First Principal of Porter High School and co-founder of Sokokis Lumber Company
Harvey E. Granville was born in Parsonsfield January 7, 1874 to Rufus M. and Carolyn (Pentz) Granville. He attended local schools and graduated from Parsonsfield Seminary in 1892 and taught school for 15 years. Mr. Granville was the first principal of Porter High School and later principal of Bean Memorial High School in Brownfield. He also served as superintendent of Porter and Parsonsfield schools.
Mr. Granville served his community in many ways. He was on the Par Sem Board of Trustees starting in 1915 and was vice president and chairman of the executive board for 20 years.
In 1908 he, with J. Merrill Lord and Frank Fenderson, founded the Sokokis Lumber Company on the Ossipee River in Kezar Falls where he served as treasurer and then president for many years. At that time he was a Director of the Limerick National Bank.
Mr. Granville served for several years in both houses of the Maine State Legislature during which time he sponsored the bill creating 3rd class roads and led the battle for the first gas tax measure. He was keenly interested in farming and road building. He was also active in the local fraternal organizations: Drummond Masonic Lodge in Parsonsfield and the Knights of Pythias in Kezar Falls.
Harvey Granville married Allice E. Fogg on January 1, 1903 and they had two children – Harry F. Granville born in 1903 and Francis Granville born in 1904. They resided on Elm Street in Kezar Falls Village, Parsonsfield. Mr. Granville died Aug. 18, 1948 at the age of 74. His wife died April 14, 1982. They are buried in the Kezar Falls Burial Grounds Cemetery.