I have but a few tattered pages from an autograph book with dates ranging from 1918 to 1921. It appears to be the autograph book of my grandmother, Ione Bennett Moore, who was born on St. Patrick’s Day in March 1903 in Abbot.
Some of the students wrote down little verses in addition to their name. Stanley G. Patterson did not do this, but he did leave me an important clue. His page reads, “Your Pupil Stanley G. Patterson Abbot, Maine, Jan. 7, 1921.”
So it may be that 1920-1921 was the year that Ione Bennett taught school in Abbot.
Not everyone who signed the book was a student or classmate of Ione Bennett. One page offers this in lovely penmanship: “On the broad highway of action Friends of worth are far and few, But when one has proved his friendship Cling to him who clings to you. Alton J. Mooer Dec. 15, 1920.”
Allie Moore would have been 49 at the time he signed his autograph. He was the son of Gayland Harrison Moore and Susan D.W. Holbrook Moore, and in 1898 married his first cousin, Hattie Evelyn Moore of Monson. One theory is that he often spelled his name as Mooer. However, birth records for Gayland, Robert and Kathleen listed the family name as Moore.
Why Allie was asked to sign Ione’s autograph book I don’t know, but there is this. She married Allie’s oldest child, Gayland Alton Moore, in September 1923.
Another verse I liked in the book was this one: “January 23, 1918. May there be just enough Clouds in your life, To make a beautiful sunset. Your friend, Walter H. Warriner. Abbot Village Maine.”
Also included is a list of “Names,” and I believe these were written in Ione’s penmanship:
Hollis Page, Ethel Kimball, Beulah Race, Daniel Warriner, Harold Buzzell, Frank Hughes, John Smith, Carolyn Warriner, Edith Warriner, Florence Pinkham, Delta Crabtree, Marion Sinclair, Elsie Lovejoy, Lona Orff, Virgil Race, Maida Bray, Ralph Harmon, Dallas Crabtree, Emma Smith, Doris Dutton, Walter Warriner, Oshea Buzzell, Ruth Crockett, Meredythe Lord, Marguerite Lord, John Babcock, Eva Forbus and Bertha Howard.
Not all these people have an autograph page, but there are autograph pages for other people, such as, “I cannot write a clever rhyme So in this book — just one short line; Let us be friends forever! Marion Sinclair Dexter High School Nov. 9, 1918.”
On another topic, I have sent in my registration for the Maine Genealogical Society annual meeting on Saturday, Sept. 21, at Jeff’s Catering in Brewer.
Because I am an MGS member, I can attend for $40, plus $15 for buffet lunch. I sent a check for $55 in U.S. funds to Maine Genealogical Society, Celeste Hyer, 69 Loop Road, Otisfield, ME 04270-6456.
Those who are not MGS members may attend for $50, plus $15 if you want lunch on site. You also may bring a bag lunch.
A third option is to join MGS this year for $25, entitling you to register for the conference for just $40 (plus cost of lunch). Many newer researchers decide to do that, knowing they will also receive four issues of The Maine Genealogist this year, four issues of the MGS newsletter and a discount on MGS special publications, many of which will be on sale at the meeting.
Keynote speaker Laura Prescott, who is well-known for her expertise in New England genealogy, will speak at 9 a.m. on “How the Internet Makes Us Sloppy Genealogists.” This presentation will help us avoid error-strewn paths and review ways to counter the lure of quick results.
Also scheduled for Sept. 21 are “breakout sessions,” times when genealogists may choose from two talks scheduled at the same time.
At 10:45 a.m., attendees may choose “Timelines: Placing Your Heritage in Historical Perspective” with Laura Prescott; or “Divorce Records in Genealogical Research” with Pamela Eagleson, certified genealogist.
At 2:15 p.m., choose “Finding Your Military Ancestors on Fold 3” with Laura Prescott; or “Digging for Gold in Early Maine Town Records” with Carol McCoy.
At 3:30 p.m., choose “Treasures within the Ivory Tower: Finding Family in Academic Archives” with Laura Prescott; or “Improving Your Use of FamilySearch” with Judy Reitze.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and vendors and exhibits will open then, as well. Lunch is at noon, and the MGS annual meeting is at 1:30 p.m.
Vendors will include booksellers, historical societies and lineage organizations. Attending MGS meetings is a great way to meet other people who are researching some of the same names and places that are of interest to you.
Please include which breakout sessions you want to attend when you register. For a registration form or online registration, visit conference.maineroots.org. Hope to see you in Brewer.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.