Think only of the past as its
 remembrance gives you pleasure.
 --Jane Austen (1775-1817) Pride and Prejudice

AT THE REUNION: The Kalloch Reunion Association plans its annual event on Saturday, August 20, 2005 at The Old Town House in Union, Maine.  The hall is handicap accessible, is good sized, and has kitchen and bathroom facilities.  The theme will be “Come Spring”.  Please refer to reservation page for details and reservation form.

KALLOCH WEBSITE: The Kalloch website address has changed.  It is now http://kalloch.org.  Please change your records to reflect the new address.  Ken Kalloch is the webmaster of The Kalloch Family Home Page, The Killough Reunion Association Home Page http://killough.org, and My Irish Roots, Family site of Debbie Heffernan Benko http://myirishroots.com/.

NEWSWORTHY: Scott K. Reed of Buxton, ME, son of Arthur Reed, grandson of the late Phyllis Kalloch Reed and Kenneth Reed has been named Store Director of the Year out of 115 other Wild Oats store directors.  The honors were announced at the Wild Oats annual conference at Las Vegas on February 18, 2005.

PAULA THOMAS, who is writing the Isaac Kalloch biography, has stated that the book should be in print within a year.  This book has had extensive research by Paula and we can all look forward to reading an updated version of the Isaac Kalloch saga.

ESSAYISTS, Marilyn Morrison of Pulsboro, Washington and Noel V. Bourasaw of the Skagit River Journal, have presented articles of the lives of Amariah Kalloch III and Finley Keller IV, both of which you will find on other pages of this newsletter.

OBITUARIES:  Frances Hjerpe, age 101 years, died August 9, 2004.  Bless her heart, she had never missed a Kalloch Reunion in all of those years.  She was predeceased by her husband, Harry Hjerpe, sister, Catherine Olsen, brother, Nickels Bird.  Surviving are a son and three daughters, 15 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren.  The following poem was written by Frances in 2002:

ECHOES by Frances Hjerpe

“Our Echoes roll soul to soul,
North, South, East and West they fly;
From Pole to Pole our Echoes roll
Throughout the earth and distant sky.

They ring from the highest peak;
They peal from the farthest star.
Of Man and Love and God they speak,
Our echoing dreams go far.


A message for the world is given
Man must love his fellow man
That settles now on American sod.
Before he finds his God.”


OBITUARIES (cont.):  Dexter J. Olsen, son of Arthur and Catherine Olsen, died in May, 2004 of brain cancer.  He was born in 1930 in Massachusetts and had summered in Maine throughout his childhood.  He worked for I.B.M. for 30 years, later taught senior citizens use of computers and was an avid researcher of family history, much of which he shared with the Kallochs.

Catherine Eileen Kalloch, mother of Kenneth Kalloch, our web master, died Feb. 3, 2005 in Concord, NH after a long illness.  She was born Feb. 8, 1925 in Ohio.  She grew up in Melvin Mills, NH, graduated from Simon’s Free High in Warner, and was a member of Warner Historical Society.  She served in the US Marine Corps 1952-53 and was a 51 year member of Amer. Legion Post 21.  In 1954 she married David H. Kalloch, who died in 1983.  She is survived by her son Kenneth, three sisters, one brother, four grandchildren.

Megan Beane, daughter of John and Cindy (Perkins) Beane of Freeport, died in an automobile crash on July 8, 2004.  She was 18 years old.  She is survived by her parents, two brothers, a sister, her grandmother, Barbara Perkins, a niece and several aunts, uncles and cousins..  She will be sorely missed by her family and friends.

Eleanor Pendleton, daughter of Obadiah and Junetta Kalloch, died Nov. 9, 2004.  She was born Aug. 9, 1921, graduated from Rockland HS, married Donald Pendleton and lived in Thomaston most of her life.  She was predeceased by her husband, brothers, Charles and Norman Kalloch and a grandchild.  She is survived by a son, granddaughter and two great granddaughters.

Barbara Mae Merriam, 63, died in Bangor Aug. 1, 2004.  She is survived by her husband, Robert Merriam, daughter Lisa Persson, sons John and Joel Merriam, several grandchildren, one great granddaughter.

Fred Blackman Merriam died in Bucksport on June 29, 2004.  He was born in Rockland Aug. 30, 1947, son of Doris and Paul Merriam.  He graduated from Rockland HS and enlisted in U.S. Coast Guard where he served for two years on Nantucket Is., Mass.  He is survived by his wife, Joan, his father Paul, three children, four brothers and one sister.

Nathan Colby Collemer died April 19, 2004 in Maryland.  He was born in Camden, ME on Dec. 21, 1936.  He is survived by a son, Michael of New Mexico, daughter Deborah Lovely of Portland, ME, sisters Elinor Johnson of Camden, Catherine De Simone of Lincolnville, and Marilyn Boyce of Vermont.  Two brothers Ramon and Reginald, both of Lincolnville, also survive.

Joseph Robinson, Jr. of St. George, Me. died Aug. 14, 2004.  He was born in St. George, son of Joseph and Carolina Robinson on Dec. 2, 1921.  He lived in St. George his entire life and owned and operated Robinson Lumber Co.  He is survived by his wife, Virginia, four daughters, four grandsons, six great grandchildren.

OBITUARIES (cont.):  Our condolences to the families of those who have died.  Unfortunately, lack of space limits full obituaries on these pages.  Those can be found on our web site http://kalloch.org/obits_a.htm.

BIRTHS:  Mr. & Mrs. Scott Reed of Buxton are new parents of a daughter, Kaitlyn Marie, born in May 2005.  Proud grandparents are Arthur and Robin Reed of Winthrop.  Great grandparents are the late Phyllis Kalloch Reed and Kenneth Reed of Warren.

QUILT SQUARES:  We are still accepting family quilt squares, size 12 1/2 inches square, allowing for a 1/2 inch seam.  Please send them to Evelyn N. Kalloch, thanks.

DONATIONS:  As always, donations are welcome. We have no dues, nor any source of income other than from the generosity of our members to defray costs of mailings and managing the web site. 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.

MANY THANKS TO:  The officers, committees and volunteers for arrangements and planning of the reunions.  Thank you also to Norman Kalloch, Jr. who provides the address labels and address data base, and to Ken Kalloch, our webmaster, who undertakes the responsibility for the web site and keeps the Kalloch genealogy current and complete.

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