Virginia G. Salisbury, 83, of Northport, died Wednesday March 8, 2006.
She was born in
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
Gerald Z. Schachter, 1925 - 2002 (Obituary from the
He married Rebecca Purdy in
He was a commercial photographer in
He loved his home, photography, learning and books.
Survivors include his wife Rebecca
Blanche B. (Crooker) Schneider, 1901 - 1994 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
She was born in
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
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Betty Moore and Miss Beatrice
Schneider, both of
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
He was born in
He was a well-known gardener in the
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
Other survivors include a daughter,
Karen Gucwa and husband Stanley 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
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
She was the wife of the late Stephen Paul
Sciaraffa, the loving mother and mother-in-law to Sandra Alice and Richard
A memorial service will be held in
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
Mrs. Elizabeth Fraser
Scott, 1867 – 1942 (Obituary
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
She was a member of Lone Mountain Grange and Glen Ellis Temple, Pythian Sisters.
She is survived by
two daughters, Mrs. Avery Merrill,
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
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.
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.
(Reed) Seaward, 1936-2006 (Obituary from the
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.
Reed," she began her teaching career on
She took an
extended break from teaching, when she moved to
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 (
She was also
a distinguished member of the Order of Eastern Star, (
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.
asks that donations, in memory of Joleen R. Seaward, be sent to Annual Fund
Campaign, Androscoggin Home Health Care and Hospice Foundation,
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 - Charlotte M. Sennett, 83, died Wednesday, Aug. 1,  at
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 [
She was born on
She attended school in
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
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,
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
His widow, Mrs. Charlotte White
Sennett survives, also a son, James M.
Sennett, Jr. of East
James M. “Jungle Jim”
Sennett, Jr., 1934 – 2003
(Obituary from the
RUMFORD — James M.
"Jungle Jim" Sennett, Jr., 68, died on
He was born in
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
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
Funeral is Wednesday at the Meader & Son Funeral
Home in Rumford.
Mary L. (Hall) Serafin, 1932 - 2002 (Obituary from the
MEXICO - Mary Louise Serafin, widow
of Elmo Serafin of 1 Penley St., died July 30  at the Central Maine Medical
Center in Lewiston where she had been a patient for two weeks. She was born
A resident of
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)
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
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,
She was born
Mrs. Sidelinger is survived by a daughter, Norma Sidelinger of
Kenneth L. Silver, 1892 - 1956 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
He was born in
He drove the
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,
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
Avis H. (Perkins) Simmons, 1941 - 1987 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
Born at Rumford,
Survivors include her husband of
Memorial services will be celebrated Saturday at at Andover Congregational Church, with
Rev. E. Marriotte Churchill officiating. Interment in the spring in
David F. Simmons, 1924-1972 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, September 21, 1972)
David F. Simmons, a resident of
He was born on June 7, 1924 at
Surviving are his wife, Lorena
Funeral services for David F.
Rev. Lester Strout of East Andover,
Rev. Robert Colby of
Interment was in the
Bearers were Clarence Bailey, Robert
MacKenney, Harold Falkenham, Freeman Farrington, Marcel Clement, all of
F. Grace (Roberts) Simmons, 1925 - 2000 (Obituary from the
F. Grace Simmons, 75, of
She was born in
She was a member of the Andover First Congregational Church. She
loved her family dearly and loved bingo, trips to
She will be sadly missed by the
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
Mrs. Jessie R. (Enman) Simmons, 1898 - 1982 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
Mrs. Jessie R. Simmons of
She had been a resident of
Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Lester (Jean) White and
Mrs. Ralph (Marjorie) Stinson, and a son William K. Simmons Jr., all of
Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Calvary
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
He was born in Rumford, on May 7, 1949, a son of the late William and F. Grace (Roberts) Simmons Jr. He graduated from
He worked for Pratt and Whitney and Manchester Bus Co. in
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)
He was born in
He had lived in the area most of his
life. He worked for Richard Pelletier in
On Sept. 17, 1943, in
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
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 , 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
Herschel S. Small, 1902 - 1930 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
The death of Herschel Stanwood Small, aged 28, of
Mr. Small was born in
Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon from the
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
LYMAN D. SMALL OF
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
The affair was in a sense the outcome and culmination of a long and
bitter family feud. Joshua Small of
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
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
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
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
Noble Small, 1832-1906 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, December 22, 1906)
services of Noble Small [the son of Joshua and Dolly Maxwell Small] were held
in the Congregational Church Saturday, December 15  at 10 A.M. attended
by Rev. Mr. Fisher of
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
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.
David Smith, Sr., 1907 - 1986 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
David Smith Sr. of
He was born in
Survivors include his wife, Edna, of
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
She was born in
She worked on the
family farm in
She was a member of
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
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
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.
Gertrude (Hewey) Smith, 1870 - 1964 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
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,
Man Crushed By Logs As
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,
The accident occurred about Wednesday night of
last week. According to Deputy Sheriff John Johnson,
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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
She was married on
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
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
William B. Smith Jr.,
1918-2006 (Obituary from the Lewiston Sun-Journal, December 30, 2006)
He was born in Presque Isle on April 22, 1918, the son of William and
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
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
He enjoyed all outside activities and especially enjoyed time spent at his summer cottage on
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
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
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
He was born in
He worked for AT&T in
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
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
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
Alonzo E. Spidell, 1876 - 1946 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, August, 1946)
Alonzo E. Spidell died early Wednesday morning, August 7  at
the home of his son, Avard, on
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 at the First Congregational church. Rev. Linwood C. Potter officiated. The bearers were Philip Learned, Timothy Learned, Harry Gibbs, John Ellis.
Burial was at
Avard F. Spidell, 1900 - 1967 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, February 16, 1967)
Always a resident of
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 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
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
Mrs. Spidell was born in
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
Among those here were the two sisters, Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Heath,
also a niece, Miss Evelyn Hague,
Evelyn Spidell, 1909-1929 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, April 19, 1929)
The funeral services of Evelyn
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
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
He was born in
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
He was married in
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,
At his request, graveside services
Omer A. Spidell, 1907 - 1992 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
RUMFORD - Omer A. Spidell, 85, of
He was born in
Survivors include one step-son, Robert W. Beck of
Rena A. (Bodwell) Spidell, 1897 - 1984 (Obituary from the Oxford County Citizen, July 24, 1985)
Rena A. Spidell of
She was born in
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Jack (Shirley) Smith of Lawton,
Okla.; two sons, Howard, of
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at at the First
Congregational Church in
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
Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Eva Saunders,
Ruth Ellen (Hall) Spidell 1928-2002 (Obituary
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
She was a member of the Andover Congregational Church and while living
She was married in
At the family’s request there are no public calling hours and
private services will be held at the family’s convenience. Interment 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  at the Rumford Community Hospital.
Surviving besides her
Dr. Albert L. Stanwood, 1852-1930 (Front page story from the Rumford Falls Times, October 2, 1930)
Dr. Stanwood Dies
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
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.
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.
In public life, Dr.
Stanwood served as sincerely as he did as a physician, serving many terms as
Lover of Horses
As a horseman Dr.
Stanwood was known throughout
Dr. Stanwood was
Shortly after his
graduation from Bowdoin, Dr. Stanwood was married to Miss Nellie Julia Kimball
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
Serve In World War
In 1898 Dr. Stanwood
With Fisk Company
completion of his service, Dr. Stanwood went to
In 1927, Dr.
Stanwood moved to
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
During his residence
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
He had acted as a
judge at many fairs and horse racing programs throughout the section, and while
Stanwood are two daughters, Mrs. Walter G. Morse, of Rumford, and Mrs. Mary
He also leaves four
sisters, Mrs. Hannah Holbrook, of
Prayers will be held
this morning at 10 o’clock from Dr. Stanwood’s late home in
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)
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
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
Stephen E. Stearns, 1938 - 1953 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
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
He was born in
He had received a bachelor's degree from the
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
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,
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
He attended Rumford
schools and was a graduate of
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
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
Members of the
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  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
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
She was born
Surviving besides her mother are a sister, Mrs. Marie Lang, and a brother,
Jesse, all of
Services Monday at the
Margaret Stevens, 1841-1907 (Obituary from the Rumford Falls Times, March 16, 1907)
afternoon [March 12, 1907) at three
o’clock occurred the death of Mrs. Margaret Stevens. She was born Dec.
25, 1841 in
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
EAST ANDOVER - Ralph P. Stinson Sr., 80, died Friday, March 2,  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,
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
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
He was married in
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
He was born in
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
After completing his service, he returned to the
In 1953, he moved to
After his father’s death in late 1956, he moved to
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
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
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 [
He was born at Dixfield, May 28,
1914, the son of George P. Sr. and Eva Merrill Stowell. He was a 1932 graduate
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
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
Tressa Agnes Stowell, 97, of
She was born in
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
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 &
She was an active
member of the
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
Born in Rumford on
He worked for the Maine Department of Transportation as an engineer
from that time until 1972, when he moved with his family to
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
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
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)
The family prefers in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the Andover First Congregational Church in memory of James A. Summerton.
ANDOVER-Officials are investigating the death of a
Oxford County Sheriff's Dept. officials said James A.
Authorities identified a 30/30 rifle as the weapon used. The boy was found at
Investigating are Oxford Deputies Lee Jobin, Emile Carrier and Bill Williams.
James A. Summerton, 13, was born
Surviving besides his parents of
Ralph E. Summerton, 1928 - 1979 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
He was born at
He married Bertha Hoskins of Milo at
Surviving besides his widow are a
daughter, Ann Marie Summerton,
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 [
Mr. Suter was a native of
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
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 .
The services were conducted by Rev. Murray W. Dewart, rector of the
church, Rev. Carleton P. Mills of
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
(Another unidentified obituary provided additional information)
Mr. Suter, when he was a boy, first attended
He studied law with William C. Hubbard, John J. and Manlius Clarke
and at the
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
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
Rev. Dr. John Wallace Suter, 82, of
Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 at
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,
Mrs. Suter died in January. Besides Dr. Suter, Jr., another son,
Philip Suter of
He was a member of the Harvard Clubs of Boston and
Loring R. Swain, 1908 - 1987 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
Loring Raymond Swain died Sunday,
Feb. 1, 1987, in
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
For several years he was associated
with R.J. Swain Co. of East
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
He was married on Jan. 23, 1949 to
Survivors include his wife, a son, Scott P. of Buckfield, and three granddaughters.
Memorial services were held in
In lieu of flowers, contributions
may be made to the American Cancer Society or the charity of the contributor’s
Lucie (Morse) Swain, 1884 - 1973 (Obituary from the Oxford County Citizen, January 11, 1973)
Mrs. Lucie M. Swain died
She was born
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
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
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
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.
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.
After training in
The trip began in mid-December. With his
crew, they followed the southern route to
In February of 1945, the squadron was
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.
Robert returned once again to
Robert was expecting to go to
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
He and Violet attended 15 reunions of his
World War II squadron, including the final one in 2006, in
Robert was active in state and local
organizations. He belonged to Mundt-Allen Post 81 of the American Legion in
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
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.
Violet (Peters) Swain, 1918 – 2006 Obituary from the
December 28, 2006
with her family
by her side.
She was born Dec. 17, 1918, in
She graduated from
On July 25, 1945, she married Lt. Robert B. Swain at the
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Elizabeth (French) Swan, 1908 - 1988 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
Mrs. Elizabeth Swan, 79, died
She was born at
Survivors include two sons, Roger Swan of
Graveside services were held April 29, at
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
Surviving besides his wife of
Muriel “Jean” [Heggeman[
Swasey, 1927-2007 (Obituary from the
She was born in
She was educated in
She started her working years at the U.S. Postal Service in Standish in 1947. She moved with her husband, John, to
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
Jean loved spending time with her grandchildren and "
She is survived by her children, Barry E. Swasey and wife, Susan, of
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 [
Clayton C. Sweatt, 1875 - 1958 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
Surviving are a son. John H. Sweatt of LeRoy, N. Y. and a grandson.
Jessie (Cooper) Sweatt, 1878 - 1962 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
She was born
Surviving are two sons, Wendell A., of
DIED - In
Minnie E. (French) Sweatt, 1865 - 1956 (Obituary from an unidentified and undated local newspaper)
Wendell A. Sweatt, 1912-2005 (Obituary from the
He was born March 29, 1912, in
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
He was predeceased by a brother,
Chester Volney Sweatt; and two sisters, Athalie Cummings and Eleanor Mosher.
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
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
Walter E. Sylvester, 1918 - 2006
He was born in
During retirement, he spent his leisure time pursuing his many passions and traveling to visit family throughout
He liked working with wood and made gifts of many of his projects to others, including a lighthouse for his daughter in
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
She was born in
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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