Source: Joseph Williamson, History of the city of Belfast in the state of Maine. (Portland Me.: Loring, Short, and Harmon, 1877-1913), Vol. 2.
[p. 510]ADDITIONAL NECROLOGY, 1901-13.In order to make the record of deaths more complete, the following brief biographical notices of persons who have died since 1900 are here added. Except in the cases expressly stated as occurring elsewhere, all births, deaths, and marriages, so far as could be ascertained, took place in Belfast. When the State is not indicated, the town is situated in Maine.
Apr. 22. In Boston, Mass., Anne Maria Crosby, 68, born 6 July, 1832, daughter of William George and Ann (Patterson) Crosby. She married (1) 25 December, 1861, in Boston, Mass., Colonel Alfred Waldo Johnson. Children: (1) Alfred, born and died 29 July, 1863; (2) Alfred, 2d, born 24 December, 1864, and died 27 January, 1865; (3) Baby, born 11 June, 1868, at Paris, France, died 17 January, 1869. She married (2) 18 November, 1873, at Boston, Mass., Colonel Richard Chenery. Child: one son, Horace, born at San Francisco, Cal., 29 September, 1874, who married (1) 23 January, 1896, at Chicago, Ill., Grace Fuller, daughter of George A. Fuller, of Chicago. She died at New York City, 27 September, 1899. He married (2) 31 December, 1901, at New York, Julie Hendrie Lloyd.
Aug. 3. Horatio Johnson Locke, 63, born 4 November, 1837, son of Samuel and Jennet (Lymburner) Locke; a prominent jeweler. He was much interested in the Belfast Fire Department, and was for many years one of its captains. He married, 24 April, 1863, at Camden, Annie N. Dyer. Child: one son, Samuel Merrill Bay, born 18 September, 1866, who married, 7 June, 1897, Ethel Winslow Knowlton. She died 21 February, 1912.
[Aug.] 20. Ami Cutter Sibley, 53, born 16 September, 1847, son of Reuben and Hannah (Cutter) Sibley. A leading citizen, and was prominent in all matters pertaining to the welfare of the community; served on the School Committee, and was President of the Board of Trade, and Vice-President of the State Board. He was a member of the firm of Swan & Sibley[p. 511]1901.
Bros., 1869-1878, and later of the Critchett Sibley Company, shoe manufacturers, until his death. He married, 7 November, 1877, Margaret A. Ritchie. Child: Ami Cutter, Jr., born 7 October, 1883.
Sept. 22. George Ralph Williamson, 65, born 13 April, 1836, son of the Hon. Joseph and Caroline (Cross) Williamson, and nephew of the Hon. William Durkee Williamson, the Historian of Maine. His early education was, like that of his brothers, Joseph and William Cross, acquired at the Belfast Academy. From there, like so many Belfast young men of his generation, he entered Bowdoin College, graduating with the degree of A.B. in 1856, and receiving that of A.M. in course. He next studied law with his brother, Joseph Williamson, and at the Harvard Law School, receiving there the degree of LL.B., in 1860. After a European tour he practiced law in New York City for a few years, and then went to California as superintendent of mines for Goss and Lambard (the Lambard of the firm being the late Orville Dewey Lambard, of Augusta). He later returned to New York City, where the greater part of his business life was passed in important positions with the Postal Telegraph Company. In 1900, he came to Belfast, purchasing part of original lot No. 47, on Northport Avenue, and building the residence there overlooking the bay. The following is quoted from an obituary notice which appeared in the "Republican Journal" at the time of his death: "Mr. Williamson was an enterprising, progressive man, one who put all his energies into what he had to do. Prompt and reliable in all business transactions, genial and companionable with all with whom he came in contact, he won the highest respect of his business associates and the love and esteem of his neighbors and townsmen." He married, 16 October, 1844, at Brooklyn, N.Y., Emma Ingraham Sprague, only child of William Hammond and Mabel (Heath Bliven) Ingraham. They had no children. His widow survives him.
[Sept.] 25. Martha Jane Littlefield, 58, wife of Albert Gammans, born at Brooks, 4 July, 1843, daughter of Eben and Esther (Rackliffe) Littlefield. She was a charter member and the first president of the Children's Aid Society of Maine; the first president of the Belfast Improvement Society; the vice-president of the Women's Hospital Aid Association, and was active in the affairs of the Universalist Church. She married, 25 Dec., 1863, Albert Gammans. Children: Maud, born 18 Jan., 1866; James Albert, born 16 Feb., 1868.
Jan. 24. Jeremiah Clements Thompson, 81, born at Montville, August, 1821, son of Joshua and Deborah (Clements) Thompson.[p. 512]1903.
He was a well-known furniture dealer, and for many years was a deacon in the Congregational Church and active in the Sunday School. He married, 13 June, 1850, Almedia H. Handley, of Hope. One child: William Conant, born 7 June, 1851.
Apr. 24. Frederick Austin Knowlton, 76, born at Northport, 23 October, 1826, son of Abram and Lucinda (Billings) Knowlton. Mr. Knowlton was engaged in the grocery business in Belfast, for many years. He married at Boston, Mass., 30 Nov., 1859, Elizabeth A. Rhoades. Children: Belle, born 1 August, 1857, who married George E. Wadlin; Annie Maria, born 20 July, 1861; Edith Blanche, born 26 September, 1867, who married George Israel Keating; Harry Austin, born 19 July, 1871; Fred, born 18 February, 1856, died 1866; Ernest, died in infancy.
June 13. At Weston, Mass., William Cross Williamson, 72, born 31 January, 1831, son of the late Hon. Joseph and Caroline (Cross) Williamson, and a nephew of the Hon. William Durkee Williamson, the Historian of Maine. He received his early education at the Belfast Academy, and was fitted for college by H. B. Wheelwright, Harvard, '44, in Roxbury. He graduated from Harvard with the degree of A.B. in 1852, receiving that of LL.B. in 1855, and A.M. in 1860. In college he was a member of the Hasty Pudding Club, of which he was both the Secretary and Poet; of the Institute of 1770, the Alpha Delta Phi, and the Pierian Sodality. In 1901, in recognition of his scholarship, he was elected into the Phi Beta Kappa. At graduation he was Class Poet, but owing to the sudden death of his mother while on her way to attend the Class Day exercises, the poem was read by Joseph Hodges Choate. After graduating from the Harvard Law School, in 1855, he took up his permanent residence in Boston, where he was admitted to the Bar in 1856, and entered upon the practice of the law, in which he continued until his death. In early life he was president of the Young Men's Democratic Club of Boston, and in 1858 and 1859, he sat in the Common Council. In 1861, he was elected a commissioner in insolvency. He later served the city for several years, between 1878 and 1888, on the School Committee, of which he was president in the last-named year. In 1890, he was appointed one of the commissioners on the publication of the Province Laws. All other public office he invariably declined. He was a parishioner of the Church of the Disciples. He was a principal founder and counsel of the North End Savings Bank, and a member of the Boston Cadets, the Union and St. Botolph Clubs, the Harvard Musical Association, the Examiner Club, and the Colonial Society of Massa-[p. 513]1903.
chusetts. Horace was his favorite author, and he became one of the most leamed Horatians in America. He had a fine collection of the best editions of Horace, including Aldine, Elzevir, Bentley, Pine, and Baskerville, besides other rare editions, some being in French, and others in German. He was an occasional contributor in prose to the "North American Review" upon topics of the day, and in verse to the old "Putnam's Magazine." He also wrote some beautiful verses printed in the New York "Evening Post." His last poem was a sonnet on the death of his classmate, James Bradley Thayer, and his last piece of literary work was a memoir of his elder brother, the Hon. Joseph Williamson, the historian of Belfast, which is printed at the beginning of this volume. He married, 29 April, 1863, at New Bedford, Mass., Sarah Howland Ricketson, only daughter of Benjamin Tucker, and Eliza Cowdrey (Wamock) Ricketson, of New Bedford, Mass. His widow survives him with their only child Grace, wife of Henry Herbert Edes, of Cambridge, Mass.
Oct. 8. Jeremiah Curtis Whitten, 80, born at Freedom, 26 Oct., 1823, son of Colonel Ivory and Sally K. (Maddocks) Whitten. He taught over two hundred terms of dancing-school in Belfast and the surrounding towns, and was leader of Whitten's Quadrille Band. During his long career succeeding generations of the youth of Belfast were put through their "first steps" and received their earliest lessons in "deportment" from this indefatigable and kindly natured "Professor." His energetic and spirited "fiddling" and his original and rigorous methods of enforcing discipline, tempered by his amusing and old-time phraseology, are still vivid in the recollections of many. He married June, 1849, Sarah Wead. Children: Emma Frances, wife of Edward L. Whittier, of Melrose, Mass.; Henry A., who married, Georgia Nickerson, of Somerville, Mass.
[Oct.] 13. Horatio Hatch Carter, 81, born at Montville, 19 March, 1822, son of Thomas and Joanna (Perkins) Carter. He was a member of the well-known firm of Columbia Perkins Carter & Company, which built more than 125 vessels. He married, 31 December, 1853, Lorinda McCrillis. Children: Janett, Frances, born 31 January, 1846, who married Franklin A. Follett; Mary D., born 1848, died 16 March, 1875; Charles, died in infancy; Carrie Belle, born 14 October, 1859, who married George C. Trussell; Horatio Herbert, born 17 February, 1864.
[Oct.] 28. Charles Franklin Ginn, 56, born at Prospect, 7 January, 1847, son of Samuel and Isabel (Ridley) Ginn. He was one of the original members of the firm of Ellis & Ginn, grocers. He married, 12 February, 1874, Susan E. Ellis. Children:[p. 514]1903.
Isabel, born 20 December, 1875; Emeroy, born 29 May, 1878.
Mar. 14. Horatio Palmer Thompson, 67, born at Frankfort (now Winterport) 3 January, 1837, son of John and Mary (Palmer) Thompson. His parents both dying when he was young, he came to Belfast to live with his uncle Horatio N. Palmer. In 1865-66, he had commercial interests in Oil City, Penn. Returning to Belfast, he became associated with the Russells in the manufacture of paper in East Belfast, which continued until this firm removed to Lawrence, Mass. Afterwards, he was a member of the shoe manufacturing firm of Critchett Sibley Co. He was president of the Belfast Common Council, 1878-79. Mr. Thompson was a man of executive ability and sound business judgment, affable in manner, and possessed of a keen sense of humor. His ancestry is an interesting one; his emigrant ancestor, the Rev. William Tompson, whose grave, still clearly marked "1666," is now the oldest in the ancient cemetery at Quincy, Mass., was among the first to
come to the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Horatio Palmer Thompson married (1) 17 October, 1861, Mary Elizabeth Parker, daughter of Rev. Wooster and Wealthy Ann (Pond) Parker, who died 6 December, 1864. Child: Albert Wooster, born 17 May, 1864, and marrried to Elizabeth M. Winston. He married (2) 25 January, 1874, Delia Wood Parker, daughter of Rev. Wooster and Wealthy Ann (Pond) Parker. Child: Edward Parker, born 18 Nov., 1875, died in infancy.
June 14. David Whitten Dyer, 88, born at Steuben, 29 November, 1815, son of Reuben and Anna (Whitten) Dyer. He was one of the oldest shipbuilders in Eastern Maine, and established the first Marine Railway in Belfast, which he successfully operated for over half a century. He married (1) 14 Nov., 1839, Sarah Ann Shute. Child: Sarah Ellen, born 19 Oct., 1840, who married Horatio H. McDonald. He married (2) 7 Dec., 1843, Jenette Turner Bradman. Children: Frederick Howard, born 18 Aug., 1845, died at Key West, Fla., 11 June, 1864, while serving in the Navy; Frances Jennette, born 5 June, 1847; Edward Arthur, born 28 June, 1850.
June 28. In Denver, Col., Rebecca Palfrey, wife of Rev. David Utter, 61, born at Barnstable, Mass., 9 May, 1844, daughter of Rev. Cazneau and Anne Parker (Crosby) Palfrey. She was a graceful writer of both prose and verse (see page 2). She married, 16 September, 1872, Rev. David Utter. Children: Margaret Germaine, born 8 August, 1873, who married Benjamin Standish Baker; Robert Palfrey, born at Olympia, Washington, 23 November, 1875, A.B. Harvard 1898, Ph.D.[p. 515]1905.
1906, who has been an instructor at Harvard University, and is at present an Associate Professor of English at Amherst College. He married at Cambridge, Mass., 18 May, 1907, Madeline Bocher, daughter of the late Professor Ferdinand Bocher, of Harvard University: Richard van Winkle, born near Wilmington, O., 2 August, 1882.
July 13. William McGray Woods, 83, born at Unity, 9 November, 1821, son of Moses and Elizabeth (McGray) Woods. He organized in 1850 the "Mutual Store," which later became the firm of Woods, Mathews & Baker. He married 12 March, 1851, Celia J. Frye. Children: Emily Pierce, born in 1853, married Lendal Tyler Shales, 30 November, 1876. She died, 25 November, 1896.
Jan. 18. In Boston, Edward Johnson, 65, born 30 June, 1840, son of Judge Alfred and Nancy (Atkinson) Johnson. In early life he was interested in foreign shipping, and made several foreign voyages in old-time square-rigged ships, sailing more than once around the world. Later he was engaged in commerce on the Great Lakes and on the Western frontier. From 1868 he was interested in the construction and financing of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad and in the Cedar Rapids and Missouri River Railroad, and was director in both companies. For 37 years he was trustee of the Alfred Waldo Johnson estate, and executor and trustee for other estates and trust funds. At the time of his death he was a director in the Waldo Trust Company, and President of the Belfast Savings Bank. He passed the winter season in Boston, and resided in Belfast during the summer months. His love for Belfast and the surrounding country, its lakes, hills, bay, and islands, always strong, increased as the years advanced, and he frequently made the statement that in no part of the world had he found more attractive natural scenery. He was a member of the following: Somerset Club; Exchange Club (charter member); Boston Art Club; Bostonian Society; State of Maine Club (charter member); Belfast Club; Master Mariners' Association; Boston Marine Society, — all of Boston; also the Maine Historical Society and the Cumberland Club of Portland. He married, at Boston, Mass., 15 September, 1870, Georgianna Parker Miller. The latter, born at Franklin, Mass., 23 December, 1842, and deceased 15 August, 1907, at the Johnson Homestead, Belfast, Me., was the daughter of Dr. Erasmus Darwin and Louisa (Clarke) Miller, of Dorchester District, Boston. Children: Alfred, born 28 June, 1871, Boston, unmarried (1912); Ralph Miller, born 25 August, 1872, at Boston, married, 30 October, 1907, at New York City, to Marie Antoinette Davis; Edward, Jr.,[p. 516]1906.
born 4 December, 1876, at Boston, married, 25 November, 1903, at San Diego, California, to Gertrude Ellen Nukerck Clark; Louise Miller, born 4 December, 1876, at Boston, married 10 April, 1902, at Boston, to William Veazie Pratt, Lieutenant, United States Navy.
Oct. 30. Alden Darwin Chase, 84, born at Waldo, 1 May, 1822, son of Timothy and Eleanor (Blood) Chase. He was Lieutenant in Company K, 4th Maine Infantry. After returning from the War Mr. Chase engaged in the dry-goods business which his wife had established in 1856 on the corner of Maine and Church streets, upon the present site (1913) of the City National Bank. Together they carried this business on successfully for over half a century. Mrs. Chase, whose maiden name was Nancy Jane Patterson, was married to Alden Darwin Chase, 31 December, 1844. She died, 23 October, 1907. Children: Frederick P., died in infancy: Robert Patterson, born 27 January, 1852, married Alice Brown.
Mar. 30. Charles Bellows Hazeltine, 78, born 2 April, 1828, son of Benjamin and Mary A. (Bellows) Hazeltine. Immediately upon the discovery of gold in California, in 1849, Mr. Hazeltine went there by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and entered into a variety of enterprises with such good judgment and energy, that he was able to return to Belfast, a few years later, and retire for life, at the age of 26. Though he then relinquished active business he was later at different times interested in foreign shipping, the ship C. B. Hazeltine being named for him; and in the coasting trade between Belfast and Jacksonville, Fla., in which latter place he passed many winter seasons, having real estate investments there in connection with his brother, the late Benjamin Prescott Hazeltine. He was one of the original directors of the Belfast and Moosehead Lake Railroad Company, and its president for many years; and a trustee of the Belfast Savings Bank, from its foundation in 1868, until his death. Mr. Hazeltine was a man of an unusually attractive and genial personality, with a warm, hearty greeting and a friendly, helpful attitude toward all he met. In his tastes and mode of life, he was a country gentleman of the best type. His horses, dogs, garden, orchard, and hayfields received an intelligent personal supervision, and at his residence on Primrose Hill, built in 1859 after his return to Belfast, a genuine hospitality was for years extended to distinguished men, who came there from all sections of the country, from Massachusetts to California. As a sportsman, Mr. Hazeltine was widely known, he being one of the first to take up brush-shooting over bird dogs in[p. 517]1907.
this State, and his house was full of trophies of the chase. No one knew or loved the woods and lakes of Maine better than he, or was more interested in preserving them and in protecting their game. His fondness for Belfast, his native place, and his readiness to help in all movements for her welfare were strong at every period of his long life. He married, 12 July, 1854, at Camden, Frances Louisa Jones, daughter of Joseph and Mary Ann (Brown) Jones. Children: Grace, born at Belfast, 28 April, 1855, died 4 March, 1861; Ben, born at Boston, Mass., 24 March, 1857, married 27 July, 1888, Annie Agnes Durham; Mary, born at Belfast, July 9, 1861, married, 25 December, 1888; James Howard Howes; Frances, born at Nice, France, 2 February, 1868, died at Nice, France, 8 Feb., 1868; Louise, born 21 Nov., 1873.
Oct. 13. In New York, N.Y., Cyrus James Hall, 73, born 15 October, 1834, son of Cyrus and Martha (Weeks) Hall. He was active in the lumber and granite business, operating quarries on Mount Desert Island and elsewhere. He received the contract and furnished and cut the stone for the Belfast Free Library. He married, 20 June, 1868, Sylvina Jane Gilmore. Children: Martha Louise, born 9 Nov., 1869, who married, 1 Jan., 1891, at Atlanta, Ga., Clinton George Ferguson; Mary Flitner, born at Mount Desert, 14 Sept., 1877, who married, 10 June, 1909, at Springfield, Mass., James Burton Van Gelder of Inglewood, California.
Apr. 7. Albion H. Bradbury, 85, born 16 Sept., 1822, son of Nathaniel H. and Sophia (Moulton) Bradbury. He was for thirty-four years the faithful and efficient cashier of the Belfast Bank, and of its successor, the Belfast National Bank.
Nov. 4. George Dana McCrillis, 79, born 16 July, 1829, son of James and Jane (Durham) McCrillis, He was Register of Deeds from 1895 until his death. He married, 26 August, 1852, Aurindia B. Doe. Children: Emma C., born 26 August, 1854, and died 27 May, 1884; Cora B., born 26 June, 1857, and died 15 July, 1911. She married, 1st December, 1910, D. G. Richards; Nellie J., born 17 December, 1859; she married 22 April, 1883, Fred E. Avery; Mary L., born 3 September, 1862, died 7 April, 1899; George L., born 16 July, 1865, died 3 September, 1886; he married, 23 March, 1889, at Providence, Rhode Island, Dell Foster.
Mar. 25. Benjamin Kelley, Jr., 75, born 4 January, 1834, son of Benjamin and Catherine (Campbell) Kelley. He succeeded his father in the manufacture of the Kelley Axe, which held a high reputation from Maine to California. He married (1) Laura Rankin; (2) 27 September, 1863, at Bangor, Mary[p. 518]1909.
Electa Rankin. Children: Walter Baymore, born 20 February, 1865, married, 20 July, 1896, Annabel Swan; Edward Havener, born 27 September, 1869, married Caroline Barstow; Elizabeth Adah, born 22 October, 1871.
June 21. In Riverside, California, Albert Starrett White, 69, born 15 Dec., 1839, son of James Patterson and Mary Ann (Clarke) White. He was in business at first in New York City, but was later obliged to remove to Riverside, California, on account of his health. There he became an extensive orange planter and landowner. A pleasure park in Riverside has been named for him. He never married.
Mar. 22. Elizabeth Ann Barns, 89, born at Bucksport, 17 Sept., 1821, daughter of Captain William and Sophronia (Bowles) Barns. She was assistant teacher at the Belfast Academy while the Rev. George Warren Field was principal, and later for many years conducted a private school in Belfast. Many of the older generation of residents received their first instruction from her. She was a woman of much force of character, of precision, and of excellent judgment. By her will the Waldo County Hospital obtained a generous bequest, which has since been used to finish and furnish a double room for patients, a classroom for nurses, a dietary kitchen, and a room for the surgeons' use, and for keeping their instruments.
June 10. In Bangor, Ansel Lothrop White, 65, born at Belfast, 26 June, 1835, son of Robert and Lois (Lothrop) White. Entering the service of his country as a private in the 19th Maine Regiment in 1862, his war record was a brilliant one, and continued until he was mustered out of service in 1865, with the rank of Brevet Major. He was at different times engaged in business in Belfast, in Boston, and in New York, in which latter place thirty-five years of his business life were passed. In 1906 he retired, and returned to Belfast, where he resided until his death. He married, 24 November, 1869, Mary, daughter of Hiram Orlando Alden. Child: Emily Bingham, born 19 October, 1872, and died 1 February, 1880.
Aug. 12. In Boston, George Prentice Field, 65, born at Searsmont, 17 October, 1844, son of Bohan Prentice and Lucy (Haraden) Field. Mr. Field entered the insurance business at an early age, as a clerk in his father's office in Belfast. At the outbreak of the Civil War, he was appointed Deputy Provost Marshal, and subsequently was Deputy Collector of Customs at Belfast. He removed to Boston in 1873, as special agent of the Royal Insurance Company with the firm of Foster & Scull, then the New England managers of that company. Later Mr. Field became a member of the firm, its name[p. 519]1910.
changing to Scull & Field, which name, in turn, became, in 1898, Field & Cowles. He was president of the New England Insurance Exchange in 1885; president of the Bureau of United Inspection, and also of the Boston Protective Department from 1888 to 1893; president for several years of the Insurance Library Association of Boston, and for three years president of the Boston Board of Fire Underwriters. Mr. Field was, at the time of his death, the most prominent figure in the underwriting circles of Boston, and no insurance manager in New England was more widely or more favorably known than he. He was a most genial, generous, and whole-souled man, with a host of friends wherever he went. His love for Belfast, the place of his nativity, and where his youth and early manhood were passed, was always keen. He was one of those most interested in preserving her records in this Second Volume of Williamson's "History of Belfast," and up to the time of his last illness was active in attempting to bring its publication about. His letter, which appeared in the "Republican Journal," January 20, 1910, shows that the idea of forming a syndicate or association of present and former residents for the purpose originated with him. He married, 12 June, 1868, at New Bedford, Mass., his cousin, Alma Cleghorn Field, who died at Boston, 5 Aug., 1908. Children: Walter Ingraham, born 9 March, 1869, and died 7 Feb., 1894, in Boston; Edith Alma, born at Worcester, Mass., 7 Oct., 1873, who married Horace Bertram Pearson.
Sept. 11. Fred George White, 46, born 13 February, 1864, son of George Franklin and Margaret (Hazeltine) White. He was engaged in the hay, coal, and wood business, from early manhood until his death. He possessed the confidence and warm regard of all who knew him. By his will the Belfast Free Library, founded by his great uncle, Paul Richard Hazeltine, received the income of $5000. Mr. White was much interested in bringing about the publication of Vol. II. of Williamson's "History of Belfast," and was one of the original subscribers to the fund for that purpose.
Dec. 14. Frank Merriam Lancaster, 93, born at Northport, 27 November, 1817, son of Humphrey and Lucy (Elwell) Lancaster. He went to California in 1851, where he remained four years. On his return to Belfast he engaged in the grocery business, in which he continued until his death. He married, 18 January, 1844, at Northport, Angelett O. Brown. Child: Ella Angelett, born 27 March, 1847, who married James Llewellyn Sleeper.
Feb. 3. Robert S. Burgess, 82, born 2 January, 1830, in a log house in the Pitcher District of Belfast, son of David and Catharine[p. 520]1912.
M. (Holmes) Burgess. In 1851, he went to California., where he resided for twenty years. In 1871, he returned to Belfast, where he was engaged in business with David P. Alexander for twenty-seven years. He never married.
Feb. 20. In Belfast, Arnold Harris, nearly 90, born at Krotoschin, Germany, 18 May, 1822, son of Louis and Minna Esther Harris. He married, 25 May, 1851, at New York, Frederika Benas, of Krotoschin, Germany. He was for many years a successful clothing merchant in Belfast. A courteous, obliging man of sound business judgment. Children: son, born at New York City, died in infancy; Emily, born at Boston, 5 May, 1853, wife of the late William Hyams; Philena, born 25 March, 1856, died 31 December, 1859; Bertha, born 16 July, 1858, wife of the late J. B. Smith; Louis, born 16 December, 1801, died at New York City, 3 January, 1911.
Sept. 26. Clara Isabelle Thorndike, 67, wife of Edward Sibley, born Schaghticoke, New York, 5 May, 1845, daughter of Timothy and Hannah (Williams) Thorndike. While she was a little girl her family removed to Belfast. She graduated from Mount Holyoke Seminary in 1867, and afterward taught in the Belfast High School. She was an active member of the Congregational Church, and the president of the Travelers' Club. Her interest in the welfare of Belfast was evinced in many ways, and she was the friend of many good causes. Her character was decided and well-rounded, her influence far-reaching. She married, 15 June, 1869, Edward Sibley. Children: Charlotte Thorndike, born 29 January, 1871, who married Henry Hoyt Hilton, of Chicago, Ill.; Harold Thorndike, born, 19 February, 1882.
Dec. 28. Augustus Perry, 97 years and 8 months, familiarly known as "Belfast's grand old man," born at Camden, 30 April, 1815, son of Oakes and Nancy (Rogers) Perry. When he was about sixteen years of age, his parents went to reside at the Head of the Tide, Belfast. There, at the age of twenty-one, he bought an interest in the general store of Edwin Beaman, which in 1841 was moved into town, where Mr. Perry continued in business imtil 1882, when he sold out to Charles Baker, and retired, being at the time the oldest grocer in Maine. In 1883, Mr. Perry entered the Belfast Post-Office as Money-Order Clerk, and held the position for upwards of twenty years, and for a large part of that time was the oldest employee of the United States Post-Office Department. He was Town Treasurer in 1852 and City Treasurer in 1853, and from 1858 to 1860. It was said of him in the "Republican Journal" on his 95th birthday: "He is to-day more active than many younger men, a constant attendant at the Sunday and Thursday evening services of the Congregational[p. 521]1912.
Church, keeps well informed on current events, and has a hearty greeting for his many friends. He attributes his longevity to his never having used alcoholic drinks or tobacco in any form, and to his having kept the Sabbath Day holy." On his 96th birthday it was said: "Mr. Perry is the oldest citizen of Belfast, and one of the most dearly beloved. Hardly a day passes that he is not seen downtown, with his cheery smile for old and young, and he is greeted as 'Grandpa' by half the children in the city. With his quaint long coat, stovepipe hat, and cane, he is a typical old-school gentleman, and his snowy beard and hair only enhance a complexion that any girl might envy." He married 28 November, 1843, at Searsport, Jane Porter, of Searsport. Children: Edward Augustus, born 10 November, 1844, who became a resident of Fargo, North Dakota; Julia Margaret, born 10 June, 1850; Isabella Jane, born 14 January, 1852, who married Hon. Clarence O. Poor; Walter Frank, born 11 October, 1854, who became a resident of Grand Forks, North Dakota; Emily Fowler, born 16 February, 1847.
Dec. 29. In Kansas City, Mo., Eugene S. Rust, 61, born, at Washington, D. C. 17 June, 1851, son of Hon. William Maxfield and Martha (Weeks) Rust. At the time of his death he was general manager of the Kansas City, Mo., Stock Yards, with which he had been connected for thirty-two years. He married, 6 October, 1874, at Kenduskeag, Nellie A. Case, of Kenduskeag. Children: Frederick W., born 26 March, 1876; Donald Eugene, born 9 October, 1877; married 10 June, 1911, Denver, Col., Helen Russel Dugal; an adopted daughter, Dorothy Case, born 1 February, 1891.
Mar. 10. In Elmira, N.Y., Captain Frederick Barker, 73, born at Montville, 29 April, 1839, son of Isaac Truman and Abigail (Dyer) Barker. In 1858, Mr. Barker came to Belfast, where he engaged in business nmtil the breaking-out of the Civil War, when he enlisted in the 26th Maine Regiment. His war record was a distinguished one. After being mustered out of the service with the rank of captain in 1863, he became a member of the hardware firm of Barker & Burgess, in Belfast, where he resided until 1870, when he closed his affairs there. In 1871, he went to Elmira, N.Y., and entered the hardware business with the firm, which at the time of his death, bore the name, The Barker, Rose & Clinton Company. Captain Barker was a member of the Baldwin Post, G.A.R., Union Lodge, A.F. & A.M., a member of the Empire State Society of The Sons of the American Revolution, and of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion; one of the officers of the New York State Hardware Dealers' Association; on[p. 522]1913.
the executive committee of the National Hardware Dealers' Association; a member of the Century Club, and of Park Church. The high position he held among his business associates was an enviable one. Captain Barker was always very loyal to Belfast, the place where he began his business career, where he enlisted in his country's service, and where he was married. He was one of the first to join the Williamson's History Association, after its organization in November, 1912, and his interest in the Second Volume of Williamson's "History of Belfast," was sustained even through his last illness. He married, 18 December, 1872, Emma Charlotte, daughter of John Warren White. She died 6 April, 1900. They had no children.
Mar. 28. At Greeley, Col., Albert John Condon, 50, born 3 July, 1862, son of Captain John Crie and Hannah (Perkins) Condon. Educated in the Belfast schools, he was a clerk with several merchants here until 1887, when he went to Kansas City, to enter the employ of William F. Bean, formerly of Belfast. Later, after holding various important positions with wholesale houses for the manufacture and sale of men's hats throughout the West, he established himself as proprietor of one of the largest department stores in Greeley, Col. At the time of his death Mr. Condon was vice-president of the General Electric Company, a director in the National Bank of Greeley, and had large real estate interests. He married, 20 March, 1894, at Montrose, Col., Miss Louise Becker, of Montrose, Col., daughter of George and Margaret Becker; Children: Alberta Louise, born at Denver, Col., 2 May, 1896; William Bean, born at Greeley, Col., 24 March, 1908.