Note: Unless other noted, all inserts are from Madge Baker’s book, Woven Together in York County, Maine – 1865-1990.
Arthur graduated high school in Limerick in 1906 and though he had dreams of going to college and of being a professional baseball player, like so many young men before him, he assumed the role of head of the household and went to work at the Limerick Mill.
In Parsonsfield Big Dave, his father Gilman, his son David Jr., and Florence Tarbox, a local woman hired to do the housekeeping and nursing were on the farm together in 1900. After Gilman died in 1902, Big Dave and Florence married. The household expanded by one when their daughter, Hazel, was born in 1904.
We are told that:
Although Little Dave loved his life, it was to be a short one. In 1909, after spending more than a month in Portland in the hospital, he died from an intestinal blockage. He was only 21 when he was sadly laid to rest beside his antecedents in the farm cemetery.
In 1911 Arthur F. married a Limerick classmate, Berniece Townsend, and moved in with her and her widowed mother in the living quarters above the E.F. Townsend & Co. store which they owned and ran. To their family they added a son, Arthur Townsend (born 1913) and a daughter, Alice Jane (born 1925).
After their son, Arthur T., went away to school at Phillips Andover Academy in Andover, Massachusetts Madge Baker’s book tells us that he said “he knew he had no interest in being either a farmer living on the edge of survival, or a small town shopkeeper. So there was nothing to go home for.” He never returned again to reside in Limerick. He studied at the Museum of Fine Arts School in Boston where he met Laura Barr whom he married in 1937. From time to time they would visit his parents in Limerick but only on holidays and weekends.
This photo of David Gilman “Big Dave” Lougee is undated.
After Big Dave’s death there was no one to tend the farming enterprise which previous generations had built. Florence began selling off the farm in pieces. When her and Dave’s only child, Hazel, died in childbirth in 1933 she sold all but one bit and moved away.
1933 was a significant year in the life of Big Dave’s son, Arthur Fogg Lougee, as well. After working at the Limerick Mill since high school Arthur was out of job together with all the other employees when the mill went into receivership after the national banking crisis early in 1933. It was time for a career change. When the new Casco Bank and Trust Company opened a bank in Limerick he was elected one of the founding directors, becoming branch manager in 1935.
The photograph shows Arthur Fogg Lougee with his mother, Myra, and his daughter, Alice Jane at age 11. The occasion was the celebration of the 300th anniversary of York County, Maine. Myra had donned her wedding dress for the occasion and the others had on family heirlooms.
But the Lougee story in Parsonsfield was not yet over. Madge Baker tells us that, after serving in the navy during World War II, Arthur Townsend Lougee looked for a place to settle and support his family but did not consider either Parsonsfield or Limerick as options. He was hired by the Ford Motor Co. as Art Director of Ford Publications and the family moved to Detriot, Michigan. Her book goes on to tell us:
Berniece died shortly thereafter but Arthur F. continued the search for potential sellers of the Gilman Lougee farm property. When he saw the opportunity to purchase the old stone house which had been built by Gilman’s stone mason brother Albion K. P. Lougee, he negotiated the sale for his son in 1949. Once they had the stone house, the Detroit-based family started returning to the farm every summer and Arthur T.’s father continued to assist his son in reacquiring Gilman’s farm until his death in 1960. Madge Baker’s book tells us: