History is the witness of the times, the torch of truth,
the life of memory, the teacher of life
the messenger of antiquity.
--Cicero (106-43 B.C.) De Oratore
AT THE REUNION: We are fortunate to once again have the use of The Old Town House in Union, and at a reduced fee due to their generosity. We were able to acquire the services of last year’s caterer, who cooked up a great lunch. Blaikie Hinds of Thomaston, Maine will be featured speaker. His presentation includes being dressed in the uniform of the Civil War to bring to life the 1860-1865 generation of soldiers. We look forward to seeing all of you August 19, 2006. Please refer to last page of newsletter.
Evelyn N. Kalloch, Treasurer and Corresponding Secretary.
NEWSWORTHY: Julia Hunter, our Kalloch Assn. President, has announced her coming marriage
on July 15, 2006, after which she plans to move to Seattle, WA. Best wishes to Julia from our entire clan.
Best wishes to Jeanine and Victor Lawrence, who were feted by their family for their 50th wedding anniversary in April. They were married in Groton, CT February 4, 1956.
Marilyn Morrison has become a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, using Matthew Kalloch as her Patriot.
The 2006 presentation of the Maine Playwright Series was “Claire’s Song”, written and directed by Kendall Merriam of Rockland, ME., took place at the Waldo Theatre in Waldoboro on March 10th.
Jonathan Kalloch, son of Phillip Kalloch grandson of Evelyn Kalloch, graduates from Gorham High School in June, 2006 and will be attending Maine Maritime Academy at Castine, in September. Also attending MMA in September will be David Kalloch, son of Kalloch webmaster, Ken Kalloch. David graduates from Prospect Mountain High School in June.
OBITUARIES: Joanna L. (Robinson) Johnson, 85, passed away July 27, 2005. She was the daughter of Joseph and Carolina (Kinney) Robinson of St. George.
Kenneth Reed, widower of Phyllis Kalloch Reed, passed away January 16, 2006. They owned and operated the Reed’s Gift Shop in Warren for 54 years. He was famous for his craftsmanship with woodworking, much of which is now on display at the Lighthouse Museum in Rockland. He attended annual reunions with his shipmates from the USS Arikara ATF 98, with whom he served in World War II.
David Hamalainen, husband of Dorothy (Keller) Hamalainen, passed away Feb. 7, 2006. He was
born in West Rockport, son of Martin and Johanna (Luomajoki) Hamalainen Sept. 8, 1914. He will be
remembered for his great sense of humor and his devotion to his family.
Zora Killough Cunningham -(link will open in a new window) passed away on Sept. 14, 2005. She was born Oct. 20, 1924 to John and Louise (Bentley) Killough in Stillwater, OK.. She was fully involved with the Killough Family genealogy which has its own website and is also on the Kalloch Family Homepage.
Our condolences to the families of all who have passed away. Complete obituaries are on the Kalloch web site, as well.
ESSAY BY MARILYN MORRISON:
In 1884 President Grover Cleveland named him Warden of the United States penitentiary on McNeil's Island which
he served for four years.
Referring to his early life here, Samuel said that soon after his arrival, having a desire to pre-empt a claim, he found a deserted log cabin. On enquiry of John Carr and Mr. Nagle, the two lone settlers in that vicinity, found that it had been built by George F. Fry, the pre-emptor, but had been abandoned by him. They gave consent for Samuel to occupy it, which he did, and so pre-empted, but one night’s sleep in the cabin was sufficient for him. Mr. Charles C. Terry gave Samuel one hundred dollars for his right to the 160 acres, then transferred the claim to T.S. Russell, and he in turn had Mr. Bagley enter it as university lands, at $1.50 gold coin per acre.
The same 160 acres cost Mr. Russell four hundred dollars, and Mr. Russell, owing Captain Renton that sum for lumber, forced the Captain to take the land to cover the debt. This tract of land, in 1903, was called Renton Addition. Many of its lots, 60 x 120 feet, brought from two thousand to four thousand dollars that year. The Captain, in taking the property, complained that little good timber or logs were on the claim, and the distance too far to haul to salt water. Eighty acres of this tract, aside from buildings, have been recently estimated at $160,000 (1903 figures).
A History of The Puget Sound Country
An Illustrated History of the State of Washington
Biography Notes on Pioneers of Puget Sound
History of Seattle
History of Thomaston, Rockland, and South Thomaston
Index to the War of 1812 Pension Files
Port Madison Washington Territory 1854-1889
Seattle Municipal Archives
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Vital Statistics of Washington
Text provided by Marilyn Morrison
LUDWIG KELLOCH: The following is a news item from the Lawrence County Journal in
South Dakota regarding recognition of Ludwig Kalloch and others in the historic preservation of
Deadwood was founded on the work of thousands of faceless pioneers, men and women who braved the frontier to create a new home and a new life. Many of these intrepid souls left few, if any, official records of their time in the Black Hills. Though Ludwig S. Kelloch didn’t even leave behind a proper spelling of his name, he certainly left his mark: the deepest gold mine in the world.
Ludwig Kelloch - alternately spelled Kalloch, Kellogg, and Kelogg - was born in Saint George, Maine sometime around 1836. His parents, Sarah and Hanse, had ten other children. Little is known of Ludwig until 1860, when census data showed him working as a lumber man for Pope & Talbot in Kitsap County, a forested peninsula in Washington Territory. However, the following year Ludwig was back in the eastern United States, fighting as a private in the union Army during the Civil War. He was discharged in 1864, a year before the war ended.
By 1870 Ludwig had apparently returned home to Saint George where he was farming with his family. But
destined for more than a simple farmer’s life. Through some mysterious chain of events, Ludwig entered the
employment of mining magnate George Hearst in the years that followed. In 1877 Hearst, who viewed Ludwig as a
trusted and experienced advisor sent the former farmer to investigate the new gold discoveries in the Black
Hills of Dakota Territory. After reviewing the Homestake Claim and securing the purchase option of $70,000 from
the Manuel Brothers, Ludwig made his favorable report back to Hearst. He claimed the mine would bear enough gold
for his (Hearst’s) grandchildren and their grandchildren. Considering that the Homestake Mine operated for 126
years, Ludwig’s opinion was surprisingly accurate.
Ludwig stayed in the Black Hills and helped establish the new Homestake Mine, evidently serving as some kind of supervisor or manager. Little else is known about his life in the years that followed, although more census information shows that Ludwig was living in Galena in 1880, sharing a house or cabin with a young miner named Fritz Felke.
Ludwig passed away in the spring of 1893 at approximately 57 years of age. Records show he was buried in Deadwood’s Mount Moriah Cemetery, although his grave is unmarked and his location is yet to be confirmed.
Deadwood Wall of Fame 2005
Ludwig S. Kelloch
Died: May 17, 1893
(Above article sent courtesy of Marilyn Morrison, Poulsbo, WA)
QUILT SQUARES: We are still accepting family quilt squares, size 12 1/2 inches square,
which allows 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 website. The Kalloch Family Reunion Assn. is a nonprofit group which sponsors annual reunions, 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. Thanks to Julia Hunter for all of her work during her term as President, to Norman Kalloch, Jr., who provides our address labels and address data base, to Ken Kalloch, our webmaster, who undertakes the responsibility for the web site and who keeps the Kalloch genealogy current and complete.
KALLOCH WEBSITE: Ken Kalloch is the webmaster of The Kalloch Family Home Page at
http://kalloch.org, The Killough Reunion Association Home Page http://killough.org, and
My Irish Roots, Family site of Debbie Heffernan Benko http://myirishroots.com/.
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