ALL DRESSED UP
Most folks in rural Washington County
didn’t get ALL DRESSED UP very often. Women dressed for housework and men for
farm labor or woods work. Even in 2012 most of us don’t dress up. But we get ALL
DRESSED UP for the camera or for certain special occasions. Here we will look at
ourselves and our neighbors ALL DRESSED UP. The images here represent forty-four
local families. But many of these families are related. All are connected by
geography and the camera. What web of family connection can be found?
CHILDREN – Who is it who doesn’t want
to show off their child?
Carl Roberts Card & Velma Louella Card, children of Lewis Arthur and Eva
Doris (Roberts) Card, pose ca 1927. Carleton Cooper of Cooper, son
of Sam and Coris (Creamer) Cooper, was born in 1926. Much younger than his four
sisters and suffering from asthma, Carleton enjoyed more attention than most
children. George & Aubrey Dwelley are shown here ca 1938, sons of Ruth &
Wayne Dwelley of Alexander.
Twins Jean & Joan Flood of Alexander ca 1941, daughters of Clinton and
Duffy (Harriman) Flood. It looks like they didn’t quite trust that camera.
Vattie Brown (1894 – 1903) had a twin sister Hattie who died in 1894. Their
parents were Charles and Lizzie Brown. He ran a general store here in Alexander
and had enough money to have a professional portrait of his daughter.
AND ADULT CHILDREN
Young adult children of Charles McLaughlin Cousins and Eunice Evelyn (Keen)
Cousins pose next to the ell of their Pokey Road home ca 1915. They are
Linnie, Elvie, Omar, Harold & Clarence Cousins. Smiling Bill and His Sawmill
Buckaroos provided music at dances, concerts and churches in the area during the
late 40s and early 50s. They are children of Cecil and Edith (Keen) Hatfield of
Alexander, Lawson, Mary, Bill, Cliff & Ann Hatfield. Why didn’t Bill
smile for this picture?
SCHOLARS – Professionally taken school
photographs, especially at graduation, were a call to be ALL DRESSED UP.
Brothers Richard ’58 and Ken Berry ’60 of Alexander likely were
the first in their family to graduate from high school. They went to Calais
Memorial High School. Sisters Lois “49 and Fern Strout ‘57 left
the area after graduating, but returned to Alexander for their retirement years.
Annie Sullivan (1882 - 1971) of Cooper at her graduation from St.
Joseph’s Hospital in Nashua NH. This education allowed her to work during the
depression and help support her family. Shirley Kneeland of Woodland is
shown here in a snapshot before the 1947 graduation dance. She married Neil
Seavey and now lives in Crawford.
MILITARY UNIFORNS were
a way of being ALL DRESSED UP
Reuben Keene was born in Alexander.
He served in Company H, 20th
Maine during the Civil War. His great-grandson Bill Hatfield had this painting
done since no photograph of Reuben was found. Edgar Perkins, born in
Crawford, lived in Alexander most of his life. He served at Fort Devons during
WWI and must have witnessed the Spanish Flu.
James Arthur Holmes II of Alexander
was known as Buster. He enlisted in the Navy on December 15, 1942 and became a
Seaman 1st Class. After
the war he married and lived in Woodland. Melonie Frost, born 1962, was
also of Alexander; his brothers Rodney and Tim also served their country.
WEDDINGS almost always resulted in
being ALL DRESSED UP
Alexander’s Bonnie Lord & David Carson were married on July 14, 1973.
Mable Camick of Perry & Darrell Frost of Alexander were married on
May 21, 1949. Standing up with them are Carleton & Lida (Southard) Cooper
who married in 1947.
On Valentines Day 1945, Bert Varnum of Alexander &
Virginia Wallace went to Bangor “to see a basketball game.” They had been
sweethearts since meeting at Woodland High School in 1929. No wedding for them,
they eloped! Amelia Myrtle Hanscom & Frank William Gray were married in
Crawford on April 29, 1887. Here the stylish couple starts out on their
honeymoon and on their journey together through life.
And ANNIVERSARIES too!
Tom & Cora (Keen) Ireland of Cooper in 1952 and Joe & Althea (Davis)
Lord of Crawford in 1979 celebrate 50 years of marriage.
CHURCH ATTENDEES in Alexander once were
ALL DRESSED UP
Floyd Hunnewell is ready to attend the Full Gospel
Assembly Pentecostal Church on the Airline. Olive Edgerly will walk to
the Methodist - Episcopal Church behind her from the Dwelley house on the Cooper
Road. Foster Carlow, JR stops on his way to the Church of the Open Bible.
FAMILY PICTURES sometimes called for a
professional photographer and bring ALL DRESSED UP.
Mildred (Flood) and Billy Holst pose with Marilyn,
Greg, Terry, Dale, Dave and Roger ca 1962. Brett was yet to be born.
Carleton & Glenna (Cousins) Davis with oldest children, Carleton Davis
& Jane Davis. The couple had five more children before Glenna’s early death.
Hiram Delmont and Eunice (Lane) Dwelley are shown with
daughters Vivian & Velma in ca 1904. Two more children were born before
Eunice died of TB. Delmont’s young children needed a mother so he remarried.
Delmont and Clara (Dunham) Dwelley with their boys Paul, Harvard & Dana.
Daughter Marian was born on January 2, 1918 and the couple raised Vivian’s
son Buster Holmes. This image is likely 1916. Delmont and his family lived on
the Cooper Road in Alexander.
Kenneth Harriman (born March 17, 1907) is in the stroller. His father
Fred Harriman stands on the left, grandfather Fred Harriman SR is in
the middle and great grandfather Joab Harriman stands on the right. All
resided in Alexander. George Stillman Smith Scribner and Charlotte (Strout)
Scribner of Alexander had two sets of twins. Here they are pictured ca 1925. We
believe Alva Morton Scribner & Alice May (Scribner) Staples are in the
middle. They were born in 1864. The cigar smokers are Ben Adams Scribner &
Theodore Hill Scribner, born 1874.
TO IMPRESS others - we got ALL DRESSED
Those who chose to make their
fortunes AWAY wanted to impress their relatives and friends back home and those
who chose to stay AT HOME wanted those living away to be impressed with the life
Alma Tyler was from Alexander, but
was living in Boston when this image arrived at home. Alexander’s Stephen
Knowles came home for a visit and to show off his fancy clothes. Olive,
Helen & Gladys Creamer of Cooper took advantage of the fancy coats
and hats available at the photography shop to appear all dressed up for the
folks back home.
Annaniah Bohanon of Alexander poses with his Bible and reading glasses in
Brooklyn, Minnesota before he died in 1880. His grandchild closed the Bible on
his glasses and broke them! Most of the Doke family of Crawford emigrated to
North Dakota. Likely from left to right: Andrew Doke, his wife Edith
Doke, their children Alice Doke & Ralph Henry Doke. Or is that Andrew
on the right? Andrew was a teamster and homesteader. Obviously the things he
valued were his family and his horses.
Agnes & Sylvester McLaughlin
had a place on the Pokey Road in Alexander. The neighbors might not recognize
them in this ca 1900 image. George & Nolia Cushing of Crawford didn’t
often appear all dressed up as we see in this ca 1938 image
And why not show off the family and the house and the …?
Charles Yeaton lived on the East
Ridge Road in Cooper in 1885 when this image was taken. Who are all those
people? Charles and his wife Annie had four children according to the 1880
census, They were (with 1885 ages given), Lincoln (20) Frank (15, Alice (13) and
John (12). The style of the house is similar to many that were build around here
after the Civil War. Here is proof that oxen were still part of the power on
Washington County farms!
John Sullivan of the Green
Hill Road in Cooper poses with his family, his home, mare & colt and his express
wagon. The seated lady holding a baby would be Margaret Sullivan. Is that
Lawrence in his mother’s arms? The man standing by the door must be John,
holding the hand of a little child, probably Annie who became a nurse. The young
man holding the mare must be Daniel, and the tall girl by the window probably is
Nellie. The other Sullivan children were Thomas, Frank & John. Who were the
other children in the window? The image must have been taken between 1888 and
Theophilus Brown was born in
Alexander in 1863.named for his soldier brother who had died just weeks before
at Pensacola, Florida. This younger Theophilus married Julia Mitchell of
West Princeton. In 1904 their children Ruel, Eugene, Blanche & Evelyn pose in
front of Julia. Theophilus stands with his team. On the right are Julia parents
Sarah (Sprague) & and John Mitchell. .