One of the nice parts of being the president of this group is the correspondence with other Kalloch-interested people.  Let me share some of mine with you.  I have continued to hear from Winston Kellock up in Nova Scotia, who has been trying to find Kellock/Kalloch grave stones in his local cemetery.  He tells me Now that this will be impossible but that a local historian is working on old ship passenger lists and may yet have something for us.

Augusta Kalloch Christie’s companion, Helen Spear, writes that Augusta is now in a nursing home.  She celebrated her 92nd birthday October 28, 1979, and I am sure would like to hear from some of you next October.  Her address is 27 Second St., Presque Isle, Maine 04769.

Mary Barnes is 91 and still manages to get out a bit.  Her address is 63 Washington St., Camden, Maine 04843.

Last Summer

Our 112th reunion was attended last summer by about 50 people in spite of the gas shortage.  Henrietta Knowlton was our oldest at 89 and Rebecca Mayhew the youngest at 5.

James Skoglund of St. George showed slides of local Kalloch homesteads and other places of interest, so some of us were able to see homes from our particular branch of the family.

We are not asking you for reservations, but will plan on about 50.  If more come, we will just slice the sandwiches thinner!  This way we save postage.


Officers voted in at the last meeting were:

President: Nancy Kalloch Sack
Vice Pres.: Eleanor Johnson
Sec.-Treas.: Hazel Hills
Historian: Peter Richardson
Ass’t. Historian: Ray Joyce
Chaplain: Charlene Black
Hon. Chaplain: Mabel Rollins


The next reunion will be held Saturday, August 23rd, with a sandwich lunch being provided for a very reasonable fee.  The Grange worked out well last summer, especially since it has been used for reunions so many times in the past.  To get there you go north through Thomaston, take a right turn onto Rte. 131 at the Knox Memorial.  This road takes you directly into St. George.  This year — thanks to my mother, Lee Kalloch, we will have a brightly colored flag on the road to mark the spot.  As I mentioned last year, there is a wonderful old cemetery just down the road - with Kallochs included - but a perfect spot for gravestone rubbings..

If you have any suggestions about other places to hold the reunions in the future, please feel free to speak to any of the officers about it.

The Tie That Binds

At this summer’s reunion I am suggesting that each of us takes the name and address of one member who cannot make the reunion and begins a correspondence with that person -- sort of a pen family.  I think it would make people feel a part of the group and could certainly be a source of material for this newsletter.

Our Scotch-Irish Heritage

I am excited that Dean Mayhew has agreed to be the speaker at this summer’s reunion, having set himself the task of finding where Kallochs came from back in Scotland and/or Ireland.  His last letter to me began with these words: “Remember this place, Dunfermline Fifeshire!  I think it is indeed the family homestead.  I’ve undertaken the preliminary research of Kellochs abroad and all trails lead there.”

Isn’t that a tantalizing idea?  So do try to plan to come to St. George this August and find out how the story is unfolding.  Peter Richardson and Bertha Drewett have done such a wonderful job in researching our lives here in this country.  Now perhaps Dean can get us hooked up with our overseas past.

To help you in your search I will have at the reunion some genealogy charts which I ordered with Kalloch funds so you can get the information down in a more structured form.  I expect in the past you may have been using old scraps of paper and backs of envelopes!


Harold Kalloch out in British Columbia writes to me also and asked me to tell him something about myself.  Perhaps you too may want to know who this person is who writes the newsletter.  Besides, I have space to fill up!

I grew up as Nancy Leonie Kalloch, daughter of Colby Bartlett Kalloch of Fort Fairfield, Maine, and Leonie Butt Kalloch of Brooklyn.  My grandfather was Dr. Herbert Franklin Kalloch of Fort Fairfield (born in Tenants Harbor, Maine); my great grandfather was Deacon Henry Franklin Kalloch of Tenants Harbor; and my great great grandfather was Alexander IV of Wiley’s Corner.  Ultimately, we go back to Finley’s son, John.

I am in my 17th year of teaching, most recently involved in eighth-grade language arts, but I was also a secretary when I was much younger and worked in New York City.  After a brief marriage and divorce I went back to work and decided to start college, finally receiving my B.S. in education from the State University of New York at New Paltz.  After that I spent four summers getting a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, but I have also gone on to take other courses at the University of New Hampshire, the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, and the University of Birmingham in England.

My son, Donald Colby Sack, is an operating room nurse at Sloan Kettering Memorial Hospital in New York City, and my parents live in retirement on Cape Cod.  I have lived in this mid-Hudson area since 1959 but only recently bought my own house.  I came here from Westchester County in order to attend the college at New Paltz and have been here ever since.  Much of my outside interests revolve around amateur theatrical ventures, having done many plays locally.  Recently, I ran an Ulster County talent show which was part of a “Celebration of Youth Day” which attracted some 7,000 people!

My fondest memories are of Tenants Harbor and coming to Maine.  As soon as we left the driveway in Larchmont, New York, I am reputed to have begun asking, “When are we going to get to Maine?” Our first stop was to Aunt Nan’s house.  She was Nannie G. Allen, daughter of Henry Franklin Kalloch, and my grandfather’s sister.  No other place have I ever felt so welcomed.  Aunt Nan was Charlene Black’s and Elaine Stewart’s grandmother, and thanks to the gracious hospitality of Charlene and her husband, Harlan, we are still able to enjoy this house that Henry Kalloch built, where some 7 generations have visited, been born, or died.

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