Superintendents: J.H. Robbins; William Todd; C.B. Rounds; George R. Gardner; Dr. Charles E. Swan; Rev. A. J. Padelford; J.S. Clark; Frank R. Woods; Dr. S.E. Webber; J. Woods; A.L. Jaimeson; S.S. Pineo; Joseph F. Ryan; Mr. Brown; Dr. J.R.N. Smith; Ashley St. Clair; J.M. Pike; Rev. Barton Watson; W.H. Phinney; Fred C. English; Alden Allen; Loring Additon; J. Weldon Russell
Thanks to Thelma Eye Brooks for providing the names of teachers from the Broadcasts.
1927 from 1934 Broadcast Alumni List
Paul F. Allen December 23, 1933 – July 19, 2013. COLEBROOK, NH—Mr. Paul F. Allen, 79, of Colebrook, passed away late Friday evening, July 19, 2013, at the Upper Connecticut Valley Hospital in Colebrook, after a long period of declining health. He was born on Dec. 23, 1933, in Colchester, Vt., the only child of the late Homer and Madeline (McFarland) Allen of Groveton. Mr. Allen graduated from Groveton High School in 1952 as President of his class. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Keene Teachers’ College (Keene State). While there, he was manager of the basketball and baseball teams, and served two years as sports editor of the college newspaper. He received his Master’s degree in education leadership and administration from the University of Massachusetts in 1972 and his Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study in education administration from the University of Maine in 1985. He also did graduate work in mathematics at the University of New Hampshire. He taught mathematics at Pittsfield High School from 1956-58, and was athletic director, varsity baseball coach, and junior varsity basketball coach. He served as the town playground director for the summer of 1958. Paul joined and served with honor in the U.S. Army in 1958 and served until 1961, spending 28 months in Germany as a nuclear weapons maintenance specialist. From November 1961 to June 1962, Mr. Allen served as a math teacher at Bristol Memorial High School in Bristol, NH, where he was also the girls’ varsity basketball coach. In 1962, he became a member of the original faculty at Monadnock Regional High School as a mathematics teacher. He served as head of the math department from 1964–67. .During that time, Mr. Allen served one year as President of the NH Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England. In 1967, he was named Math Department Chairman of the new Quabbin Regional High School in Barre, Mass. After serving in that capacity for three years, he was appointed as Associate Principal, staying on for 11 more years, until 1981. He chaperoned numerous music trips that Quabbin students took throughout the eastern USA. From 1981-1986, Mr. Allen was Principal of Calais High School in Calais, Me He attended the Maine Principals’ Academy and served on the state association curriculum committee. Mr. Allen returned to the north country of NH, serving as Superintendent of Schools for SAU 7 from 1986–99. During that time, he was President of the North Country School Administration and the North Country Education Foundation. He also was the NH representative for the Tri-State Superintendents’ Conference. He served one year on the Professional Standards Board, resigning due to illness. to coming to Colebrook, Mr. Allen participated in several candlepin bowling leagues. He anchored the team which won the Keene City championship while in college, and while he was in Calais, he bowled a three-string total of 400. Mr. Allen was a former lector at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, and he was on the Parish Council. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Kiwanis, and UCVH Assembly of Overseers, and in 2000 was a consultant for NH Easter Seals. Mr. Allen also supervised student teachers for Plymouth State University. He served five years as President of the Groveton High School Alumni Association. Mr. Allen is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia (née Doody), and their three daughters and their spouses: Kathleen M. and Kevin Woodworth of Clinton, MD; Barbara J. and Victor Beauchemin of Hudson, NH, and Susan M. and Jason Davis of Colebrook, NH; and four grandchildren: Samantha Beauchemin (15), Lily Davis (9), Abigail Beauchemin (8), and Lindsay Davis (4). There are no public calling hours. A memorial Mass at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church, and committal service with military honors, will be held at a future date that has yet to be determined. Expressions of sympathy in memory of Mr. Allen may be made to the Paul F. Allen Memorial Scholarship fund, c/o Pam Bunnell at Citizens Bank, 102 Main St., Colebrook, NH Condolences may be offered to the family on-line by going to www.jenkinsnewman.com Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Jenkins & Newman Funeral Home, Colebrook, NH.
Eleanor Andrews, graduate of Auburn Maine School of Commerce, teacher of Commercial Department 1939 -
Danny Barrett, coach 1930s, born in Ireland
Philip William Beckett Jr., 67, passed away Thursday, September 18, 2014. Philip was born in St. Stephen, NB, on November 27, 1946, son of the late Philip and Lucille (Miles) Beckett. He attended Calais area school and graduated high school from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, VA, Class of 1965. Philip returned to Maine and attended Washington State College of the University of Maine (currently U.M.M.). While attending college he met his future wife, Eva Racine, and they were united in marriage on August 12, 1967. In 1969, he graduated with two bachelor's degrees, one in History and the other Business Education. Philip started his teaching career at Corina Academy where he taught 7th and 8th grade math as well as being the 7th and 8th grade girl's softball coach. In 1971, he returned to Calais and started teaching history. Philip was devoted to his students and enjoyed incorporating the arts into his lectures. He loved photography and was often called upon to take pictures for various high school events. Philip took great pride in taking care of the flag at the high school each day. He enjoyed reading, listening to music; especially classical, antique cars, and had a great interest in military history. Philip was active in his community and was an EMT/Firefighter in Robbinston, an EMT instructor, and was one of the founding members of the Robbinston Rescue Squad. Most importantly, he had tremendous love and respect for his three sons. In June of 2014, Philip had to retire after teaching for 45 years due to his health, but continued to enjoy seeing his past students excel in their lives. In addition to his parents, Philip was predeceased by a sister-in-law, Lydia Wade. Surviving are his loving wife of 47 years, Eva Beckett; three sons, Paul Beckett of Calais, Dr. Philip Nathan Beckett and wife Daralin of Lebanon, and Maj. Andrew Beckett and wife Sarah of Hickam A.F.B. in Hawaii; his granddaughter, Kjersti Beckett; an aunt, Carol Beckett; two brothers-in-law, Alfred Racine of Brunswick, and Samuel Thomas Wade of Winslow; nieces and nephews, Susan Wade, James Wade and fiancé Katrina, William Wade and wife Erica, David Racine, and Christine Racine; grand nephews and grand niece, Maggie, Alex, and Jeffrey; 1st cousins, Gilbert Beckett and wife Lisa, and Laura Harvanek and husband David; and numerous other cousins. He will be fondly remembered by many highly regarded colleagues, friends, and numerous current and former students.Visiting hours will be held 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 22, 2014 at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Calais High School. Burial will follow in Calais Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations in Philip's memory may be made to the Philip W. Beckett Scholarship Fund, c/o The First, 319 North St., PO Box 806, Calais, ME 04619, or through the scholarship's paypal account, https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=S39FTDDCBYFMW Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com.
Robert J. Black, Sr. CALAIS
- Robert J. Black, 62, died unexpectedly Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003, at Calais. Born Oct. 9, 1941, at Machias, the son of Carlton and Eleanor
(Mealey) Black. He was a graduate of Machias Memorial High School, Class of 1959 and the University of Machias in 1963. He taught and
coached in the Calais School System for 15 years. Bob retired in 2001
after 30 years of service for the Immigration Naturalization Service.
He enjoyed his time as a basketball official. During his retirement he
enjoyed lobstering as "Captain Lou's" first mate. Bob was
predeceased by his parents. Surviving are a daughter, Bethany Black of
Portland; one son, Robert J. Black Jr. and his wife, Carolee, of
Calais; three granddaughters, Breanna J., Chloe M., and Malorie P.,
all of Calais; one sister, Lucille LaRue and her husband, Ray, of
Marshfield; one brother, James Black of Machias; several aunts,
nieces, nephews and cousins. He will be fondly remembered by close
friends, Louie, Mike, Huey, and Charlie; also by Jeff, Mary Jean, and
family. Friends may call 2-4 p.m. Sunday at the Scott-Wilson Funeral
Home, 26 Church St., Calais. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 3 at the funeral home with the Rev. Dana Kadey. Burial
will follow in the Longfellow Cemetery, Machias. [Provided by Ken
Florence Boone CA class of 1918 Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]
Mary P. Boone CA class of 1922 Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]
Adney Hamilton Boothby died June 29, 2008, at Windward Gardens, Camden. He was born April 2, 1914, in Livermore, the youngest son of Robert Hamilton and Clara Belle Buzzell Boothby. He attended Soper School, Livermore and graduated from Leavitt Institute, Turner in 1931. He earned his Bachelor of Arts and Master of Education degrees from the University of Maine and took advanced courses at Colby College. His career included working on the home farm, teaching at Lee Academy, teaching principal in Ashland, principal in Calais and principal of Rockland High School from 1949 to 1961. He was superintendent of Carrabec School District, Anson, from 1961 to 1971. In his "retirement" he served as plumbing inspector with the towns of Owls Head and Cushing, as well as code enforcement officer and chairman of the planning board in Cushing. He continued to drive until age 93. His avocation was carpentry and throughout the years he built five cottages in Turner and two houses in Cushing, as well as doing smaller projects. He was interested in family history and, as a descendent of numerous Mayflower passengers, was a life member of Bradford Society. He was also a life member of the National Education Association, a member of Maine School Superintendents Association and Pioneer Lodge of Masons of Ashland. On July 6, 1935, he married Beverly Louise Pratt. After 35 years of marriage and her death, he married Norma Frances Hoyle Tiffany, Aug. 15, 1971. He is survived by his wife, Norma; daughters, Roberta McLellan of Livermore Falls and Margaret Mitchell and her husband, John, of Scarborough; four grandchildren, Robert McLellan of Thomaston, Rhonda McLellan Kent of Warren, Jeffrey Mitchell of Wesley, Mass., and Linda Mitchell Strunk of Cape Elizabeth; and several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son-in-law, Edward McLellan; and brothers, Clinton, Leslie and Laurence. A funeral service will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at Lincoln Street Center, former Rockland High School, with a reception afterwards. Private interment was at Howes Corner Cemetery, Turner. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Kno-Wal-Lin Home Care & Hospice, Inc., 170 Pleasant St., Rockland, ME 04841 or a charity of one's choice. Arrangements are in the care of Burpee, Carpenter & Hutchins Funeral Home, 110 Limerock St., Rockland. [Published in the Bangor Daily News on 7/1/2008. Provided by Sharon Howland]
Ozias Harris Bridgham, age 86, born Oct. 3, 1927, passed away at home, just the way he wanted, Feb. 22, 2014, in Jonesboro. He was born at his grandparent's family homestead in Addison, as the eldest son of Waldo Ephraim Bridgham and Leola Emma Joy Bridgham. He graduated from Jonesboro High School, attended the Maine School of Photography, graduated from Washington County Normal School (now UMM), and earned a graduate degree from the University of Maine at Orono. While his love was photography, he ended up only keeping that as a life-long hobby. Instead, he supported his family with a 40-year career in education. He started as a teacher and Principal in Winthrop, and then continued as a Supt. of Schools. He and his family went on to live in North Anson, Deer Isle, Calais, and ended back at his father's family homestead in Jonesboro for his last full-time job with School Union 102. Immediately after retiring from full-time work, he took what turned into a six year part-time superintendency in Lubec. He had also obtained a license as a stockbroker in the 60s, and worked for Means Investment (now Means Wealth Management) in Bangor on a part-time basis for about 40 years. Ozias and his wife Gloria also owned and operated Bridgham's General Store and Dairy Dream in Jonesboro for nearly 10 years. In addition to his body of professional work, his legacy includes: helping get Project Lodestone off the ground; board membership with the Whitneyville Library Association, the Sunrise Economic Council, and the Sunrise College; and serving several years as a Selectman for the Town of Jonesboro. In recent years, Ozias loved the annual visit from distant cousin Alice Beal Parry, public suppers in Whitneyville, lunches at the Warming Center associated with the Jonesboro Union Church, monthly meetings with the Hale-Bopp Investment Club, the weekly cribbage matches with Murray Drisko and Melrose Beal, talks with lifelong friend and neighbor Anne White, and conversations with Pastor David Gardiner. He also truly missed his ability to get out and walk, garden, and play with his camera. Ozias is survived by his children, Melanie Bridgham Moore and Bruce Bridgham; granddaughter, Chelsea Moore and her Bichon Frise Pierre, aka "the attractive nuisance"; and cousins, Joyce Kearns and Barbara (Mrs. Roland) Dobbins. He is also survived by in-laws, Mildred Lohr of Rochester, N.Y., Lou Lorraine McGray of Belfast, Jean Carole (Peggy) and Donald Grant of Addison, Leon (Bussy) and Lucille (Tela) of Roque Bluffs; and the numerous nieces and nephews who called him Uncle "O." He was predeceased by his wife of 46 years, Gloria Sinford Bridgham in January 2001; half sister, Virginia Bridgham Smith; and brother, Basil Joy Bridgham. He was also predeceased by in-laws, Electa and Colin Feeney, David and Bernice Sinford, Anne and F. Eugene (Bud) Schoppee, Beatrice and Barna Norton, Grace and Allen (Mike) Bucknam, Norman Lohr, and Richard McGray. No service is planned at this time. Arrangements provided by Direct Cremation of Maine. [Published in BDN Maine on Feb. 25, 2014. Sharon Howland]
Thelma Butler Burns, Class of 1924
Mrs. Rachel Burton - History
Fred Campbell, Principal 1872
Dan Cohnstaedt, Principal of Calais High School in Calais, Maine, is a current student in the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study - Interdisciplinary. He is a strong advocate for this program, "It's nice to learn different things and be challenged in different ways." Dan completed courses in Nursing, Theology, and Education St. Joseph's College.Ivan Alfred Corey July 6th 1936-Oct 30th 2014. Ivan Corey passed quietly away on October 30th with his wife Beverly and his son Scott by his side. He had been dealing with his steadily declining health for the past year with patience and fortitude, and the last 3 weeks was spent under the caring and professional staff at the Campobello Nursing Home. Ivan was born on Campobello to Ivan Grant Corey and Elsie Marie Dagget, the youngest of four children. He was predeceased by his brother Mel and sister Mina and is survived by a sister Laila of Fredricton, and brother Charles of Campobello. He was one half of a devoted couple, having married Beverly Anne Porter on November 11th, 1960. They had one son, Scott Corey, of Dennysville Maine, and 3 grandchildren, Joslyn Anne Corey, Ivan Henry Corey, and Brianne Lee Corey, all 3 of whom had provided much joy over the last 20 years. He attended schools on Campobello and graduated from High School in 1956. He taught at St. George and Campobello before going back to school for his BA from UMM Machais. He started teaching in Calais while advancing his education, eventually earning a masters in Administration and Certificate of Advanced of Studies. He became superintendent of Union 107 for a few years before moving on to take the job of superintendent for SAD 77 which he stayed at until his retirement. He had a knack for numbers, dates and people. As well as a love of literature (favorites were Ogden Nash, Robert Service, and Edna StVincent Malloy. He loved old cars, boxing, politics (following not arguing) and baseball, eventually making the pilgrimage to Cooperstown. After retirement he moved back to Campobello and entered into the salmon farming business. He also volunteered to be the treasurer for the Campobello Library and the Light House committee, as well as helping out tutoring some students at Campobello consolidated school. He was a quiet, thoughtful man with an amazing memory, blessed with good friends and loving family. Those friends and family would say the same, blessed. He is deeply loved, and will be sorely missed. Cremation has taken place. A graveside service will take place at a later date at St. Anns Cemetery , Welshpool, NB with time & date to be announced.
----Math teacher Calais Academy Street 1965 provided by Ken Strout taken by Tom Brennan. MR. IVAN COREY working at his desk in his homeroom on the top floor of the Calais Grade School in the fall of 1965. Mr. Corey served as both 8th Grade Math Teacher and as Calais Grade School Principal. He later became a Superintendent and completed a long distinguished career as a public school educator and administrator. Ivan originated from Campobello and served in several area schools here in Washington County. Ivan Corey also returned to our community and served as Calais Middle School Principal. He is presently enjoying his retirement years with his wonderful wife Bev, who also served as an elementary school educator for our community. - Tom
Muriel Flagg DeShon. PERRY - Muriel (McLellan) Flagg DeShon, 90, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011, at her home. Muriel was born May 18, 1921, at Welshpool, Campobello Island, daughter of the late Silas and Louise (Calder) McLellan. Mrs. DeShon was a graduate of Shead Memorial High School, received her bachelor's degree from Colby College and a master's degree from the University of Maine. Muriel also did graduate work at Husson and the University of New Hampshire. Mrs. DeShon was a secondary teacher for 37 years in Eastport and Calais. Her associations included Chi Omega sorority; Delta Kappa Gamma society, where she served as president; commissioner of Maine State Museum; Maine Retired Teacher's Association, where she served as recording secretary; Maine Association of Retirees; board member of the Border Historical Society; St. Croix International Garden Club; and Literary Round Table, where she served as president and recording secretary. In 1950 Muriel married Philip Q. Flagg, who died in 1984. In 1988 she married Howard C. DeShon, who died in 2007. Surviving are many nieces, nephews and cousins; and her caretakers, Judy Kierstead, Rhonda Kierstead, Melinda Johnston and Sally Doten. Visiting hours will be held noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at Mays Funeral Home - Flagg Chapel, 72 High St., Eastport, where a celebration of Muriel's life will begin 2 p.m. Saturday. Burial will be afterward at Hillside Cemetery, Eastport. Donations in Muriel's memory may be made to P.A.W.S. Humane Society, P.O. Box 182, Calais, ME 04619 or St. Anne's Anglican Church, 92 North Road, Welshpool, NB E5E 1C3. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.maysfuneralhome.com. [Mrs. DeShon's husband, Philip Flagg, was principal in the 70s. She taught French and Latin]
Miss Mary Dougherty
Mrs. Dowling lining up kids at Calais Grade School in the Fall 1965 taken by Tom Brennan & provided by Tom & Ken Strout, MRS. OCTAVIA DOWLING 1932 - 2002 was photographed lining up students at the Calais Grade School in the Fall of 1965. Mrs. Dowling was the Reading and Language Arts Teacher and she directed the school play. Octavia Lund Dowling and her husband, Henry Dowling of Whitneyville were part of the Calais education community during the 1960's and 1970's. They had one daughter, Harriett (CMHS 1971) and two sons, Samuel and Clayton Dowling, both of Whitneyville who were also students in the Calais School system. Mrs. Dowling was a graduate of Washington Academy, Washington State Teacher’s College and earned her Masters Degree from U.M.O. She taught school in Limestone before her service as a Calais Grade School teacher. In addition to Limestone and Calais, she taught at Woodland, Cutler and Whiting. During her retirement years, she substitute taught for S.A.D. No 77 at Bay Ridge Elementary School for many years. Octavia was an active member of the Jacksonville United Methodist Church. She was past master and current steward of Jacksonville Grange No. 358; a member of and treasurer of Machias Valley Grange No. 360; was current master of West Washington Pamona and a past deputy of the Maine State Grange. Octavia Olivia Lund Dowling Norton, 70, went to be with her Lord, July 19, 2002, at a Bangor hospital, following a long battle with cancer. She was born at East Machias, April 28, 1932, the daughter of Samuel and Bertha (Bryant) Lund Kennedy. - Tom
Vivian Drinkwater, English teacher 1940s
Joseph David Driscoll, 82, of Calais and Biddeford died Wednesday, July 16, 2014 at Southern Maine Health Care in Biddeford. He was born in St. Stephen, NB, Canada on September 6, 1931 to Francis and Charlene Driscoll. He lived most of his life in Calais, but his children convinced him to move to Florida and then Southern Maine to be nearer to them in the later years of his life. He attended the Immaculate Conception Parochial School in Calais and he graduated from Cheverus High School in Portland in 1949. He then went on to attend St. Francis Xavier College in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. On August 18,1952 he married Jacqueline (Jackie) A. Townsend. Joe, also affectionately known as “Papa Joe” by friends, family and several generations of students in the Calais School System, dedicated his life to his family, his love for music, and his students. He was a music teacher at Calais High School for nearly three decades. Joe’s passion for teaching music led him to develop the Calais High School Jazz Band into a national and international award-winning band. He was often called to be a guest conductor around the state and always enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with his music education colleagues. He was also an excellent drummer and keyboardist and played in a number of bands throughout his life. He enjoyed singing and was a member of several Barber Shop Quartets and Choruses. Much to the chagrin of Jackie, he also loved to raise pigeons, and for years you could see rollers and tumblers circling 34 South Street with Joe in the backyard looking to the heavens with a watchful eye over his kit. After retiring from teaching, he served 3 terms in the State House of Representatives as the Representative of District 135. He was a lifelong Democrat with friends on both sides of the aisle. He belonged to the National Teacher’s Association. He was a Communicant of the Immaculate Conception Church in Calais and attended St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. Recently he attended Sunday Mass at St. Andre’s Health Center in Biddeford, where he received wonderful care. He was a 3rd Degree Knight in Calais Knight’s of Columbus. He was preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Jacqueline (Jackie) Driscoll, his parents, Francis and Charlene Driscoll, daughter, Joanne Driscoll, two sons, Martin and Peter Driscoll, and sister, Jean McFadyen. Joseph is survived by: 3 sons: Daniel Driscoll and his wife, Susan of Biddeford, Timothy Driscoll and his wife, Tina of Westbrook, Steven Driscoll and his wife, Andrea of Panama City, FL; 10 grandchildren: Mark Driscoll and his wife, Pia of St. George, NB, Canada, Joseph Driscoll of Biddeford, Samuel Driscoll of Biddeford, Jacqueline Dyer and her husband, Chris of South Portland, Mallory Driscoll of Westbrook, Lindsay Driscoll of Westbrook, Christina Driscoll of Biddeford, Matthew Driscoll of Panama City, FL, Nicholas Driscoll of Panama City, FL, James Driscoll of Panama City, FL; 3 brothers: Terrance Driscoll and his wife, Laurette of Windham, David Driscoll and his wife, Jeanette of Westbrook, Thomas Driscoll and his wife, Shelby of Windham; many nieces and nephews. A funeral Mass was celebrated 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, 2014 at St. Martha’s Church in Kennebunk. A memorial service will be held graveside in the fall at the Woodland Cemetery with a gathering of Calais area friends and family to follow. Memorial contributions may be made in his honor to the Calais Schools Music Department, care of Calais High School, 34 Blue Devil Hill, Calais, ME 04619. Arrangements are being handled by Hope M.emorial Chapel, 480 Elm St., Biddeford, ME 04005. To share condolences online, please visit www.HopeMemorial.com. Provided by Ken Strout
Mr. Driscoll provided by Ken Strout
Mr. Joseph Dyer
Mr. Flagg provided by Ken Strout
Mary Helen Fleming, b. 6/13/02, father Joseph Fleming, CA class of 1920, graduate of WSNS, teacher Calais Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]
J. Godfrey - (Jay) I'm not DEAD YET! Just retiring
after thirty some years of teaching. A bunch of
JENNIE M. GRAY, HANCOCK - Jennie M. Gray, 85, wife of the late Clyde L. Gray, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003, at an Ellsworth hospital. She was born Aug. 12, 1918, in Deblois, the daughter of Wilber I. and Annie G. (French) Merritt. Jennie was a graduate of the Washington State Normal School, where she earned her teaching degree, and the University of Maine, where she earned a Master Degree in Education. Jennie taught school in Plantation 21, Alexander, Calais, Columbia Falls, Milbridge and Ellsworth. She was a substitute teacher in Ellsworth through the school year of 2003. Jennie was very active in local granges, and was past master of the Schoodic Grange in Franklin. She was a member of the United Baptist Church in Ellsworth, V.F.W. Post No. 109 Ladies Auxiliary in Ellsworth, the Maine Education Association, the National Education Association, the National Retired Teachers Association, the Hancock County Retired Teachers Association, and Delta Kappa Gamma. Jennie is survived by four sons, Dick Gray and his wife, Dee, of Ellsworth, Bob Gray and his wife, Harriet, of Florida, Jack Gray and his wife, Doreen, of Ellsworth, and Randy Gray and his wife, Joanne, of Brewer; a daughter-in-law, Jean Estes of North Windham; 10 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a son, Ronald Gray; and three brothers, Wilber, Charles, and Clyde Merritt. Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Friday, at the Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, 215 Main St., Ellsworth. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday at the United Baptist Church, corner of Hancock and Pine streets in Ellsworth, with the Rev. Dr. Branan Becknell, pastor, and Bob Maddocks officiating. Interment will be at the Woodbine Cemetery, Ellsworth. Gifts in memory of Jennie may be sent to the Clyde and Jennie Gray Memorial Scholarship Fund, care of Union Trust Co., P.O. Box 479, Ellsworth, ME 04605. A memorial register and directions are available online at Legacy.com. [Bangor Daily News 11/27/03]
Phyllis Fisher Gulliver Colby College '31, died August 3, 2003, in Presque Isle, Maine, at 94. She received a master's of education from the University of Maine and taught for many years in the Calais, Brewer and Fort Fairfield, Maine, school systems. Survivors include a nephew, Peter Fisher, a niece, Cathy Graffam, three grandnieces and a great-grandniece. Colby College Winter 2004 Obituaries.
Blanche Hall Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]
Charlotte Iola Kelso Hall, 96, fell asleep in Christ on Sunday, February 26, 2017, at Vernon Advent Christian Nursing Home in Vernon, Vermont. She was born on June 22, 1920, in Milford, Connecticut, to Murriel and Cora (Valentine) Kelso. She graduated from Live Oaks High School, in Live Oaks, Fl. in 1938. She was recruited out of high school to work as a house mother for Dowling Park Orphanage. A year later, she attended Aurora College in Aurora, Illinois where she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree. She worked as a teacher for a number of years before getting her Masters of Library Science from the University of Maine, Orono. She worked as a high school librarian in Calais, Maine and then Caribou, Maine. After leaving the public school system, she organized the public library on Swan's Island, Maine. After retirement, she continued her life of service by managing the library, creating a monthly activity calendar, teaching bible classes and other assorted volunteer activities for the Vernon Advent Christian Homes. She enjoyed gardening, reading, needlework, baking, bird-watching, Scrabble and other word games, and spending time with friends and family. Charlotte married Winslow Hall on June 15, 1944, in Aurora, Illinois. They served together in the Christian Ministry for 62 years. Charlotte and her husband were also members of the Gideons International. Charlotte was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and five siblings. Charlotte is survived by her two daughters, Cathleen Jane (Hall) Knox and spouse, Kenneth L. Knox of Pittsfield, Maine and Sandra Lynne (Hall) Nordstrom of Vancouver, Washington; her sister, Joyce (Kelso) Knox of Spartanburg, South Carolina; her grandchildren, Cheryl Harris, Dan Knox, Bunny Pounds, Jeremy Knox, James Knox, Stephen Knox, Jennifer Lau, Shasta Tate, and Todd Nordstrom; her 21 great-grandchildren; and her nieces and nephews and other relatives. A graveside service will be held in Tyler Cemetery, Vernon, Vt. in the spring at a time to be announced. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to Vernon Advent Christian Homes, 61 Greenway Drive, Vernon, Vermont 05354. Kidder Funeral Home, 1 Parker Ave., Northfield, Ma. is in charge of arrangements. To send condolences please visit www.kidderfuneralhome.com. [Bangor Daily News – February 28, 2017. Provided by Sharon Howland.]
Miss Jessie Hinds, kindergarten teacher in Calais, still living 1928
Anna Livermore Holmes
Franklin W. Johnson, Professor, Department of Education, Columbia University. Colgan was joined on the Education faculty in 1929 by Franklin W. Johnson '91, the fifteenth president of Colby College. By the time he assumed the presidency Johnson had become a national authority on secondary education. He started his career as principal of Calais Academy, then served at Coburn Classical Academy in Waterville for ten years, before going on to the the University of Chicago High School. Prior to his return to Colby Johnson was professor of education at Teachers College of Columbia University.
Harland L Keay, taught and coached 1930s
Gertrude McKellar was on the Calais Academy faculty in 1923.
Michael Kilburn Lucey passed away Oct. 6, 2012, at a local hospital (Carmel) after a short illness. He was born June 18, 1949, in Gardiner, son of Philip F. Lucey and Mary Ellis K. Lucey. This proud Irishman leaves behind his beloved children, son, Ryan of Bucksport; and daughter, Erin of Bangor; as well as brother, Patrick and wife, Susan, of Rockland; brother, Matthew and wife, Vicki, of Portland; his mother of Carmel, and his former wife of 27 years, Catherine of Hermon. An avid Red Sox fan and lifelong birdwatcher, Michael graduated in 1971 from the University of Maine at Orono with a Bachelor of Science in Education and English, taught junior high English in Calais, wrote and published Maine Birdlife (one of Maine's first local bird count magazines), and worked in both construction and finish carpentry until retirement. In recent years, one of Michael's favorite hobbies was researching genealogy, including reconnecting family members across the states at a reunion in 2006. In lieu of flowers, anyone wishing to contribute can donate to the Maine Audubon Society at www.cremationbasics.com. (Published in BDN Maine on October 10, 2012. Sharon Howland. Editor of Washington/Charlotte Kounty Records Preservation (WKRP)
Professor Herbert Philbrook, per 1928 Broadcast, former Calais principal, Department of Physics, University of Missouri
Evelyn Flood Pottle - See Class of '27.
Mabel Wade Harmon - See Class of '21
Charles Holland, 67, died Jan. 20, 2006, in a Machias nursing home, following a long illness. He was born Jan. 4, 1939, in Whitneyville. He attended school in Machais and graduated from the University of Maine at Machias. Charlie was a beloved teacher in the Calais school system until he decided to change careers and left to work for the U.S. Immigration Service in 1970, where he was employed until he retired in 1999. Charlie enjoyed sports, he was a volunteer referee at the recreation center and also officiated many high school games. He refereed for 25 years, averaging at times 40 games per season and officiated at 11 Eastern Maine Championships in Bangor and one state final. Charlie has been described as "fast afoot, courageous and bold" during his refereeing career. He enjoyed lobster fishing and spent many hours on the water with close friends, Louis Bernardini and Bob Black. He was a member of the Calais Lions Club and also loved to spend time at a camp during hunting season with friends, Kerry Pinette and Bruce Mulholland. He was a friend to all who knew him and will be sadly missed by many people. Charlie was predeceased by his parents, Michael and Nellie Holland of Whitneyville; and by a brother, James Holland of Milford, N.H. He is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Jennifer and Joseph Fernandez; granddaughter, Ally Fernandez, all of Portland; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jessica Holland of Buxton; sister, Eleanor Worcester of Machais; sister, Nancy Holland of Whitneyville; sister, Joyce Holland of Whitneyville; brother, John Holland of Jonesboro and many nieces and nephews. Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, at Mays Funeral Home, 26 Church St., Calais. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, in the funeral home, with Pastor Dana Kadey, officiating. Friends may pay tribute at www.maysfuneralhome.com. [Provided by Ken Strout]
Ruth Hudson CA class of 1924, attended Gorham Teachers' College
Ralph B. Hunt, per 1928 Broadcast, former Calais Principal, Principal of Hebron Academy
Ernest D. Jackman Principal High School 1914, died 2/1963.
Jane Murchie LaCroix Jackson, 66, died May 15, 2012 at St. Mary's Regional Medical Center in Lewiston, Maine. She was born in St. John, New Brunswick, on Aug. 15, 1945, to Louis Joseph and Harriett H. Horton LaCroix. She attended school in Calais and graduated from Calais High School in 1963. She later graduated from the University of Maine at Machias with a bachelor's degree in education. Jackson taught for brief stints in Houlton and Old Town before settling in to teach for 10 years in Calais. She retired in 1980. In 1981 she moved to Brunswick, where she was employed by Senter's Department Store and Olan Mills Photo Studio. She enjoyed painting, photographing wild flowers and writing short stories. Jackson was predeceased by her sister, Eleanor Palacios. She is survived by nephews, Edward Palacios and Peter Palacios; and one great nephew. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date. Burial will take place in the Calais Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made in Jackson's memory to the Salvation Army, 127 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011. [Provided by Marilyn Strout.]
Franklin W. Johnson '91 was the fifteenth president of Colby College. By the time he assumed the presidency, Johnson had become a national authority on secondary education. He started his career as principal of Calais Academy, then served at Coburn Classical Academy in Waterville for ten years, before going on to the the University of Chicago High School. Prior to his return to Colby Johnson was professor of education at Teachers College of Columbia University. http://www.colby.edu/education/history.html
Sarah Lawlar Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]
Walter Rayford Leach. CHERRYFIELD and BUCKSPORT - Walter Rayford Leach, 96, passed away July 17, 2007, at Narraguagus Bay Health Care Facility, Milbridge, after a brief illness. He was born Jan. 24, 1911, in Penobscot, the son of the late W. Scott Leach and Mercy (Torrey) Leach. Walter grew up on a farm and worked on the farm milking cows, cutting hay, and raking blueberries. He graduated from Clark High School, Penobscot, in 1928. In 1932, he graduated from the University of Maine in Orono and received his master's degree in education in 1959. Walter served as principal and worked as basketball and baseball coach at Clark High School, Penobscot; Milbridge High School; Potter Academy, Sebago; and Corrina Union Academy. He also served as principal at Calais Memorial High School. Walter served as superintendent of schools at Union 40, which included New Sharon. He also served as superintendent in Sullivan. During the summer breaks from teaching and serving as principal, Walter worked for Jasper Wyman and Sons as a tester of products and supervisor of the factory during the summers. After his retirement from education in 1969, he worked at a vegetable and berry farm in Bucksport during the summer and also worked at H&R Block doing taxes from 1970 to 1988. While in education, he belonged to several organizations including the Executive Committee Association, Maine Principals Association, and National Education Association, where he served as a delegate to conventions in Boston, Atlantic City, Chicago, and Seattle. Walter was also a Mason since 1938 and a past member of the Farmington Rotary Club. Walter married his first wife, Madeline Pearl Scott, in 1934. Madeline passed away in 1967. He married Georgie (Gross) Chasse, in 1968. Georgie passed away in 1986. Walter was also predeceased by a son, Arlyn Leach, in 1998; a brother, Arthur Leach; and a sister, Rilla Moore. He is survived by a son, Wayne R. Leach and wife, Pauline, of Winslow; stepsons, Fred and wife, Mickey Chasse, of South Bristol, John Chasse and wife, Marilee, of Virginia, and Robert Chasse and wife, Earline, of Bucksport; longtime companion, Lorena Colbeth of Cherryfield; her son, Fulton Colbeth and wife, Nedra, of Cherryfield; Arlyn's wife, Elizabeth Leach, of New Hampshire; grandchildren, Craig Leach, Clark Leach, Christopher Leach, Nathan Leach, Kenneth Leach, David Leach, Kimberly Colbeth, Kathy Colbeth, Thomas Colbeth, Anthony Small, and Timothy Small; many great-grand-children, nieces and nephews. Visiting hours will take place 1-2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, Milbridge, where services will be held 2 p.m. A graveside service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at New Sharon Village Cemetery, New Sharon. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Ark Animal Shelter, P.O. Box 276, Cherryfield, ME 04622 or to the American Cancer Society, Northern New England Region, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086. www.bragdonkelley.com [BDN 071907 provided by John Adams]
Ed Leeman. A veteran educator at Calais High School has won the 2004 Wal-Mart Maine Teacher of the Year Award. Ed Leeman, a Specialist with Jobs for Maine’s Graduates (JMG), was formally presented the award, which includes a $10,000 grant, at a ceremony hosted by Wal-Mart on Tuesday of last week. The Wal-Mart award recognizes Leeman for positively influencing the lives of young people in Maine, and the annual contributions he and his students make to support and improve their community. “I believe in each of my students. And I believe by giving them the opportunity to help others, they become more invested in the success of the larger community,” says Leeman. “I want my students to discover their own leadership skills and recognize the important role they play in their own futures.” Leeman has been a JMG Specialist at Calais High School for the past twelve years. Through community service projects, his students have partnered with local retirement homes, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the American Red Cross and the SPCA to provide support aimed at helping the community at large. An important component to the JMG program is active participation from Maine’s employers and business leaders. “We have sponsored the JMG program for years because it takes young people out into what is essentially their local economy, and prepares them to compete in today’s world of continued education and career choices,” says Dennis Brown, President/CEO of Calais Federal. “Ed Leeman is making a difference in his classroom that will ultimately benefit all of Maine.”
Alice Manson CA class of 1924, b. 12/28/04, parent Ralph E. Manson, entered CA 5/27/20, spent 1st 3 years in Gardiner school, Commercial Course,teacher Calais grade school, m. ___ Rhoades & William Murdock
Ethel McPherson Obituary [Provided by Thelma Eye Brooks]
Ella McVay, Calais Academy Class of 1905; taught 5th grade.
Vella E. Meisner
Roger Edward Mills, 71 of Fryeburg passed away on October 8, 2010 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Eldest son of the late Edward and Clara Mills of Fryeburg. He attended Fryeburg Schools, graduating from Fryeburg Academy in 1958. After graduation he attended the University of Maine, graduating with a BS in Mathematics in 1962. He married Margaret (Peggy) Pandora on March 17, 1962. He spent 3 years teaching math and science in Calais, ME and Kennett High School in Conway, NH. In 1965 he moved his family to Maryland when he accepted a job as a Computer Programmer and analyst in Washington DC. In 2001 he retired after 36 years when he and Peggy moved back to Fryeburg, building a new home on the family property. He was a member of the Fryeburg Congregational Church, the Pythagorean Masonic Lodge, the Order of the Eastern Star in Fryeburg, the Rotary Club of Fryeburg, and the Brownfield and Fryeburg Historical Societies. He is survived by his wife Peggy of 48 years, his children: Chris Mills and his wife Carol of Alexandria, VA; Trisha Mills and husband David of Seattle, WA; Michelle Crabill and her husband Mark of Springfield, VA; his grandchildren, Anna and Sara Crabill, Thea Mills, and Mackenzie Mills Pyle. He is also survived by four sisters, Beverly O'Bolye of Bristol, PA; Jean Hubbard and her husband Philip of Cannan, ME; Roxanne Armstrong and her husband Larry of Fairfax, VA; Violet Eastman and her husband Peter of Cape Coral, FL; one brother Clayton Mills and his wife Karen of Fryeburg, ME. A memorial service will be held 11:00 am Wednesday, October 13th 2010 at the Fryeburg Congregational Church with the Rev. Tim LeConey officiating. In lieu of flowers the family has asked that donations be given to the Alzheimer's Association of Maine. If you need more information on how to donate go to tinyurl.com/Roger Mills or send a check to Alzheimer's Association Maine Chapter 170, US Route 1 Suite 250, Falmouth, ME 04105. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. [Provided by Sharon Howland.]
Margaret L. (Callaghan) Norris, 81, wife of John J. Norris, died March 12, 2012, at a Bangor hospital. She was born Feb. 23, 1931, in Brewer, the daughter of Maurice C. and Mae E. (McNamara) Callaghan. Margaret was a graduate of Brewer High School and was a longtime resident of Brewer. She was a communicant of St. Teresa's Catholic Church, Brewer, and was a member of Daughters of Isabella, Ave Maria Circle. Margaret enjoyed spending time with her morning coffee friends at McDonald's. Surviving are her husband, John Norris of Brewer; her daughter, Cathy of The Villages, Fla.; one son, Mike Norris and his wife, Laura, of Newburgh; and two grandchildren, Zachary M. and Olivia C. Norris, both of Newburgh. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 a.m. Friday, March 16, at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. Teresa's Catholic Church, South Main Street, Brewer. A time of fellowship and refreshments will be immediately afterward at the parish center. Burial will be at a later date at Forest Hill Cemetery, Old Town. For those who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Bangor Humane Society, 693 B Mount Hope Ave., Bangor, ME 04401. [Published in BDN Maine on March 14, 2012. Provided by Heather Ross.]
Ann Olssen. Died in auto accident January 2004.
C. A. Page, A. M. Principal High School circa 1874.
Herbert Shaw Philbrick, A. B. Colby College 1897, S. B. MIT 1906. Submaster Calais High School 1897 - 1900; Principal High School 1900 - 1902.
93, passed away in Robbinston on November 8, 2014. She was born in
Lubec on June 9, 1921, the eldest daughter
of Delora (Small) and Harrison D. Parker. The homestead on Pirates
Creek where she was born still stands and was her retirement home in
the summers until recently. Lois
graduated from Lubec High School in 1938. She worked in sardine
factories mostly at Lawrence's Factory in North Lubec for two years,
saving for college. She started her post secondary education at
Washington Normal School (now UMM) in 1940. She started her teaching
career in 1942 in Cutler. Then she followed assignments in South Lubec,
Washburn, Liberty and Oakland often teaching multiple grades. At one
time she worked as a social welfare worker with one other woman
covering all of Washington County including both Passamaquoddy Tribal
Reservations. Lois later finished her bachelor's degree at UMO in
1952, and in the 1970's earned her master's degree at UMO. She married
Lawrence D. Pike of Eastport and moved from Lubec to the Bronx where
they worked alternate day and night shifts in NYC banks. They raised
two sons, S. Dean and William L., in a three story apartment house
they owned overlooking the Cross Bronx Expressway. In 1964, after
lugging her sons all over the New York World's Fair, she and Larry
packed the family up in the station wagon and moved to Calais, Maine.
She taught at Calais Memorial High School from 1964-1981. She was very
active in school affairs and was on the team that started planning and
construction of the current Calais High School on River Road. During
those years she put many miles on family vehicles running all over the
state supporting her sons' and their classmates' academic and athletic
activities. Her greatest joys in life from retirement until her
passing were her family, especially grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, and the personal stories of the successes of her
former students. She could not go anywhere in Washington County
without encountering former fellow teachers or students.
Barrett Potter, principal 1879 - 1882, admitted to bar 1886.
John Purton, deceased, see class of 1967 for obituary.
J. F. Ryan, per 1928 Broadcast former Calais principal, Bookstore, Cambridge MA
John Adelard St. Onge, 75, of Easthampton died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at home after a brief illness. He was the widower of Mary Isabel (Gonsalves) St. Onge; they were married 38 years. Born in New Bedford, he was the son of the late Adelard and Adelina (Silva) St. Onge. He was a 1949 graduate of New Bedford High School. Mr. St. Onge served in the Army during the Korean War. He received his teaching degree in music from New England Conservatory of Music and taught in Calais, Maine. He later taught at Easthampton High School, where he directed the marching band, concert band and chorus until retiring in 1993. A parishioner of Immaculate Conception Church for 45 years, he was the former music and choir director and a longtime member of the Men's Club. He played with many local bands, including the Vagabonds and the Johnny St. Onge Orchestra. He was a member of the Dalton LaVallee American Legion Post 224 and a former member of the Easthampton Education Association, Massachusetts Teachers Association and the National Teachers Association. He enjoyed golfing and his cats and dogs. Survivors include two sons, Christopher A. of Springfield and Peter T. St. Onge of Easthampton; a daughter, Mary E. St. Onge of Easthampton; and a sister, Claire Medeiros of Fairhaven. He was the father of the late John Michael St. Onge. His funeral service with military honors will be at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Immaculate Conception Church. Burial will be in St. Brigid's Cemetery. Arrangements are by the Graham Funeral Home, 18 Adams St.
Arnold Sanborn, former Calais Academy Principal, Superintendent of Schools, Dryden ME
Julia Smith - ADDISON - Julia Mae Smith, 78, went to be with her Lord, Dec. 6, 2002, following a long illness. She was born Sept. 1, 1924, in Jonesport, the daughter of George and Lovina (Wallace) Randall. She graduated from Jonesport High School in 1943, attended the Bangor, Maine, School of Commerce and graduated from the University of Maine at Machias. Julia was a business education teacher for 22 years at Addison, Machias, Calais and Ashland. She was a well-respected teacher, whose students often were so well prepared that they entered the business field immediately upon their graduation. Following her retirement, she continued to work as a substitute teacher until 1990. She was a member of the Unionville Church of God for many years and also attended the Downeast Christian Church in Harrington and the Jonesport United Pentecostal Church. Julia was strong in faith and testified freely of her Heavenly Father. She is survived by two children, Paul Smith and his wife, Cynthia of Cherryfield and Corinne "Queenie" Stanwood and her husband, Robert of Milbridge; four grandchildren, Carol Lisee and her husband, Jeremy of Milbridge, Christopher Smith and his wife, Samantha of Cherryfield, Corey Smith and his wife, Sissel of W. Va., and Kimberly Blakely and her husband, Jay of Hudson; five great-grandchildren, Amber Stanwood, Ashton Blakely, Robert and Kirsten Lisee and Hayden Roy Smith; four sisters, Violet Redimarker of Addison, Ramona Golding of Harrington, Marilyn Will of Connecticut and Arlene Bigelow of Harrington; and a special sister-in-law, Bernice Randall of Jonesport; special nephews, Kendrick Randall of Harrington and Rev. Bruce Tucker, PhD, of Georgia, several other nieces and nephews. She will also be remembered by several close friends, including Flora Bayrd of Cherryfield. She was predeceased by her husband, Ernest Smith in 1993; and one brother, Arnold Randall. Friends are invited to visit with the family 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Bragdon-Kelley-Campbell Funeral Home, Milbridge. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9, 2002, at the Unionville Church of God, Steuben, with the Rev. Bruce Tucker and the Rev. Arthur Fairbrother officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to the Unionville Church of God Youth Program, 1021 Unionville Road, Steuben, ME 04680. [Bangor Daily News 12-07-02]
Jean Spearin: Longtime educator recalled as a 'class act' Tuesday, January 31, 2006 - Bangor Daily News BAILEYVILLE - A woman who was a lifelong teacher - and for the past two years chairwoman of the school committee - died unexpectedly at her home Monday. Jean Spearin, 74, is being hailed as a great teacher, mentor and friend. "When I first came to [Baileyville] I taught English, she was a mentor to me," fellow educator and longtime friend Dottie Johnson said Monday. "I taught in the junior high and when I got to teaching ninth grade, she really made sure I did what I was supposed to." Johnson said that even though Spearin had retired several years ago, she was an advocate for the school system. "She was dedicated to a good educational program for the town of Baileyville and the surrounding communities that send their kids here. She wanted us to hold our kids to high standards figuring that if we expected that of them they would do it," she said. Johnson said that several of Spearin's students went on to become teachers. Spearin spent 34 years in the field of education as an English teacher, Union 107 Superintendent Barry McLaughlin said Monday. "Twenty-six at the Woodland High School," he added. "We are incredibly shocked," the superintendent said. "She was bright, articulate, loved kids, loved people, tough when she needed to be but always fair." The superintendent called Spearin a "class act." "She had high standards for her students and herself and was a great role model for her kids," he said. He said everyone had a Spearin story. At one time, Spearin also had a foot in Canada, teaching in New Brunswick, including on Deer Island. She also taught in Calais. She was a member of the Baileyville School Committee - except for a two-year hiatus - for nearly a decade. She originally was appointed in 1996. She was re-elected in 2004, serving as chairwoman. She also worked for the Calais Advertiser for more than a decade as its proofreader. "She was our mentor with regard to proofing and English. She kept us on the straight and narrow," said Ferguson Calder, the Advertiser's publisher. "She was an icon and represented what a true lady was in every sense of the word. ... She was a very classy, wonderful, compassionate, caring individual that we are going to deeply miss and I'm sure the community is, as a friend more than anything else." Co-workers, friends and students also remembered her affectionately on Monday. Nancy Simpson, who used to substitute teach for Spearin, said the students loved her. Baileyville Town Council Chairwoman Linda Rayner praised the former teacher. "Ah, Jean Spearin, what couldn't you say that was nice about her," Rayner said. "There wasn't anything she wouldn't do to help anybody." Although Rayner grew up in Baileyville, she said she was never lucky enough to have her as a teacher. But over the years she has worked closely with Spearin in her capacity as a school committee member. "She was a very good school board member, because she knew what the school needed," Rayner said. "She was a fixture in the community. She was just loved by everybody who knew her. She was just a peach." Scott Harriman, Baileyville's town manager, was Spearin's student. "She worked us hard, but I learned a lot from Jean. She was tough but fair," he said. "She definitely prepared us for college. I never had any problem with English in my undergraduate days and later I thanked her for it." Carol Ann Nicholson, who was a student when Spearin taught at Calais Memorial High School, also called her a good teacher. "She was very attentive to her students. Her students really liked her," she said. "She was a real lady, somebody that you couldn't help but like." Her husband, Keith Spearin, and son, Keith Michael Spearin, predeceased her. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Edna Spurlingtaught 1st grade
Zieb Stetler- My father taught music in and around 1950 to 1952. His name was Zieb Stetler. I was amazed to see his Picture on the sight. I went to school in Kindergarten and first grade. At age 60 my memories are dim but if you want to know about my father he went on to teach in Wilmington Del and then Freehold N.J. where he died in 1973 of a heart attack. I currently live in Wyoming and met a former student here from Maine and she directed me to the web sight. Thanks for a nice moment when his picture popped up on screen. Sincerely, Zieb Stetler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Tarbox - From Soc. Sec. Death Index-- Fred Tarbox b. 16 Feb 1891 died May 1965. From Fred Tarbox’ obit: age 74, teacher of science and principal in Calais for 33 years. Died at Calais Hospital, b. Eastport 16 Jan 1891, son of George & Christine (Newcomb) Tarbox. Member of St. Croix Lodge & Calais Lions Club & American Legion. Graduate of Colby, a masters degree at U of M. Was in Navy in WWI. Survived by Widow Margaret Tarbox, Calais. Buried Calais Cemetery. Pall bearers: Kenneth Kalenberg, Samuel Saunders, Eugene Townsend, Dexter Thomas, Francis Rutherford and Granton Frye.[Provided by Thelma Eye Brook.]
J. Burleigh Thompson, Superintendent, 1921
Mrs. Lucy Thompson, Science Teacher at Calais Grade School. Lucy was Reverend Donald Thompson's wife. Photo taken by Tom Brennen. See obituary below.
Lucy P. Thompson, 91, wife of the late Rev. Donald
N. Thompson, died March 6, 2009, at a Brewer health care facility. She was born
June 14, 1917, in Presque Isle, to Charles and Vertyline (Foster) Perry. Lucy graduated from Presque Isle High School, attended Ricker Junior College,
Houlton, and graduated from Bates College in 1939 with a Bachelor of Science
degree. She studied medical technology at Massachusetts Memorial Hospitals,
Boston, becoming a certified clinical pathologist and chemist in their lab. In
1941 she married the Rev. Donald Thompson. Partners in life and work, together
they served American Baptist churches in Mexico, Danforth Larger Parish,
Bridgewater, Millinocket, Calais and Islesboro. Lucy enjoyed young people and
was an advocate of education. She was a substitute teacher in numerous towns.
After obtaining her teaching certification in 1966 through the University of
Maine, she taught five years of junior-high science and English in Calais.
Actively involved in American Baptist Women's Ministries, she became president
of the Maine chapter in the late 1950s. In the national organization, she served
two terms as treasurer and one term as president, from 1969 to 1971. A cherished
highlight was a world trip in 1970 to visit holy places and church missions.
Also active in American Baptist Churches of Maine, Lucy served as president from
1979 to 1980. In 1984 she and Donald retired to Pembroke. They joined the
Pembroke United Methodist Church, where Lucy served as organist for 19 years. In
2004 Lucy moved to Ellen Leach Memorial Home, Brewer, and joined First United
Methodist Church, Orrington. Lucy found satisfaction in volunteering for
community organizations, including Literacy Volunteers; Calais City Council,
Down East Hospice, volunteer and director; Meals for ME, volunteer and director;
and Pembroke Food Pantry. She also donated to local, national and international
charities. Lucy was predeceased by her husband of 59 years, Donald; and
brothers, Ralph and Fred Perry. A loving mother and grandmother, Lucy will be
deeply missed by her children, Gwendolyn and Dr. John Archambault of Brewer,
Otis and Mavourneen Thompson of Peaks Island and Don and Carlene Thompson of
Hermon; grandchildren, Maria-Beth Smith and Luke Hall, Rhonda St. John and John
Bacon, Jeffrey and Katherine Thompson, Heather Thompson and Harvey Johnson, Seth
Thompson and Kristen Powell, and Adam Thompson; great-grandchildren, Owen and
Mary Thompson, Arthur and Eleanor Thompson-Johnson, and Gabrielle Thompson; and
siblings by marriage, Marie Thompson, Jean Barker, Dorothy Gott, Bob and Regina
Roope, Ed Roope, and Bill and Brenda Roope. Family and friends may visit 2-4 and
6-8 p.m. Monday, March 9, at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service, 69 State St.,
Brewer. A service celebrating Lucy's life will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 10,
at First United Methodist Church, Orrington, with the Rev. Brenda LeClerc,
presiding. Spring interment will be at Johnson Cemetery, Presque Isle. For those
who wish, memorial contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, Heifer
International, the Salvation Army or your local food pantry, church or charity
of choice. Condolences may be offered at www.kileyandfoley.com
[Bangor Daily News 3/9/2009 provided by Ken Strout]
PORTLAND - Earl Martin Tibbetts, educator, camp director and antiquarian, 84, died Friday, May 20, 2011, at his home. He was born April 3, 1927, in Montville, a son of Wesley V. Tibbetts and Emily (Pratt) Tibbetts. He attended schools in Montvillle and Liberty. After graduating from Walker Memorial High School, Mr. Tibbetts completed a course of study in Army specialized training at the University of Maine and Norwich University. He then enlisted in the Infantry Replacement Training Center program at Camp Blanding, Fla. He was honorably discharged from the Army Dec. 31, 1946. Mr. Tibbetts graduated from the University of Maine receiving a bachelor's degree and later received a master's degree from Gorham State Teachers College. He accepted a teaching position in Jonesport, and in 1955 was recruited for a teaching position in Calais. In 1957 he became principal at Calais High School. Several class trips to Washington, D.C., were made and Mr. Tibbetts often recalled the generosity of Sen. Margaret Chase Smith, who in one letter to Mr. Tibbetts commented, "I have thought of your fine looking group many times since their visit to my office. They were so alert, bright and clean cut. I was extremely proud of them and that they were from Maine. Surely we have nothing to fear as far as the future is concerned when we have such fine young people." Mr. Tibbetts was invited back to Calais by one of the graduating classes who insisted he speak at the reunion. That sunny August day also involved many laughs while riding on a float in the parade with his daughter and former students around town and across the bridge to Canada. Mr. Tibbetts spent nearly 25 summers in the position of camp director at Camp Spaulding, Penacook, N.H. It was there he met his future wife, Nancy (Newman) Tibbetts, who was pursuing a summer job as camp counselor as part of her social work curriculum. Earl and Nancy married in Swampscott, Mass., during a blizzard in 1958, and honeymooned in New York City. In later years Mr. Tibbetts was amused that their honeymoon included a brief elevator encounter with Fidel Castro in the Empire State Building. Mr. and Mrs. Tibbetts resided in Calais prior to moving to Portland in 1960. He taught at Jack Junior High School, Portland, for nearly 20 years before finishing his teaching career at Lincoln Junior High, Stevens Avenue. During his teaching career, he coached track, chess and model clubs. He had many rich stories regarding scorekeeping basketball games on Beal's Island. Just two weeks ago, Mr. Tibbetts and his son-in-law opened up the family cottage on Lake St. George, Liberty, with Mr. Tibbetts, commenting that it was his 61st year doing so. Time spent at the cottage was very special to Mr. Tibbetts. He particularly enjoyed having Jim, Lynne and Alison Mooney, as well as the crew from Maryland as neighbors. Many a tale was told around campfires and attempting to remove beaver dams from the nearby culvert became a group activity. At one point after his retirement he had the opportunity to spend four hours a day fishing every day and became the self proclaimed "fisherman of the lake," a title he truly deserved. Mr. Tibbetts was past treasurer for Portland Federal Teachers Credit Union and Pine Tree Post Card Club. He was a member of Quantabacook Lodge AF & AM No. 129, Searsmont. He was active in several other organizations and once appeared on a "Bill Green's Maine" segment. He was predeceased by his loving wife, Nancy (Newman) Tibbetts. Surviving are his daughter, Susan (Tibbetts) Kezal and her husband, Steven, of Gorham; a brother, Dr. John Tibbetts of San Leandro, Calif.; two nieces, two nephews; along with several cousins and his beloved Maine coon cat. Relatives and friends are invited to attend a time of visitation 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St., Portland, where funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26. Private Interment service will take place at a later date. Donations in Earl's memory may be made to Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Road, Casco, ME 04015; Animal Refuge League, attention: Gayle Dunnigan, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098 or a charity of your choice. For additional information and to sign Earl's guest book, please visit www.jonesrichandhutchins.com. [BDN Provided by Sharon Howland]
Henry Tompkins CA Class of 1922 Shop Teacher, also in Winslow ME
Miss Laura Townsend
Joan E. Violette, 61, of 11 Evergreen Drive, a retired Maine teacher, died yesterday at Rhode Island Hospital. Born in Danforth, Maine, a daughter of Madeline (Lawlor) Violette, with whom she made her home, and the late Joseph L. Violette, she lived in East Providence for 11 years. Miss Violette was an English teacher in Calais and previously was head of the English Department at Ellsworth High School, Ellsworth, Maine. She taught for a total of 25 years before retiring 12 years ago. She received a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine, and a master's degree in English, and a master's degree in library science, both from her alma mater. Besides her mother she leaves three sisters, Katherine Longendyke of Kingston, N.Y., Elaine Berriman of Seekonk, Evelyn Whitney of Raleigh, N.C., and a brother, Joseph L. Violette of Riva, Md. The funeral will be held Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Perry-McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Ave., with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 at Our Lady of Loreto Church, Waterman Avenue.Providence Journal (RI) - Tuesday, July 19, 1988. Provided by Sharon Howland.]
Andrea Marie Bailey Vose, 79, from Bangor and Calais, Maine, on January 16, 2005. Attended University of Maine from 1943 until 1945. She graduated from Eastern Maine General Hospital School of Nursing in 1947. She was employed as the school nurse in Calais for 25 years. She retired in 1988. She was active in many church groups, choirs, the Wesleyan Service Guild, and United Methodist Women. She enjoyed biking and walking around her neighborhood meeting new friends, knitting, and quilting. She is survived by four children including Susan Vose Chaffee ’00 and Stephen ’85G, eight grandchildren, including Stephen Vose ’98G and Matthew Vose ’99, and four great-grandchildren.
Marjorie Ruth Vose Freeman. I graduated from Calais Academy in 1943 I taught fifth grade there from the fall of 1952 to 1956. I have been retired since 1990 here in Dinuba CA where I taught several elementary levels for 29 years. I also taught 6th grade in Woodland prior to marrying Harold Freeman (1937). I left Maine in 1961 to teach in Dinuba California. My husband Harold Albert Freeman was a graduate of Calais Academy in 1937. He died in 1956 email@example.com
DELMA ELAINE WATT. PERRY - Delma Elaine Watt, 95, died Thursday, April 13, 2006 at a Calais nursing home. Delma was born July 10, 1910, in Lubec, the daughter of the late Angus and Blanche (Lord) Burgess. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church in Calais, and in later years played organ for Blakey United Methodist Church in Eastport. Delma was also a member of the Perry and Robbinston Granges, and the Pocahontas, where she became a Great Keeper of Wampum, and loved to travel to Bangor and shop. After the death of her husband, Alton Murray Watt, she continued to teach school in Robbinston and Calais for many years. Delma had the good fortune to purchase her last home near John Knowton and Terri Taylor. Terri has been her caregiver for many years and a good friend. Many will remember her as an English teacher, for her organ music and her toe-tapping piano music at dances. She lived a long life, which is a fulfillment of God's for those who honor their parents, and she did honor and love her mother for 86 years. In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Anna Smith; and a grandson-in-law, Clifford Doolan. Delma leaves behind a son, Gerald Watt and wife, Loretta; her grandchildren, Daniel Watt, Nanette Smith and husband, Stephen and their children, Kathryn and John, Michelle Doolan and her children, Clayton and Samuel; and a nephew, Eugene Watt. She also leaves behind Jim Alley and wife, Kathy and their two daughters, Caroline and husband, Robert and their two children, Alley and Daniel, and Kim; and many dear friends. A funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, at the Second Baptist Church in Calais with Pastors Chris Stevens and Bob Hinton officiating. Burial will be held 2 p.m. in Corey Cemetery in Lubec. In lieu of flowers, donations in Delma's memory may be made to a charity of one's choice. Arrangements by Mays Funeral Home-Flagg Chapel, Eastport. Friends may pay tribute at www.maysfuneralhome.com. [provided by John Adams & Sharon Howland]
Mrs. Watt provided by Ken Strout
Stephen E. Weber, Principal High School circa 1941.
HAZEL VAN TASSELL EMERY WEYMOUTH MILO - Hazel Van Tassell Weymouth, 83, wife of the late Alfred Weymouth, died March 2, 2005, at a Dover-Foxcroft nursing home. She was born July 3, 1921, in Houlton, the daughter of John Manzer and Iris (Powers) Van Tassell. She attended Houlton schools, and was a graduate of the University of Maine in 1943. She later returned to the University and earned an MLS in 1974. Mrs. Weymouth taught school at Vanceboro High School, Bridgewater Classical Academy, LaGrange High School, Calais Memorial High School, Houlton High School, Milo High School, and Piscataquis Community High School. She was a member of the Maine Teachers Assoc., National Education Assoc., National Retired Teachers Assoc., Piscataquis Retired Teachers Assoc., a member and past president of Omicron Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma, a member and past president of the Ayuda Club, a member of Military Street Baptist Church in Houlton; a communicant of Park Street United Methodist Church in Milo, and a member of Daughters of Union Veterans, the Joseph P. Chaisson American Legion Post No. 41 Auxiliary, and Aldworth Chapter No. 39 OES. She is survived by a daughter, Karen J. Emery and her companion, Steven A. Clark, of Saco; a granddaughter, Heather L. Braxton and her husband, Raymond, of Saco; a grandson, Jason M. Hult of Saco; three great-grand-children, Owen Hult, Aaron Braxton, and Emily Braxton, all of Saco; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends. She was predeceased by a sister, Lois Stackhouse; three brothers, Manley David Van Tassell, Fred Hartley Van Tassell, John Manzer Van Tassell Jr., and her first husband, Joseph O. Emery. Spring interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery. Those who wish may make memorial contributions to the Susan B. Komen Maine Race for the Cure, P.O. Box 3283, Brewer, ME 04412.
Gene S. Wilbur, 78, died peacefully July 27, 2010, at his winter home in Pensacola, Fla., after a brief illness with bone cancer. He was born Aug. 8, 1931, in Acushnet, Mass., son of Roger and Abbie Wilbur. Gene touched many lives through 30 years of service in education. He was principal of Mattanawcook Academy, Lincoln, from 1978 to 1981; superintendent for Southern Aroostook District, Island Falls, from 1981 to 1984; and superintendent for Penobscot Valley District, Howland, from 1984 to 1988. He was also principal of Shead High School, Eastport, and taught in Calais and Thomaston. Gene was a Korean War veteran, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952 as an artillery gunner on the destroyer USS Herbert J. Thomas. He held a bachelor's degree in education from Bridgewater State Teachers College in Massachusetts and a master's degree in education from the University of Maine, Orono. Gene was a lifelong Red Sox fan, and wrote an unpublished book on baseball, which was favorably reviewed by his hero, Ted Williams. He was also a well-read student of history and wrote an unpublished biography of President Andrew Johnson. Gene enjoyed summers with family at the oceanfront cabin he built by hand in Robbinston. His passion for world travel was sparked in his eighth decade, with multiple trips to Europe and Latin America, along with his wife, Mary, and sometimes his son, Sam, accompanying him. He is survived by his wife, Mary Wilbur of Lincoln; son, Sam Wilbur; daughter-in-law, Lindsey Wilbur; and grandson, Wyatt Wilbur, all of Kihei, Hawaii; sister, Susan Darling of Machias; and sister, Priscilla Mandell of Ocean Grove, Calif. No local services will be held.[Published in Bangor Daily News on July 31, 2010. Provided by Sharon Howland.]
Frederick Charles Wilbur, 61, Rome, Italy, died on January 6, 2000. B.A. in English UM '60. After graduation he taught English, French, and Latin at Calais High School and then at Milo High School. He later attended Duke University where he obtained his M.A. and Ph.D. He taught at Rider College in New Jersey for several years. He moved to Rome in 1976 and taught English to private students.
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