“ANCESTORS ARE RARE, DESCENDANTS ARE COMMON”
FROM THE CORRESPONDING SEC. & TREAS.: What a wonderful 130th reunion we had last August 23, 1997, which was held at the Samoset Resort in Rockport with approximately 52 people attending. The Penobscot Bay Scottish Dancers performed to perfection and also gave lessons to members. We had a fun game designed by Pres. Dee “Do you know your ancestors?”, a drawing for a Fireside Interlude Basket, assembled by Jeanine Lawrence, with all kinds of wonderful things, including an afghan which she made. This was won by Deb Lovely. Elinor Johnson chaired the collecting of squares and construction of our family quilt. We are still looking for members to send their squares in to us. We proudly welcomed Thomas Dumble of California, great, great grandson of Rev. Isaac Kalloch. He arrived with his friend, Paula Thomas, who is researching and writing a book based on Isaac’s life. Isaac descends from Alexander I. Interestingly, I believe he is Second Cousin, three times removed, to Secretary Vickie and to Pres. Dee!!!
I wish to give heartfelt thanks to all of those members who sent generous donations, as well as to those who contributed to the “coffee pot” This will help us keep the newsletters coming to you.
Evelyn N. Kalloch
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: It was heartwarming to see so many members at our 130th annual reunion. The room was filled with lively conversation, with the children enjoying the Kid’s Korner. I hope you all had a chance to see the well-written article in the Bangor Daily News about our reunion. We will have a copy displayed at the 131st reunion. This year’s reunion will be held at the Gen. Henry Knox mansion, Montpelier, in Thomaston which should be very interesting because a tour of the building is included.
Sadly, we lost our oldest attending member, Catherine Olsen from California. She was spunky and won many reunion prizes for having traveled the farthest distance. We are fortunate to have her on our videotaped interview of senior members of the Kalloch clan.
We look forward to seeing you all at the 131st reunion, August 15, 1998 (the 3rd Saturday).
AT THE REUNION:
Registration is at 10:00 A.M. (Reservation Form attached) at the General Henry Knox Mansion (Montpelier). As usual, prepayment of lunch is required which will be catered by “The Brown Bag” restaurant of Rockland. We plan to pay Friends of Montpelier $200 out of general funds, thanks to the generous donations last year. Program will include Mr. Norman Van Dine of Nobleboro, dressed in full 1770’s uniform. He will speak about the background of Gen Knox at 10:30 A.M. Please arrive early to listen to Mr. Van Dine. Lunch will be served at 12:00, other speakers at 1:15, and a TOUR OF THE MANSION AT 3:00 P.M. For a bit of family history: Finley Kalloch married John Young’s daughter, Mary. John Young worked with the Waldo land grants under Gen. Henry Knox. See Dean Mayhew’s 1983 reunion’s transcript of talk in our genealogy.
More on Montpelier: its web site is www.generalknoxmuseum.org. Peter’s great aunt, a member of the DAR, and Edward Kalloch Gould were involved in the building of this replica of the Knox Mansion.
Peter tells me that L.L. Bean of Freeport sells a video made by and featuring a Kalloch. It is called “From Stump to Ship: A 1930 Logging Film”.
Both Dean and MaryAnn Mayhew have been ill this past year. We wish them health and well being. I hope they can come to this year’s reunion.
Margaret Canton’s baby grandson, born Oct. 9, 1997, a month early, was confined to Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Maine Med because of immature lungs. Matters were complicated by an entero virus which nearly took him from us. To make a long story short, this Miracle baby came home Feb. 13, 1998 and is well.
Gil Merriam, Executive Director of Rockland Thomaston Area Chamber of Commerce, is resigning his position as of end of year 1998. He plans to “pursue other challenges”. He almost certainly will be fully involved with affairs of the area communities and other interests!!
Gretchen Knudson, daughter of George and Debbie Knutson of Cushing, graduates from high school with high honors this June.
We all remember Rebecca Elwell, who served us so faithfully at the Samoset; she passed away suddenly Nov. 21, 1997. We shall miss her friendly, cheerful countenance.
To Gaylee and Michael Bork of Richland, N.Y., Shannon E. Bork, and Katarina M. Bork.
To Daryl Caudry and Tom LaSalvia, Trevor Anthony LaSalvia. This little fella the newest grandchild of Pres. Dee.
Twin grandsons to Mr. & Mrs. Edw. Thompson of So. Wellfleet, MA named Ryan and Tyler this was in a 1996 note.. ..they now have 6 grandchildren.
To Mya-Lisa King and Mark Condon of Bangor, ME a girl, Tessa Ripley Condon. Granddaughter of Vickie & Gordon Levesque and Great Granddaughter of Evelyn Kalloch.
Winford Gale Killough, father of Gaylee Killough Bork, died Oct. 13, 1997. He was born 9/9/36 in Newport, Ark, served 4 years in Navy, then 21 years in Coast Guard where he received numerous awards for good conduct and excellent performance.
Catherine Bird Olsen died in Pasadena, CA Nov. 23, 1997. She was the widow of Rev. Arthur Olsen. She was a long time member and attendant of the Reunion and shall be sorely missed. Her accomplishments were many. She is survived by her sister Frances Bird Hjerpe of Rockland, three sons, one daughter, 12 grandchildren, six great grandchildren.
Ruth G. Andrews died July 18, 1997. She was born in Cushing to Ward and Maude Grafton and married Edw. Andrews in 1922. She is survived by two sons: Dr. Edw. Andrews and Paul Andrews, their wives, children and grandchildren. (Mrs. Grafton connects to us through Rev. John Grafton, Jr. who was married to Belinda Kalloch.)
Capt. W. Ralph Kalloch of Rockland, ME died March 28, 1997. He had an impressive record of serving on the battleship Kearsage during WW I. Later he continued his life at sea in the merchant marine, rising through the ranks to master. His last command being the Artemis Ward during WWII. Capt. Kalloch served in various executive positions throughout the middle east with the American Export Lines, retiring in 1963. Survivors include son Mitchell Kalloch, niece Paula Troutman, nephew Anthony Kalloch, 2 granddaughters, 2 great grandsons.
Lois E. Hall, sister of Laura Whitaker, passed away March 1995. She had a Master’s degree in art and was associate professor of art at Pasadena College, Calif. for 5 years. Their Kalloch line descends down from Finley, Alex II and Rev. Amariah Kalloch.
ATTENTION KALLOCHS OF KNOX COUNTY AREA AND/OR MAINE IN GENERAL:
Am looking for volunteers to form committees to work on future reunions, the annual newsletter, publicity and any other projects which we may decide upon. We have a viable organization just steeped in History and we should continue to promote our ancestry. At this time, we call upon any of you who could take the time to help us out........ We really need the help. THANK YOU!!!
Evelyn Kalloch: Phone Number - 207-354-2468, E-Mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
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