Craig Kalloch: “Easier to find than my house.”
The 117th reunion will be held on Saturday, August 25, 1984, at a new spot
- Lake Sennebec Lodge in Union, Maine. Craig’s maps are included elsewhere. We
have already sent in a $50 deposit from our account, and each person will be
expected to pay $7 to cover the costs of hiring the Lodge and the food.
Luncheon is being catered on the basis that 100 Kallochs will show up and will
include barbecued chicken, potato salad, and watermelon. You must supply your
own beverage and cups. Lunch will begin at l2:30, so arrive by noon for
At last summer’s [116th] reunion there was a lengthy discussion about suitable places to hold our continuously-expanding gathering. Craig and Lynn are (or have) moving, and it is getting to be too big for a few people to cook for. Your $7.00 includes not only the food but swimming and the availability of a lodge in case of bad weather. It will still allow us an informal setting in which the children can run about.
100 Years Ago
The 1884 reunion was held
We Do It All for You
I have been involved for the past two years trying to ascertain whether we Kallochs are members of Clan Donald. According to charts at highland gatherings I have gone to and to Clan Donald historian, Robert G. Carron, we are entitled to the McDonald Clan, as Kallochs (MacKellaichs, etc.) are a sept of Macdonalds of Clanranald.
Dean Mayhew is still waiting for more proof and is not entirely convinced. In the meantime, I am going to allow the bagpipe to stir my blood and remember the wonderful time when I traveled over the sea to Skye, where the present headquarters of Clan Donald is.
Because Craig Kalloch travels about so much, it is difficult
for him to plan from afar. In fact, his letter informing me of this
summer’s plans came from his ship. He told of sailing off the coast of Ireland
during the Christmas holidays and of Lynn joining him later in Texas. In an
effort to spread the joy and work around, we now have three new officers.
Dean Mayhew has already been heavily involved and doing a monumental job of coordinating research into our Northern Ireland and Scottish past. He was born in Camden, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond E. Mayhew, and through his maternal grandmother is of the Isleboro Kellers. He has been delving into family since about 1960, digging up roots not only for his own interest but for that of the group because he says, “I don’t like loose ends lying about.” He presently teaches at the Maine Maritime Academy in Castine.
Donna Kalloch Perry is our second woman officer in all these years. She is the granddaughter of Elmer Kalloch and daughter of Donald M. (a telephone man) and Marjorie L. Kalloch and has spent her life in Maine. Her two “wonderful children” are Travis, 14, and Candra, 12. She finds her job of cleaning houses to be very rewarding because of the friends she makes and the appreciation she garners.
David Kalloch is Donna’s brother, who of course shares the same heritage. His new job is that of custodian in Rockland, Owls Head, and South Thomaston schools. A major event in his life last May was his marriage to Deborah Orne and her son, Peter. Last summer was only his third reunion, but I am sure it is just the beginning!
“So Many Names! Thousands!”
So states the Rev. Peter Richardson whose Christmas present to
me this past year was the following historical report, which I have been
badgering him about for quite awhile.
Peter reports that the past two years of intensive catching up has resulted in 5 large notebooks: 1 for descendants of John, 2 for Matthew, and 2 for Alexander, as well as a “highly reliable” cross checking system. Invaluable sources have been Eaton’s Annals of Warren and History of Thomaston, Rockland, and South Thomaston.
Also, Edward Kalloch Gould, former Maine State Historian, compiled a remarkable genealogy through the late 1930’s which is now in Peter’s possession, as reported in last year’s Newsletter. Bertha Drewett did extensive searching through town records and cemeteries, all of which Peter now has as well. He says that one person’s source often provides a missing link or check for another’s; and all of this combines with what we all bring him at the reunions - apparently to the point where he has a separate room for it all.
Recent important information has been added by; Harold Kalloch of British Columbia; Kenneth D. Kalloch of Concord, NH; Dean Mayhew or Orland, ME; Nancy Sack of Accord, NY; Shirley Keller of Quincy, MA; Ruth Wade of West Rockport, MA; Burt Hunt of Pepperell, MA; Kathleen Choi of Hilo, Hawaii; Marie Hammond and Martha Dunlop of South Portland, ME; Lois Jones of Augusta, ME; and Paul Merriam, of Rockland, ME. Norman Hammond of Rockville, MD has put the Benjamin Kellar line on computer tape and even has a printout!
At recent reunion’s Peter has been able to photocopy old pictures brought in by; the late David Kalloch of the Adam Boyd Kalloch line; Dean Mayhew of the Finlay B. Kellar line; Gladys Keller of the Moses-Benjamin, Keller lines; Marie Hammond of the David Y. Kalloch—Benjamin Keller lines; and Hazel Hills of the Dea. M. Kalloch line.
Peter says, “I wish David Kalloch could have lived to see the joy when his cousins found a picture of Eleanor Kalloch which they did not know existed."
So you can see the importance of what we bring in the line of photographs and documents, all of which Peter is able to photocopy on the spot. Please continue to keep him informed of births, marriages, and deaths, as well as sites of Kalloch houses. He can be reached at 314 Fletcher St., Kennebunk, ME 04043; and his hope is, “Someday I will remember you all and we will feel like cousins less “removed!”
Warmly Last Summer
I know Hazel must have sent me the
minutes of last summer’s meeting, but I cannot locate them. Based on my
recollections though, I believe we met the 100 person goal which Craig had
for us. He conducted the meeting and was instrumental in getting 3 vice
presidents elected to help him plan the reunion. He is not always sure his
ship will be in port, and the reunion has become too much for Lynn and a
few other hands to run and cook for. Henrietta Knowlton was the oldest and
my new-found cousin, Rochelle Gardiner, from Seattle, Washington, had come
Once again I received a newspaper article about Sam Kalloch. Back in October the Poughkeepsie paper ran an article about local coaches of past years. The lead ran, “Sam Kalloch won more than 1,200 games in 47 seasons.”
Where Is David?
Dean has been searching in
Pennsylvania census records for David Kalloch 2nd has been thwarted so
far, although he has now come up with some Kollocks. Perhaps by this
August he will have come up with something definitive.
Myra Kalloch Teague died in August, 1983, at the age of 107. She was the
oldest resident of Warren, daughter of Lawrence and Martha Burgess
Kalloch, and a housemother at Hebron Academy.
Roy Joyce, who was apparently soon to retire from the service, died this
Money and Addresses
Remember that we need donations to
print and mail this Newsletter. Also, if you ask Peter to do any searching
for you (although he does not charge), it would be helpful to make
whatever donation you can afford to the genealogical fund. This helps
reimburse Peter and Dean for any expenses incurred.
Winston Kellock wrote at Christmas
that he and his wife, Mildred, had been in Gardiner, Maine, during the
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