Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A NEW WEBSITE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO AID IN YOUR RESEARCH OF PORTER CEMETERIES


        
Jess Davis is a teacher living in Brownfield, Maine and has been restoring cemeteries and grave stones for over 15 years.  Her interest in restoring grave stones led her to locate and research all the cemeteries in Brownfield and Eaton, NH and she just finished doing the same for the cemeteries in Porter. 

          Jess has recently established a website brownfieldcemeteries.com that is a valuable aid in locating and identifying cemeteries of both Brownfield and Porter.

Working with the book “Cemeteries of the Town of Porter, Maine” compiled by Janice Trueworthy and published by the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society in 2006, she visited all the known cemetery sites and found a few additional sites not in the book.  On this website she has provided a table organized alphabetically, with precise directions to the location of each and assigned GPS coordinates so they can be more easily located.  She has also done some research and made corrections and additions to the information known when the book was compiled. 

           Using this site in addition to the Porter cemeteries book will give you a great deal of information as you search for anyone buried in the Town of Porter.  Corrections to the “Cemeteries of the Town of Porter, Maine” will be printed and made available to anyone who wants them and will be included when a copy is purchased.

          The Kezar Falls Burial Ground (AKA Riverside Cemetery-Kezar Falls) information is not included in the “Cemeteries of the Town of Porter, Maine” as it is very well documented in the “Kezar Falls Burying Ground” book compiled by Maureen and Robert Calnan in 1997.  However, we will ask that a reference to the location of this cemetery be added to this online information.

          Copies of “Cemeteries of the Town of Porter, Maine” may be purchased at Porter Town Hall and from the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society for $15.00 plus tax and shipping.  See the Books of Parsonsfield & Porter History tab above. Copies of the “Kezar Falls Burying Ground” may be purchased from Robert Calnan – 207 935-4473.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Get ready to celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial



WINTER IN KEZAR FALLS

        In the 1930’s and 1940’s it was quite common for Porter High School to hold a winter carnival.  Sometimes it was sponsored by the Kiwanis or other local clubs.  It was held in locations in or near the village like the hill near Bernard Carpenter’s home on Spectacle Pond.  The following are a few pictures from 1940.  Most are not identified.  Do you recognize anyone?  Please let us know.
The only one identified in this photograph is Natalie Doe, 3rd from the left.

This group is unidentified except for Merle Day, fourth from the left in the back row.

Cora West, ??? , Charlie West and Carolyn West snowshoeing

A Very Happy New Year to One and All
and...
...let the celebration begin!







Sunday, December 15, 2019

Her Story: Clara (Moulton) Lord (1852 – 1927)


Clara Priscilla Moulton was born March 30, 1852, the 8th of 9 children born to William E. and Priscilla (Towle) Moulton in Parsonsfield. Her father built Parsonsfield’s Town House.     

  She became a school teacher as a young woman and married John B. Lord of Cornish in 1878 and the couple settled near her parents in Middle Road Village. They had one daughter, Katherine who married Fred Gale.  Clara continued to teach through most of her adult life and was active in the Union Church of Middle Road Village, where she played the organ at services as long as her health permitted.

        Clara started one of the earliest public libraries in Maine. In 1900 the library had only 24 books, but it quickly grew to 4 or 5 thousand volumes with subscriptions to 15 different magazines. It was housed originally in the “Cass House” on the SW corner of Merrill Hill and Middle Road. We believe she and John lived there for a time, and then moved down the road to the former Silas Ricker House (later known as the Gale House). Neither of these buildings still exists. The library itself grew and was moved across the street to the Masonic Lodge building where it was on the first floor. After her death in 1927, the library lived on for a time. Helen Peers, another Middle Road villager, became the librarian. It finally ceased to exist sometime in the late 1930’s.

        Born in 1852, she did not conform to the role of the stereotypical Victorian woman. She was active in town affairs; she wrote articles for local newspapers; and poetry for her friends and neighbors. One poem, about the demise of the Middle Road Village post office and its effect on the community, was included in the Historical Society’s recent publication – Parsonsfield Maine: A Town of Many Villages.

        She contributed articles to the Sanford Tribune, the Biddeford Record, the Carroll County Independent and the Granite State News. She was also well known for her “Aunt Jerusha” poems. (If anyone has a copy of one of these, please let us know!)

        She was cared for by her younger, unmarried sister, Hattie Moulton during the final years of life.  She passed away September 25, 1927, two months after her husband’s death.  She was buried in a small family cemetery with other family members located off Middle Road just across from where her parents’ home used to be.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Her Story: Eleanor (Syphers) Garner (1911 – 1988)


Eleanor (Syphers) Garner was born in Cornish on August 26, 1911, the daughter of Dr. LeRoi S. and Charlotte (Bolton) Syphers.   

She attended Cornish and South Portland schools and graduated from Gorham Normal School in 1931.  She received her bachelor’s degree in education in 1966 and master’s degree in library science in 1970.  Eleanor taught English and government at Porter High School and was librarian at Sacopee Valley High School for 15 years, retiring in 1981.  

Eleanor was very active in women’s club work.  She was a member of the Kezar Falls “21 Club” for 57 years, director of District 13 of the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs from 1949 to 1951 and president of the Maine Federation from 1956 to 1958.  At the time of her death, she was    parliamentarian of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, New England Regional Conference. 

Eleanor was a member of the United Riverside Methodist Church of Kezar Falls for 39 years, and a member of the United Methodist Women.  She was also a member of the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society and president of the Kezar Falls Circulating Library. 

In 1959 Eleanor S. Garner was named in the “Who’s Who of American Women”. 

In 1931 she married Allen F. Garner.  They resided in Kezar Falls and had a son, William A. Garner and daughter, Ruth Elizabeth Garner.  Eleanor died April 2, 1988 at the age of 76.






Monday, November 25, 2019

The Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society 
wishes everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Friday, November 15, 2019

Her Story: Barbara (Henderson) Korn


Barbara (Henderson) Korn was born on Sept. 16, 1926 in Chicago, Illinois. She was adopted by her maternal grandparents and grew up in Sioux City, Iowa. Barbara received a degree in journalism from the Iowa University and was employed in the advertising department of Julius Garfinkel’s, Inc. in Washington D.C. in 1948. She received her master’s degree in Library Science from Columbia University in 1966. From that point on she was devoted to books and reading and became a lifelong librarian.


She married Gerald (Jerry) Korn in 1948 and they purchased the historic “town farm” in South Parsonsfield in 1966. Barbara became very involved in her community as a volunteer in the Head Start program, York County Born to Read program, and the Limerick Public Library. She was instrumental in reopening the North Parsonsfield Public Library in 1982 and was overseer and voluntary librarian.

Barbara was also well known in Maine historical circles and fought successfully to preserve Parsonsfield’s Old Town House and have it placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Barbara and her husband had three daughters, Ellen, Margaret and Susan. She died November 1, 2008 at the age of 82 after a life of service to her community.