At 2½, Dylan Saucier may not remember attending the Veterans Day dedication of the new Honor Roll next to the Civil War Monument in Abbot.
He won’t remember sitting on his daddy’s shoulders during remarks by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Rep. Mike Michaud, or watching James F. Brown honored as the town’s oldest veteran.
But someday, I’ll show him a clipping of the Bangor Daily News story by my lifelong friend Diana Bowley, now available on the web at http://bangordailynews.com/2011/11/11/news/piscataquis/new-veterans-roll-of-honor-dedicated-in-abbot/.
I’ll tell him about the participation of the Boy Scouts and the 195th Army Band and eighth-grader Jordan Marshall, who sang the best version of the “Star-Spangled Banner” I ever heard.
I’ll tell him that along with Great-Grammy Moore, Memere Saucier and Aunt Maureen Taylor and his daddy, Scott Saucier, he accounted for four generations of the Moore family honoring the 333 names on the new Honor Roll.
On a much warmer day next summer, we’ll stop by the new monument so Dylan and his siblings can run their fingers over the names of his Great-Grampy Gayland Moore Jr., and my uncles Carroll Moore and Roderick Moore.
Veterans Day was a chilly day, indeed, but the ceremonies and then the display of veterans’ memorabilia at the Abbot Town Hall warmed a lot of hearts as we gathered to look over photos and medals and uniforms honoring those who served for Abbot. It was a privilege to see current servicemen and women on hand, as well.
Military honor rolls are important to the community, and they are a public genealogical resource, as well. And this one is in granite.
“Vital Records of Dover-Foxcroft” is now available at Thompson Free Library in Dover-Foxcroft, at Bangor Public Library, in Special Collections at the University of Maine’s Fogler Library in Orono and at Maine State Library in Augusta. Madelyn C. Betts donated the three-volume set to the library in Dover-Foxcroft.
I have used local history sources at public libraries in Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Greenville and Dexter, all of which offer many family and local histories.
Here are a couple of web pages you may find useful as well:
— Abbott Memorial Library, Dexter, (Penobscot County) Archived Obituaries, many old obituaries from Eastern Gazette abbott-library.com/obitindex.html
— Sangerville Cemeteries Database, sangerville.lib.me.us/cemfiles/cemindex.html
“Genealogical Gems Found in Newspapers” will be the topic of the Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 29 Ocean House Road, Route 77, Cape Elizabeth.
Frank Millett Day will share methods and sources for discovering your ancestors’ past through newspaper articles. He will take participants on a journey through several generations of his family in the Kennebunk area and share his research found in the Eastern Star, 1878-1915, now the York County Coast Star.
Day has been tracing his family roots since 2005, mostly in Maine. He has more than 250 pages of transcribed Eastern Star newspaper articles containing information on family members and interesting stories around the Kennebunk area.
Greater Portland Chapter programs are free and open to all. For information, visit gpcmgs.org or call Deb at 329-6438.
For more information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at http://bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties/. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor, ME 04402; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.