Although we are not sure when the house was originally built, it was listed on both the 1858 and 1872 maps as belonging to S. L. Ricker. Samuel Leighton Ricker was the grandson of Dominicus Ricker, one of the earliest settlers of Parsonsfield. Samuel and his wife, Elizabeth, lived there until 1872 when they sold the property to Elijah Whiting.
The property changed hands several times over the years until it came into Fred Gale’s hands. Fred was the last owner to actually live in the house. Born in 1884, Fred grew up in New Hampshire. He met Kathryn (Katie) Lord and married her in 1904. They lived in New Hampshire until her parents died and then moved to Parsonsfield to live in what had been her parents home.
Katie (middle) with her parents, John B. and
Clara Moulton Lord in front of Katie’s grandfather’s house.
The couple had 3 children: Parkman, Alice and Margaret Gale. Katie died in 1934. Fred suffered a serious accident, breaking his neck when he fell off of a hay wagon. He was essentially paralyzed for the rest of his life. Edith Chapman, who lost her husband in 1933, came to care for him and they married in 1937. Fred, an invalid living in a nursing home at the end of his life, could not pay the taxes on the property and the town took ownership.