Camden historian writes book on Mountain View cemetery

Posted Dec. 13, 2010, at 8:25 p.m.

CAMDEN, Maine — Lewis Ogier’s gravestone, adorned with the Masonic emblems of a compass, square and trowel, was the creation of a Bangor company, Barker and Bradbury.

It reads: “A soldier of the Revolution, died Jan. 30, 1849, AE 88 yrs. 3 mos.”

The photo in “Who’s Who at Mountain View” is of the stone commemorating a member of “the second-oldest family in present-day Camden.”

Author Barbara F. Dyer would be the person to know. A lifelong resident and the official historian for Camden, Dyer has written 11 books about Camden since 1984.

“Who’s Who at Mountain View” is a collection of fascinating stories about many of those buried in the Camden cemetery on Route 52.

Lewis and brother Peter Ogier were in the fife and drum corps during the Revolutionary War, and their dad, Abraham, was a sergeant.

They were at the second Battle of Machias, writes Dyer, “under the Benjamin Lamont Company and Col. John Allan Regiment. Under the command of Col. Jonathan Eddy they saved Machias from the British.”

There is more about the Huguenot Ogier family, which certainly made its contributions to the community. Doris Ogier Pitcher was librarian at Camden Public Library for more than 40 years.

The Ogiers lived on Chestnut Street, as did the Thayers and Smarts, who once owned a white house that is familiar even to people who have never been to Maine. It was used in exterior shots filmed in Camden in 1957 for the movie “Peyton Place.”

Dyer’s book also offers the love story of Mary Wheeler and Nathaniel Hosmer of New Hampshire.

And how about Ephraim K. Smart, the former Congressman who lost the race for governor to Israel Washburn Jr. and debated former Gov. James G. Blaine?

Some of the names you will find in Dyer’s book are: Adams Family, Horatio Alden, Azizeh Ayoube, Salim Ayoube, Barrett Family, Holly Bean, Col. Nicholas Berry, George Cleveland, Harold Corthell, Davey Crockett, Fred Crockett, Benjamin Cushing, Eaton Family, Fay Family, the Rev. Lewis Evans, Frye Family, Tilson Gould, Williston Grinnell, John Hathaway, Hodgman Family, Hosmer Family, Huse Family, David Knowlton, Dr. Paul Lerner, the Rev. Locke, Ada Mills, Norwood Family, Ogier Family, Peter Ott, Moses Parker, Allen Payson, James Richards, Stephen Ritterbush, Reuel Robinson, Russell Family, Capt. Isaac Sherman, Capt. Justin Sherman, Thaddeus Simonton, John Tewksbury, George Thomas, Robert Thorndike, Maj. Gen. George Ulmer Sr., and many others.

“Who’s Who at Mountain View” sells for $25 plus $1.25 sales tax. You may order it from Barbara Dyer, 11 Highland Ave., Camden 04843.

It also is for sale in Camden at the Owl & Turtle Bookshop, Sherman’s Books and Village Shop. In Rockland it is at the Reading Corner.

Dyer loves Camden, “so the books have been a labor of love,” she said.

The last chapter has to do with a fruit store run by a Syrian sister and brother, Azizeh and Salim Ayoube, who came to be known as Elizabeth and Sammy in these parts.

Sammy died of influenza in 1918.

And Elizabeth? She married Milton Dyer and raised three children, one of them now Camden’s town historian.

Some other books written by Barbara F. Dyer that are held at larger libraries listed on the URSUS website at http://ursus.maine.edu are:

  • “Remembering Camden: Stories from and Old Maine Harbor,” University of Maine Fogler Library, Maine State Library, Bangor Public Library.
  • “More Memories of Camden, Maine,” Fogler Library, Maine State Library.
  • “Home Sweet Home, Camden, Maine,” Maine State Library.
  • “First Congregational Church of Camden, Maine 1805-1991,” Maine State Library.
  • “Vintage Views of Camden, Maine,” Fogler Library, Maine State Library.
  • “’Grog ho!’”: The History of Wooden Vessel Building in Camden, Maine,” Fogler Library, Maine State Library, Bangor Public Library.
  • “Vessels of Camden,” Fogler Library, Maine State Library.
  • “Camden and Rockport,” compiled by Barbara F. Dyer, Fogler Library, Maine State Library.

Roxanne Moore Saucier also wrote a Family Ties column for the Lifestyle section of the Dec. 13, 2010, Bangor Daily News. Family Ties is online at www.bangordailynews.com.

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