Calais Academy

Class of 1931

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Yearbook provided by Margaret Henry in honor of her grandmother,
Margaret Steeves Henry '30.
Thanks Kathy Berry for the Roster.

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Graduates Class of 1931

Catherine Isabel Anderson Edith Carolyn Bates Carmen Louise Bonness
Harold Aubrey Carter Elinore Gertrude Casey James Pomeroy Christie
Muriel Irene Coleman Allie Louis Colpitts Herbert Kenerson Cook
Guy Sheldon Cumberland Gladys Luella Creamer Arlene Lorraine Dwelley
Irma Gertrude Fitzpatrick Wilbur Smith Fitzpatrick Dorothianne McAllister Fraser
Hilda Louise Gaddis Guy Edward Gibson Charles Francis Gillis
Rachel Virginia Golding Edith Pearl Goodiell Mary Beatrice Goodwin
Elizabeth Lyle Greenlaw Ruth Dorothy Hickey Francis Wiley Hiland
Winifred Elizabeth Kelley John Chandler Lavin Caroline Elizabeth Lawler
Virginia Leeman Samual Levy Marjorie Grace Lewis
Elizabeth Sawyer Mann El Louise Bradley McCurdy Walter Harold McFarland
Ross Mehan Wilbur Stevens Miner Louella Mae Mitchell
Christine Fergusson Murphy
(Mrs. Stone)
Marion Hope Norwood Eva Pomeroy
Stephen Emil Polleys Gladys Marion Riley Beatrice Elizabeth Ross
Ruth Marjorie Ross Elizabeth Mary Rutherford Muriel Agnes Sampson
Muriel Gertrude Saunders Alice Ethel Small Marguerite Beatrice Spinney
(Mrs. Edward Cooper)
Richard Keyes Stevens Antoinette Linda Tori Dorothy Mae Townsend
John Townsend Bernice Clara Tracy Viola Elizabeth Tracy
(Mrs. Reilly)
Adelaide Louise Tyler Clowes Valentine Warnock Gerald Andrew Wasson
(Teacher, Milltown ME)
Claire Lucille Woods Ethel Eye Marice Day
Carmen Day Frances Smith Virginia Pottle
President John Lavin; Vice-President Elizabeth Rutherford; Secretary Harold Carter; Treasurer Guy Gibson
Colors: Nile Green and American Beauty Rose; Flower American Beauty Rose; Motto "Onward!"
Tuition Pubils: James P. Christie, St. Stephen NB; Virginia Golding, Perry ME; Mary Goodwin, Robbinston ME; Ross S. Mehan, St. Stephen NB; Stephen E. Polleys, Baring ME; Adelaide Tyler, Baring ME.
Former Members of Class  Transferred to Other Schools: Marjorie Averill, Swampscott MA; Myra Trafton, Leominster MA; Berla Doherty, Boston MA; Mary Murdock, Allston MA; Agnes Lidstone, Winthrop ME; Evelyn Barstow, Houlton ME; Madeline Bell, Waterville ME; Dorothy Chapais, Dennysville ME; Betty Eye, Eastport ME; Madeline Sullivan, Perry ME; Alison Lambert, St. John NB; Doris Trecarten, Augusta ME; Alta Woodman, Augusta ME; George Ames, Bangor ME; Frank Barclay, Livermore Falls ME; Ronald Bancroft, Lubec ME; George Barrett, Mexico ME; Sheldon Gillis, Portland ME; Jean Jenkins, Bangor ME; William Jenkins, Bangor ME; Louis Jenkins, Bangor ME; Horace Welch, Boston Latin School; Alden Rafter, Washington DC

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Charles Francis Gillis. Colonel, USAF, Retired,  the former Government teacher at CMHS. 

Alice Ethel Small - nurse

Deceased Classmates

Catherine Anderson Nelson. Catherine (Kay) Isabel Anderson Nelson, 91, of Canaan, died on Wednesday, January 12, 2005 at the Derby Green Nursing Home in Derby, Vt. She was born on September 10, 1913 in Calais, Maine, the daughter of James B. and Mary (Anderson) Anderson. She attended school in Calais, and was a 1931 graduate of Calais Academy. She went on to attend Lynn Hospital School of Nursing in Lynn, Mass., graduating in 1937 as a registered nurse. She was married to the late Arthur H. Nelson on December 25, 1937. In 1947 the Nelsons moved to Canaan, where Mr. Nelson served as a Border Patrol officer and later as an agent for Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mrs. Nelson was extremely active in Canaan community affairs and events. She served as past president of the Canaan Woman's Club and was best known as a longtime correspondent for the News and Sentinel, for whom she penned her column "Canaan Chatter." Mrs. Nelson was also active in the Grace Methodist Church Women's Fellowship and the University of Vermont Extension Homemakers, and as a member of the St. John de Crevecoeur Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Mrs. Nelson is survived by a daughter, Judith and her husband James Kavanagh of Newport, Vt.; a son, David and his wife Patricia Nelson of Wilton, N.H.; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews and her lifelong friend, Lillian Nutile of Wakefield, Mass. There will be no calling hours. Funeral services were held on Sunday, January 16 at Grace Methodist Church in Canaan, with the Reverend Priscilla Hull officiating. Arrangements are entrusted to Newman Funeral Home. Those who wish to make donations in memory of Catherine Nelson may give to the Canaan Memorial High School Scholarship Fund, care of Virginia Carr, 588 Cottage Road, Averill, VT 05903; to Grace Methodist Church, care of Reverend Timothy McDowell, 300 Gale Street, Canaan, VT 05903; or to The North Country Hospital Renal Dialysis Fund, care of Wendy Franklin, Prouty Drive, Newport, VT 05855.  [Colebrooke NH News & Sentinel]

Edith Bates Pomeroy Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  

Elinore Casey McCormick Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  120709

Marice Marie Day Chaffee, 83, passed away Sunday, July 14, 2013 in Machias with her loving husband by her side. Marice was born in Crawford on December 16, 1929, daughter of the late Rupert and Gertrude Day. She attended school in Crawford and Calais and on March 14, 1947, she married Philip “Bud” Chaffee. After her two children were in high school, Marice started her career as an inspector with Ware Knitters. She was a devoted member of the First Congregational Church of Calais where she taught Sunday School. Marice was also a past member of the Wesley Grange and the Sunshine Club for Crippled Children. She enjoyed cooking, camping, snowmobiling, gardening, canning, and dancing with her beloved husband. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother Leland “Pat” Day and his wife Norma; and a brother-in-law Arnold Beaupre. Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Philip “Bud” Chaffee; her two children, Pastor Ron Chaffee and his wife Sue of Orrington, and Sue Claridge and her husband Wayne of Calais; eight grandchildren, Rodney, Nathan, Jason, Troy, Catherine, Crista, Craig, and Cherilyn; 11 great-grandchildren, Brent, Christopher, Alex, Nick, Tessa, Dominique, Hannah, Grant, Jackson, Dustin, and Paige; a brother Truman Day and his wife Eva of Princeton; a sister Marilyn Beaupre of Robbinston; many nieces and nephews; and numerous friends. Visiting hours will be held 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A celebration of Marice’s life will be held 11 a.m. Wednesday at First Congregational Church of Calais, 21 Calais Ave., Calais. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Marice’s memory may be made to the First Congregational Church of Calais. [Provided by Heather Ross.] 

Arlene Dwelley Wardwell Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]  

Ethel Eye Lane Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 022811  

Ima Fitzpatrick Dickinson Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 

Ruth Hickey Dennison Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 022811 

Winifred Kelley Lentz. CALAIS - Winifred "Winnie" E. Lentz, 92, of Calais, died Feb. 8, 2005, at a Calais hospital. She was born Nov. 13, 1912, in Calais, the daughter of Joseph and Frances (Waycott) Kelley. Winnie graduated from Calais Academy, Class of 1931. She enjoyed playing the piano, and songs such as the Twelfth Street Rag, other oldies as well as hymns. She attended M.T. Crabb Business College in St. Stephen, New Brunswick. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband, of 59 years, Dolph Lentz, of Calais; one son, Clifford "Kip" Robinson and his wife, Barbara of Florida; one brother, Douglas Kelley and his wife, Dorothy of St. Stephen, N.B.; sister-in-law, Mabel Kelley of Calais; granddaughter, Brenda Ramsdell and her husband, Randy, of East Machias; great-granddaughters, Kellie Ramsdell Kilton and Shana Ramsdell; great-great-granddaughter, Kisten Lee Kilton; grandson, Dolph Frost and great-grandson, Dominic Frost; nephews, James Lunn, Douglas Archer, Ken Tim and Doug Kelley, who she loved. She was predeceased by her daughter, Pauline "Honey" Chase. Graveside services will be announced at a later date. Those who wish may make gifts in her memory to the Calais Methodist Church Building Fund or to the charity of one's choice. Arrangements are under the care of the Scott-Wilson Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. [10 Feb 2005 Bangor, Maine Daily News]

Samuel Levy, of Ventnor, beloved husband of Lillian, passed away January 8, at the Mainland Division of the Atlantic City Medical Center after a brief illness. Sam was born in St. Steven, New Brunswick, Canada and, as a small child, moved with his family to Calais, Maine. He was a graduate of the Calais Academy and the University of Maine. His interests were diverse with a particular love for music and the arts. He played saxophone in the marching bands of Calais City and the University of Maine. Sam served in the U.S. Army during WWII and moved to South Jersey at the conclusion of the war. He was the office manager of the St. Charles Hotel and the general manager of the Breakers Hotel. Later, he joined the family business of "M. Wagenheim and Sons" and the Atlantic Packing Co. In support of his dear wife Lillian, he was an enthusiastic advocate of the local and statewide arts. Sam was a life member of the following organizations: the Atlantic City Arts Center, the Ventnor Cultural Arts Center, and the Atlantic City Historical Museum. He was also a member of the Cape May Music Festival, the Noyes Museum of Art, the Stockton Performing Arts Center, and the University of Maine Performing Arts Center. His presence in the arts community will be deeply missed. In addition, Sam was a member of the Temple Emeth Shalom, the Justice Lodge No. 285 F. and A.M. and Higher Orders, The University of Maine Alumni Association, and a life member of RNS. Sam is survived by his beloved wife Lillian and many loving and devoted nieces and nephews who include: Suzanne and Malcolm Bekoff, Michelle and Mathew Bekoff, Ron and Laurie Wagenheim, Michael and Lisa Wagenheim, Jamie and Ryan Fraser, Janet and Mark Mangel, Greg and Megan Mangel, Todd Mangel, Richard Mangel, Melissa Mangel, Marilyn Wagenheim, and Robert, Linda, and Mallory Kahn of Darien, CT. He will be remembered always, with deep affection, by close friends and the members of the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Services will be held Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Temple Emeth Shalom, 8501 Ventnor Avenue, Margate. A Masonic service will also be held. Burial will follow at Temple Emeth Shalom Cemetery, Cardiff. For those who wish, donations in his memory may be made to: Temple Emeth Shalom, the Atlantic City Arts Center at Garden Pier, or the Atlantic City Historical Museum. Arrangements by Roth-Goldsteins' Memorial Chapel, Atlantic City. [Press of Atlantic City 3/11/03. Provided by Sharon Howland.] 

Marjorie Grace Lewis Richardson, 96 PORTLAND -- Marjorie 'Grace' Lewis Richardson, 96, of Portland, passed away peacefully at the Barron Center on Monday, March 8, 2010. She was born in Calais on Feb. 4, 1914, the daughter of Gordon and Inez Brown Lewis. Grace graduated from Calais Academy in 1931 and attended Miss Crabb's Business School in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, Canada. Grace was employed at 'The Quoddy Project' in Eastport before her marriage. She married in 1941 to Mervyn L. Richardson of Portland. They made their home in Portland. She was a member of Central Square Baptist Church, Portland, since coming here in 1941. She was a member of the Deering Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star. After raising her family, she worked in the office at H. A Stiles Co. in Westbrook until her retirement. She was predeceased by her husband Mervyn; brothers Harry Lewis, Mathias Lewis, Walter Lewis, Franklin Lewis and Lawrence Carter, and sisters Elizabeth Smythe and Rosamond Lewis. She is survived by her children Linda and husband Al Grover of Dayton, John and wife Melanie Richardson of Soddy Daisy, Tenn., and Gordon and wife Susan Richardson of Manchester, Conn.; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. There are no visiting hours scheduled. A graveside service will be held at a later date in Brooklawn Memorial Park in Portland. Arrangements are under the direction of Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland. Please visit to sign the guest book. Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home & Cremation Service. [Provided by Sharon Howland. Published in Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram on March 9, 2010.]

Walter MacFarland Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks] 022811 

Muriel Agnes Sampson Campbell. The death of Muriel Agnes Campbell of St. Stephen, occurred at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Tuesday, November 1, 2005. Born in Calais, Maine, she was the daughter of the late Willard and Ruby (Webber) Sampson. Predeceased by her husband Harold Campbell. She is survived by her nephew, Jerry (Ellen) Sampson of Florida and several cousins. Resting at MacDonald Select Community Funeral Home, 20 Marks Street, St. Stephen, with visiting on Sunday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. The funeral will be held 2 pm on Monday from MacDonald Funeral Home Chapel, with Rev. Garth Williams officiating. Interment will take place in the St. Stephen Rural Cemetery. For those who wish, donations to a charity of the donors choice would be appreciated.

Elizabeth Mann Dresser. Obituary provided by Thelma Eye Brook. 

Walter McFarland. Obituary provided by Thelma Eye Brook. 

Beatrice Ross Moffitt, 70, died July 13, 1986, at the home of her daughter in Syracuse NY. She was born at Calais July 15, 1915, the daughter of Burtrum and Ethel Cookson Ross. She was a graduate of Calais Academy class of 1930. She is survived by two daughters Janet Henry of Schenectady NY and Sandra MacPherson of Syracuse NY; four brothers Donald Ross, Milton Ross, Linwood Ross, and Raymond Ross all of Princeton; three sisters Ruth Ross, Helen Pollard, and Elaine Carter all of Princeton; four grandchildren, many nieces and nephews  Burial will be in Calais Cemetery. [Bangor Daily News July 15, 1986]

Marjorie Ross Devin passed Saturday (January 30, 2010) at her residence at Southington Care Center in Southington, CT. She was 95 years old. She was born on April 20, 1914 in Portland Maine to Carl W. and Eva Frasier Ross. After a short period in Portland, Oregon, she spent most of her early years in Calais, Maine with her two older brothers, Norman and Hubert. She graduated from Calais Academy and then Boston Secretarial School in 1938. She moved to Boston where she met and married her late husband, Alfred Devin, to whom she was married for 58 years. [] 

Elizabeth M. Rutherford Tingley. Elizabeth M. “Lib” Tingley, 97, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2010 at Atlantic Rehab & Nursing Center in Calais. Lib was born in Calais on September 14, 1913. She graduated from Calais Academy in 1931 and was a member of the First Congregational Church of Calais, Calais Hospital Auxiliary, Rebecca Lodge, Orion Chapter #45 Order of the Eastern Star, and St. Croix Bowling Club. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband Murray in 1975. Surviving are her son James W. Tingley and his wife Kathy Ellen of Arlington, TX; her daughter Kay Morrison and her husband Leo, whom Lib always referred to as her “other son”; four grandchildren Randy, Craig and his wife Stephanie of Calais, and Murray and Catherine of Arlington, TX; and seven great-grandchildren, Samantha Arsenault and her husband Jamie of Grand Prairie, A.B., Randy “Bubba”, Krista and Adam all of Calais, and Brittney, Isaac and Alondra all of Texas. Lib has dear friends of all ages and is loved by family and friends alike. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais & Eastport. [BDN 092010. Provided by John Adams.]

Muriel Sanders   Mrs. Ralph Rogato (Muriel Saunders) 56 died 17 September 1971 in Lynn Mass. She was born in Calais daughter of Guy A. & Verna (Grant) Saunders. Graduate of Calais Academy Class of 1931. Survived by her husband, Ralph, Lynn Mass. Her parents of Calais, daughter Debra and son, Jeffrey of Lynn, Sisters Mrs. William Linn of Sarasota Fla, Mrs. Arthur Perry of Buzzard’s Bay, Mass. & Mrs. William DelMonaco of Calais, 2 brothers Grant Saunders of Woodland & Gary of New Milford CT. She was buried in Pinecrest Cemetery Lynn Mass. [Calais Advertiser of 23 Sept 1971 provided by Thelma Eye Brook.]

Richard K. Stevens, 89, business owner and active Rotarian was born in Cutler. He died in 2003 in MA.

Dorothy M. Townsend Thompson, 85, formerly of Hill Street died Tuesday at a Falmouth nursing home after a lengthily illness. She was born in Calais, a daughter of Ernest and Elsie M. Christie Townsend, and attended schools there, graduating from Calais High School. She then attended nursing school in Calais. Mrs. Thompson worked as a nurse for most of her life. She attended St. Ann's Episcopal Church, Calais. In 1938, she moved to Portland.

Bernice Tracy.  COOPER - Bernice C. (Tracy) Robinson, Feb. 5, 2007, died at her home on Cathance Lake. She was born May 13, 1912, in Calais, the daughter of William and Alice (Sprague) Tracy and was the youngest of ten children. "Niecie," as she was fondly called, graduated from Calais Academy in 1931. She married Don, August 1934 at St. Anne's Episcopal Church and continued to be an active member of St. Anne's. Niecie worked as a supervisor at the Ware Knitters for many years retiring in 1974. She loved playing cards, driving, swimming until she was 90, and especially loved Cathance Lake and the place she and Don built together. She lived a very happy, healthy life until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's which caused many changes in her life as the disease progressed. Niecie had a great love for people. She was very fond of her special friend of many years, Penny Braley; and her caretakers and friends, Anita, Kay, Paula, Martha and Marilyn. She especially enjoyed St. Anne's Craft Group, ECW and A.J.'s bridge friends. She had a special place in her heart for Kathy and Travis Hull at Cathance Lake Variety and all the guys there who were so considerate and kind to her and brought fun and sparkle into her life. She was predeceased by seven brothers and two sisters and her loving husband of 54 years, Donald M. Robinson. She is survived by her daughter, Alice-Jean of Cathance Lake; and a sister-in-law, Lillian Tracy of St. Stephen; a special niece and nephew, Kathy Leighton and Arthur Harriman of Saco; special nephews, Paul Spinney, who came and played the guitar and sang with her, and Terry Zimirowski of Massachusetts, her swimming buddy since he was a little boy; by many nephews and nieces in the United States and New Brunswick and cousins. Services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at St. Anne's Episcopal Church with Fr. David Sivret officiating. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Anne's Episcopal Church Parish Hall Building Fund. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home, Calais. Friends may pay tribute at [Bangor Daily News 020707 Provided by John Adams & Marilyn Strout]  Obituary provided by Thelma eye Brooks

Claire Woods Scribner. - C. Lucille Scribner, 98, passed away Sept. 26, 2011, her 98th birthday, with her family at her side in Fort Myers, Fla. Lucille was born Sept. 26, 1913, in Calais, to George and Claire (Corbett) Woods. She grew up in Calais and attended Calais Academy, where she was a member of the state champion basketball team in 1932, the same year of her graduation. Lucille married Merton L. Scribner, Oct. 12, 1932, in Calais, where she worked for more than 25 years at WT Grant Co. She loved to travel and enjoyed Sunday dinners with her family. Lucille moved later in life to Florida, where she could often be seen riding her bike or tending to her orange trees. She was a member of Calais Orion Chapter No. 45 Order of the Eastern Star, Rebekah's Lodge and Calais Pythian Sisters. In addition to her parents, Lucille was predeceased by her husband, Merton L. Scribner; a sister, Rena Mazeika; four brothers, Phillip, James, Ronald and Jack Woods; and a great-grandson, Adam Sherlock. She is survived by two children, Carl S. Scribner and his wife, Margo, of Fort Myers, Fla., and Rena Garriott and her husband, Jerald, of Calais; six grandchildren, Kim Sinclair and her husband, Carl, Carla Smythe and her husband, Gerry, Kelli Scribner and her companion, Richard, David Sherlock and his wife, Elizabeth, Linda Sherlock, and Stephen Sherlock and his wife, Terry; three stepgrandchildren, Kim Sermersheim and her husband, John, Jerald Garriott and his wife, Monica, and Robin Bouchard and her husband, John; many great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be announced at a later date. Donations in Lucille's memory may be made to Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine, Suite 203, 87 Elm St., Camden, ME 04843-1959 or a charity of one's choice. Condolences and memories may be shared at

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