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Sherman marks 150 years with ‘Memories of Our Hometown’

By Roxanne Moore Saucier, BDN Columnist

The community of Sherman recently celebrated the 150th anniversary of its incorporation in 1862. A great group of local and family historians also turned out for a genealogy talk on Aug. 26, sending me home with a copy of the 332-page spiral-bound “Memories of Our Hometown.”

The book was dedicated to Rose Gould Bragdon, who is appropriately credited for providing inspiration and leadership for this worthwhile project. It is amazing that the Sherman 150th Committee and some 20 volunteers were able to compile the book over just a few months, once the town had set aside money to print it.

Alfred Cushman was the Sumner native who felled the first tree on June 12, 1832, and brought his family to the area two years later.

Among the other early settlers were Edwin Parker, Samuel Chandler, Leonard Marsh, Luke Perry, Richard Boynton, Abijah Lewis of Toronto, Theodore Trafton of Alfred, W.A. Sawyer, John Cram, Spaulding Robinson of Sumner and Wesley Caldwell from the town of Paris. Many other settlers are included in this history.

Even though Sherman wasn’t incorporated until 1862, it sent 116 men to serve in the Civil War, many of them in Company B, 8th Regiment, and Company I, 14th Maine. They included six Caldwell brothers and four Cushman brothers. Three of the Caldwells died during the war, and one died a few years later from war wounds.

Other topics include farms, schools, businesses, churches, cemeteries, Old Home Days, the first Grand Army of the Republic reunion and lists of people from Sherman who served in the War of 1812, Civil War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Iraq.

Reminiscences include a talk with Iva Ingalls Bryant, who was 87 when Nina Caldwell Sawyer spoke with her in 1975. Iva recited for her the speech that her father, GAR Commander James Ingalls, had given on Memorial Day 1902. The speech came from the GAR manual.

There is also the story of “Old Zack,” the pre-Civil War cannon named for President Zachary Taylor; L. Maxwell Sleeper’s account of how cold it was the winter of 1919-1920, and the story of Jerry Elwell, who for many years ran a memorial wildlife sanctuary.

The book includes family history and-or genealogy for James Ware and Mary (Littlefield) Ambrose from Industry and Wells; R. Eugene Bowers of Natick, Mass., who started the first Bowers Funeral Home; Wesley and Margaret (Cushman) Caldwell; Daniel D. and Abbie (Rand) Cox; Alfred and Serena (Robinson) Cushman; George and Maria (Grindle) Durgin; Bob and Patsy Dyer; Francis and Zephora (Huntley) Elwell; Edwin and Cynthia (Scudder) Foster; Laforest and Mae (Rhoda) Gardiner; Gould Family; George and Julia Ann Augusta (Bryant) Glidden; Percy Gould and Gould’s Mountain; Elisha Jr. and Jesse (Morgan) Heath; William and Clarissa (Mitchell) Hunt; William F. Hunt farm; William and Lucilva (Record) Irish; Edwin Joel and first wife Laurie A. (Dow) Lane, and second wife Josephine (Dolly) Lane; Fred and Ethel (Rush) Lewis; Brainard Aroscoe and Isadora (Scudder) Merry; Fred C. and Lucy (Mitchell) Mitchell; Jesse John and Lydia Frances (Young) Morgan; Samuel Morrison Family from New Limerick; O’Roak Farm; Jerry and Ruth (Neal) O’Roak; Patterson Family; Perrin Family; The Perry Homestead and Family; Three Oaks Homestead and various owners; Lysena and Athena (Young) Rand; Lysander and Mary Jane Warren (Parsons) Robinson; Samuel and Emily Taylor (Leavitt) Sides; Royce and Thelma (Sawyer) Sleeper; Frederick Stubbs Family; Hildbert and Julia (Sides) Thomas; Theodore and Lydia (Shaw) Trafton; Richard and Sarah (Hunt) Boynton.

There also are pages and pages of photos, both from recent activities and days long ago. One of my favorites is the picture of Del Caldwell holding a cane made from an alder at the Rivers camp on Salmon Stream Lake in 1906. There are names engraved on it, several of them Caldwells. It was found in a house by Henry Joy and will go to the Sherman Historical Society one day.

If you have any connections to Sherman, once known as Golden Ridge, this volume would be a wonderful book to purchase or to give as presents.

“Memories of Our Hometown” is available for $15 if you pick it up at the town office. If you need it mailed, add $5 for shipping and handling per book, and send check to Town of Sherman, 36 School St., Sherman 04776.


The Brewer Historical Society will continue celebrating the Brewer Bicentennial with a program on “The Personal and Private Life of Gen. Joshua L. Chamberlain” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, in the meeting room of First United Methodist Church, 40 South Main St.

The speaker will be Jean Lyford, society member and longtime supporter of its Clewley Museum and fervent promoter of Joshua Chamberlain’s Brewer roots. All are welcome, and refreshments will be served.

Then, on Saturday, Sept. 15, show your support for the Brewer Historical Society by attending its annual yard sale 8 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Clewley Museum, 199 Wilson St., Brewer. For information, call Charlotte Thompson at 989-6165.


Got a question about Washington County genealogy? There will be plenty of people who might know the answer at the genealogical workshop set for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, in the auditorium at 102 Science Building, University of Maine at Machias.

Working with the Washington County Historical and Genealogical Society on the event are UMM Sunrise Senior College, Washington County Courthouse Archives Committee and Hannah Weston Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.

Open to all, the workshop for those wishing to learn how to research their family roots, both beginners and those more experienced, will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. Registration is $10 in advance or $15 at the door.

The schedule is:

• 10 a.m. — Genealogy on the Internet with Nina Brawn.

• 11 a.m. — Basic Genealogy and Keeping Your Records with John F. Battick and Nancy C. Battick.

• Noon — Lunch on your own or bring a bag lunch. You may purchase lunch for $7 at Kilburn Commons Cafeteria if you register ahead and let the group know you will be purchasing a lunch.

• 1 p.m. — Maine Libraries: Bangor Public Library, University of Maine’s Fogler Library and Maine State Library with Roxanne Moore Saucier, Family Ties columnist.

• 2 p.m. — Research in Maine with Jan Eakins.

• 3 p.m. — Research in Washington County ith Valdine Atwood.

Send pre-registration of $10 to WCHGS, c/o Carole Sprague, 301 Ridge Road, Marshfield 04654. Mention whether you will purchase lunch at the commons.


Then, on Saturday, Sept. 22, come to the state meeting of the Maine Genealogical Society at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer. More than 130 people attended last year’s gathering in Bangor.

The keynote talk will be “Family Stories: Did It Really Happen That Way?” Ted Steele will give this keynote talk, including examples of how we sometimes stumble over conflicting evidence, secondary sources and misidentification.

The cost is $40 for Maine Genealogical Society members, $50 for others. Add $15 for lunch. Include society membership number if you have one, mail your check to Maine Genealogical Society, c/o Celeste Hyer, 69 Loop Road, Otisfield 04270-6456. You also may print off a registration form at maineroots.org.

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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