Monday, January 16, 2017

Dr. Edwin Ruthven Chellis (1841-1925)

Dr. Edwin R. Chellis was an outstanding citizen of Porter.  He not only served the local communities as a practicing physician for over 50 years, he held many town offices and in 1919 was Representative to the State Legislature from the town of Porter.  He is probably best remembered for his contribution to the development of Kezar Falls Village by building several buildings on the Porter side of the river. 

 Dr. Chellis was born in the town of Newfield in 1841 and graduated from the Eclectic Medical College of Philadelphia.  He began his practice in Kezar Falls at his residence on Main Street in May of 1869.  At that time there were only six homes and one in the process of construction on that street.

In 1901 he married Miss Jennie B. Wadsworth of South Hiram.  They had no children and Mrs. Chellis often accompanied her husband on his house calls.  He passed away May 26, 1915 after a long illness.  He was survived by his wife, Jennie and three nephews; William Chellis of Kezar Falls, Dr. E. O. Chellis of Reading, Vermont, and Allie Chellis of Biddeford.

Dr. E. R. Chellis in front of his house on Main Street. 
He was often seen riding his horse on special occasions and in parades.

Saturday, December 31, 2016



            New Year’s Day is the oldest and most universal holiday.  The Romans were the first to observe January 1 as New Year’s Day in 153 B.C. according to Hallmark research.  Julius Caesar developed the Julian calendar in 45 B.C. retaining January 1 as the beginning of the new year.  In 1582, Pope Gregory XIII instituted the Gregorian calendar still in use today, keeping January 1 as New Year’s Day.
Did you know?
* New Year’s Eve is the largest one-day party event of the year.

* Because the earth is divided into time zones, the first ones to usher in the new year are just west of the International Date Line in the middle of the Pacific Ocean.

* “Auld Lang Syne” is the traditional song sung at the stroke of midnight on January 1. The song, which translates as “old long since” and means “times gone by”, was written by Scottish poet and lyricist Robert Burns in 1788.

* The Tournament of Roses – Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, California began in 1886.

* Dropping of the ball at midnight in Times Square, New York City began in 1907.

* Hallmark first made New Year’s cards in 1915.

   Today New Year’s greetings are usually included with our annual Christmas or Holiday greeting cards.  But there was a time when New Year’s cards were more commonly sent to friends and relatives.  They ranged from whimsical to sentimental.  Here are a few examples.