Nearly a century ago, a ladies group meeting at Olympic Hall in Lake View decided to raise funds by making a quilt and charging 25 cents to embroider a name on it.
The names, embroidered in 20 circles, 12 names to a circle, include Eva M.C. Tweedie, Leah M. York, Murray D. Gallupe, Queenie Leonard, Mary C. Hamlin, Roy Purdy and Mrs. Robert Luttrell.
Who won the raffled quilt isn’t recorded, but Etta Hamlin had it. Then the quilt was passed on to Pearl Hamlin McFarland, Gladys Newman and Isabella Newman Roberts.
A list of the names on the Lake View Quilt, as well as photos of a few sections of it, are included in Bill Sawtell’s 185-page “Schoodic Lake Revisited.”
Schoodic Lake and Lake View are in Piscataquis County, just east of Brownville.
Olympic Hall, the American Thread Co., the Canadian Pacific Railroad, the Quirions, the Hamlins, the Caldwells, the Winglers, Harry Lanphear, the Lydia A. Godsoe Lands, the Newmans, Adams Siding, Joe Tanguay, Benjamin Clark — the topics and memories are numerous.
And there are wonderful pictures of the town and of people, from Haskell’s Boys Band to Harold and Emelia (Poirier) Newman on their wedding day in 1919.
You will find “Schoodic Lake Revisited” for sale at stores in Piscataquis County and Bangor, or you may order it for $18.45 plus 95 cents tax and $4.27 for shipping and handling. Mail checks to Bill Sawtell, PO Box 272, Brownville, ME 04414.
Sawtell also has available copies of some of his other books: “Katahdin Iron Works and Gulf Hagas,” $12.95 plus 5 percent sales tax, and shipping; “Glimpses of Greenville,” “$11.95 plus sales tax and shipping; “Onawa Revisited,” $16.95 plus sales tax and shipping; “The Ron Marks Story,” $4.95 plus sales tax and shipping; “The Wall,” $3.95 plus sales tax and shipping.
As a descendant of Cummings and Hildreth families in Greenville, I particularly enjoyed “Glimpses of Greenville,” which includes Linda Hubbard McBrierty’s interview with Harold Walden years ago.
How fortunate for us that Sawtell is one of those authors who cares enough about small communities to preserve their history.
The Penobscot County Genealogical Society will meet at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, in the Lecture Hall at Bangor Public Library. The gathering should be a lot of fun.
The theme will be “Show and Tell.” Participants are invited to bring a genealogy-related item to share with other members, and to bring a guest. Maybe you have a book to share or a Web site or bit of information on Maine resources.
Those interested in starting a family research project will find it helpful to hear of other researcher experiences.
The group will raffle off a Gold Version 7.03 of “The Master Genealogist,” as well as Terry Reigel’s “A Primer for the Master Genealogist.” Refreshments will be served.
The second GEN 4 KIDS Day was held Dec. 27, sponsored by PCGS and Bangor Public Library. Children ages 8 to 14 were invited to learn about the exciting hobby of genealogy.
Thirteen children and parents attended the workshop, with guest instructor Phil Getchell explaining how important it is to ask questions now and talk with parents and grandparents about their families.
We congratulate John Nelligan, Phil Getchell, the library and all those involved in getting youngsters interested in genealogy. PCGS is hoping to organize another GEN 4 KIDS Day during summer vacation.
The Aroostook County Genealogical Society will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 26, at the Lions Building, 111 High St., Caribou. The program will focus on researching family history software programs.
Milo, Sebec researchers: Am looking for a connection among these MOCA names in a burial lot in Sebec. Isabella G. Sutherland, Eliza L. (Donaldson) Moores (various spellings) and Maria C. Crester. I’m guessing that Mores, Moors, Moores is a common thread. Is Crester the correct name, or could it have been Crosier and misread from old stone? Any leads appreciated. MOCA is Maine Old Cemetery Association. K. Sakahara, 62 Back Road, Abbot, ME 04406; email@example.com
My grandfather’s sisters, Elizabeth (Adams) McGinnis and Jane (Adams) Towle, went to Old Town, Maine, in the late 1890s and early 1900s from New Brunswick. Is anyone researching them? I don’t think Jane Towle had any children, but Elizabeth McGinnis had Laura, Helen, Elizabeth and David. Laura married a Young and Helen married a Higgens. If you are interested, contact me at Della O’Neill, 7474 Route 117, Miramichi Bay, New Brunswick, Canada E1N 5L4; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or e-mail queries to email@example.com.