Craig Kallochs [“I hope we can get 100 relatives here this year.”]

If you missed last summer’s [115th] reunion, you missed a real old-fashioned one, complete with romping children and a wheelbarrow filled with salad, an interesting artifact which may take its place alongside the famous coffee pot.  Craig and Lynn have an ideal spot in Searsmont for the reunion and the campout, giving all ages a chance to participate.  Those who wished could listen to Peter and Dean spin yarns about our collective past, while the children could continue to run about. Lynn and relatives did the planning and cooking, as Craig was at sea in the manner of some of our forebears.  But don’t despair if you missed all the fun; you can plan to attend this summer.

Our 116th reunion will be held Saturday, August 28th, in Searsmont.  Everyone should arrive by noon; food will begin at l2:30.  Craig is changing the time of the campout this year so that it will be Saturday night after the reunion instead of the night before.  How-ever, if it is more convenient for you to arrive with your camping gear on Friday, August 26th, he and Lynn will be “at home with a campfire going.”  I suggest you call them at 207-589-456l and let them know you are coming.  There will be a large tent for shade, but I suggest you also bring a sun hat.

Food:  Along with the chicken barbeque, Craig promises to try to find some steamed clams in the back forty.

Meeting: There will be a quick report from Dean Mayhew on the coat of arms, an update from Peter Richardson on his continued quest for information on Kallochs, and a display of art through photography by Kathy Kalloch, granddaughter of Elmer Kalloch.


The 115th reunion was held August 28th at the home of Captain and Mrs. Craig Kalloch, with 70 members attending.  The campout was held the night before, in spite of chilly weather.  Oldest present was Henrietta Knowlton at 92; youngest was Carolyn L. Kalloch, 4-month-old daughter of Craig and Lynn.

The meeting was conducted by Eleanor Johnson, Vice President.  It was decided to establish a $50 fund for genealogical expenses, such as postage, which are incurred by Dean Mayhew and Peter Richardson.  Since Peter does not wish to accept personal payment for family tracing, it is suggested that in the future if one wishes him to do any searching, a donation be sent to Hazel Hills for this new fund.  Our total bank balance as of last August was $642.99.

A card was signed for Mabel Rollins, who celebrated her 100th birthday the previous June 29th.  Officers for the coming year are Craig Kalloch, President; Eleanor Johnson, Vice President; Hazel Hills, Secretary-Treasurer; Chaplain, Charlene Black; Honorary Chaplain, Mabel Rollins.


Dean Mayhew’s talk is preserved on tape but is too detailed for this newsletter.  He reported that the original Kalloch in this country was probably a widower who came from Ulster County, Northern Ireland, and set himself up in the oil and sturgeon business.  After a fire, he removed to Pennsylvania.  It was his son, Finley, who drew lot #23 in the Waldo Settlement and who along with the other original settlers there had 3 years to clear 100 acres and 8 months to build a house.


100 Years Ago

The 1883 reunion was held in Cutting Grove, Warren, with President Joseph Kalloch presiding.  Thanks were given to Mr. Cutting for his efforts in planning the reunion and for the use of the grove.  There was no mention of how many attended, but most seemed to be Vice Presidents.  Seven were nominated and accepted! Perhaps that is how they kept up attendance.

Paul Merriam nature park

Leola Robinson sent me an article from the Rockland paper about the Paul Merriam Nature Park at Owls Head. Paul, assisted by Students from the Region 8 Vocational School, built trail bridges and cleared brush in “his” park, where there are 7 miles of cross country trails, a museum, and at least one Snowy owl.


Hazel wrote me that one dull day she heard a knock on her door and found it to be Peter Richardson, who had come to Rockland to see Charles and Marguerite Gould.  It was their father, Judge Gould, who was one of our early chroniclers.  Charles and Marguerite have graciously entrusted Peter with the vast amount of information their father left, and it is now being copied.  Peter wrote to me about the gift, which he says has helped him greatly with the middle generations and to sort out the West Rockport and St. George Kellers.  His letter came on beautiful new stationery designed by his wife, Mona, complete with a picture of the founder, Rev. Joseph Kalloch.

Please remember to bring Peter your old photographs. documents, and newspaper articles so that he can copy them.  He always sets up a copying shop in the back room.  All of this helps him to keep the Kallochs straight.  I recently had some pictures of tombstones in my immediate family which I sent to him to confirm dates.

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Speaking of keeping Kallochs straight, Susan Kalloch of South Hamilton, Mass., wrote me a nice letter of appreciation for last year’s newsletter and added that she thought Kallochs were a bit “devilish”!

Winston Kellock of Nova Scotia made it as far as Gardiner, Maine, for a visit but is still hoping to make a reunion.

Marie Hammond missed us entirely because of a mix-up in dates but is hoping to bring her cousin Dana Simmons this summer.


Several people sent me articles from the Portland Press about Norma Kalloch and her poems.  She won Special Mention for her poem, “Portland,” and 2nd place for “Love.”


Carl Kalloch of Rockland
Donald Kenniston of Warren


I almost got a Kalloch book published.  I submitted my manuscript for a junior adult novel called Family Reunion to Down East Publishers.  They kept it for many months, returning it finally with a letter saying they had tried very hard to work it into their schedule but poor economic conditions in the publishing world prevented it.  So, thanks to Reaganomics there will not be a Kalloch based book on the library shelves, at least not for awhile.  Many of the anecdotes I used in the book were from a recorded interview I made with my mother, Mrs. Leonie Kalloch, just as I suggest elsewhere in the newsletter that you might try.


In last year’s newsletter I gave you a list of books that had been researched by Randy Kellock.  There were several by a Harold Kellock.  Did any of you spot the quote from Kellock’s book Houdini in Reader’s Digest? Unfortunately, I forgot to note the month but it was in "Personal Glimpses” and recounted a story about an escape Houdini jade from a Scottish jail.



The Talking Mirror

     I picked up the mirror
     As sprightly as could be
     To see if youthful Flora
     Would be smiling back at me.
     “No, No, her youth is gone,” said
          the mirror.
     “It’s no more that you will see,
     A dark haired teen-age maiden
     Reflecting back from me.
     As well as I would like to
     But - I must tell the truth,
     You cannot be over seventy
     And expect to reflect seventeen too.”
     “All right,” sighed oldish Flora.
     “You are so right - you win,
     So I may as well accept it...”
     She put down the mirror with a grin.  

Flora Kalloch Peavey


The lady who wrote “The Talking Mirror” has traveled to every state in the U.S., every province in Canada, and many foreign countries.  She wrote to me last year and I spent July 29th with her in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, where she lives with her daughter and granddaughter.  We came to her attention by accident.  She happened to be taking a genealogy course and had gone to Providence to search the archives for information about Peaveys.  A classmate suggested she try to find out something about Kallochs and she said, “No good for me to look anything up here; I’d have to go back to Maine.”  Luckily and by chance, a lady overheard her - a lady who knew Hazel Hills!  So the next thing I received was a letter from Flora telling me about her background and about a Dr. Herbert F. Kalloch, a cousin up in Fort Fairfield, Maine, who had delivered her and her brothers and sisters.  I wrote back to tell her that the doctor she was talking about was my grandfather.  Flora has kept a faithful record of her girlhood, preserved in the many anecdotes she remembers about her life, many of which she has on her bookshelf in carefully prepared books.  She even surprised me with a good one told by my grandfather.

Still another coincidence occurred this past year when I went to investigate a local lobster restaurant.  You cannot imagine a more unlikely spot for a lobster pound and restaurant than the foothills of the Shawangunk Mountains.  I asked the man where he got his lobsters and he replied, “Warren, Maine.” Further discussion revealed his family to be one of the original settlers there in Warren.  


My school recently hired a folklorist who worked directly with the children in the 5th and 6th grades.  In connection with his work they used a textbook, My Backyard History Book, by David Weitzman.  You might enjoy  some of their suggestion.

  1. Buy an outline map of the U.S. and use dots to mark cities where members of your family live now or have lived.

  2. The next time you visit your grandparents, ask them for their favorite old recipes, especially look for recipes in original handwriting.  You can then make a recipe calendar to be sent as family presents.

  3. Use a cassette tape player to interview a relative while you go through a family picture album, finding out the clothes they used to wear, the songs they sang, and the slang they used.

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