My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands a-chasing the deer.
--Robert Burns (1759-1796)
AT THE REUNION: The Kalloch Reunion Association plans its annual event on Saturday, August 21, 2004. Peter and Eleanor Richardson are again graciously hosting the reunion at their home at 22 Mechanic Street, Rockland, Maine. The property includes a beautifully renovated family home, large yard and rustic barn with ample room for all of us for a catered luncheon and meeting. We look forward to seeing everyone again this year. See reservation page for details.
For those who have not read the history of the Reunion site, we submit the following:
“The home of Peter and Eleanor Richardson is on land which once belonged to Peter’s great-great grandparents, co-founder of the Reunion, Rev. Joseph Kalloch and his wife, Achsah Ingraham Kalloch.
Just before the Revolution, Joseph Ingraham appeared as the first settler on what became Ingraham’s Point, on 200+ acres stretching from the sea to Thomaston line. Landmarks today are the abandoned grain elevator and Atlantic Wharf, built by Ingraham’s son Henry and owned by Dragon Cement Co. Henry’s daughter Achsah married Joseph Kalloch in 1837 and Henry deeded land on both sides of Mechanic Street to her. Joseph and Achsah’s son, Frank established himself across the street and made a living selling tinware. To house his supplies, his team of horses and wagons he obtained the “Shop” from one of the Ingraham shipyards. He cut it in two and with oxen dragged it from the sea across the street to its present location as the “Red Barn”. His wife, Almeda Thomas Kalloch, planted the large ash tree at the street. It was a “weed tree” that refused to die.
Old timers will remember Frank and Almeda’s daughter, Mabel Kalloch Rollins, long time chaplain of the Reunion, who with her husband turned the “Shop” into a party barn, which it remains to this day. She and her sister, Edith, Peter’s grandmother, grew up in the house he and Eleanor now occupy. Peter is the seventh generation in line on this site. They will share much more of this story and bring out the artifacts, including the tinware Reunion Coffee Pot which Frank Seavey Kalloch made expressly for Kalloch reunions.”-----Peter Richardson, Historian (2003)
ENTERTAINMENT at this year’s Reunion will come from YOU! In the Talent Show we will share a part of ourselves, and get to know each other better. Tell a story, sing a song (keyboard accompaniment available), juggle, do a magic trick, or bring an instrument. Microphone provided. Be creative! Each person will have 5 minutes to perform. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s mother used to stand her on a picnic table at the Kalloch reunion and have her recite poetry. Before our families had television or videos, this was how they entertained each other. For questions, call Eleanor Richardson at (207)596-5502 or E-mail at email@example.com
NEWSWORTHY: Paula Thomas, who is author of a book in progress about the life of Rev. Isaac Kalloch, was in Rockland, Maine last October, as well as spending a few days in Boston, for research. She expects to have a draft manuscript in about one year. Paula and Tom Dumble, great-great grandson of Rev. Isaac Kalloch, live in California.
Louise Sherer, Myrtle Kalloch Sherer’s youngest daughter, has been registered in the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, DC. She was in the Army Nurse Corps from 1942 to 1945. (Submitted by Marilyn Morrison, Poulsbo, WA)
Anita Gross Fernald and Bob Nelson were married at the Poquomock Bridge Baptist Church in Groton, Ct. on October 4, 2003. Best wishes to the happy couple.
Zora Killough Cunningham, Killough Family Historian, lost her husband of 59 years in March 2004. She also suffers ill health and has been hospitalized several times. We wish her well and hope that her health will improve. Ken Kalloch has been helpful by entering much Killough history into our web site.
Capt. Jim Kalloch, USCG Certified Master, now has Penobscot Ferry and Transport Charter Service to the islands. Based in Rockland, he can be checked out at his web site www.penferry.com.
David Swetnam, formerly of Washington, bought out Morse’s Sauerkraut in Waldoboro a couple of years ago and has, indeed, been succesful to the point that they are busy year round. They have added hard to find German imports, as well as having a small restaurant area offering German delicacies, including the famous sauerkraut. David and wife, Jackie, continue the tradition of making Morse’s sauerkraut by the original recipe. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
William Chester King, son of Aaron and Mary King of Arizona, grandson of Victoria Kalloch Levesque, great grandson of Evelyn Kalloch, was born July 2003.
OBITUARIES: Sadly, we have a large number of deaths to announce this year and offer our sincere sympathy to those families who have lost their loved ones.
Frank E. Schueler, Jr. passed away after a long illness on Christmas Eve, 2002. He was the husband of Dianne Hjerpe Schueler and had received numerous awards for starting up the Special Olympic Teams, as well as receiving other awards from the Rotary Club.
Norma E. Keller, wife of the late Francis Kelly, died at Weymouth, MA early this year. She was 85 years old and was a retired hospital admissions clerk and sales clerk. She was a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Richard A. Crabtree, born in South Hope in 1922, was a son of Raymond and Elsie Crabtree. He died at Maine Medical Center in Portland, ME on April 17, 2004. He leaves his wife of 50 years, Greta Ralph Crabtree, five children, six siblings. He was awarded a Bronze Star in 1945 for bravery in the Philippines.
My sister in law, Phyllis Belinda Kalloch Reed, died unexpectedly May 8, 2004. Born in Portland, she lived most of her life in Thomaston and Warren. Married to Kenneth Reed in 1946, they owned and operated Reed’s Gift Shop in Warren for 58 years. She was an accomplished organist. She enjoyed volunteering at nursing homes and playing a keyboard at special functions. She enjoyed running the gift shop and was well known for her wit and good humor. She is survived by her husband Kenneth, son Arthur (Skip) Reed and wife Robin, grandson Scott Reed and wife Jaime. She was predeceased by her brother Phillip Kalloch.
Ethelbert “Thel”Rich Keller died Sept. 28, 2003. He was born May 30, 1908 on Islesboro, Maine and was a lifelong resident of the island. He is survived by his son Wayne E. Keller, Sr. and his wife Jeanne, four grandsons, three granddaughters, and several great grand children.
Frederick G. Kenniston died June 21, 2003 following a battle with heart and kidney disease. He was born Sept. 6, 1932, son of Donald F. and Evelyn Kenniston. He is survived by his wife Pauline, three sons and their wives, three step sons and their wives, a brother, and three sisters.
Doris L. Merriam died on June 20, 2003 after along illness. Born in Rockland in 1914, she was a daughter of John and Olive Kalloch Blackman. A lifelong resident of Rockland, she had worked part time at the Rockland Public Library. She enjoyed keeping a journal which is part of Merriam family history. She is survived by husband, Paul, five sons, a daughter, a brother and 12 great grandchildren.
Carl Kalloch died Sept. 13, 2003 after along illness. Born in Rockland, he was the only child of Carl and Julettie Kalloch. An extensive background included a degree in Forestry, WWII US Army Veteran, serving in Asiatic/Pacific Theater, first golf pro at Knox County Golf course, golf pro at several other locations, worked at Rockland Post Office for 25 years, volunteered at Owls Head Fire Dept., etc. He is survived by one son, four daughters, twelve grandchildren.
Colonel Edward Bradlee Sleeper died suddenly April 9, 2004. Born Nov. 15, 1936, he too had an extensive background including a career at various US Air force installations, flying B-66s in Japan, and B-52s in Massachusetts and Florida. For four years, he was based in Okinawa, flying many missions in the Far East under heavy combat fire. From Lockbourne Air Force Base in Ohio, he flew many missions to South America. He later earned his B.A., as well as a Masters Degree from University of New Hampshire. He spent some years at the American Embassy to Zaire, Norway, and Belgium. During all those years he received many medals and citations.
Raymond Oxton died on May 24, 2003 at the age of ninety. He and his wife Myrtle used to be faithful attendees of the reunions. His grandmother was Albina Keller Oxton, daughter of George Keller of Rockport.
Allen Fernald, Jr., son of Allen C. Fernald and Anita Gross Fernald, died Dec. 21, 2001. He was born June 9, 1957, married to Chris Gilliland, had three children, all of New London, Conn. He was a licensed ham radio operator, an apprentice electrician for Allen Electric, and an accomplished musician. He is survived by his wife, his parents, his children, three sisters and a brother.
William R. Fairweather, Jr. died June 10, 2004 at age 81 years. He is survived by his wife Muriel, two sons, two daughters and their spouses, eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.
Dexter Olsen, of Woodstock, New York, has died in June, 2004. He was known for teaching and helping Seniors with computer training classes at Woodstock. No further information available.
Unfortunately, space limits full obituaries on these pages. Additional details can be found on our web site: http://kalloch.org/obits_a.htm.
QUILT SQUARES: We are still accepting quilt squares with family info. Size should be 12 1/2 inches square, allowing for 1/2 inch seam. These can be any design one prefers and which displays one’s family history.
DONATIONS: As always, donations are welcome. We have no dues, nor any source of income other than the generosity of our members to defray costs of mailings and managing the web site. Our current mailing list is nearly 300. The Kalloch Family Assn. is a nonprofit group which sponsors an annual reunion, promotes research and publication of family genealogy, provides a forum for the many members to meet each other, and undertakes projects of interest for the membership. Ken Kalloch, Web Master, is responsible for establishing and keeping current our web site. This position is entirely voluntary and takes much time and research. http://kalloch.accessgenealogy.com --(new address: http://kalloch.org).
MANY THANKS TO: The officers, committees and volunteers for arrangements; to Peter and Eleanor Richardson for the place of reunion; to Norm Kalloch for address labels and address data base; to Kay Dodge, caterer, who will provide a fabulous luncheon buffet.
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