Monday, March 17, 2014

Kezar Falls VIllage...

 The charming brick house on Federal Road was built by Elias Newbegin in 1840 and is one of the oldest houses still standing in Kezar Falls Village. The photograph on the right shows how it looked in 1907.

    Thomas E. Fox and his wife Martha (Gerrish) Fox left their 200 acre farm on Kezar Mountain Road and moved to this house. Herman, one their four children, was born here in 1871. Herman married twice. He and his second wife, Florence had three daughters, Theda and twins Manda and Beatrice.

Today the Fox house has been changed back to a
 single dwelling and the barn is gone.  It has had
 several owner/occupants in recent years. 
    The house remained in the family occupied by his widow Florence and unmarried daughter Manda until after Florence’s death in 1978. The house finally passed out of the family in 1979 when it was purchased by Richard and Gay Winkler. 

    They turned it into an apartment with office space in the front. Manda Fox was an active member of the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society. She died in 1987. Manda’s twin sister, Beatrice (Fox) Peterson, moved away and just recently died (3/3/2014) at the age of 104. 

   Next month a new season at the historical society begins! Stay tuned for this years schedule updates and please consider ways you might join in the conservation/exhibition efforts. 

Local History Matters!

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