Knowledge is a comfortable and necessary retreat and shelter
for us in an advanced age; and if we do not plant it while
young, it will give us no shade when we grow old.
Lord Chesterfield (1694-1773) “Letters”

AT THE REUNION:  Our 144th reunion will again be held at the First Universalist Church at 345 Broadway, Rockland, Maine. The Reunion date is August 20, 2011. Details will be enclosed on your reservation form. Please note that, with changes made to the committees, the reservations shall be returned to Sandra Zimmerman and checks made out to the Kalloch Reunion Assn. Please read the Secretary’s minutes for other information. Also, please read about the incredible life of Elmer Rising by Linda Rising Buddenhagen. Another attachment is a copy of proposed by-laws of the Kalloch Reunion Assn. Please read and comment. This will be my last newsletter because of my many other commitments. Someone else will be appointed to the position. Thanks for reading
all of these years.

NEWSWORTHY:  In celebration of National Poetry Month, Rockland’s Strand Theatre hosted “The Edna Project” with music and mixed-media performance inspired by Edna’s poetry. During a trip to New York, Vickie visited the home of Edna St. Vincent Millay where she lived and worked for a year. During this month, Kendall Merriam, Rockland’s Poet Laureate, hosted Fireside Lunchtime Poetry at the Rockland Library and read from his Medvedb’s Journal. Kendall has been in the news several times this year with his works of poems and plays.

Readers are urged to buy and read Dorothy Blackman’s book New York Patriots which is a collection of accurate adventure stories for the young reader about fifteen true patriots in America’s quest for independence.

Capt. Harris E. Kalloch celebrated his 95th birthday in September, 1960, by swapping tales with two other sea Captains, one of whom was Capt. Fred Robinson of St. George. It would be very nice and informational if a Kalloch member would write an essay for the newsletter about the Kalloch Captains. Living locally is Capt. Jim Kalloch, Rockland, Maine. Capt. Craig Kalloch  lives in Citronelle, Alabama.

Long time member, Zame Crocker, celebrated her 90th birthday December 18, 2010, at San Diego, CA. with family and friends.

June Parmenter had surgery January 3lst  and is now living in an assisted living facility with her little dog, Poco. According to her son, she is doing well and would love to hear from friends and relatives. She is at Greenbriar Manor, 7555 13lst St. North, Seminole, FL 33776.

Banker Stephen Staples has joined The First as vice president and senior business relationship officer. Staples is based in the Rockland office of the bank.

Andrew Kalloch, son of Phillip Kalloch, Jr. and grandson of Evelyn Kalloch, married Jessica Brown on September 4, 2010, in a lovely church wedding in Portland, Maine with reception near the ocean in Scarborough.

Peter and Eleanor Richardson announced the establishment of Red Barn Publishing in Rockland, Maine. In their side yard is a barn built by Peter’s farmer ancestors in the eighteenth century. Later, his grandfather, a tinware peddler, kept his horse and wagon there. It is a fitting symbol of their ongoing work, which is literary, rather than physical.
Please roam their website at http://redbarnrockland.htm.

OBITUARIES: Sadly, Joyce Butler Jura died August 29, 2010, after a debilitating illness. She was the daughter of Fred. M. and Carrie Wyllie Butler of Warren, Maine. She is survived by Arthur Jura, three children and eight grandchildren. Joyce was a member of the Mayflower Society and the DAR.

Minerva H. Wood Buzzell, age 103, died Nov. 4, 2010, in Merrimac, MA. She was the daughter of Benjamin B. and Edith Wood Buzzell. Among her survivors is her niece, Judith Eaton of Florida. Others are John Buzzell, and wife Julie, John Buzzell, Jr., and wife Stephanie and Robert Buzzell, all of Merrimac.

Dorothy H. Rogers, daughter of William and Agnes Grafton Holbrook, died April 18, 2011, after a long illness. She is survived by three daughters Judy, Michelle and Linda, one sister Patricia Samson, and 15 grandchildren.

Roselle Kalloch Fontaine, age 96, died August, 2010, with two of her children, Jeanne and Danny, and nieces, Delores and Anita by her side. She was the daughter of Maurice and Glennie Rowe Kalloch, born February, 1910. No other information is available.

Linda Donovan writes that her mother, Edna Keller DeGaetano passed away on July 26, 2010. She was 89 years old when she died and a long time member and attendant of the Kalloch Reunion She lived in Candia, NH

Sadly Peter’s Aunt, Dorothy Pearson, 96, died May 26, 2010, at her home in Ormond Beach, Fl. She was born April 23, 1914, at Weymouth, MA, the daughter of Parker and Edith Kalloch Pearson. She was a long time attendant and member of the Kalloch Reunion and had a great sense of humor. She is survived by her niece and nephew Ann Richardson and Peter Richardson. She was predeceased by her nephew David Richardson. A memorial service was held at Peter Richardsons with all extended family attending.

I was sent a copy of a very nice tribute by Anita Nelson in memory of her son, Allen, who died a few years ago. A portion of this is: “In memory of Allen: We miss you, and we will always remember you. For in our hearts and minds you are still with us. We miss your smile, your sharp mind and wit and, your curiosity for the Universe we live in. Or how you challenged your mind and body for all its worth, including your motorcycle and your racing! !“

(Included in the printed and mailed copy of the Newsletter were Minutes from last years reunion, and By-laws of Kalloch Family Reunion Associatoin).


My father, Elmer Rising was born in Rockland, Maine in 1906. He was the son of Laura Kalloch and Harry T. Rising of 5 Purchase Street. His grandfather, Conovy, an emigrant from England, ran the Rising Bakery in Rockland and eventually became one of the state’s first automobile dealers. Elmer’s father used a horse-drawn wagon to deliver baked goods to rural customers and met his bride-to-be, Laura, on frequent trips between Rockland and Wylie’s Corner.

During his high school years, Elmer was known for his skills as a baseball player. A Rockland native described Elmer as “possibly the greatest curve-ball artist ever to come out of Knox County” averaging 20 or more strikeouts per game. At 17, Elmer played semi-pro baseball with the Eastern Baseball Club in East Brewer, Maine. He was a southpaw and pitched many no hitters during his career. By 1924, his abilities were so well- known that Rockland declared a Rising Day baseball game and presented him with a gold watch. He was offered a contract with the Washington Senators which he declined to pursue his education including a baseball scholarship to Dartmouth College.

After graduating from Rockland High School, to prepare for Dartmouth, he attended Higgins Classical Institute and Hebron Academy. While at Hebron Academy, he slipped on the ice and seriously injured his shoulder. His pitching days were over as well as his Dartmouth scholarship. After graduating from Hebron in 1927, Elmer left Maine to live with his “aunt” Lu Austin Alger (actually a 3rd cousin) in Reading, MA while attending The School of Practical Art in Boston (now the Art Institute of Boston/Lesley University).

After graduating from art school, Elmer began a 42 year career at Harvard University as a Technical Illustrator. He first worked at the Peabody Museum, where his first assignments were to illustrate “Up from the Ape” by Ernest Hooton and later “Principles of Anthropology” by Eliot Chapple and Carleton Coon, all Harvard Professors of Anthropology. He continued illustrating archeological and anthropological subjects until 1941, when he transferred to Harvard’s Division of Engineering and Applied Physics, where he worked until he retired in 1972.

One of his major contributions to Harvard was his drawing of the large official Harvard Map, which for many years was on display to the public, even after he retired. Since it needed to be updated on a regular basis, it is now stored away in the Harvard archives.

It is for his drawings of New England subjects, however, that Elmer has become known. Because of color blindness, Elmer worked in pen and ink. His drawings were rendered with an awareness of detail and sensitivity that brought life to a lobster pot or deserted farmhouse as well as the faces of his subjects. He had an uncanny ability to capture mood, translating the essence of character into shades of black and white.

After the death of my mother, Betty, in 1965 and upon his retirement in 1972, he worked full time at his art, chronicling the New England scene until a cataract operation and ill health forced him to lay down his pen in 1985. His retirement was another full chapter in his life. His days were filled with trips to Maine, especially Monhegan Island, art exhibitions, teaching others his technique, photographing nature, and enjoying time spent in his Reading and Rockport galleries. He was fortunate enough to live close to our family and share his love of sports with his grandsons, Erich and Curtis. A limited edition book, "The Pen Renderings of Elmer Rising: New England In Black and White”, was published in 1985 by FER Publishing Co. and presented to him on his 79th birthday. Elmer died in Danvers, MA in 1987 at the age of 81.

His originals are owned by the Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine, the Portland (ME) Art Museum, the Monhegan Island Art Museum, the Bowdoin College Art Museum, Harvard University and Hebron Academy as well as family members and private collectors.

Linda Rising Buddenhagen

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