Words to live By:
Star light. Star bright, First star I see tonight;
Lead me out of stress and strain: Put me on the road to Maine.
by Mary R. Palmer

123rd Reunion August 25, 1990 at Noon St. George Grange
(Please see last page for details. You do NOT have to bring lunch this year


Last summers 122nd reunion was attended by approximately 50.  We began with the singing of “Climb Every Mountain,” “America the Beautiful” and “Amazing Grace,” sung by an impromptu trio of President Anita Fernald, Mary Kalloch and Nancy Sack, accompanied by Eleanor Richardson.  Arrangements were made by Donna Perry and Paul and Dons Merriam.  The oldest attending were William Ralph Kalloch and Leola Robinson, both 90.  Paul and Doris Merriam were the longest married at 54 years and Jim and Mary Kalloch celebrated their 25th.  Our surprise newlyweds were Flora Kalloch Peavey, 79 and Max Place. 80.  They were school sweethearts and had just been married on June 14. 1989.  A prayer was offered for Glennys Kalloch Gross.  A decision was made to continue buying books for local libraries in memory of Kallochs.  A committee was established to begin plans for the upcoming 125th reunion in 1992.


Should you wish to obtain information, donate money, offer your help, or complain:

President: Anita Fernald, 55 Spicer Ave.. Noank, CT 06340
V. President: Hazel Hills, Rte. 1. Box 943. Warren, ME 04864
Secretary: June Parmenter. 7 Carey Lane. Oxford, MA 01540
Treasurer: Paul Merriam. 72 Mechanic St.. Rockland, ME 04841

   In charge of arrangements: Donna Perry. Box 108. So. Thomaston, ME 04858
   Historian: The Rev. Peter Richardson, 34 Fletcher St.. Kennebunk, ME 04043
   Historian (overseas): Dean Mayhew, Fish Pt. Rd.. Box 75. Orland, ME 04472


Ideas put forth to begin thinking about are: having an old photo of a reunion sent to Yankee Magazine; arranging to have a 125th Reunion picture taken; getting in touch with local TV; bringing books and charts for display; making up a commemorative booklet of what we do now at present, even though we are not yet prepared to publish a complete genealogy; having a video made which could be sold for profit; arranging for a commemorative paperweight (made in Maine); becoming incorporated (we hope some family lawyer will donate services.  We hope to select some place such as the Samoset Hotel in Rockland, which has many facilities.  Knowing this, please begin saving your pennies.


We now have back and current issues of the Kalloch newsletters from 1977 placed in the Thomaston Library, the Warren Historical Association, and the New England Historic Genealogical Society in Boston.  All expressed interest and the Genealogical Society was glad to have the newsletters, not because they are polished print, but because they contain accounts of original records.


We have purchased a copy of Pen Renderings of Elmer Rising for the Rockland Library in memory of the artist.

Eleanor Richardson (Mrs. Peter) has written a book about Hurricane Island. titled. "The Town That Disappeared.”


Elmer Rising, son of Laura Kalloch Rising. born in 1906 in Rockland, graduated from Higgins Classical Institute and Hebron Academy.  Illustrator for archeological and anthropological subjects while at Harvard at the Peabody Museum.  Illustrated “Up From the Ape” by Ernest Horten.  Exhibited at Farnsworth Museum. Great admirer of both N.C. and Andrew Wyeth.  Was especially inspired by Monhegan Island and other places in Maine.

Phillip Carroll Kalloch, Sr., age 62, died April 26. 1989.  Son of Mervyn and Emma Kalloch.  Survived by his wife Evelyn of Cushing; a son. Phillip. Jr.. of Gorham: a daughter, Victoria Levesque of Hampden: and a sister, Phyllis Reed of Warren, as well as 5 grandchildren.  Received the Purple Heart.  Retired after 36 years with the Martin Marietta Cement Company.

Rena G. Kalloch. 89, widow of Stanley Kalloch, died August 3, 1989.  Daughter of Walter and Annie Keizer Knight.  Taught at schools in Cushing and Thomaston.  She is survived by a daughter, Anita Swanson of Thomaston and a grandson.
Lillian F. Brann Keller, age 86. widow of Elmer L. Keller, died September 30. 1988.  She was the daughter of Charles and Annie Brann.  Taught school in Reading. MA and Rockland.  She is survived by a brother, C. Leroy Brann of Rockland and a sister, Mary E. Crawford of Oxford. OH.

Roy C. Hall. age 77, born August 29. 1910, died November 22, 1987.  He was the great grandson of Amariah Kalloch and grandson of Caroline E. Kalloch.


We had a balance of $l,454.39 as of August 1989.  Donations were received for the following funds: General Fund, Marjorie Kalloch, Katherine Kalloch and Charlene Black.  Newsletter Fund,  Margaret Canton, Dorothy Campbell, Elaine Eppick, Harold L. Kalloch, Marcy C. Leno, Mitchell Kalloch, Thelma Bennett and Alicia Kay Smith.

Joan K. Freese, daughter of the late Sam Kalloch, in whose name we contributed our first book, sent a further donation for the Library Fund with these words: “If there's one thing we grew up with, it was book’s, books and more books.”  We have a balance in this account of $85.64, available for future purchases.

We are always glad to have contributions—especially if you aren’t able to attend the reunion and contribute to the coffee pot collection which netted $119.50 last summer.


Mary Tollefson, 1805 Bel Aire Ave., W. Peoria, IL 61614 has proposed that we send an old Kalloch Reunion picture to YANKEE Magazine as part of our 125th reunion plans.  She says other families (with less of a track record) have done this and she is willing to do the submitting if she gets a photo.  Do you have one you could send her for the occasion?

Gilbert M. Keller. 2131 Rover Dr., Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403 is glad to be on our mailing list.  He is the grandson of Charles Isaac Keller who was born in Stockton, ME in 1863, the son of Frank Moses Keller.  Gilbert had been active with the Boy Scouts of America in Los Angeles before moving to Arizona where I was able to put him in touch with fellow family member, Bonnie Dietz. 

Mrs. Roy Hall, 446 Hwy. 9, Sedro Woolley, WA 98284, writes that the Kalloch and Hall families there had their annual reunion August 26th and always average between 50-75 people. Their ancestor, Isaac Kalloch, is buried in nearby Bellingham, WA.


Last summer, I talked with Leola, who celebrated her 90th birthday.  She has probably been to more Kalloch reunions than anyone in the family, having been born and raised in St. George.  Her Uncle Sylvanus was one of the original owners of Robinson’s Lumber Yard, which you pass on your right as you drive south on Route 131 on your way to the Grange Hall.  Her father was a carpenter.

The local Grange was originally organized in the old Robinson store.  Except for the years she lived in Washington, DC. she has been coming to the reunion for 80 years.  Leola says the reunions used to be more “family.”  Arthur Kalloch, President for many years, lived on Route 131 near the Knox Mansion and was always proud to host the reunion.

The house is the one with the gazebo on one side as you start down the road.  She says people used to sit, chat and eat while the children played.  There wasn’t as much business then, nor even that much talk about genealogy.

She remembers my great-grandfather, Deacon Henry F. Kalloch, holding Henry Kalloch Allen on his lap.  Henry A. was also a president of the reunion and father to Charlene Black and Elaine Stewart, Burt Hunt, take note of this: Leola says that Burt Carey built a bomb shelter in the house on Route 131 where he and Grace Carey lived.  The house is of course gone, but perhaps some remnants of this shelter remain in the ruins?  Leola retired from the Eastern Steam Company in Rockland and 39 years at Central Maine Power Company and now lives in the house she and her many brothers and sisters grew up in, only minutes from the Grange Hall.


It appears that one reason we have not been able to trace ourselves back to the first Kalloch/Kelloch is because we had changed the spelling!  Ginger August placed an ad in the Genealogical Helper asking for information regarding Finley and David Kellock or Kalloch.  Lo and behold, Miriam Young Pack of Wichita, KS., recognized the names Finley and David and the familiarity between Kalloch and Killough.  Miriam sent back information on the Killough family who had an ancestor, Robert Killough. who married Margaret Finley and came to America in 1718 on the ship ‘William’ from Belfast.  They had four children: Finley, David, Allen and John.  Mrs. Pack has written a book on the Killough family.  Kith and Kin of James and Mary (Kellough) Young/s is S.C. (1786) to Ala. (1818.)  Of course more checking and tracing has to be done, but much of their information matches what we know about the early Kallochs.

Dean feels that Robert is our missing first Kalloch in this country.  In any case, he is buried in Newville, PA., information that Dean uncovered in The History of Big Springs Church, Cumberland County, Newville, PA by Swope and The History of Cumberland Valley in PA, by Donehoo, Vol. I.

One interesting item is that the Killoughs meet for a reunion in Jacksonville, TX to commemorate the Killough Massacre of 1838 in Cherokee County, TX where there is a monument to 18 people killed there.


The reunion in 1890 was held in John S. Harrington's grove in St. George—one of the pleasantest ever held.  President was B. K. Kalloch of Rockland.  At the close of the business meeting, interesting remarks were made by Everett Harrington of Waldoboro, the Rev. G. S. Hill of Wiley’s Corner, Rev. M. Dunbar of Tenants Harbor, B. K. Kalloch of Rockland, and Mrs. N. S. Wall formerly of Rockland.  A vote of thanks was tendered to John Harrington for his care and pains in making everything ready for our use and comfort.  This was doubly deserved as the recent gale had uprooted trees and again littered up the whole grove after he had it all in readiness for the gathering, thus making it necessary for him to do the work twice.
Signed: S.D. Graves, Sec.


We are hoping that a catered lunch will not only be a change and relieve people of the necessity of planning what to bring, but that it will also allow us the luxury of visiting more fully with each other.  Last summer, Doris and Paul Merriam, Charlene Black and I met to make some plans several days before the reunion and therefore made initial inquiries before coming to the Grange.  It is certainly possible to have the reunion at another place next year, and with different arrangements, but we hope we can make this summer successful.

The menu will be chicken salad. potato salad, rolls, blueberry with whipped cream, coffee, tea and lemonade at a cost of $5 .50 per person.  If your children will not eat any of this, plan to bring a peanut butter sandwich!

We are guessing that we will have about 50 people attending, but in order to give the caterer a firm count, please either phone Charlene Black or send her your reservation by the FIRST WEEK IN AUGUST.  We don't want anyone to stay away because of costs, so when you send or call in your reservation, let Charlene know what you can afford to pay.

Also, it is important that if you make a reservation you actually come or pay for the meal as we will have to pay for whatever we order out of the treasury.  It would also be extremely helpful if you brought correct change.

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