Sunday, December 2, 2018

Spotlight on...Allen Garner (1842 - 1925)

This post begins a series which will highlight notable people from Porter and Parsonsfield.

   Mr. Garner was an outstanding businessman who played a major role in the development of this area and was interested in everything that pertained to the civic welfare of the community. One of his many contributions was toward building the Kezar Falls Circulating Library. 
 He was born in Bedford, England, November 9, 1848, son of William and Amelia (Ashton) Garner, one of eight children. His father died in 1848 and in 1854 his widowed mother with her 20 year old son John, 12 year old son Allen and 8 year old daughter Regina, came to Middlebury, Vermont to live with relatives. The following spring they moved to Lewiston, Maine. Deprived of his father in early childhood, Allen was obliged to go to work when quite young. He began work in a factory in Lewiston and learned the woolen mill business. 

   By 1866 he bought and sold a small mill of his own and continued to buy, run and sell small mills until 1881. In the spring of 1881 he came to Parsonsfield, Maine and organized the Kezar Falls Woolen Company that was started by George W. Towle and Elisha Fox for the manufacture of woolen cloth. Under his direction as Superintendent and Agent the mill became a very successful enterprise, largely due to his experience and expertise. In 1894 he was appointed Treasurer of the mill, and became part owner.

   His business operations were not limited to manufacturing alone, but extended into the world of trade. In 1893, he purchased the general store in Kezar Falls of George W. Towle which he placed under the management of Preston J. Stanley.

   At the time of his death he was president of the Kezar Falls National Bank and of the Cornish and Kezar Falls Light and Power Company; treasurer of the Kezar Falls Woolen Company, and president of the Kezar Falls Water Company.

   He was an active member in the Masons, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias and served as a trustee of the Riverside Methodist Church. He was a prominent member of the Republican Party and served in the State Legislature for Parsonsfield, and Newfield in 1895 and 1896. Mr. Garner was held in high esteem by his friends and colleagues.

   In June 17, 1863 he married Mary D. Jordan of Sumner Maine and they had six children, four who lived to adulthood - Alice G.(Merrifield), Evangeline M. (Chellis), William S. Garner and Florence R. (Norton). He died March 25, 1925. His wife died in 1934.

Friday, November 16, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving (with a side of history!)

The Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society begins this holiday season by wishing everyone a very happy Thanksgiving!

And now for the side of history:

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Scarecrows on Parade!

Each year, about the middle of October, a parade of scarecrows appears on the Porter Town Hall lawn.  This fun event is hosted by the Sacopee Valley Health Center Board of Trustees.  Children are invited to bring an empty gallon milk jug and meet at the Porter Town Hall to join in the fun and using their imagination create their own scarecrow.  Frames, hay and clothing are provided.  The images here show this year’s results.  Although looking a little bedraggled from the recent rain and wind, they were still waving and bringing a smile to passersby on Halloween day.   I am sure they will appear again next October.  Thank you Sacopee Valley Health Center!

Monday, October 15, 2018

"The Spirit Left Behind" - Presentation

Halloween is fast approaching and in keeping with that theme, the subject of the program at our next meeting is about ghosts.  You are all invited and it is free.

Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society Meeting

Saturday, October 20, 2018
Meeting – 2:00 pm and Program 2:30 pm

at History House
 92 Main Street
Kezar Falls Village (Rt. 160, Porter)

Donna Kennerson will present

“The Spirit Left Behind”

A program of video and audio recordings of spirits she has encountered.

She co-founded a team that worked for six years in people’s homes helping spirits “cross over”.

Do you believe in ghosts?  Maybe you will after seeing this program. 

Maybe you too have ghost stories to tell.  Come share them with us.

Also, the drawing of the raffle quilt winner will be held.

It is not too late.  You can buy raffle tickets at the meeting before the drawing.

Monday, October 1, 2018

Fall Has Arrived!

         With fall comes the urge to prepare for winter. Fuel tanks are filled, wood is split and stacked for the cold days to come.  Harvest is in full swing with apple picking. Pumpkins, squash and potatoes are appearing everywhere.  Fruits and vegetables from our gardens are being canned, frozen or dried.  If you live in the country or have property, it is time to clean up, rake the leaves, take in planters, etc.  All of this a ritual since “the beginning of time”.

         Kids are back in school, fall sports have begun and Halloween is just around the corner.

         It is also a time to enjoy the cooler, bright sunny days and beautiful autumn colors that will soon be gone for another year.

         These pictures by George French depict some typical fall scenes that never grow old.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society

invites you to their next meeting on

September 22 at History House

Meeting at 2:00 pm

Free Program at 2:30 pm

Local Author, Allen F. Crabtree III will talk about

“Preserving Oral Histories”

and will present stories from his book.

This is a fascinating, first-person commentary on a time that has long vanished in history.  The talk is profusely illustrated with old Effingham and family photos and supplemented with observations by his son, local author Allen F. Crabtree.

History House is located at 92 Main Street, Porter
 (in Kezar Falls Village) just east of the Porter Town Hall and 
the Sacopee Valley Health Center. 

FMI – call 625-7019

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Last Chance to See It!




SUNDAY, SEPT. 16TH 1:00 – 4:00 p.m

If you missed this exhibit in June,

this will be the last formal showing of

 “Logging in the Sacopee Valley”

Logging has been an important industry in Maine, including the Sacopee Valley area, since settlement first began here.  Nearly every family has someone who is or has been involved in the logging industry.  Come learn about old-time logging methods, logging camps and life as a logger in the early days

Old time loggers with tools of the trade.

Come tour the house, view all the exhibits and browse our scrapbook collection.

History House is located at 92 Main Street, Porter (in Kezar Falls Village)
just east of the Porter Town Hall and the Sacopee Valley Health Center.

FMI – call 625-7019