Saturday, February 1, 2020

A BIT OF KEZAR FALLS VILLAGE HISTORY


Ruth (Allard) Paul generously sent these snapshots of a restaurant that was once located in Kezar Falls Village – first on Bridge Street, Porter and later on Federal Road, Parsonsfield. 

This was the Ideal Restaurant in 1936 in the little building to the left of the former Kezar Falls Market (aka. Goodwin’s Market). 
          The #21 Bridge Street location was a very old building and on the 1880 map is identified as Jordan Stacy’s house.  At one time it was a store run by the Johnsons. In 1936 it was the Ideal Restaurant run by Ruth (Sayles) Doherty. It later became the residence of Fred and Elsie Allard and later Oscar and Jean Thompkins.  In 2006 it was owned by Bette and Robert Williams and has since been sold again.


By 1938 Ruth Doherty had moved the restaurant to the building on Federal Road between the Kezar Falls Hardware Store and Arthur Allard’s Garage (later to become the Village Variety Store).  Ruth married Arthur Allard in 1941.

 
Ruth Sayles Doherty Allard 
1942


   The building was probably built in the early 1900’s and after the restaurant became the office of the Cornish - Kezar Falls Light and Power Company. It eventually became an apartment building. The building was taken down when the Village Variety Store was rebuilt and expanded in 2016.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

A NEW WEBSITE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO AID IN YOUR RESEARCH OF PORTER CEMETERIES


        
Jess Davis is a teacher living in Brownfield, Maine and has been restoring cemeteries and grave stones for over 15 years.  Her interest in restoring grave stones led her to locate and research all the cemeteries in Brownfield and Eaton, NH and she just finished doing the same for the cemeteries in Porter. 

          Jess has recently established a website brownfieldcemeteries.com that is a valuable aid in locating and identifying cemeteries of both Brownfield and Porter.

Working with the book “Cemeteries of the Town of Porter, Maine” compiled by Janice Trueworthy and published by the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society in 2006, she visited all the known cemetery sites and found a few additional sites not in the book.  On this website she has provided a table organized alphabetically, with precise directions to the location of each and assigned GPS coordinates so they can be more easily located.  She has also done some research and made corrections and additions to the information known when the book was compiled. 

           Using this site in addition to the Porter cemeteries book will give you a great deal of information as you search for anyone buried in the Town of Porter.  Corrections to the “Cemeteries of the Town of Porter, Maine” will be printed and made available to anyone who wants them and will be included when a copy is purchased.

          The Kezar Falls Burial Ground (AKA Riverside Cemetery-Kezar Falls) information is not included in the “Cemeteries of the Town of Porter, Maine” as it is very well documented in the “Kezar Falls Burying Ground” book compiled by Maureen and Robert Calnan in 1997.  However, we will ask that a reference to the location of this cemetery be added to this online information.

          Copies of “Cemeteries of the Town of Porter, Maine” may be purchased at Porter Town Hall and from the Parsonsfield-Porter Historical Society for $15.00 plus tax and shipping.  See the Books of Parsonsfield & Porter History tab above. Copies of the “Kezar Falls Burying Ground” may be purchased from Robert Calnan – 207 935-4473.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Get ready to celebrate Maine’s Bicentennial



WINTER IN KEZAR FALLS

        In the 1930’s and 1940’s it was quite common for Porter High School to hold a winter carnival.  Sometimes it was sponsored by the Kiwanis or other local clubs.  It was held in locations in or near the village like the hill near Bernard Carpenter’s home on Spectacle Pond.  The following are a few pictures from 1940.  Most are not identified.  Do you recognize anyone?  Please let us know.
The only one identified in this photograph is Natalie Doe, 3rd from the left.

This group is unidentified except for Merle Day, fourth from the left in the back row.

Cora West, ??? , Charlie West and Carolyn West snowshoeing

A Very Happy New Year to One and All
and...
...let the celebration begin!