The Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society opening meeting will be on Saturday 25 April 2015 at the Porter Town Hall at 1 pm. Officers will be confirmed so it is important that we have a quorum. The society has several interesting events planned for this year, one of which involves the Blazo School House in Parsonsfield! Come and find out more. Hope to see you there.
In back, Betty Ela who taught at the school. Her daughter Marjorie Ela Stanley is on the left. Girl on the right is Jane Lewis Hartford.
Photographer Paul Wainwright will give a talk about Colonial meeting houses of New England on April 15, 2015 at 1:30 pm at the Camp Clumet Conference Center. The talk will be held in the center's dining room.
Wainwright is renowned for his beautiful black and white images of architectural facades, interiors and details. This will be a very interesting talk. Directions to the center:
Calumet is located on 1090 Ossipee Lake Road in Freedom literally on
Ossipee Lake! From Porter just take Route 25 to Rt 153. Turn right on
153. Go a mile or so and turn left on the Ossipee Lake Road. Go about 5
miles and the Conference Center is on the right hand side of the road.
The Kezar Falls National Bank was started by George
Towle and Allen Garner in 1910.In 1937
the top floor of the building was destroyed by fire and was rebuilt without it
as shown in the photograph on the right.The bank occupied the
first floor except for a small store at west end and continued until it merged
with Maine National Bank in 1972.It
merged again with Fleet Bank and then Bangor Savings Bank in 1996.Bangor Savings sold the building and moved to
Cornish.The interior views here were
taken when the bank was renovated after the 1937 fire.Today most of the building is
unoccupied.The Bank Vice-President/Cashier,
Orman Stanley, is behind the counter.
You may recognize the table on the right below. It is now in the History House and holds our guest book!
Norton Hardware was located in a very old building on
Federal Road in Kezar Falls Village diagonally opposite the Kezar Falls bank
building.It was there in the mid-1800’s
as Sutton Edgecomb’s grocery and hardware store.It changed hands several times until Will
Norton bought it in 1908.Neil Hamilton
and Clarence Sawyer took over the store in 1932.At that time it expanded to include a small
Five & Dime store at one end and Frank Shaw’s Barber Shop on the west side.
The Hamiltons had an apartment on the second floor.Roger Stanley and Charles Mitchell purchased
the property about 1957 and ran a hardware and propane business here. They
rented two apartments on the second floor and a laundromat took over the
barbershop on the west end.In 1989 a fire destroyed all but the floor
and front wall on the first floor.It
was rebuilt as a one story building.Greg Shick purchased the building in 2000.It was sold again in 2013 and continues as
“Kezar Falls Hardware” today.The
exterior picture below was taken circa 1940’s.The interior picture was probably taken in the mid to late-1930’s and
shows Clarence Sawyer and Neil Hamilton.
Also shown in the Norton Hardware
photo is the barber shop ran by Frank Shaw.Notice the barber pole by the small addition on the right side of the
picture.The interior picture here shows
Frank Shaw in the center, the other barber is unidentified. Any ideas?Frank died in 1952 at the age of 61.
are many exterior pictures of businesses of Kezar Falls in the collection at
History House.However, the few with
interior views add an interesting dimension and better illustrate what those businesseslooked like at that time.Here are two of them.
According to the 1880 map of Porter this store which is located
at the corner of Bridge Street and River Street in Kezar Falls Village was E.
T. Edgecomb’s dry goods and grain store. Brothers Walter and Benjamin Ridlon bought it
in 1904 and the family continued to run it until 1962.The exterior picture was obviously an early
view of the building.The first
interior view was circa 1930’s and the larger one was taken in the 1950’s.Sometime in the 1950’s a fire destroyed the
second floor but the building was repaired and continued.Today it is occupied by The Village
Myron Ridlon built his drug store in 1923 a short
distance beyond the Ridlon Brothers store on Bridge Street.It is still the last building before the
bridge.The pharmacy and ice cream
parlor were on the first floor and there was an apartment upstairs.“Ridlon’s Drugstore” operated until 1966. In 1967 his nephew, Myron Locke re-opened the
building as a variety store and snack bar that operated until 1977.Later it housed a bakery, fabric shop and an
addition was added with large windows overlooking the Ossipee River for a
beauty shop.Today it houses apartments
and the beauty shop, “Riverside Reflections”. The picture below circa 1930’s.
this view of the drugstore, the soda fountain is on the left with tables for
ice cream parlor patrons. The pharmacy is along the back and magazines and
comic books were on the rack at the right. Typical drugstore toiletries were to the right beyond the magazine rack. Myron Ridlon is shown here with his clerk, Iva
Cutting. This photograph is circa 1950.