Wednesday, March 15, 2017


A major storm blanketed the area with 18+ inches of snow yesterday (March 14th).  The plows had to work through the night to keep the roads clear.  How would you like to have to rely on this old plow to do the job?   This is Archie Evans with his home made plow in the early 1930’s.  You have to admire good old Yankee ingenuity! 

 Archie Evans (1905-1972) of Parsonsfield and Cornish.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Kezar Falls Fife and Drum Corps

This old newspaper clipping (date prior to 1922) is not great quality but an interesting picture from our past.  The clipping reads as follows:

            “Kezar Falls, Me., has a fife and drum corps that is known far and wide in western Maine.  It has been playing for parades and political rallies, Fourth of July celebrations and such like for many years.  It is made up of J. F. Ridlon, bass drummer; W. H. Ridlon, fifer; and S. A. “Doc” McDaniel, snare drummer.  Each is an artist in his line and “Doc” McDaniel was for years, in his younger days, connected with leading Boston musical organizations.”

All of these men were highly respected citizens of Kezar Falls. Besides being a musician, Dr. Silas McDaniel was a fully qualified physician and veterinarian and taught school for many years.