Calais Academy

Class of 1919

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Graduates Class of 1919

Evelyn Bernice Alexander Gladys Veronica Anderson Ruth Helen Barstow

Clarence Bertrum. Beckett

Lois Lillian Chadwick
(Teacher Machias)
Marion Evelyn Cobb
Evelyn Mae Colson Vera Louise Doherty Clara Gordon Dwelley
Grisilda Aurelia Fenlason Vashti Pitman Gillis Beulah Ethelda Greenlaw
Alice Phoebe Hanson Mary Florence Higgins Margaret Irene Higgins
Alice Pearle Hill Francis Mary Lane
(Mrs. Clarence Beckett)
Thomas Horton
Melva Mercedes Mann Evelyn Louis MacDonald Clyde Alexander McKeenan
Edmund Francis McLain Bernice Pauline McKnight Hazel Amelia McNeil
Marjorie Mercier Gertrude Florence Spires Helen Martha Sprague
Hazel Alice Strout Pauline Hortense Stuart Olive Mae Wade
Gladys Winona Webber Allen Warren Wilkins Charles Bernard Donahue
Marjorie Mercer Paul Whitney Taylor Esther Evelyn Yeaton
Elmer McKay    

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Evelyn Bernice Alexander, born 2/27/01, parent O.M. Alexander, m. Norman Carlow & mother of Norman Carlow. [from notes of Ethel L. McPherson provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Clarence B. Beckett: Portland, ME Press Herald 24 Jul 2001, FALMOUTH Clarence B. Beckett, 99, of Falmouth Road died July 22, 2001, at Mercy Hospital in Portland after a lengthy illness. Born in Calais, a son of Frank N. and Delia Leighton Beckett, he graduated in 1919 from Calais Academy and in 1923 from the University of Maine, where the track and field complex  bears his family name. During World War I, Mr. Beckett was a member of the Junior Volunteers and worked on a farm in Corinna. In the 1920s he served as a Scoutmaster. Mr. Beckett served on the Calais school board, was treasurer of the Calais school district, served two terms as alderman and two as mayor. He served in the state Senate for four years and two terms on the Governor's Executive Council from the 7th District, which included Washington and Aroostock counties. He was a member of the Maine Development Commission and other state boards. He was a member of the Republican State Committee for 10 years and served as finance chairman for two years. Mr. Beckett was a partner in Beckett and Co. Wholesale Grocers, started in 1855 by his grandfather. He served as president of the Calais Box and Lumber Co. and operated Calais Motors from 1948 to 1954. In 1936, he helped organize the Calais Federal Savings and Loan Association and served as the first secretary, and as vice president, president and director emeritus. He was a past president of the Chamber of Commerce and of the Calais Rotary Club, where he had 31 years of perfect attendance. Mr. Beckett was a Mason and served in many Masonic leadership roles. He had visited all 50 states and 110 foreign countries. His first wife, Frances Lane Beckett, who he married in 1923, died August 1951. His second wife, Irene Neal Beckett, who he married in 1953, died in April 1979. A daughter, Ruth Lewis, died in 1996. Surviving are four grandchildren, Walter Lewis of Montpelier, Vt., John Lewis of Walpole, Mass., C. Michael Lewis of Portland and Anne Frances Dyer of South Portland; and nine great-grandchildren. There are no visiting hours. Services will be announced by Hay and Peabody Funeral Home, Portland.

Marion Cobb in 1928 teaching at Eastern Maine Conference Seminary, Bucksport ME 

Vashi Gillis Kirby, 99, of 14 Spring St., died Monday, Aug. 21, in Salisbury Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Worcester, after an illness. Her husband, Edward Kirby died in 1951. She leaves several nephews and nieces, including Robert S. Babb Jr., with whom she lived. She was born in Calais, Maine, daughter of Herbert C., and Mary (Nesbitt) Gillis, and lived many years in Washington, DC and nine years in Paxton. She graduated from Calais Academy in Calais, and Crabb Business School St. Stephen NB. [Worcester Telegram & Gazette MA]

Evelyn McDonald - in charge of Physical Training at the State School, Syracuse, NY

Marjorie Mercier b. July 1900, daughter of Nellie Mercier, 1st 3 years attended Princeton school

Gertrude Florence Spires, became teacher Calais

Esther Evelyn Yeaton, born 7/17/01, parent Frank P. Yeaton, Commercial teacher CA, m. Curtis McKay [from notes of Ethel L. McPherson provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

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