Imagine having six of your children serving in this country’s wars.
In the 1930 census of Abbot, household 110 on the Back Guilford Road, Clifton and Florence Carr are listed with one daughter and five sons: Madeleine, Dana, Richard, Clifton Jr., Phillip and Alton.
Dana, Richard, Clifton Jr. and Phillip served in World War II, according to Wayne Bennett’s information in “A Centeseptquinary History of Abbot, Maine 1827-2002.”
Clifton Jr., Alton and Merton, a sixth son yet to be born when the 1930 Census was taken, were in the Korean War.
Clifton Carr Jr. was killed in Korea. His name is one of 245 engraved on the Maine Korean War Memorial in Bangor’s Mount Hope Cemetery.
In a ceremony at 10 a.m. Tuesday, equivalent to 10 p.m. in Panmunjom, where the truce was signed in 1953, veterans and community members will remember the sacrifices of the Maine men when they lay a wreath at the 8-ton pagoda-style monument of granite, just off Mount Hope Avenue.
The memorial was first dedicated on July 29, 1995, two days after the dedication of the national Korean War Memorial in Washington.
Members of Burton-Goode-Sargent Chapter No. 1, Korean War Veterans Association spent three years fundraising for the monument.
Korean War veterans such as Ken Buckley, with his ever-present model of what the memorial might look like; family members and friends kept up the campaign: “One More Hill.”
The Remembrance Walkway at the memorial is lined with flags of nations which sent troops to the first United Nations action. More than 700 stones in the walkway honor veterans of several wars.
I hope you’re enjoying some of our favorite Bud Leavitt columns on the Outdoor page of Saturday’s Bangor Daily News, and on the Web at www.bangordailynews.com
Years ago, before I ever met Bud, my genealogy pal Brooks Leavitt of Virginia told me he had read Bud’s writings while a student at Bowdoin College. Might Bud be descended from Thomas Leavitt of 17th century Hampton, N.H.?
I wrote to ask, and got back what seemed like the funniest answer. “The first Leavitt was my uncle …” Bud wrote back in a handwritten note.
Then one day, browsing the family histories at Bangor Public Library, I picked up “History of a Lavoie/Leavitt Family,” a bound typescript by Robert E. Leavitt.
Therein I found Ralph W. Leavitt Sr., father of Bud Leavitt, and his Lavoie line, apparently anglicized at some point to Leavitt.
Sure enough, the 1870 Census lists Louis and Mary Leavitt living on Main Street in Great Works, Old Town, with children including Ralph W., born February 1894.
Louis and Mary both were listed as born in Maine. For Louis, his father and mother both were born in French Canada. For Mary, her father was born in French Canada, her mother in Maine.
Next Monday, the Bud and Barbara Leavitt Memorial Golf Classic will be held at Penobscot Valley Country Club in Orono to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Did you know that in the 1930 Census, there were more than 100 people named Quagliaroli living in Connecticut, many of them with roots in Italy?
Doug Quagliaroli Sr. of Hampden happens to be the director of the Bud and Barbara Leavitt Memorial Golf Classic. He is a 13-year survivor of cancer of the esophagus.
Also supporting the tournament are generations 2 and 3, Doug Jr. and his son, 7-year-old Luciano Quagliaroli, who live in Connecticut. Luciano was diagnosed at age 4 with leukemia, one of the cancers the Jimmy Fund has really made a huge difference in.
Here’s the point. No matter where your ancestors came from, a healthy grandchild is a wonderful thing.
For information, visit www.jimmyfundbangor.com or call 990-3220, ext. 11.
The Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants, founded in 1901, will hold a summer meeting, led by Gov. Lynde Randall, at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 7, at Ramada Inn, 357 Odin Road. Luncheon is at noon.
Reservations must be received by July 31, sent to Maine Mayflower Society, c/o Virginia Link, 17 Mildred St., South Portland, ME 04108. The cost is $20 for broiled haddock, grilled teriyaki chicken or mesquite sirloin tips. No tickets will be sold at the door.
The speaker will be Gov. Gen. Judith H. Swan of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants in Plymouth, Mass. Swan is the 31st governor general of the society, the third woman to serve as leader.
Swan served as treasurer general and co-director of the Five Generations Project. She is a Pilgrim Society trustee and liaison to Plimoth Plantation. She was born on Martha’s Vineyard.
The Mayflower Society has two colonies in Maine for state society members:
• Priscilla Mullins Alden Colony, Martha McNeely, 16 Airedale Place, Bangor, ME 04401, phone 947-5540, Marthamcne@inbox.com.
• Constance Hopkins Colony, Lynne Josselyn, 511 Van Buren Road, Limestone, ME 04750, phone 422-0995, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Members in the Maine Society of Mayflower Descendants have proved descent from any passenger on the Mayflower voyage that terminated in 1620 at Plymouth, Mass.
Documentary filmmaker Sherry Barker Abaldo of Union and Marina del Rey, Calif., will present selections from the award-winning PBS documentary, “Jimmy Doolittle: an American Hero,” at the Union Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4, at the Old Town House on Town House Road off Union Common.
Abaldo will share personal reminiscences about her time with Doolittle during filming, as well as a few thoughts on the importance of historical societies in the digital age.
Jimmy Doolittle, of course, was a four-star Air Force general, Medal of Honor winner, and originator of “the right stuff.” In addition to leading the Tokyo Raid in World War II, Doolittle was a stunt pilot, aircraft designer, inventor, motorcycle racer, prospector, boxing champ, military strategist and scientist in aeronautics. (He is descended, as am I, from the Abraham Doolittle family of New Haven, Conn).
All are welcome.
“Tracing Sarah Palin’s Ancestry, Abbot to Alaska,” will be my topic at the meeting of the Abbot Historical Society at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 27, at the town hall on Route 15 in Abbot.
Where did the Gowers live, and is there really a 150-year-old letter? (The Back Guilford Road, and yes).
All are welcome.
Descendants of John and Hannah Davis will hold their 83rd reunion at noon Sunday, Aug. 8, at the home of Mary and Julia Pike in Carmel.
Please bring a picnic lunch, beverage, lawn chair and item for the auction. Baked beans will be furnished.
The annual Thomas Shorey Reunion will be held Sunday, Aug. 8, at the Ammadamast Grange Hall on Route 188, Enfield.
Those attending are asked to bring a salad, covered dish or dessert. Beanhole beans will be supplied. The hall will open at 11 a.m. to socialize, with lunch scheduled for 12:30 p.m.