Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Parsonsfield Porter Historical Society wishes you all a Happy Easter and Happy Spring

Parsonsfield – Porter Historical Society


Will be held at History House on April 27 – 2:00 pm.

Election of Officers will be held – (a quorum is needed.)

Discussion of this year’s programs and activities.

We invite you to participate in the program.

Each person is asked to bring a “Mystery” object, picture or article

to be identified by the group.

Do you have something to bring that will stump us?

(If you don’t, please come anyway.)


Monday, April 1, 2019

Spotlight On: Preston Stanley

Preston John Stanley (named for his grandfather) was born in Parsonsfield February 20, 1904 to Sidney B. and Blanche (Page) Stanley, one of six children.  He was educated at Parsonsfield schools, graduated from Porter High School in 1921, attended the University of Maine, and graduated from New England College of Science in Boston in 1940.

On June 23, 1928 he married Evelyn Watson and they had two children: Barbara Ann born December 25, 1929, who died in 1941 and Preston John Stanley, Jr. born August 1, 1935.  They resided on Summer Street in Porter (Kezar Falls Village).

 He and his two brothers owned and ran the family trucking business – Stanley Express.  He also owned half of the Stanley Funeral Home with his brother Orion whom he bought out in 1945 and continued to operate it until 1975.

“Pres” was known for his community spirit.  He had a great love for the town where he grew up and served it well all his life.  He served as a Porter selectman for nine years and served one term as state legislator in 1949.

He served on numerous boards, including the Maine State Grange for 50 years; the Ossipee Valley Health Center of Kezar Falls; the Ossipee Valley Fair of Hiram (a founding member); Kezar Falls National Bank; trustee of the Riverside United Methodist Church, Porter Meals on Wheels and past president of the Kezar Falls Burial Grounds. 

He was also a member of the Kezar Falls & Cornish Kiwanis Club, Porter Grange, Knights of Pythias, Porter Civil Defense, Maine Draft and Ox Associations, Maine Funeral Directors Association, and a charter member of the Parsonsfield Porter Historical Society. 

“Pres” played a huge role in founding the Porter Industrial Development Program and donated the land for the Vulcan Electric building so that more jobs could be brought to town.  

He started the Methodist Men’s Breakfast Club and with his wife started the Riverside United Methodist Church Food Pantry that grew to include the towns of Cornish, and West Baldwin. 

Pres” had a great love of animals and kept cattle and oxen at the former family farm in Parsonsfield.  When he wasn’t working on a civic project, he could be found working with his team of two-and-a-half-ton oxen in the mornings until the age of 89.  At one point he had one of the largest pairs of oxen in Maine and was well-known from Kittery to Fort Kent.  At the age of 85 he won the international pull at Cumberland Fair and competed in Nova Scotia.

He also loved to hunt and fish and with a group of friends called the “Colcord Bears” met for 22 years, one weekend for ice fishing and a weekend for hunting, at his camp on Colcord Pond.

Preston passed away at the age of 94 on September 19, 1998.  His widow, Evelyn passed away on March 13, 2002.