Our 115th Reunion will be August 28th at 1200 (noon) at Camp Neofa in Searsmont, Maine, under the direction of our new President, Captain Craig Kalloch.  His wife, Lynn, assures me that there will be plentiful and tasty food available for a small fee.  There is a mess hall in case of bad weather and swimming for those who wish it.  Craig writes, “I think everyone will be impressed with the beauty and solitude of the area.”  Do not let the idea of a new meeting place keep you from coming!  I am attaching maps, and Craig will have someone at his home to direct you to the spot - about a mile away.

There will be the second annual Campout the night before, August 27th, and you can begin arriving anytime on Friday.  The first Campout was very successful, but we want the campers to come to the meeting.  No excuse if the meeting is just a mile away.  Another reason for the change is that we need a larger place.  Our thanks to Leola Robinson who has made arrangements for us at the St. George Grange Hall in past summers.

We had a record attendance last August [at the 114th]; 79 at the meeting.  Please note, however, that back in 1881 there were 216 at Ingraham Hall in South Thomaston.  We have $496.98 in the bank - at least before mailing this issue; and we collected $63 of that from my “advertisement” in the Newsletter.

Peter Richardson enlarged his genealogical services by handing out charts, which listed Kallochs unto the fifth generation.  This saves craning necks  to read the fabulous wall chart.  His daughter, Tamsin, entertained with a lovely solo ballet.

We now have a professional pamphlet containing Dean Mayhew’s remarks about our Scots-Irish heritage.  It was prepared by Elaine Kalloch Stewart, complete with a picture of the Rev. Joseph Kallock on the cover.  If you wish one of the extras, send me $1.50, plus a pre-stamped envelope large enough to hold a thin pamphlet which measures 5 1/2” x 8 1/2”.

Highlights: Our oldest were the 86-year-old twins, Harold and Herbert Kalloch.  The youngest, a little over 3 months, was John Robert Hunt.  Longest married were Colby and Lee Kalloch, 55 years; and the Arthur Olsons traveled the farthest - from California.  Other offices remained the same: Elinor Johnson, VP; Hazel Hills, Sec—Treas.; Charlene Black, Chaplain; Peter Richardson, Historian; and. Mabel Rollins, Hon. Chaplain.



The August 30, 1882, reunion was held at Tenants Harbor with the Rev. Joseph Kallock as President.  My great grandfather, Henry Kalloch, made some remarks about the spelling of the name, but there is nothing enlightening in the minutes about his conclusions.  There was a choir, probably from the local church, and Mr. Everett Farrington of Waldoboro “made some very interesting talk."




Craig Kalloch, our new President, says of his own history that he was born in Rockland, and after graduating from the Maine Maritime in 1970, went to sea..  He has been a sailing captain in the Merchant Marines since 1976, the youngest Captain on ocean-going ships in the U. S. at the time.  He works six months a year and is home the rest of the time in Searsmont, where he and Lynn have lived for four years with their 9-year—old son, Sean.  They are expecting a new addition to the clan in April.  Craig's first reunion was in 1980, when he came with his father, Carl.  He is presently Captain of the Golden Monarch, a 900 foot oil tanker, the largest ever to dock in Boston harbor.  He brings a fresh outlook, enthusiasm, and a definite sense of promptness to his new position.  Plans are that we meet at 1200, eat at 1300, and meet at 1430!

If you are going to attend the Campout, please try to give Craig and Lynn a call.  It will help them in their planning.  The phone is: 207-589-4561.  If you are coming to the meeting only, we do not need a reservation, but will plan for 75!


Kallochs are holders of a family heritage, with an obligation to pass it on in the same valuable condition we have found it.  I look back in the minutes where I can see my great grandfather’s signature and the names of my great aunt, Nan Kalloch Allen; my grandfather, Herbert Kalloch; and my cousin, Henry Allen.  They cared in their time; now it is my turn.  I think of Mrs. Finley Kalloch, a strong lady to keep together a family which was uprooted from one country and moved to another and which is still gathering some 250 years later.  We are a unique group in what has become a throw-away world.  You can do your part by attending the Reunion and the Campout when you can and by keeping in touch with your own immediate part of the clan, letting us know about addresses.  In looking back on the three years of my Presidency, I am most proud of these things: We now have 162 on our mailing list and increased attendance at the meetings; a Campout has been established which, I hope, will attract the young as well as the hardy; we have published what I believe will be the first of several small pamphlets about the family; and I was the first woman president in 114 years, a noble achievement in an era of equality.  I hope I am not the last.

Nancy Kalloch Sack



While waiting to go onstage last year, I perused a book titled, Costume Design in the Movies, by Elizabeth Leese and found this: Robert Kalloch,  born in 1893.  He worked for Columbia Pictures in the 1930’s and designed dance dresses for Irene Castle and  Pavlova.  Some of his films were:  It Happened One Night, 1933; The Awful Truth and Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, 1936; Mrs. Miniver, Panama Hattie, Random Harvest, 1942; Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, 1947.


We remember -
          David Richardson
          David Kelley
          Helen Harris
          Edwin Rollins
          Irene Oxton
          Elmer Kellar



In October, 1980, the Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal ran this headline: “Today is Sam Kalloch’s Day.” Reason?  The high school field was renamed Sam Kalloch Field because of Sam’s 47 years of coaching there.  He and Betty were driven around in style before the game.  Sam has had a rough year with illness but is still peppy enough to fight back and be interested in all that goes on around him.


The following poem was written by Marilyn Boyce of Essex Junction, Vermont.  She sent it to me this past Christmas, and I print it in ‘the hope that it will inspire others to a.) attend the Campout and b.) send me material for this Newsletter.


The letter came in early spring with Kalloch reunion news.  What’s this?  A campout in Searsmont if any would so choose.  With our son’s family in Texas and our daughter's wedding in June.  Children and campout could feather our empty-nest syndrome.

On a warm, sunny day in late August we drove up a country lane To a big old house at the end of the road being given new life again.  We basked in a kindred welcome amid genealogical glean as Thatcher and children went romping about acres of wide open green.

The plank benches which encircled ‘the communal fireplace, were ideal for hours of sharing while relatives were traced. Kinfolk, starlight, campfire, the delightful “way of Maine,” Combined to make the campout one we’d surely enjoy again!


Sgt. Randy Kellock, who is stationed at Griffiss AFB in New York State, sent me a list of books, pamphlets, letters, and transcripts about or by a Kellock/Kalloch maintained by the U.S. Library of Congress as of July, 1980.  Some interesting excerpts from his lists

1. C.W. KELLOCK & CO., SHIPBUILDERSs Centennial History of Kellock, by John Dowler - about a ship brokers founded at Liverpool in 1820 and reorganized in 1865 under the above name.

2. The full report of Richard Henry Dana’s argument for the defense in the case of Rev. Isaac Smith Kalloch.

3. PARSON WEEMS OF THE CHERRY TREE by Harold Kellock, about the life of George Washington’s first biographer.  There are several books on the list by Harold Kellock, who apparently lived around 1879.

If you want the full list, please send me a self-addressed AND STAMPED legal-sized envelope.  Enclose 30¢ and I will run off copies for you.  Many thanks to Randy for taking the tine to find this interesting information.

News About Hazel Hills

Our Secretary-Treasurer had a hip operation last October, but she has managed to keep Kalloch addresses straight.  As she writes me, “It’s no small job.” I agree.

She has clocked over 240 miles on her stationary bike, going 7 to 9 miles a day.  Great!

I want to acknowledge my debt to Hazel for her assistance always in keeping minutes straight as well as addresses.

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