What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. They
Are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway,
The good they do is inconceivable.
----Joseph Addison (1672-1719)

AT THE REUNION:  Our 142nd reunion will again be held at the Wessaweskeag Historical Society Building in South Thomaston, located in the former red schoolhouse on the corner of Route 73 and Dublin Road.  The reunion date is August 15 and an interesting agenda is planned.  The Historical Society will again cater our lunch.  I hope to see you there.

FROM THE PRESIDENT:  “Hello Kalloch clan members wherever you are.  Are you excited about the 142nd reunion?  Your committee definitely is.  What’s new?  You will have an easier way to remember Kallochs that you meet.  Recent new item: a Wine auction.  There will be more on clan history, we treasure all of it.  Our standard is: a great location, good facility & luncheon, gifts for special attendees and a photo-op.  Another possible new activity may be a dinner gathering in a local restaurant if anyone is interested.  See you there, Alex Gross.”

NEWSWORTHY:  Marilyn Morrison writes that she has the following correction to her “Three Granddaughters” essay: She wrote that Elmira Harmon (Andrew Keller’s wife) lived, died and was buried in Colorado Springs, CO.  Further research has shown that it was another Elmira Harmon from Maine of the same age.  It is unknown where Andrew’s wife lived or died after she divorced her third husband, Elijah McAlmond.

Our Pulitzer Prize winning ancestor, Edna St. Vincent Millay was honored on her 117th birthday at the Camden Public Library with readings from her poems and a brief history of her life.  Her statue continues to be on display on the library grounds.

We received a very informative newsletter from Julia Hunter and her husband, Tim at Christmas.  She is happy and doing well in her adopted state of Washington.  She writes that she does come home for visits.

Luke Kalloch, son of Capt. Craig Kalloch, was again in the news regarding his music.  He and his band recently performed in Portland, ME, on WCSH Portland TV station.  They have also performed in New York, Boston and Austin, TX.

The relationship of Kennedy Wilson, of South Thomaston, to the Kallochs has finally

been solved.  His paternal great grandfather was Alexander Kalloch Wilson.  Details can be found on our website.

Lt. Col. Aaron Kalloch, great grandson of Adam Boyd Kalloch and Callie Chaples, is a veteran of service in Iraq, in the midst of Saddam Hussein loyalists.  Less than a year after doing so, he was appointed as the new director of Central Michigan University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps.  He assumed command of the ROTC on May 5, 2008.

Maura Sack, the granddaughter of Nancy Sack and daughter of Donald Sack, recently graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Master’s Degree from Hunter College.  She also accepted a position as a fourth grade teacher at a private school in Italy.  Congratulations, Maura.  Well done!

Capt. James Kalloch transported students from several Downeast Islands to the 19th annual Inter-Island Event to Isle au Haut on Sept. 25, 2008.  The event is an inter-island cooperative used as a networking tool for both educators and students.  Capt. Kalloch, owner of the Jackie Renee, provides several field trips each year to island students.

In memory of the late Jean Keller Hamalainen, who taught at Warren Elementary School, a gazebo was constructed. Inside was a stone with a plaque which read: “In loving memory of Mrs. Jean Hamalainen.  Jean loved life, literacy and children.  She believed every child could learn, and made that happen.”

Kendall Merriam, renowned author, has a new publication of “poems around, about, and for Midcoast Maine”, entitled Human Earth Ocean Soul.

Dottie Blackman, wife of Rev. John Blackman, is a writer of short stories published in Seventeen Magazine and Mohawk Valley USA.  She recently had published her book New York Patriots, a collection of historically accurate  adventure stories for the young reader.  There are fifteen men portrayed in this book who were true patriots.

OBITUARIES: Walter J. Baker, husband of Ruth Prince Baker, died June 10, 2008 at a hospital in Portland, Maine.  Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons, several grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Edgar H. Johnson, husband of Elinor Collemer Johnson, died May 29, 2008 at the Penobscot Bay Medical Center in Rockland, Maine.  Besides his wife, he is survived by several nieces and nephews.

Pearl L. Snow Kalloch died at her home January 30, 2009. She was predeceased by her husband, Richard and her daughter, Pat Tamarac Snow.  She is survived by her children Dan, Richard and Bonnie; a sister Katherine, and several grandchildren.

Howard L. Kalloch, son of Harry L. Kalloch and Mary Elizabeth Harris, husband of Bernice (Pheiffer) Kalloch passed away Nov. 5, 2008.  He was a resident of Surrey, BC, Canada. He is survived by his brother Hector, his wife, Bernice, his children, Roberta, Diana, Richard and Lyle. (His granddaughter Melissa provided this information.)

QUILT SQUARES:  More squares of family history for our quilted wall hanging would be welcome. They should be 12 ½ inches square, which allows ½  inch for seam.  Please mail to Evelyn.

DONATIONS:  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 web site.  We are 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 reunions.  Thanks to Alex Gross, President, for continuing the wine auction each year, to Norm Kalloch, Jr. for providing the data base and labels for our addresses, and to Ken Kalloch who undertakes the responsibility of the Kalloch website.  The Kalloch Home Page is: http://www.kalloch.org.  Thanks for years of work by Peter Richardson, Historian, Dean Mayhew, Historian Emeritus, and to Ken Kalloch, web master.  We now have a tremendous amount of Kalloch history and information available via the web site.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I have enclosed a copy of Marilyn Morrison’s report of the “Remembering Two Patriots, Father and Son Matthew and Hanse Kelloch June 21, 2008”, a copy of the history of Matthew and Hanse Kelloch, a copy of 2008 Secretary’s Minutes, and a copy of Kalloch Newsletter 30 years ago.  I have reduced the pages to smaller print in order to be able to include so many reports in one letter.  The 1978 Newsletter was written by Nancy Sack, Editor. Nancy took care of the news for many years and did a great job.  You can find copies of all past newsletters on our web site.

Evelyn N. Kalloch

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