Calais Academy

Class of 1928

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Margaret Steeves Henry '30.

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Graduates Class of 1928

Alton Alley
(University of ME)
Louise Ashe Lawrence Barnard

James Bates

Louis Beckett Arlene Brandish
Ariel Brown
(Teacher Prentice ME)
Teresa Butler
(Mrs. Delaney)
Harold Cavanagh
Lillian Chisholm Doris Clark

Hazel Clark

Pomeroy Allen Clark Edward H. Cook
(University of ME)
Charles Creamer
Harold Crosby Marjorie Crosby
(Mrs. John Hawthorne)
Harold Davis
(University of ME; Columbia Univ.)
Florence Dowling
(Teacher Winsted CT)
Louise Eye Harold Fenderson
Ernest W. Fitzpatrick Francis Fleming

Ida Fogg

Virginia Gillis
(Farmington Normal)
Thelma Hanson
(Mrs. Wyatt Edgerly)
Nancy Haycock
(Vassar College)
Lillian Henderson
(Mrs. R. Randall Hewitt)
Mona Hall Katherine Holmes
(Colby College)
Franklin Irving Ruth Kline Mary Lee
Grace Leeman Annie Lunn Lawrence McCurdy
Elizabeth MacFarlane Leo McLaughlin Charles Murdock
Stearns Pomeroy Thelma Price
(Mrs. Leo Eagan)
Abraham Prilutsky
Sadie Prilutsky John Ralston Ruth Ross
David Sibolsky Gladys Smith Bertha Sprague
Mary Sprague Earl Stuart Kenneth Tapley
Alice Taylor
(Mrs. Norman Adams)
Grace Webster
(Mrs. Kenneth Estabrook)
Marjorie Wilson
Myrtle Cone   Irene Pulk Sadie G. Farris

College Department Honor Students: Alton Alley, Ariel Brown, Nancy Haycock, Bertha Sprague, Marjorie Wilson
Commercial Department Honor Students: Ernest Fitzpatrick, Thelma Hanson, Gladys Smith, Arlene Brandish, Alice Taylor

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Alton W. Alley, 86 of Ross Road, husband of Thelma L. Curtis Alley, died Thursday at Falmouth by the Sea after a long illness. He was born in Calais, a son of Eldad H. and Edith Randall Alley, and graduated from Calais Academy and the University of Maine. While at UMaine, he was on the track and field team, competing in discus and shotput, and held a national record in the shotput for many years. During WWII, he served in the Army as an engineer. [Portland Press Herald 4/11/1998]

JAMES C. BATES M.D. EASTPORT - James C. Bates, M.D., died Saturday, April 1, 2006, at a James BatesCalais hospital. James was born May 30, 1911, in Calais, the son of the late George B. and Julia A. (Taylor) Bates. He was educated at Calais Academy, Class of 1928 and at the University of Maine. During 1931-1932, he was a staff assistant on the International Passamaquoddy Fisheries Commission in St. Andrews. This association resulted in a lifelong family relationship both with friends in St. Andrews and Norway. Dr. Bates graduated from Tufts College of Medical School in 1936 and completed his internship at the Eastern Maine General Hospital in Bangor. He started his practice in Calais. The following year he became the resident doctor at the Quoddy Hospital in Quoddy Village. Over a period of years, he established his entire medical practice in Eastport. In 1944, Dr. Bates and Dr. Richard E. Buker, along with members of the community, reestablished the Eastport Memorial Hospital, which had been closed during World War II. His 43 years of practice included the Canadian communities on Deer Island and Campobello Island and in the adjacent communities to Eastport. Dr. Bates was a deacon of the Central Congregational Church, a past president of the Rotary Club and a past president of the Eastport City Council, having served as a member for eight years. In 1993, he was surprisingly granted a diploma from the University of Maine, some 61 years after his classmates had received theirs. James was predeceased by his brother, Arlo T. Bates; and his sister, Charlotte (Mrs. John) Brooks. Surviving are his wife, Mary (Hilyard), to whom he was married July 13, 1951 in Orland; his children, Mary Gilman of Eastport, Rebecca Thibeault of Bangor, Julia Brilliott and her husband, David, of Calais and Susan Burby and her husband, Brian, of Glenburn; grandchildren, Sarah Miller and husband, John, Emily Paley and husband, Andy, Jeffrey Burby, Ben Brilliott and wife, Tracey, Laura Gilman and Lucas Brilliott; great-grandchildren, Johnny Miller, Keanu Lewey, Cory Paley and Noah Paley; and a special nephew, Richard Bates. A graveside service will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, at the Brewer Cemetery in Robbinston. No flowers please. Donations in Dr. Bates' memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Flagg Funeral Home, Eastport. Friends may pay tribute at [Provided by John Adams]  

Lillian Chisholm Shain Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  042009

AUGUSTA -- Myrtle A. Cone McWilliams, 94, of Newland Avenue died Tuesday, July 11, 2006, at Maine General Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, Graybirch Drive, Augusta. She was born in Milltown on April 1, 1912, the daughter of Oscar and Laura (Hatch) Cone. She graduated from Calais Academy where she played on the basketball team. Myrtle married W. Frank McWilliams in 1937 and was a homemaker for the first few years. She then worked in the cafeteria at Buker School in Augusta, and later worked at Augusta General Hospital (now Maine General Medical Center) as executive housekeeper until her retirement. Myrtle was a member of the Green Street United Methodist Church. She enjoyed taking care of her home and following national politics. She also loved to watch Larry Bird and the Boston Celtics play. Myrtle collected glass and ceramic shoes, and had an extensive and decorative collection. She was predeceased by her husband, W. Frank McWilliams, on March 13, 1977. She is survived by a daughter, Sallee Cone and her husband, Robert, of Gardiner; two grandchildren, Marc Cone and his wife, Deborah Sparrow, of Gardiner, and Kirc Cone of Rochester, N.H.; three great-grandchildren, Isac, Alec and Camden Cone; also several nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Monday, July 17, at Green Street United Methodist Church, Augusta, with the Rev. Thomas Blackstone officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Green Street U.M.C. Building Fund, 13 Green St., Augusta, or the Recreational Fund at MaineGeneral Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, 37 Graybirch Drive, Augusta. Arrangements are in the care of Knowlton & Hewins Funeral Home, 1 Church St., Augusta. [Augusta, Maine Kennebec Journal; provided by Marily Strout] 

Hazel Clark Crossman. Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 042309

Harold A. Davis was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. He spent most of his life in Calais, Maine; graduated from Calais Academy in 1928; earned a B.A. from the University of Maine in 1934, an M.A. in History from Columbia in 1937 and a PhD. from Columbia in 1950. He taught history at the University of Maine 1941-42, held a Fellowship at Columbia, and taught history and was chairman of the History Department at Bradford Junior College in Bradford, Mass. after 1944. Harold Davis died in 1968.

Sadie G. Farris Miller  Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Harold Fenderson - Dad had a wonderful experience in Calais. He loved to return there and visit his friends and relatives but more to hunt with Lloyd Clark (former Game Warden) and others and fish at Howard Lake Dad was a very successful business man and excelled with the Western Union Telegraph Company. His last job was Manager of Maine based in Portland. He and mother (Georgie) had a son Terry who also retired from W U and now lives in Lewiston, Maine. Captain G.David Fenderson USN Cumberland Foreside, Maine. 

Thelma Hanson Edgerly. Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks 021011]

Sterns Pomeroy Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]

Irene Pulk Spearin. GORHAM -- Irene E. Spearin, 98, of Ft. Hill Road, died Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, at a Windham nursing facility after a long illness. Irene was 10 days short of her 99th birthday. She was born Nov. 24, 1910, in Calais, the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Smith Pulk. Irene was educated in the Calais school system and spent the majority of her life as a homemaker. Irene baked many loaves of bread which she would sell and knitted thousands of mittens and many quilts. She also enjoyed doing crossword puzzles. Irene was predeceased by her husband of 70 years, Clarence Spearin; as well as her daughter, Frances Heath; a son-in-law, Chester Heath; a daughter-in-law, Velma Spearin; and two grandchildren. She is survived by her sons, Hazen R. Spearin of Limington, and Donald C. Spearin Sr. and his wife Marsha of Gorham; nine grandchildren; 25 great- grandchildren; and several great-great-grandchildren all of whom she loved dearly. There will be no public calling hours. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m., at the Richville Chapel, Rte. 114, Standish. Burial will follow in North Street Cemetery, Fort Hill Road, Gorham. Arrangements by Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel. The family would like to thank the staff at Ledgewood for their care and love for Irene. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: Richville Chapel Care of Marsha Spearin 696A Fort Hill Rd. Gorham, Maine 04038. [Published in the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on 11/16/2009.]

Earl S. Stuart, 90, of Zephyrhills, FL, died Friday (Dec. 15, 2000) at home. Born in Calais, Maine, he was a longtime resident of Zephyrhills and Brattleboro, Vt. He was instrumental in surveying the wilderness of northern New England in the 1930s and was a master carpenter. Survivors include a sister-in-law, Madeline Stuart, Brunswick, Maine; and several nephews and nieces. Hodges Family Funeral Home, Dade City. [St. Petersburg Times]

Grace Katherine Webster Estabrook Oct. 26, 1910 - Mar. 2, 2009. Resident of Walnut Creek. Born in Calais Maine, to Thomas Dixon Webster and Mildred Hatfield Webster. Grace graduated from Calais Academy in 1928. She married Kenneth Owen Estabrook in 1934. Their son Peter was born in 1936 and in 1937 the family moved to Brattleboro, Vermont. Grace worked in retail sales for many years and eventually became manager of Margolin's Factory store in Brattleboro. This entailed regular buying trips to New York City. Upon retirement in 1972, Grace and her husband moved to New Port Richey, Florida, where she lived for 18 years. Her hobbies included making and collecting doll furniture for which she received national recognition. Grace was also an avid doll collector. Ken died in 1983 and in 1988, Grace moved to Walnut Creek, California to be closer to her son and family. She developed many friendships in California and will be remembered for her sense of humor, her sense of adventure, her keen mind, and her indomitable spirit and her warm, loving care for family and friends. She will be especially missed by her son Peter, daughter-in-law Virginia, granddaughter Ann, husband Dennis, and grandson Timothy, wife Lisa as well as by her five great granddaughters, Emilie, Kate, Megan, Maddie and Allie. Family and friends will gather for a celebration of Grace's life in the spring. Donations in her memory can be made to Caring Hands Volunteer Services at John Muir Hospital in Walnut Creek, California. [Published in the Contra Costa Times on 3/9/2009. Provided by Sharon Howland.] 

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