Do you have ancestors who may be buried in the Skowhegan area? Then you may be pleased to learn that listings for Skowhegan’s cemeteries are now available online at www.skowhegan.org. Click on “Government,” then click on “Town Clerk-Treasurer” when the drop-down menu appears. When that drop-down menu appears, click on “On-line Cemetery Information,” and then click on “Enter the Database.”
The cemeteries included are East, Bloomfield, Larone, Malbons Mills, North, Pooler and Southside. Search by cemetery, or click on “Town of Skowhegan” if you have a name but no idea of which cemetery.
I found U.S. Sen. Margaret Chase Smith in the listings for Southside Cemetery, as owner of lots 3147A and 3148A. Sen. Smith was a most gracious lady, sending a note after I covered her visit to the tower at Bangor International Airport. She also was a longtime member of Eunice Farnsworth Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution.
Sen. Smith was not buried in one of the lots she owned. Rather, she was cremated, and her ashes are held in the residential wing of the Margaret Chase Smith Library in Skowhegan.
Information on the Skowhegan cemetery records came to me in the summer 2014 issue of the Maine Old Cemetery Association newsletter. It’s a wonderful publication for anyone interested in Maine cemeteries.
In 2015, MOCA plans to offer two Cleaning/Leaning Workshops. Towns or historical societies interested in sponsoring one of these workshops in a neglected cemetery in their town, and who will commit to maintaining the cemetery afterward, may email Donna-Mae Bean at email@example.com.
Also next year, dues for MOCA will increase to $7 a year, $30 for five years or $150 for a life membership. But you can join now or extend your current membership through 2015, for the current dues of $5, $20 five years, or $100 life membership, sent to MOCA, PO Box 641, Augusta, ME 04332-0641.
Need a little something extra to lure you to the July 26 meeting of the Maine Old Cemetery Association meeting at Evergreen Cemetery in Portland? How about the fact that the meeting will be held in a charming stone chapel, Wilde Memorial Chapel, at 672 Stevens Ave.
Registration and coffee will begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, with registration fee of $3.
Cemetery Superintendent Joe Dumais will give a brief overview of Evergreen Cemetery’s Phase II expansion project at 9:30 a.m.
The MOCA business meeting will be held at 10 a.m., with all welcome to attend. Hear about what MOCA is doing as an organization to preserve cemeteries and pick up tips on local projects.
A fascinating visual presentation at 11 a.m., “Hidden in Plain Sight,” will find Evergreen History Docents sharing some of the cemetery’s unique features and local history.
If you have not made a reservation for the pizza lunch at noon, bring along a bag lunch.
Take a tour of Evergreen Cemetery at 1 p.m., with a door prize drawing held during the tour. Parking is available inside the cemetery near the chapel or on Stevens Avenue. Please be considerate of others who will want to access the cemetery that day.
There will be vendors available, as well as cemetery exhibits.
The annual picnic and meeting of the Swedish Descendants will be held at noon Sunday, July 20, at the lakeside home of Jane Macomber at Whetstone Pond. Take the Piper Pond Road just outside Abbot on Route 15, and follow the signs marked with balloons.
A social time and business meeting will follow after lunch. In lieu of a program, there will be a discussion on fundraising to have the names of four miners added to the existing Portland Monson Slate Company headstone in Monson. All the quarry workers were immigrants without family in Monson.
Six have their names on the cemetery monument, but the remaining four were buried after the headstone was set in place and are only found by researching the cemetery records. Those with an interest in Swedish descent are welcome to attend. For information, contact Estella Bennett at 876-3073.
The Abbot Historical Society on Route 15 is open 1-3 p.m. Wednesdays. The Monson Historical Society on Route 15 is open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.
For i nformation 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.