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My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Friday, November 6, 2015

Orr's Island Library, Harpswell, Maine -- History and Genealogy Room and War Memorials


Two weeks ago, we were in Maine again and I was able to visit three of the nicest librarians and enjoyed my private tours. The first of this group was the Orr's Island Library, in Harpswell, Maine.

I must not be very observant, because I've been by this library at least 25 times. Thanks to road construction, on the narrow road, we drove at a snails pace, and I finally saw it. Within minutes, we took one of the two empty parking spaces. The small library has one librarian, but don't count that against the library, as she seems to have everything under control. It is open year round, with a lot of community involvement. There is an annual book sale and fair, yard sale, patrons donate books, stuffed animals, paintings, boats and other items. The library publishes a very nice quarterly 6-page color flyer called, The Dust Jacket, they have, reading programs and lectures. Last night the topic was, "Harriet Beecher Stow and her connection to Orr's Island." Harriet lived in Brunswick and I was pleased to see her old house renovation project completed (I've taken pictures of the process.)
These six photos were taken in the original front room built 116 years ago, showing the old floor and ceiling. The homey room would be a nice place to linger in to read, chat or use their WiFi.





Robert York Maine History Room
The history and genealogy books are on these shelves, as are books about fishing and sailing.


An addition to the right side of the building was completed in 2009 (photos above and below). The painting (below) was recently donated, and my husband absolutely loved it. I know it's hard to see the old bridge from this picture.

The librarian's desk, without a computer, but she does use library cards. Above, to the right, the photo shows the open door to the new addition built in 2009 (floor and ceiling match the original front room). Below shows the librarians desk again, the computer and desk with sign saying, "We now offer Ancestry Library" and entrance to the genealogy room. The Librarian does genealogy and we had a nice chat about that hobby.

The cabinet greets you as you enter the Library.
Two war memorials are in front of the Library.

Roll  of Honor

DEDICATED TO THE FOLLOWING NAMED
MEN AND WOMEN OF ORR'S ISLAND
WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES OF OUR
COUNTRY AND IN THE MERCHANT MARINE
DURING WORLD WAR II, 1941-1945


U. S. ARMY

BAKER, KENNETH E.
GILLIAN, CHARLES E.
JUDKINS, RALPH W.
BANGS, GEORGE H. JR.
GILLIAM, ROY M.
ROBINSON, WILLIS M.
CHASE, BURTON C.
HOUGHTON, RUSSELL
THURSTON, WATSON H.
DOUGHTY, WAITSTILL C.
JOHNSON, ALBERT C.
TIBBETTS, CHARLES E.
FERRIS, GARWOOD
JOHNSON, EDWARD R.
YORK, ALVIA F.

JOHNSON, JOSEPH E.




U. S. NAVY
BANGS, ROBERT B.
DUNLAP, CLYDE A.
ROOFF, EDWIN B.
BOYCE, WILLIAM H.
GILLIAM, ALBERT S.
SHEA, HERBERT G.
BOYCE, GORDON L.
GILLIAM, CHARLES W. JR
SHEA, JOSEPH W.
BAKER, WILLIAM J. C.
GILLIAM, DEWEY, L.
TIBBETTS, HARMON W.JR.
CURRAN, JOHN J.
HILLMAN, ERNEST F. JR.
TODD, CHARLES D.
CURRAN, PHILLIP E.
PRIDE, HAROLD H.
YORK, IRA J. JR.



U. S. MARINE CORPS
WAVES
ARMY NURSE CORPS
JOHNSON, FRANCIS R.
FERRIS, KATHERINE
ROBINSON, EDNA M.




MERCHANT MARINE

ALEXANDER, ROGER H.
GILLIAM, BURTON P.
HARRIS, JOSEPH




U. S. COAST GUARD

BANGS, EDWARD K.

LUBEE, HERBERT E.


"THOSE WHO SERVE ARE THEY
WHO ARE IMMORTAL"

THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED
IN HONOR OF THESE WHO SERVED
IN THE WORLD WAR

ALBERT W. BLACK
CHESTER E. DOUGHTY
HARTLEY L. DOUGHTY
AVERY M. FIDES
HERMAN GREEN
HORACE GREEN
EVERETT HUFF
HUGH JOHNSON
OTIS JUDKINS *
WALTER F. LEEMAN
ISAAC O. LINSCOTT JR.
BLANCHARD W. MATTOX *
ALBERT A. RICHARDSON *
ARTHUR W. RICHARDSON
CHARLES E. RICHARDSON
HERBERT C. SHEA
JULIE M. SHEA
WILLIAM E. STILPHEN
WILLIAM E. SYLVESTER
IRA L. YORK


2 comments:

Amanda (the librarian) said...

What an awesome little library! Ancestry Library Edition is not cheap! And how great that you were able to transcribe the war memorial too! You're sharing that with Heather's Honor Roll Project, right?

Barbara Poole said...

Thanks, Amanda for your comment. I hope to visit the library and librarian next spring, since we usually go twice a year. Yes, I'll mention the war memorial to Heather. Thanks again. My next two libraries are Freeport, ME and Bath, ME.