April 22, 2018
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Taconnett Falls has genealogical library in Winslow

Roxanne Moore Saucier
By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

The Taconnett Falls Genealogical Society has its own library in the old Winslow Library. It is open 1-4 p.m. Wednesday and Saturday at 10 Lithgow St., Winslow, across the river from Waterville. The library has a wonderful and growing collection of books, files and other information. Volunteers are on hand to help.

It also is open 1-4 p.m. the third Sunday of the month to coincide with the society’s monthly meeting, which offers a business meeting at 2 p.m. and a program at 3 p.m., both open to the public. Access to the library is by stairs at the front of the building.

My next public talks are scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, in Sherman; and on Saturday, Sept. 15, at the University of Maine at Machias. Stay tuned for more details.

The 2013 calendar, which is the sixth annual Millinocket Historical Society calendar, is sure to become a treasured keepsake. It has more vintage photos of Millinocket people and places, including the cover photo of the 1963 New England championship basketball team, the Stearns Minutemen. The 50th anniversary of that event will take place next March.

Other photos in the calendar include the Driver Training class of 1948, children at the skating rink, Millinocket Shoe Hospital, Hardy Ferguson house (now the Knights of Columbus Hall), two interesting views of Penobscot Avenue and more.

The cost of the calendar is $9 if picked up at the Millinocket Historical Society museum from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursdays, on Fridays at the MHS yard sales at 80 Central St., at Pangburn IGA, at Levasseur’s True Value and at Millinocket Insurance.

Mail orders should include $2.75 per calendar for shipping and handling. Checks may be sent to Millinocket Historical Society, P.O. Box 11, Millinocket 04462.

In addition, monetary donations to the Keeping Our History Fund are welcome to help with the purchase and renovation of the “new home” for the museum.


The annual Thomas Shorey Reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 12, at Ammadamast Grange Hall in Enfield. Doors open at 11 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring a salad, covered dish or dessert. Beanhole beans will be supplied.

The annual Roberts Reunion will be held at 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 19, at South Sangerville Grange Hall. Bring something to share, plus utensils, for the potluck dinner at 1 p.m. Coffee and rolls will be furnished. The meeting will be held after dinner.

We have a very special query to share from Clyde Berry, who is looking for information so he can place a gravestone for one of his ancestors.

Can you help? This is a long query, but it’s a good example of how an experienced genealogist narrows down the date he’s looking for.

BURTON-PUSHOR. Seeking a date of death for Clarrisa (Pushor) Burton, born about 1800. She was the wife of Ebenezer Burton, who died June 11, 1873. Her date of death has been estimated to be after November 1869, but before the 1870 Census was taken on June 21, 1870. According to the sexton’s records for Village Cemetery in Pittsfield, Clarrisa Burton was the second person buried in the cemetery plot. Eddie Burton, son of Zimri Burton, son of Ebenezer and Clarrisa, died Nov. 8, 1869. He is listed as the first burial, Clarrisa is the second, and Clara (Folsom) Burton, Zimri’s wife, who died May 29, 1873, is listed as the third burial. Clarrisa is not enumerated in the 1870 Census, which was taken June 21, 1870, therefore, my conclusion is that she died between November 1869 and June 21, 1870. She is not listed on the Mortality Schedule for the year before June 1, 1870, which could mean that she died between June 1 and June 21, 1870. Any assistance appreciated, as I would like to place a stone in the cemetery for her, but desire an accurate date of death. Clyde G. Berry, 5 Mar Val Terrace C-2, Winslow 04901; 465-5650; email brnbry@aol.com.

For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email familyti@bangordailynews.com.

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