mrs Frye Goddard, Mr. and Mrs Howard Goddard of Rumford Center; Mrs Susie Elliot, Miss Helen Elliot, Rumford Point; and Mr. and Mrs Graydon Campbell, Errol, N. H.

Evelyn E. (Elliot) Stevens, 1890 - 1957  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

RUMFORD - Mrs. Evelyn E. Stevens, 66, widow of the late Arthur J. Stevens, died Saturday [August 25, 1957] at Rumford Community Hospital, where she had been a patient four days. She had made her home on Pine Street in Andover.

She was born Aug. 13, 1890, the daughter of Matthew and Dolly Howard Elliot. She was secretary for 34 years of the Lone Mountain Grange and was the present clerk and secretary of Andover Congregational Church. She was also a member of the Friday Club and a past secretary of the Ladies Aid.

Surviving besides her mother are a sister, Mrs. Marie Lang, and a brother, Jesse, all of Andover.

Services Monday at the Andover Church with Rev. Andrew Young officiating. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover.

Margaret Stevens, 1841-1907 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, March 16, 1907)


   On Monday afternoon  [March 12, 1907) at three o’clock occurred the death of Mrs. Margaret Stevens. She was born Dec. 25, 1841 in Methuen, Mass. Her first husband was Robert Porter of Andover, from that union two children being born.


   Her second husband, Jas. Stevens, son of the late Peabody Stevens. Four children were born from this union. The funeral services were held at 2 P.M. Thursday

Ralph P. Stinson, Sr., 1921 - 2001  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  EAST ANDOVER - Ralph P. Stinson Sr., 80, died Friday, March 2, [2001] with his family at his side at home on the Farmer's Hill Road in East Andover and has resided in the area most of his life.

  He was born in Coaldan, Va., on Jan. 12, 1921, the son of William P. and Ossie (Whitehead) Stinson, and had attended schools in Richlands, Va.

  He served with the U.S. Army, Battery A., 8th Coast Artillery Battalion from 1939 to 1945 where he saw a lot of action in the Pacific during World War II, and was on Saipan the day the Enola Gay took off to bomb Hiroshima.

  He worked at Oxford Paper Co. in Rumford from 1946 until his retirement in 1973 due to ill health.

  He was one of the founding fathers of the Calvary Congregational Church in South Andover and donated much of his time and energy to establish the church. Until recently he was very active in the church and will be sorely missed. He had also served as a Boy Scout leader in Andover during the 1960's, and he loved to fish and cook.

  He was married in Portland, March 8, 1941 to his beloved wife of 60 years, Marjorie Simmons, of East Andover, who survives.

  Other survivors include daughters Joan Carney, of East Andover, Jean Shafer and husband, Robert, of Grand Rapids, Mich., Donna Gagne and husband, David, of Stoneham; sons, Ralph Jr. and wife, Jana, of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Glenn, of Somerville, Mass., Lawrence, of Seattle, Wash., Wayne, of East Andover, and Alan and wife Kim, of Conyers, Ga.; grand-children, John Brian Carney, of Somerville, Mass., Thomas Carney, of West Springfield, Pa., Robert Shafer, of Hartford, Mich., Susan Shafer Langdon, of Baldwin, Mich., Joel Shafer, of Wyoming, Mich., Alyson Shafer Plank, of Walker, Mich., Matthew and Mark Gagne of Stoneham, Kier Stinson, of Windham, Rachel Stinson, of Brattleboro, Vt, Matthew Lane, of Kaiserslautern, Germany, Brooke Stinson, of Elizabeth City, N.C., and Miranda Stinson, of Conyers, Ga.; great-grandchildren Stephanie Bryant and Bradley Langdon, of Baldwin, Mich., and Dylan and Emily Shafer, of Wyoming, Mich.; brothers, Claude, of Indianapolis, Ind., and Fred, of San Antonio, Texas; a sister, Jean White and husband, Lester, of Andover; a sister-in-law Lorena Simmons, of Andover; and numerous nieces and nephews.  

Dexter Milton Stowell 1928-2009 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, January 15, 2008)

NORWAY - Dexter Milton Stowell, 79, of Bethel, died peacefully early Monday, Jan. 14, at Stephens Memorial Hospital, after a short illness.

  He was born in Andover, on Feb. 14, 1928, eldest son of Tressa (Milton) and H. Kirke Stowell. He moved to Bryant Pond in June 1928, when his father took over the leadership of Stowell Silk Spool Co. He was educated in Woodstock elementary schools and was the valedictorian of the graduating class of Gould Academy in 1946.

  After high school, he joined the U.S. Army serving in 1946 and 1947 as chief clerk for the Seventh Division Chaplain's Office of the Military Police in Seoul, Korea. Returning to the states, he began college at the University of Maine in Orono only to be called back into the service from 1950 to 1951 when he was noncommissioned officer in charge, Training Film Library at Camp Edwards, Falmouth, Mass.

  After completing his service, he returned to the University of Maine earning a B.A. in business administration with high distinction in 1953. While at Maine, he was a member of the Phi Mu Delta Fraternity. He was also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Pi honor societies.

  In 1953, he moved to Boston to take a job as assistant bank examiner for the Federal Reserve Bank. His first weekend in Boston, on a blind date (and his 25th birthday), he met his future wife, Janet Sutherland. They married June 12, 1954 and remained in Massachusetts until 1955, when his father convinced him to come back to Maine to help run the mill in Bryant Pond.

  After his father’s death in late 1956, he moved to Bethel with his wife and daughter and served as vice president and general manager of Stowell Wood Products, Bryant Pond (majority ownership being held by Belding Heminway Corp.) until 1980. From 1980 to 1985, he was the company's president and treasurer. After the sale of the business in 1985, he enjoyed working as a consultant, primarily in the role of parttime comptroller, for several small businesses in northern New England.

  Always active in the community, he was a corporator and trustee of Bethel Savings Bank from 1969 to 1981, later elected trustee emeritus. From 1961 to 1980, he was a trustee of Gould Academy, serving in the roles of board member, secretary of the board and finally as trustee emeritus.

  He was a member of the Bethel School Board from 1961 to 1965, serving as chairman for part of that time. He was also a director of the board for SAD 44 and chairman 1966 to 1968 (a period of time he always said was very interesting as SAD 44 was just beginning). For a number of years, he was the moderator for Bethel town meetings.

  He served on the board of the Bethel Library Association; was an honorary member and long-range planning committee member of the Bethel Historical Society; was an active member of the West Parish Congregational Church UCC, where he was a longtime choir member and served the church at different times as treasurer and on the finance committee. Beyond Bethel, he was a board member of Wood Products Manufacturers Association, Gardiner, Mass., 1957 to 1961, 1969 to 1972, 1984 to 1985; serving as president in 1962 to 1963.

  A tall, thoughtful, kind man with a dry sense of humor, he enjoyed golf, reading, listening to his extensive jazz collection, cross-country skiing, playing the piano, and working in his garden. A New Englander to the core, he was a Red Sox, Celtics and Patriots fan.

  Together with his wife of 53 years he raised three daughters, Elizabeth Stowell of Hamilton, Mass., Judith (Mrs. Robert) Stalford of Auburn and Nancy Stowell White (wife of William White III) of Bethel; he especially loved his six grandchildren, Tressa (Stalford) Santillo of Jefferson, Mass., Nicholas Stalford (U.S. Army) of Fort Rucker, Ala., Joseph and Matthew Stalford of Auburn and Jessica and Sean Doonan of Hamilton, Mass.; his sisters, Sally Stowell Tessicini and husband, Cesidio, Sylvia Stowell Hauzenblaus and Sandra Stowell Seaver; a brother, David Stowell and wife, Holly; and aunt, Harriet Stowell Blake of Kingfield.

George P. Stowell, Jr., 1914 - 1988  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  WEST BETHEL - George P. Stowell, Jr., 74, died unexpectedly Saturday night [December 24, 1988] at the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin, N.H., where he was taken after being stricken ill at West Bethel.

  He was born at Dixfield, May 28, 1914, the son of George P. Sr. and Eva Merrill Stowell. He was a 1932 graduate of Dixfield High School, and attended Hebron Academy at Hebron and Brown University at Providence, R.I. He was married to the former Harriet Swift on March 17, 1936. He lived at Andover for 19 years before coming to West Bethel in 1953. While in Andover he served as selectman and overseer of the poor, and served as town treasurer and was past president of the Andover Fair Association.

  Mr. Stowell was mill foreman of the sawmill division of Stowell Silk Spool Co. at Bryant Pond, retiring in 1977. He was a member of the West Bethel Union Church and attended The Bethel Church of the Nazarene. He was a member and former chancellor of Cabot Lodge Knights of Pythias at Andover; a former member of Blazing Star Lodge  AF & AM of Rumford; and a former member of the school board  of School Union 22in Bethel. He was a member of the Bethel Historical Society. During his, retirement he enjoyed visiting with many residents of nursing homes in the area.

  Survivors include his wife of West Bethel, Seven sons, George P. Stowell III of Falmouth; Michael S. Stowell of Lovettsville, Va.; Peter R. Stowell of North Whitefield; William R. Stowell of West Bethel; Jonathan H. Stowell of Shirley, Mass.; Andrew N. Stowell of Jackman, and Bryan M. Stowell of Bryant Pond; five daughters, Mrs. Keith (Suzanne) Bartlett of Bethel; Mrs. John (Sara) Carson of Oxford; Mrs. Edward (Martha) Gammon, Sr. of Bryant Pond; Miss Rosemary Stowell of Woburn, Mass., and Mrs. Gary (Rebecca) Inman of Albany; a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Percival of Andover; several half-brothers and half-sisters; and 23 grandchildren.

  Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. from Bethel Church of the Nazarene, Bethel, with entombment at Riverside Receiving Vault, Bethel.

Tressa A. (Milton) Stowell, 1905 – 2002 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, December 21, 2002)

  FRYEBURG – Tressa Agnes Stowell, 97, of 170 Main St., Fryeburg, died Wednesday, Dec. 18, at her residence.

  She was born in Andover on July 10, 1905, the daughter of Frederic A. Milton and Agnes P. Talbot Milton. She was educated in Andover public Schools and Dean Academy in Massachusetts.

  On May 8, 1926, she married H. Kirke Stowell at the Andover Congregational Church. In June 1928 they moved to Bryant Pond, where they made their home until his death in 1956. In 1972 she married Charles J. B. Gabrielson of Boca Raton, Fla. He died in 1983.

  She was much beloved by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren who knew her as Nammie. Due to failing health she lived in Fryeburg with her caregivers, Betsey & Bob Jackson, from July 1998 until her death.

  She was an active member of the Bryant Pond Baptist Church serving as organist for many years. She was a member of the Bryant Pond Garden Club and the Birthday Club. In later years she joined the Bibletown Church in Boca Raton, Fla.

  Survivors include her brother, F. Roger Milton and his wife Althea of Auburn; her sisters-in-law, Vivian Milton of Auburn and Harriet Blake of Farmington Falls; her son, Dexter M. Stowell, and his wife Janet of Bethel and their daughters, Elizabeth Stowell and her partner, Tim McLean of Hamilton, Mass.; Judith and husband Robert Stalford of Auburn; Nancy and her husband William White of Bethel; her daughter, Sally Stowell Tessicini and her husband “Cid” Tessicini of Bryant Pond, and Hesperia, Calif., and Sally’s son, Kirke S. Curtis and his wife Stephanie of Brookline, Mass.; her daughter, Sylvia Stowell Hauzenblas of Bryant Pond, and her daughter, Sandra Stowell Seaver of Bethel and Sandra’s daughter Sally and her husband Sherif Shabaka of Dorchester, Mass.; and her son, Daniel Moore Seaver and his wife Michelle of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and her daughter Jenna and husband Scott of Bethel; and her daughter, Joy and husband Todd Luther of Long Beach; and her daughter, Amber and husband Scott Hawes of Lawrence, Mass. her son, David P. Stowell and his wife Holly of South Paris; several nieces and nephews; and 14 great-grandchildren.

  Besides her parents and husbands, she was predeceased by one daughter, Mary Gwendolyn; one sister and her husband, Alice and Howard Averill; one brother, Robert Milton; and one son-in-law, William Seaver.

William R. Stowell, 1944 - 2001  (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times)

  SOUTH RUMFORD - William “Billy” Rodney Stowell, 57, of 393 South Rumford Road, died Saturday, Sept. 15, 2001 at his home.

  Born in Rumford on March 21, 1944, he was the son George P. and Harriett Swift Stowell Jr. His youth was spent in the towns of Andover and West Bethel.

  Graduating from Gould Academy in the class of 1962, he continued his education at Northeastern University in Boston, Mass., and obtained a BS in civil engineering from the University of Maine, Orono, in January of 1968.

  He worked for the Maine Department of Transportation as an engineer from that time until 1972, when he moved with his family to Golden, Col., where he was employed by the Bell Engineering Co. of Denver and then the Adolph Coors Co. of Golden.

  While with Coors, he was the design engineer for their plant expansion, designing two miles of railroad track, railroad marshalling yards, extending and widening major city streets, designing plant service roads grading plans and utilities.

  From 1978 through 1985, he worked for the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in Vallejo, Calif., as a civil engineer. He was responsible for the planning, design, layout and construction of various projects including progressively sequenced traffic signals, bicycle paths, railroad relocation, softball fields, and golf course expansion and power line relocations.

  Returning to West Bethel in 1985, he worked for Sunday River Ski Resort, completing traffic impact studies for Sunday River Skiway and engineering design and construction of the relocation of the Skiway Access Road in Newry. He then began his own business, Land-Tech Engineering, preparing site plans, subdivision plans, traffic, drainage reports and other plans for review by regulatory agencies. He returned to work for the Maine Department of Transportation in 1994, retiring in the spring of 2000 due to illness.

  He loved his children dearly and was very proud of both of them. He was close to his family and they were there for him in his time of need.

  An accomplished musician, he played the guitar, mandolin, harmonica and bass guitar and played with bands from Maine to California. An avid reader, he also enjoyed the outdoors, especially camping, hunting and fishing and was very fond of “Enigma”.

  Survivors include a daughter, Jennifer Arlene Stowell of Rumford; a son, Ryan Rodney of Lexington, Mass.; five sisters and their spouses, Suzanne and Keith Bartlett of Bethel, Sara Carson of Oxford, Martha Jane Stowell of Rumford, Rosemary Stowell of Hellertown, Penn., and Rebecca and Albert Lloyd of Rumford; six brothers and their spouses, George and Mary of Falmouth, Michael and Jean of Flagler Beach, Fla., Peter of West Gardiner, Jonathan and Rowena of Shirley, Mass., Andrew and Marlene of Jackman, Brian and Linda of West Bethel; a great aunt, Esther Farnum of Norway; and many nieces and nephews.

James Summerton, 1964 - 1977 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

   SUMMERTON, at Andover, June 20, 1977, Mr. James A. Summerton, age 13. Funeral services 2 p.m. Thursday at the Andover First Congregational Church with Reverend David Wuori, officiating. Interment in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Friends are invited to call at Meader & Son Funeral Home, 7-9 p.m. Wednesday.

 The family prefers in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Andover First Congregational Church in memory of James A. Summerton.

 June 22, 1977

  Andover Boy Dies of Gunshot Wound (from an unidentified local newspaper)

    ANDOVER-Officials are investigating the death of a 13-year-old Andover boy who suffered a fatal bullet wound to the head, Monday.

    Oxford County Sheriff's Dept. officials said James A. Summerton, Birch Street, was found in the cellar by his mother. Oxford Medical Examiner Dr. J. Edward Martin, Mexico pronounced the youth dead at the scene. An autopsy was performed on Tuesday but results were not known Tuesday night.

   Authorities identified a 30/30 rifle as the weapon used. The boy was found at 8:15 p.m.

   Investigating are Oxford Deputies Lee Jobin, Emile Carrier and Bill Williams.

   James A. Summerton, 13, was born March 31, 1964 in Willingboro, N.J, the son of Ralph and Bertha Hoskins Summerton. He was a member of the Andover First Congregational Church. He was an honor student at Telstar Regional High School in Bethel and would have entered the eighth grade this fall. He was a member of the Glee Club, football, band, Magic Club of the TRHS, and a member of the Andover Colt League baseball team.

  Surviving besides his parents of Andover are a sister, Ann Marie Summerton, Andover; his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Charles Hoskins, Milo.

Ralph E. Summerton, 1928 - 1979  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Ralph E. Summerton, 51, died unexpectedly Wednesday [no date given] at his residence on South Main Street where he had lived for the past 13 years.

  He was born at Akron, Ohio March 27, 1928, the son of Ernest and Edna Hohenstein Summerton. He graduated from high school in Titusville, Pa. and was employed by Goodyear Corp. at Akron, Ohio. He enlisted in the Air Force and served for more than 10 years, including during WWII. He then pursued a career in electronics serving one and a half years in Greenland and two years in Alaska, where he was employed by RCA at the ballistic missile early warning system. In 1966 he moved to Andover where at the time of his death he was station engineer at the COMSAT Earth Station. He was a member of the Andover First Congregational Church where he served as deacon on the board of trustees and presently on the finance committee. He was a charter member of the Greater Rumford Area Kiwanis Club where he served as treasurer the past two years. He has held a ham operator’s license for many years and was a member of the Robert Shand Post VFW.

  He married Bertha Hoskins of Milo at Denver, Colo. April 18, 1959.

  Surviving besides his widow are a daughter, Ann Marie Summerton, Andover; two sisters, Mrs. Ruth Strickler, Albuquerque, N.M., and Mrs. Eleanor MacFadden, Westfield, N.Y.; and a brother, Ernest L. Summerton, Massillon, Ohio. A son, James Summerton, died July 20, 1977.

Hales Wallace Suter, 1828 - 1914 (Obituary from an unidentified Boston-area newspaper)

  Hales Wallace Suter, father of the Rev. John Wallace Suter, former rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Winchester, died Sunday [June 21, 1914] at Andover, Me. He was 86 [s/b 85] years of age.

  Mr. Suter was a native of Boston. He was one of the original members of the Suffolk Bar Association, and he practiced law in Boston for more than 50 years.

  For many years Mr. Suter was president of the Massachusetts Title Insurance Company, and also of the Calumet Woolen Company. He was one of the originators of the Mercantile Trust Company, and was its first president. He resigned this position in 1897, but continued as a director and a member of the executive committee. He was also a director of the Mattapan Safe Deposit and Trust Company of South Boston, and for years was president of the Constitution Wharf Company, until the sale of the property to the Fitchburg Railroad. In politics Mr. Suter had been a Republican ever since the formation of the party in 1856, but held no public office except for two years when he was a member of the Boston Common Council.

  Mr. Suter was a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church, and also a member of the St. Andrews Masonic Lodge, the Episcopalian Club, the University Club and an honorary member of the Boston Marine Society. Mr. Suter was married in 1856 to Miss Harriet Emily Bingham. Mrs. Suter died in 1885, leaving several children the last survivor of whom is the Rev. John Wallace Suter.

  Funeral services were held from the Church of the Epiphany Wednesday afternoon at 2:30.

  The services were conducted by Rev. Murray W. Dewart, rector of the church, Rev. Carleton P. Mills of Winchester and Rev. Charles M. Addison of Stamford, Conn., the first minister of the church in Winchester. The music was under the direction of J. Albert Wilson, and two hymns were sung by the boys’ choir. The ushers were the wardens and vestrymen of the parish.

  The bearers were Arthur H. Russell of Winchester and Edward L. Rand of Jamaica Plain, representing the Boston Bar Association, of which Mr. Suter was a charter member; Dr. Charles M. Green of the Back Bay and William H. Lincoln of Brookline, representing St. Andrews Lodge of Masons; Gardner M. Lane of the Back Bay, Clayton Johns, Rev. Prescott Evarts of Christ Church, Cambridge, and Ernest Lovering of Brookline.

  The Bar Association was represented by Charles P. Greenough, Fisher Ames, Selwyn Z. Bowman, Henry W. Bragg, Woodward Emery, George L. Huntress, Henry Parkman, John P. A. Brackett, Edward B. Hale, Howard D. Nash, Felix Rackerman and Edgar J. Rich.

  Burial was in Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Cambridge.

                (Another unidentified obituary provided additional information)

  Mr. Suter, when he was a boy, first attended Chauncy Hall School, but entered the Boston Latin School (in school st) at the age of 12, and graduated from Harvard College in 1850 in the same class with James C. Carter, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, Prof. Henry Thayer and George C. Richardson.

  He studied law with William C. Hubbard, John J. and Manlius Clarke and at the Harvard Law School. He was admitted to the bar in 1852, and began practice in Boston, gradually building up a large business.

  For several years he was the partner of Charles Theodore and Thomas H. Russell, under the name of Russells and Suter. The firm was dissolved in 1878.

  On his retirement from the firm, Mr. Suter established a business under his own name.

Helen ( Jenkins) Suter, 1864 - 1942 (Obituary from the Boston Daily Globe, January 8, 1942, p. 26)

  Mrs. Helen Jenkins Suter, wife of Rev. Dr. John Wallace Suter, prominent Episcopal churchman for more than 50 years and former rector of the Church of the Epiphany, Winchester, died yesterday [January 7, 1942] at her home, 100 Beacon St. She was born in Worcester, but spent most of her life in Winchester.

  Besides a husband, she is survived by two sons, Rev. Dr. John Wallace Suter Jr., rector of the Church of the Epiphany In New York City, and Philip Hales Suter, Milton. The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Interment will be private.

John Wallace Suter (Obituary from the Boston Daily Globe, April 12,1942, p. 29)

Rev. Dr. Suter, Episcopal Leader, Dead in Boston

  Rev. Dr. John Wallace Suter, 82, of 100 Beacon St., registrar of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts and custodian of the Book of Common Prayer for the Episcopal Church of the United States, died yesterday at his home.

  Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 at St. Paul’s Cathedral. Officiating will be Rev. Henry Knox Sherrill, Bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts, assisted by Rev. Dr. John Wallace Suter Jr., rector of the Church of the Epiphany of New York City, Dr. Suter’s son.

  Dr. Suter was a member of the commission which worked from 1913 to 1929 to revise the Book of Common Prayer. He was the founder in 1886 and the rector for 26 years of the Church of the Epiphany of Winchester. At the conclusion of his ministry there in 1912, he was elected rector honorarius.

  He graduated from Harvard in 1881 and was secretary of his class. In 1885, he graduated from the Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, with a S. T. B. degree. In 1920, the Cambridge school granted him the degree of S. T. D. He was ordained in June, 1885.

  Mrs. Suter died in January. Besides Dr. Suter, Jr., another son, Philip Suter of Milton survives. In 1888 he married the former Helen Jenkins of Winchester. In collaboration with Rev. Dr. Charles Morris Addison, Dr. Suter compiled “The Book of Offices and Prayers” and the “Offices for Special Occasions.” A leading authority on liturgics, he lectured on this subject at the Episcopal Theological School.

  He was a member of the Harvard Clubs of Boston and New York; the Union and St. Butolph Clubs, the Twenty Club of which he was secretary for many years, the Clericus Club, The Monday Club of Winchester and the Lodge of St. Andrew. He was Chaplain of the latter organization.

Loring R. Swain, 1908 - 1987  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Loring Raymond Swain died Sunday, Feb. 1, 1987, in Avon Park, Fla., where he had resided during the winter months for the past four years. The rest of the year he resided on Park Street in Dixfield.

  He was born in Upton May 26, 1908, the son of Leon Glover and Laura Raymond Swain.

  Most of his younger days and education were in Weld, completed at Wilton Academy. He graduated from the University of Maine, Orono, with a degree in mechanical engineering in 1932. He was a member of Sigma Nu and Tau Beta Pi. He worked at Brown and Sharpe, Providence, R.I.; Lawson Products, Pawtucket, R.I.; and later at Jones and Lawson Co. in Springfield, Vt., in the research and development department.

  For several years he was associated with R.J. Swain Co. of East Andover. He later worked at J.W. Penney Co. in Mechanic falls, and later purchased the Glover Machine Co., Frye, manufacturing woodworking machinery. He operated this until his retirement in 1974.

  He was a member of the Mystic Tie Masonic Lodge for over 50 years and a past member of the Maine Consistory and Eastern Star, both of Weld. He was a member of the Oxford County Gem and Mineral Society. During the winter months he was a member of Avon Park Winter Guest Club. Avon, Fla.

  He was married on Jan. 23, 1949 to Marjorie Cleveland, Reading, Vt.

  Survivors include his wife, a son, Scott P. of Buckfield, and three granddaughters.

  Memorial services were held in Avon Park on Thursday, Feb. 5, and committal services will be in the spring at Rumford Center.

  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the contributor’s choice.

  Lucie (Morse) Swain, 1884 - 1973  (Obituary from the Oxford County Citizen, January 11, 1973)

  Mrs. Lucie M. Swain died Thursday, Jan. 4, 1973, at Kathryn-Barton nursing home in Cochituate, Mass., where she had been a patient for four months. She had resided in East Andover for over 50 years.

    She was born Aug. 6, 1884, in Upton, the daughter of Bennett and Jerusha Peaslee Morse. She was a graduate of Gould Academy in 1903 and one of the oldest alumni. She graduated from Gorham Normal School in 1909 and had taught in Canton and the ninth grade at Rumford.

  On Aug. 30, 1913, she was married to Robert J. Swain, who died in November of 1969. The couple was married at the Upton Union Church, the first ceremony ever performed in that small community church.

  After her marriage, she was secretary for the R. J. Swain Dowel Co. founded by her late husband and now owned by her son.

  Mrs. Swain was a charter member of the Andover Friday Club and remained a member for 47 years holding various offices; was past president of the Oxford County Literary Union and past district director of District 6, was a member of the Girl Scout Committee, a project sponsored by Friday Club; a member of the Upton Union Church and the Andover Congregational Ladies Aid; held office of president three different times and was key woman of the church; for many years, served as dining room chairman for the alumni banquet; taught Sunday School and served as pianist to the East Andover Sunday School for many years; was charter member of Home and Garden Club now known as East Andover Community Club; served for several years on the Andover School Board; was treasurer of the Andover Educational Fund Association; trustee of the Library Association and the March of Dimes Town Chairman during the 1950's. Prior to her illness, she maintained a lovely flower garden close by the highway which was a joy to all those who passed.

  Surviving are a son, Robert B. of East Andover; a daughter, Mrs. Amelia Entin, Wayland, Mass., and five grandchildren.

  Services were held at the Andover Congregational Church Saturday afternoon with Pastors Jay Cummings and Lester Strout officiating. Stanley Fox of Bethel was guest organist.

  Bearers were William Crooker, Sylvanus Glover, Howard Averill and Lester Farrington.

  Entombment was at Sunnyside vault in East Rumford with burial at the Rumford Center Cemetery in the spring.

  The flowers were made up into bouquets by Alice Sennett, Frances Poor and Lorraine Marston and delivered to shut-ins and elderly. Two pulpit vases and a large arrangement were left at the Congregational Church and two vases were taken to the Calvary Congregational Church. Due to the extremely cold weather many flowers were chilled in transit.

Robert B. Swain, 1920 - 2010 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, Feb. 1, 2010)

AUBURN - Robert Bennett Swain, of East Andover, World War II pilot and owner of R. J. Swain Dowel Mill, died Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Hospice House in Auburn, days short of his 90th birthday.

   Robert was born on Feb. 4, 1920, in Rumford, to Robert John and Lucie Morse Swain. When Robert was two-years-old, his family moved "down the hill," as he used to say, from Horseshoe Valley to Cold Spring Farm in East Andover where he lived the rest of his life.

    Robert attended Andover High School for four years and took a fifth year at Gould Academy in Bethel, graduating in 1937. While at Gould, he participated in baseball, track and basketball. He had fond memories of going to dances and other events with his friends. He graduated from Bryant College in Providence, R.I., in 1939, with a BS degree in business administration. He returned to East Andover to work for his father at R. J. Swain Dowel Mill.

   It was also in 1939, that Robert was taught to fly by the late Carmen Onofrio. He purchased his first plane, a Stinson, in 1940 for $900.00, and owned several planes throughout his life. He always took delight in talking about the flights he had made.

   Robert left East Andover in 1942, after enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps. His preflight training was in Montgomery, Ala., then it was on to Americus, Ga., for primary training in a Stearman PT-17. After basic training in a BT-13 in Greenville, Miss., Robert went to Arkansas for twin-engine advanced training in the AT-9 and AT-10. It was in Blytheville, Ark., where he received his wings and was commissioned a 2nd Lt.

   After training in Austin, Texas, on the C-47 transport plane, he went to Ft. Wayne, Ind., for a brief stint. From there he went to Fort Benning, Ga., where he received additional training in the skills that would serve him well in the months to come, including dropping paratroopers and towing gliders. Robert received his overseas orders and took the train back to Ft. Wayne, where he picked up a brand new C-47 and left for England.

   The trip began in mid-December. With his crew, they followed the southern route to Brazil, then across the Atlantic to Ascension Island, a necessary mid-point refueling stop. They spent Christmas in Africa and arrived in England in time to celebrate New Year's Eve.

   In England, Lt. Swain joined the 78th Troop Carrier Squadron of the 435th Troop Carrier Group at Welford Park. He participated in the Normandy Invasion on D-Day, the air attack on Holland, and the Battle of the Bulge.

   In February of 1945, the squadron was transferred to France near Paris. He participated in the airborne assault across the Rhine, simultaneously towing two loaded gliders to the east bank of the Rhine. He flew resupply missions to Germany in support of ground forces, which included General Patton's troops. Wounded soldiers were evacuated on the return trip to France.

   Robert recalled being on leave in Paris when an important announcement came through the wires, and he found himself celebrating V.E. Day in May, 1945, with throngs of jubilant people around the Arc de Triomphe.

   After leaving France, Robert returned to Ft. Wayne, and then to East Andover where on July 25, 1945, he married the former Violet Peters, whom he had met when she moved to East Andover in 1938, to teach school. The East Andover School was located next door to the Swain home, and Violet walked by twice a day on her way to and from school. Robert decided that he should get to know "the good-looking school teacher."

   Robert returned once again to Fort Wayne, which served as the staging area for troops and supplies heading overseas. Violet drove to Indiana and they rented rooms in a private home for $4.00 a week.

   Robert was expecting to go to Japan, but the war ended before his orders came through. He was discharged in December of 1945, and returned to East Andover, picking up where he had left off, prior to entering the service, working at his father's dowel mill. He eventually became owner of the mill, operating it until his retirement in 1986.

   After retirement, Robert, a self-taught engineer of sorts, could be found in his workshop making improvements on his various pieces of equipment and machinery.

   Robert valued a hard, honest day's work; the peacefulness and bounty of nature; the freedom and tranquility of flying, and the friendly competitiveness of sports. He and Violet raised three sons, passing these values on to them, and to their grandchildren, as well.

   Robert loved telling stories of his growing up in East Andover, his service during the war and the adventures that the family had when they went on their traditional fishing trips. He also enjoyed watching the Red Sox play, working out on his Bowflex, and driving his Kubota tractor. Most recently, he had begun exploring the wonders of the Web.

   He and Violet attended 15 reunions of his World War II squadron, including the final one in 2006, in San Antonio, Texas. They kept in touch with many of the squadron members and their families.

   Robert was active in state and local organizations. He belonged to Mundt-Allen Post 81 of the American Legion in Bethel. He served locally as a State of Maine Fire Warden and as treasurer of the Andover Volunteer Fire Department. He was a charter member of the Andover Lions Club as well as the Kiwanis Club of Greater Rumford. He served as a trustee of the First Congregational Church of Andover. He was a member of SCORE, as well as an honorary member of the Andover Historical Society. He was a member of the Andover Alumni Association and received, with Violet, the Alumni of the Year award in 2006. He supported a variety of community events and organizations.

   In June 1944, newly-promoted 1st Lt. Swain earned the Air Medal, "given in recognition of meritorious service while participating in aerial flights," for his participation on D-Day. Lt. Swain also received three Air Medals in the form of Oak Leaf Clusters for flying additional combat missions. He received, with all members of the 435th Troop Carrier Group, the Distinguished Unit Citation for its role in the Normandy Invasion, an honor which denotes the same degree of heroism as an individual's Distinguished Service Cross. In October of 2005, at a Troop Carrier group reunion in Washington, D.C., he and fellow pilots received the French Jubilee of Liberty Medal from the French Consul-General for participating on D-Day.

   He is survived by their three sons, Robert J. II, and wife, Kay, of Lexington, Ky., Rodney L. of Vermont and Ross B. and fianceé, Christine Greenleaf, of Roxbury Pond. He is also survived by grandsons, Gregory and Matthew Swain; granddaughters, Hannah Noble and husband, Nathan, Courtney, Lucie and Jennifer Swain; great-grandchildren, Hope, Nathaniel and Benjamin Noble; his sister, Mrs. Amelia Entin and her family; and extended family, Kim Swain and Leigh Breidenbach.

   Mr. Swain was predeceased in 2006, by Violet, his devoted and caring wife of 61 years. 

   A heartfelt thanks are given to the Hospice House staff and volunteers for their care, kindness and respect during Robert's stay.  

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 Violet (Peters) Swain, 1918 – 2006 Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, December 28, 2000

  Thursday, December 28, 2006 ANDOVER - Violet Peters Swain, 88, died on Dec. 26, at her home in East Andover,

with her family by her side.

  She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in Waterville, the daughter of Margurite Young and John Peters.

  She graduated from Lawrence High School in Fairfield in 1935, and from Farmington Normal School in 1938. She taught school in Winslow and East Andover, and in Warwick, R.I., where she received recognition for her work with the USO. While in East Andover, she walked daily past the Swain farm on her way to school catching the eye of Robert Swain.

  On July 25, 1945, she married Lt. Robert B. Swain at the First Baptist Church in Fairfield. They moved into the house in East Andover, where Lt. Swain had lived from the age of 2, and where the couple would raise their own family.

  She was soon busy with three sons whom she proudly supported through her attendance at various sports events in which they participated.

  She was involved in a variety of church activities throughout her life. She was a charter member of the East Andover Home and Garden Club, now the East Andover Community Club; serving in all offices at various times until her death.

  Before the town joined SAD 44, she served on the Andover School Board. She also did substitute work. She was an honorary member of the Andover High School Alumni Association and recently served as its vice president.

  She was secretary-treasurer of R.J. Swain Dowel Co., in East Andover, which was owned by her husband.

  For many years she was chairperson of the Andover Booth at the Rumford Community Hospital Fair, which sold cider and donuts. In addition, she served as March of Dimes campaign chairperson for Andover every January and received a plaque for her many years of service.

  During the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s, she was a correspondent for the Rumford Falls Times, the Lewiston Daily Sun and the Bethel Citizen.

  She met with success several times, when she served as a manager of queen candidates for the Pineland Ski Club winter carnival.

  She was chairperson of a committee that placed a third memorial rock and plaque on the Andover Common to honor the men and women from Andover who served in the U.S. Armed Forces from 1953 to 1971, a total of 91 names.

  She was a member of the International 1918 Club, whose membership consists of persons born that year. For more than 15 years, she served as the state president and filled other chairs during her membership. She edited the club's Maine newsletter for nine years and was a reporter for the international newsletter.

  She loved her flower gardens, winning ribbons for hers from local contests. She made pickles and applesauce, which she generously gave to friends and family.

  She was proud of the fact that her hair retained its natural dark color all of her life, a trait she said was passed on to her through her Greek-born father who had black hair when he died at age 91.

  She is survived by her loving and caring husband, Robert, to whom she was married for 61 years; their sons, Robert J. II, and his wife, Katherine, of Lexington, Ky., Rodney L. of Jericho, Vt. and Ross B., and his companion, Christine Greenleaf, of Roxbury Pond; six grandchildren, Gregory, Matthew and Jennifer of Burlington, Vt., Courtney of Wichita, Kan., Lucie, of Lexington, Ky. and Hannah, and her husband, Nathan Noble, of Beaumont, Calif.; three great-grandchildren, Hope, Nathaniel and Benjamin Noble of Beaumont, Calif.; two daughters-in-heart, Elizabeth Breidenbach of Farmington and Kim Swain of Burlington, Vt.; two cousins and a sister-in-law and their families.


Lewiston Sun-Journal, Sunday, December 31, 2006

RUMFORD - Funeral services for Violet Swain were held Saturday at the Meader and Son Funeral Home, Rumford, with Pastor Duane Waite and Pastor David Kimball officiating.

Musical selections were "Jesus Loves Me," "In the Garden," sung by Ray and Diane Holt, and "Amazing Grace."

Words of remembrance were given by her son, Ross Swain, and Diane Holt.

Pallbearers were Clayton Pelletier, Richard Pelletier, Ray Barker, Freeman Farrington, Frank White, Ron White, Richard Sullivan and David White.

Committal services were conducted by Pastor David Kimball. Interment was at Rumford Center Cemetery. A reception followed at Madison's in Rumford.
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Elizabeth (French) Swan, 1908 - 1988 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  Mrs. Elizabeth Swan, 79, died April 26, 1988 at the Cozy Inn Nursing Home in Rumford. She had resided on Pine Street in Andover and had lived there most of her life.

  She was born at Andover, June 30,1908, the daughter of Fred and Nellie Morton French and was a graduate of Andover High School. Mrs. Swan was a bookkeeper for Andover Wood Products in Andover for many years, until her retirement in 1973. She was a member of the Ellis Glen Temple, Pythian Sisters of Andover and a former member of the Mt. Zircon Chapter, OES, of Rumford.

  Survivors include two sons, Roger Swan of Mexico and William Swan of Andover; one brother. R. Donald French of Andover; and four granddaughters.

  Graveside services were held April 29, at Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover, with Rev. E. Marriott Churchill officiating. Those who desire may contribute to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, 116 John Street, New York, N.Y. 10032 in memory of Mrs. Elizabeth Swan.  

John Bradbury Swasey, 1922 - 1988  (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - John Bradbury Swasey, 65, husband of M. Jean Heggeman Swasey of Pine Street, died unexpectedly Saturday November 19, 1988] shortly after his arrival at the Rumford Community Hospital.

  He was born Dec. 16,1922 in Standish, the son of Joseph and Ethel Dolloff Swasey. A resident of this community for the past 35 years he was a member of the Andover Congregational Church and was retired from the State of Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Game as a game warden with more than 23 years of service. He was also a Star Route postal carrier. Mr. Swasey was a graduate of Standish High School in the class of 1940, a veteran of World War II he was a PFC in the Marine Corps serving in the Pacific Theater of Operations for more than 30 months. He was a member of the Standish Masonic Lodge #7, the Great Northern Railway Historical Society, the Wildlife Association, the National Audubon Society and the Cousteau Society.

  Surviving besides his wife of Andover are two sons, Barry and Steven both of Andover; one daughter, Mrs. Jeffrey (Karen) Dolloff of Standish; one sister, Mrs. Walter (Mary) Stewart of Sun City, Ariz.; and five grandchildren.

  Funeral Tues. 10 a.m. Andover Congregational Church, Andover. Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Friends may call at S.G. Thibault Funeral Home, Rumford, Monday, 7 to 9 p.m. Should friends desire, donations may be made to Andover Rescue Unit, Andover, 04216, in memory of Mr. Swasey.

Muriel “Jean” [Heggeman[ Swasey, 1927-2007 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, Aril 30, 2007)

   FALMOUTH - Muriel "Jean" Swasey, 79, formerly of Andover, died Friday, April 27, at Sedgewood Commons with her loving family at her side, following a long battle with Alzheimer's.

   She was born in South Portland on Sept. 4, 1927, a daughter of John G. and Florence (Miller) Heggeman.

   She was educated in South Portland and Standish schools and was a graduate of Standish High School.

   She started her working years at the U.S. Postal Service in Standish in 1947. She moved with her husband, John, to Andover to start his game warden career, and where she was a telephone operator.

   She was known as a great chef, cake decorator, seamstress, and for many years she operated a boarding house in their family home.

   In her later years, she was employed with Andover Wood Products, where she retired; she then returned to the U.S. Postal Service in Bethel, and was employed there until the mid 1990s.

   Jean loved spending time with her grandchildren and "Rio." She also enjoyed gardening, time at camp, her dogs, feeding her birds, building model railroad structures out of balsam wood. She had built an excellent replica of the Portland Union Station, where she remembered many happy memories with her dad.

   She is survived by her children, Barry E. Swasey and wife, Susan, of Andover, Karen S. Swasey and fiancé, Wayne Jones, of Otisfield, Steve J. Swasey and wife, Kimberly, of Andover; and five grandchildren, Eric J. Swasey, Katherine V. Swasey, Tracy L. Dolloff, Roxane M. Dolloff, and Brandy L. Dolloff.

   She was predeceased by her husband, John B. Swasey, on Nov. 19, 1988; a brother, Robert Heggeman; a sister, Helen Eaton; and a sister-in-law, Mary Stewart.

J. Carroll Sweatt, 1877-1911 (From the Rumford Falls Times, July 8, 1911)


   Carroll Sweatt [the son of John and Clara E. Sweatt] passed away Monday morning [July 3, 1911] at 5 o’clock at the Wills Block [Mexico] after a lingering illness. Funeral service were held at the Baptist Church, Rev. M. S. Howes officiated. He is survived by his mother. The interment was in Andover. He was 35 years of age.


Clara E. Sweatt, 1842-1925 (From the Rumford Falls Times, May 30, 1925)


   The remains of Mrs. Clara Sweatt [widow of John Sweatt], who passed away at Lockes Mills, were brought to Andover for burial Wednesday and buried in the family lot in Woodlawn Cemetery. Mrs. Sweatt was a former resident of Andover where she leaves many friends.

Clayton C. Sweatt, 1875 - 1958 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Clayton C. Sweatt, 83, died Thursday [October 2, 1958] at his residence, Church Street. He was a resident of this town for 73 years.

  Born September 10, 1875, at Errol, N. H., he was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sweatt. For many years he was a Maine Guide, and for a number of years, was a personal guide for Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Chisholm. Mr. Sweatt was a member of Blazing Star Lodge, AF & Am, Royal Arch Chapter; Strathglass Commandery, KT; and the Kora Temple, AAONMS.

  Surviving are a son. John H. Sweatt of LeRoy, N. Y. and a grandson.

DIED  At Andover, Oct. 2, Clayton C. Sweatt, aged 83. Services at 2 P.M. Sunday at the Andover Congregational Church. Rev. John R. Johnston will officiate. Also services conducted at the Blazing Star Lodge, AF & AM. Burial Woodlawn Cemetery, Andover. Friends invited to call at the Meader & Son Funeral Home, Rumford, after 1 P.M. Saturday.

Jessie (Cooper) Sweatt, 1878 - 1962 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  FARMINGTON - Mrs. Jessie Cooper Sweatt, 83, died Monday [August 13, 1962] at Hale's Nursing Home on Orchard Street following a long illness.

  She was born Dec. 23, 1878 in Old Pelican, New Foundland, daughter of William Henry and Hannah Cox Cooper. She was educated in the schools in Old Pelican. She came to Malden, Mass., when a young girl and made her home there until she married to Chester Sweatt in 1902. They made their home in Andover, until his death in 1939. Mrs. Sweatt moved to Farmington nine years ago. She was a member of Glen Ellis Temple of Pythian Sisters, Lone Mountain Grange, Kings Daughters and Mt. Zircon Chapter, 142, Order of the Eastern Star.

  Surviving are two sons, Wendell A., of Farmington and Chester V. of Hingham, Mass.; three sisters, Mrs. Athalie Cummings, Providence, R. I., Mrs. Eleanor S. Mosher, Orono, and Mrs. Cecelia Buchanan, Rockport, Mass.; two brothers, William Cooper, Long Beach, Calif., and Fred Cooper, Daytona Beach, Fla., five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

  DIED - In Farmington, Aug. 13, 1962, Mrs. Jessie Copper Sweatt, 83. Funeral services will be held in the Andover Congregational Church, Andover, Rev. Charles Reed of Kingfield officiating. Interment will be in Woodlawn cemetery, Andover. Funeral arrangements are under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Farmington.

Minnie E. (French) Sweatt, 1865 - 1956 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Services for Mrs. Minnie E. Sweatt [wife of Clayton Sweatt] were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Andover Church with Rev. Andrew Young officiating. Interment was at Woodlawn Cemetery. Bearers were Waldo Merrill, Philip Learned, Roger Mills and Howard Marston. Attending from out of town were Mr. and Mrs. John H. Sweatt Sr., Wayne, Pa.; Mr. and Mrs. John H. Sweatt, Jr., Waterville; Miss Mabel French, Boston; Mrs. Thomas French, Mrs. Minerva Anderson, Rumford; Mrs. and Mrs. Wendall Sweatt, Farmington, and Mrs. David Sturgis, South Harpswell. (Note: She died July 7, 1956, age 90)

   Wendell A. Sweatt, 1912-2005 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, February 21, 2005)

   LEWISTON – Wendell Alexander Sweatt, 92, of Farmington, died Friday, Feb. 18, at the Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, four days after an automobile accident in Turner.

   He was born March 29, 1912, in Andover, the son of Chester and Jessie Cooper Sweatt. He received his education in Andover schools, and continued his education at Bliss Business College.

   A veteran, Mr. Sweatt served as a sergeant in the United States Army during World War II.

   He was employed as an account executive at Forster Manufacturing Co, for many years. He was later employed by National Life Insurance of Vermont, and returned to Forster’s where he became head of export and military sales for the company.

   His interest in collecting, restoring and selling antiques was both a hobby and sideline business during his retirement years. He especially enjoyed collecting and selling antique had tools.

   He was a member of Farmington Masonic Lodge, and had been a member of the Old South Congregational Church and Titcomb Ski Club.

   Never idle, he always enjoyed maintaining the details of his home, and looked forward to his Friday night card game with his close friends.

   He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dorothy Jordan Sweatt, of Farmington, one son, Gary J. Sweatt of New Sharon; and one sister, Cecelia Adams of Glastonbury, Conn.; and several nieces , nephews , grandnieces and grandnephews.

   He was predeceased by a brother, Chester Volney Sweatt; and two sisters, Athalie Cummings and Eleanor Mosher.

Alice (Poor) Swett, 1872 - 1940s?? (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)

  ANDOVER - Mrs Alice Poor Swett, widow of Girdler J. Swett, died suddenly at her home in Lynn, Mass. [no date given, but probably 1940s]

  She was born in Andover October 23, 1872, daughter of Edwin and Irene Taylor Poor.

  Mrs Swett had been in failing health for several months. Surviving are two sons, Girdler J. Swett Jr., a Staff Sergeant in the Engineer Corps at Shreveport, La., and Edwin Swett, who is with the General Electric Company at Lynn; also a brother, Sylvanus Poor, and a sister, Mrs Bertha Poor Fox, both of Andover.

Walter E. Sylvester, 1918 - 2006

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Walter E. Sylvester Sr., formerly of Hanover, left this life on Jan. 27, at Scottsdale, Ariz.

   He was born in South Andover, on May 17, 1918, son of Frances Weeks Downs and Aubrey Otis Sylvester. Walter lived a full and rewarding life, retiring early from Boise Cascade paper mill in Rumford at age 62.

   During retirement, he spent his leisure time pursuing his many passions and traveling to visit family throughout New England. He had an amazing knowledge of many things and willingly extended a helping hand whenever needed. A man of many talents from cooking to mechanics, he welcomed new challenges. If something had to be figured out, it was always "take it, Dad" for the answer to the problem or puzzle.

   He liked working with wood and made gifts of many of his projects to others, including a lighthouse for his daughter in Arizona. His yard was decorated with colorful birdhouses that reflected his avid love of birds. German shepherds were his favorite dogs and more than one was a faithful companion through the years. Above all, he was a Harley-Davidson motorcycle enthusiast, owning his first one in his early 20s and continuing to ride well into his late 70s, a legacy that his sons continue.

   He was a part of so many people's lives that this one tribute cannot list all of them. His kindhearted, giving nature and his special sense of humor endeared him to each of us who called him father, friend or brother. A part of him will live on in us always and in the generations to come.

   He is remembered with love by his first wife of 38 years, Beverly L. Sylvester of Andover; and their children, Frances Ball and husband, Gene, of Circleville, Kan., Walter Sylvester Jr. and wife, Charlene, of Medway, Mass., Ruth Barry and longtime companion, Robert Viens, of Cumberland, R.I., Terry Bouchard and husband, Robert, of Mexico, Barbara Sylvester of Hartford, John Sylvester of Rumford, Mary Thompson and longtime companion, Chuck, of South Thomaston, Robert Sylvester and wife, Sharon, of Woonsocket, R.I., Mary Squires and husband, David, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., Michael Sylvester of Uxbridge, Mass., Beatrice DiSpirito of Woonsocket, R.I. and David Philbrick and wife, Judy, of Lewiston; his second wife of 26 years, Myrtie Jane, preceded him to their next lives in glory on Sept. 25, 2005; he is remembered with love by his stepchildren, John Harding and wife, Margaret, of White Plains, Md., Beverly Corriveau and husband, Ferdinand, of Gilead, William Robinson and wife, Yvonne, of Albany Township, Thomas Robinson and wife, Susan, Judy Tyler and husband, Clayton, of Tilton, N.H. and Peter Robinson and companion, Wendy, of Harrison; one stepson, Larry Robinson, left this life earlier. Walter also will be remembered with affection and missed by his many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who lovingly called him "Bampa" and "Great-Grampa Walt"; two sisters, Anna Hafer of Montandon, Pa. and Jeannette Knight of Waterford; and many others who are cherished friends, with a lifetime of fond memories.

Myrtie Jane (Sheltry) Sylvester, 1926-2005  (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun Journal, September 26, 2005)


HANOVER - Myrtie Jane Sylvester, 79, of Hanover, died at her residence on Sunday, Sept. 25.

   She was born in Groveton, N.H., on May 3, 1926, the daughter of Melvin E. and Nettie Mae (Dwinal) Sheltry.

   Myrtie was a homemaker most of her life. She loved to garden, both vegetables and flowers; loved to sew, having made patchwork quilts for all her family members; was an avid bird-watcher; she was a motorcycle enthusiast; and was known as the best cook around, especially for her pickles and pies. Myrtie was a people person and everybody she met was like her family.

   She is survived by her husband of 26 years, Walter E. Sylvester, of Hanover; four sons, John and Margaret Harding of White Plains, Md., William "Bill" and Yvonne Robinson of Albany, Thomas and Sue Robinson of Buckfield, and Peter Robinson and his companion, Wendy, of Harrison; two daughters, Beverley and Fernand Corriveau of Gilead, and Judith and Clayton Tyler of Northfield, N.H.; two daughters-in-law, Ivy Robinson of Andover and Candy Howard of Greenwood; one sister, Charlotte Brodgett and friend, Milton Paradis, of North Stratford, N.H.; one brother, Maynard Sheltry of Acton, Conn.; stepchildren, Walter "Skip" Sylvester Jr. and Charlene of Medway, Mass., Frances and Gene Ball of Circleville, Kan., Ruth Porter and companion, Bob, of Woonsocket, R.I., Theresa and Bob Bouchard of Mexico, Barbara Sylvester of Hartford, John Sylvester of Rumford, Mary Thompson and companion, Chuck, of Rockland, Robert and Sharon Sylvester of Warwick, R.I., Michael Sylvester of Uxbridge, Mass., and Margaret and David Squires of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; and many grand, great-grand and great-great-grandchildren.

   She was predeceased by one son, Larry Robinson; one stepson, Peter Howard; and one sister, Marion Ingerson.


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