“To be ignorant of what happened before you were
is to be ever a child.
For what is a man’s lifetime unless the memory of past events
is woven with those of earlier times.”
CICERO (106-43 B.C.) De Oratore
AT THE REUNION: Our 141st reunion will be held August 16 at the Wessaweskeag Historical Society Building in South Thomaston, which is located in the former red school house, corner of Route 73 and Dublin Road. The Historical Society will again cater the lunch. We had a great time there last year, and according to our President, this year will be even better. He has certainly spent a great deal of time working on the agenda and program. Do come and enjoy!
FROM THE PRESIDENT: The reunion committee
has developed a program for the 141st reunion that we believe will
really get your fancy. Simplified, it is a “PGP” event, meaning
prizes, genealogy and photo-op. A raffle and auction will be added
to events. We hope to add some entertainment as well, if we have a good
turn out of attendees. There are events considered after the
reunion, such as a tour of the area and/or dinner. As always, any
donations will be appreciated to defray costs. Thank you. I
look forward to seeing you all at the reunion.
Alex Gross, President.
NEWSWORTHY: We have several prolific writers in our
midst who continue to produce interesting works. Kendall Merriam is a
noted playwright, and author of poems and other literary works. Among his
latest are The Owls Head General Store Poems, and
Katyn in Literature. He and Marta Crowl recently read poems in English and Polish from his book Hymn to Janina Lewandowska at the Rockland Public Library.
Peter Tufts Richardson, our historian, has written several books on psychology, history, religion and poetry. Last year in Baltimore he presented his new book, Archetype of the Spirit. The book traces patterns of human spirituality in motifs, symbols and practices from earliest examples in pre-history through to present times. All of his books are available for purchase.
Eleanor Motley Richardson is the author of three books: Hurricane Island, North Haven Summers, and Andover, A Century of Change. She recently talked about her new book, Mechanic Street: Uncovering the History of a Maine Neighborhood, at a gathering at the Rockland Public Library. The lecture was illustrated by old and new photos, old maps, and unpublished stories. She based her research on Mechanic Street, where she lives, about people who built their neighborhood. The book has just been published and is available.
Marilyn Morrison is an historian who consistently researches Kalloch/Keller records. She is the author of many essays included in our newsletters. Among recent essays are “Christopher Stover, Veteran of the Revolutionary War and Wars of 1812”, “Samuel Coombs and Rachael Boyd” and “Finley Keller IV and Jane B. Robinson”. Marilyn lives in Poulsbo, WA.
You may not know this, but our President Alex Gross is an expert in creating very nice gourmet wines, which are produced under the name of “Gross Grotto” Wines. A bottle or two have been offered for auction and raffle at our reunions.
Anita Fernald Nelson is proud to announce the birth of a granddaughter on Dec. 13, 2007. She was named Adrianna Lynne, daughter of Mike Fernald, Jr. and Athena Kiriakou.
Beth Eugley Aroyo, daughter of Sandra and Robert Zimmerman, was married to Nicholas L. Mirowsky on November 10, 2007 at Captiva Island, FL.
Norman Kalloch and Marshall Merriam attended their Rockland High School 45th class reunion October 13, 2007. They were members of the last graduating class of the high school, which is now Lincoln Street Center for the Arts.
Julie Kalloch Raye, owner of House of Cards, has relocated her business to 193 Park Street, Rockland, ME.
The First Baptist Church of Rockland celebrated their 175 Anniversary April 12, 2008 with a “Thanksgiving Dinner” and Special Program. April 13 offered morning and evening worship to its members. This church was founded in 1833 and the first Pastor was Reverend Amariah Kalloch, his son Isaac Kalloch later also preached there. See Page five for Peter Richardson’s essay on the church history.
OBITUARIES: Ronald Walsh, husband of Brenda S. Kalloch, died November 28, 2007. He was Service Manager at Kalloch Fuel Co. in Rockland. Mr. Walsh is survived by his wife of 29 years, his son Andrew, daughter Krista, a brother, two sisters, one grandson, several nieces and nephews.
Elizabeth Adams Kalloch, widow of Robert Kalloch, died October 3, 2007, at Rockland. She is survived by her five stepchildren Donald, Katherine, James, Peter and Eileen, and her sister Sylvia Hocking.
Freeman Brewer, Jr., husband of the late Dorothy Rose Kalloch, died October 3, 2007, at Rockport. He is survived by two daughters Linda Hooper and Donna Rackliffe, his companion Muriel McFarland, five grandchildren six great grandchildren.
Barbara Fox Avery, daughter of Belle Kalloch Fox and Francis St. Joseph Fox, great granddaughter of Rev. Isaac S. Kalloch, died March 26, 2008. She is survived by her son Douglas K. Avery.
Fred Parmenter, husband of June Kalloch Parmenter passed away after a long illness, May 20, 2008, at Pinellas Park, Fl. He is survived by his wife June, and two sons, Gregory and Scott
Our condolences go out to the families of our deceased members. Full obituaries may be found on our web site http://kalloch.org .
QUILT SQUARES: We would still like to have more family quilt squares for our wall hanging. They need to be 12 ½ inches square (which allows for a ½ inch seam). Please mail to Evelyn N. Kalloch….thanks.
DONATIONS: Once again we welcome any donations you can give. We have no dues, nor any sources 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 publications of family genealogy, and undertakes projects of interest for the membership.
MANY THANKS TO: The officers and committees for the planning of our reunion. Thanks to Alex Gross, President for his great ideas for this reunion. Thanks to Norm Kalloch, Jr. who provides the data base and labels for our addressees. Thanks to Ken Kalloch who undertakes the responsibility of the Kalloch website. You will find the Kalloch Home Page at http://kalloch.org. Thanks to years of work by Peter Richardson, Historian and Dean Mayhew, Historian Emeritus, and now Ken Kalloch, we have a tremendous amount of Kalloch history and information.
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF ROCKLAND, l75th ANNIVERSARY, 2008.
My Great Aunt, Mabel (Kalloch) Rollins, was a member of this church and lived 105 years, over half its history. As a child I attended worship with her down front in pew three, the family pew. In 1958 she wrote a history of the church through the eyes of her grandmother, Achsah (Ingraham) Kalloch. I will celebrate our relationship with the Baptists through Achsah but in the third person. Her parents and grandparents walked or rode by sleigh or farm wagon to attend worship at the region’s oldest Baptist church located at the “Keig” (South Thomaston). Her grandmother’s sister, Mrs. Robbins, was noted in Elder Case’s Journal as “the only Baptist in the region.” First meetings were in her barn. Achsah was born 13 years before the Third Baptist Church in Thomaston (now Rockland) was founded in 1833. Amariah Kalloch, minister in South Thomaston, transferred his ministry to the Shore Village. Quickly the church grew to become the largest in the local Baptist Association. Achsah’s parents immediately transferred membership to Rockland but her grandparents continued at the “Keig.” (Keag was spelled “Keig” in the Ingraham Diaries.) Her father, Henry Ingraham, was the church’s first Treasurer and a Deacon. Her grandfather (Nathaniel Lindsey) gave the land for the church and 400 dollars towards the organ. In 1837 Achsah married her minister’s brother, Rev. Joseph Kalloch. Her husband was one of three brothers who were Baptist ministers, another brother was a deacon in the Warren Baptist Church. His remaining brother was the undertaker in Rockland, but a Universalist! His grandfather, Alexander Kalloch I, was one of the 16 founders of the Warren Baptist Church in 1800. Cousin Kellers were among the founders of the Baptist Church in West Camden (W. Rockport) where Amariah had his first pastorate. Achsah Kalloch was psychic and would receive letters out of the blue from strangers, including one from Houdini. But as a Baptist minister’s wife these all found their way into the flames of her kitchen range. Her nephew, Isaac Kalloch, of “golden tongue” fame, was fourth minister of Rockland’s First Baptist, following his father, Amariah. But he was called to Boston’s Tremont St. Temple, a church so deep in debt that it was on the brink of collapse. He “saved” the church and burned the mortgage. But accused in court of adultery he came home to visit his aunt. He sat down in the kitchen rocker, tucked his feet in the oven, and asked Achsah, “You don’t believe what they are saying about me do you?” “No dear.” Shortly after he was acquitted. Achsah’s son, Frank Seavey Kalloch, my great grandfather, was Deacon of First Baptist for 25 years and sang bass in the choir. He was a tinware peddler and created the Reunion Coffee Pot. His wife, Almeda (Thomas) Kalloch founded the Kalloch Class which regularly drew 100 women on Sunday mornings. Achsah’s husband, Rev. Joseph Kalloch, served churches in St George (First and Tenants Harbor), Union, South Thomaston, Waldoboro and Rockland (Second Baptist on Cedar St.). He and twin sister, Nancy Wall, founded the Kalloch Reunion in 1867. After ten years Achsah was so impressed by the Kalloch gatherings, she founded the Ingraham Reunion, also meeting in August ever since. Every summer I was immersed in these stories and more! I came by the ministry honestly and feel a special connection with Achsah and Rev. Joseph. Two of my treasured possessions are Joseph’s concordance to the Bible and his Notes on the New Testament by Sylvanus Cobb (a Maine Universalist!).
Peter T. Richardson
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