Newspaper Articles – Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973)

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During the research for my “Blanchard Project” I was taken to search out articles about Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973). The above Reference search yielded 49 articles. I was surprised when I learned that Albert was a Mason, very high up in Masonic hierarchy in Maine. I was surprised because there was no Masonic symbology on his grave marker. Often, when a Mason is buried, the Masons assist in the funeral and bury the individual with “Masonic Honors.” This does not appear to be the case with Albert as nothing graveside nor in the newspapers of the time indicate anything about his Masonic activities.
That commentary aside, it is clear that Masonic actions and activities were an important part of Albert Utterstrom’s life. The following are extracts from many of the 49 articles I found through Find My Past and NewspaperARCHIVES:
December 10, 1942 – Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine – Photo of the SPECIAL GUESTS AND PRINCIPALS at annual inspection of St. Omar Commanders, No. 12, Knights Templers includes Albert T Utterstrom of Portland, Grand Warden.
September 17, 1945 – Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine – Grand Commandery Military School of Instruction – Grand Commandery military school of instruction, Knights Templar was held Friday evening at the Masonic Temple under the direction of Albert Utterstrom, Eminent Sir of Portland, with Maine Commandery No. 1 of Gardner as hosts….
September 19, 1946 – Bath Independent – Bath, Maine – DUNLAP COMMANDERY INSTRUCTION SCHOOL – Seventy-five Sir Knight attended the successful School of Instruction at Masonic Temple, Thursday evening. Five commanderies were represented, Bath, Portland, Lewiston, Gardner and Augusta… Albert Utterstrom of Portland, Grand Military Instructor, was in charge of the school, and great interest was developed by the many questions ask and by his suggestions.
June 25, 1947 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Knights Templar Parade Here in St. John’s Day Observance – Nearly 1,000 Knights Templar, representing commanderies from Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, members of the Tri-State Association paraded in Portland streets Tuesday in annual observance of St. John’s Day… Officers of the Tri-State Association are Albert C. Utterstrom, Portland, president; William….
October 19, 1947 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo – PROMINENT AT SHRINE PARTYMr. Utterstrom [shown]
[Same page – Different Article]
1,2000 Attend Kora Shrine Ladies’ Night At Poland Spring – More than 1,200 Kora Temple nobles and their wives and guests met at the Poland Spring House Friday evening for their annual Ladies Night observance…. Mr. and Mrs. Albert T. Utterstrom [Portland] and [eight other people] were co-chairmen of the party.
January 11, 1948 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – KORA TEMPLE OFFICERS – Elected at annual meeting in Lewiston Friday evening were… Albert T. Utterstrom Portland, marshal….
October 17, 1948 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Shrine Plans Ladies’ Night – Several hundred are expected to attend the annual Shrine Ladies’ Night scheduled for Friday evening at the Poland Spring House….
At dinner the head table will be occupied by Governor and Mrs. Horace A Hildreth…. Mr. and Mrs. Albert T Utterstrom….
May 6, 1949 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Nights Templars of Main Install Cony A. Duncan Grand Commander – Grand Commandery, Knights Templar of Maine, elected and installed Cony A. Duncan, Augusta as grand commander Tuesday afternoon as Maine Masons concluded their four-day annual get together in Masonic Temple here.  Also elected were… Albert T Utterstrom, Portland, grand captain general….
October 14, 1949 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Frank C. Allen to be Honored Today by Maine Consistory of Scottish Rite – Marks 20th Yeas as Maine Deputy. Frank C. Allen of 3 Bay Road, South Portland and Mrs.Allen will be honored by the Maine Consistory, Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite… Albert T. Utterstrom, commander-in-chief of Maine Consistory, will preside….
October 16, 1949 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: AT SCOTTISH RITE DINNER – [Head table is shown with Mr. and Mrs. Albert T. Utterstrom.]
January 26, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Real Estate Transfer – Ruth A. Lewis to Albert T. Utterstrom, et als, all of Portland, land and buildings on Washington Avenue.
May 5, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: GRAND COMMANDERY ELECTS – Harold A. Carman… Albert Utterstrom, Portland, grand generalissimo…
October 1, 1950 – Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Camden – Camden, Sept 30… Albert T. Utterstrom, Portland, eminent grand generalissimo of the Grand Commandery of Maine, will install the offers of the Camden Commandery at a semi-public installation… All Blue Lodge Masons and their ladies are cordially invited.
October 20, 1950 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo: KNIGHTS HONORED – … Albert T. Utterstrom….
February 25, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Sanford-Springvale – … A supper meeting of the pioneer Scottish Rites Club will be held… at the Springvale Masonic Hall. The speaker will be Albert Utterstrom, commander-in-chief of the Maine Consistory.
May 4, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo:  NEW KNIGHTS TEMPLAR LEADER – Officers of theGrand Commandery, Knight Templar elected and installed Thursday in the Masonic Temple… Albert D [sic] Utterstrom, Portland, deputy grand commander.
May 18, 1951 – Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine – Photo – Masonic LeadersAlbert T. Utterstrom, Portland, commander-in-chief of Maine Consistory….
May 3, 1956 – Bath Independent – Bath, Maine – All 13 Chapters In State Represented at DeMolay Conclave in Bath Saturday – Among distinguished guests present were… Albert Utterstrom, Portland, illustrious potentate of Kora Shrine…
[Note: Albert Utterstrom died 1 June 1973.]
January 16, 1974 – Portsmouth Herald – Portsmouth, New Hampshire – Kora Temple Plans Meeting for Lewiston – The program will be dedicated to the honor and memory of Albert T. Utterstrom, past potentate 1956, and Malcom B Dunlap, post potentate 1959.

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Attempt to find higher quality images from photos in newspapers from:

Daily Kennebec Journal – Augusta, Maine –  December 10, 1942 – Page 5.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine May 5, 1950 –Section A, Page 28.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine October 20, 1950 – Page 2.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, May 4, 1951 – Page 31.
Portland Press Herald – Portland, Maine May 18, 1951 – Page 18.
Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine- October 19, 1947 – Section B, Page 8.
Portland Sunday Telegram and Sunday Press Herald – Portland, Maine October 16, 1949 – Section A, Page 28.


Learn more about the Real Estate Transfer about 26 Jan 1950 regarding land and buildings on Washington Avenue.
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Auburn, Maine, Native Ada Marie Chase (1876-1940)

WB07 – Ada Marie Chase – KFJ1-MLJ

18 November 1876 – 26 February 1940

By Don Taylor

Map of Lewiston & Auburn
Showing the 1873 home of George Chase

Ada Marie Chase was born on 18 November 1876 in Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine,. She is the daughter of George W. Chase and Emma J. Libby. She died on 26 February 1940 in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine at age 63 and is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine.

Ada was the second child of George and Emma; Her brother, Burnham Chase was born in either 1872 or 1873. Her sister, Alice M Chase was born three years later in October 1879.

The 1880 census found the young family living at 39 Spring, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine. George was working as a tinman, Emma keeping house, Burnham was at school, and young Ada and Alice were still to young for school. This location today appears to have been next door to the, then brand new, two room, Auburn Public Library.

Three more siblings were born during the 1880s. First Bertha F Chase in 1881, next Ralph S. Chase in 1884, then Harry H Chase in 1887.

I believe that sometime between 1880 and 1893 Ada’s mother died.  In 1894, Ada’s father remarried. His new wife, Flora, had six children from a previous marriage.

In 1895 and library expanded and appears to have taken the house at 39 Spring, because by the 1900 census, the family had relocated to 98 Spring.  In 1900, Bernham was no longer in the home. George was still a tinman, 23 year-old Ada was working as a cashier, and Alice was a working as a bookkeeper. Bertha was in college and the two youngest boys were still in school. Flora’s children are absent from this census record.

She married Everett Anson Bickford (1876-1957), son of Anson W. and Jennie C.  Bickford on 30 October 1905 in Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine. Everett was 29 and Ada was 28. Ada’s sister Alice, who had married and moved to North Cambridge, Massachusetts, came up for the wedding.

Ada and Everett’s first child, Catherine Flora Bickford was born in 1907.

63 Winter Street, Auburn, Maine
Courtesy: Google Maps

In 1910 the young family was living at 63 Winter Street, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine. Everett was working as a grocer. Living with them was Everett’s father, Anson W Bickford. Ada would live there the rest of her life.

It is interesting to note that Zillow and other Real Estate websites report that the 3000 square-foot house at 63 Winter Street was built in 1920. It is unclear if they built their new home on the same lot as a previous house or if the build date is incorrect. More research will need to be done to determine that.

Three more daughters were born to Ada and Everett; Beatrice B, in 1911; Emma L, about 1913; and Phyllis, in 1916.

The 1920 Census shows that Everett had changed professions to be a real-estate and insurance agent. Ada was a housewife with four kids, and Everett’s father, Anson, was living at the same address but was his own head of household and was renting from Everett, who was the owner.

Marker: Ada M. Chase
Wife of Everett A Bickford
Photo Courtesy: Find a Grave.

In 1922, Everett’s father died.

The Auburn City Directory of 1924 indicates Everett owned the Bickford Agency and was the treasurer for the Auburn Motor Car Co., at 19 Turner.

By 1930, Catherine had moved out and the family was down to just Ada, Everett, and the three youngest daughters.

Ada Marie Chase Bickford died on 26 February 1940 in Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine. She is buried at Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Androscoggin County Maine.

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List of Kings from the William King Scrapbook

William King Scrapbook

Page 28 – List of Kings 

Amanuensis Monday

[We have a project at the Scarborough (Maine) Historical Society (SHS) where we are scanning and digitizing scrapbooks.  Most of the pages are newspaper clippings and other documents which lend themselves to optical character recognition (OCR); however, there are also pages that are handwritten.  To make those pages searchable within the final PDF document, I have been transcribing them as needed.]

Scrapbook, accession number 62.74.4, is a scrapbook of William King which was donated to the SHS in 1962. Its contents are mostly newspaper clippings. The clippings go back to 1905 and the most recent clipping appears to be from 1952. The majority of the clippings are undated. The handwritten pages appear to be mostly genealogical lists of individuals that are ancestors of the King family and are also undated. This list is from Page 28, as identified in the scrapbook index. The original was scanned at 2550 × 3509 and is available at the SHS Museum. The original image was duplicated, cropped, resized for the web to 564 × 508, and is displayed here.

The following is my transcription of this document:

Richard King. Born 1761 Died Oct 27th 1830. Age 69 years
Hannah King. Born June 22 – 1771 – Died May 25 – 1845 age 74 years.

Cyrus King Born May 4 1790
Mary King   “      Oct 12 1791
Wm King            Jan 13 1794
Eliza King           Aug 31 1796
Joseph L, King   Jan 22 1799
Robert S King    Feb 28 1801
Benjamin S. B. King  Jan 11 1803
Jane Ann King    Mar 9 1805
Fidealia H King   Jan 9 1808
Robert S King     Mar 14 1811
Miranda S. King  Aug 9 1813

Transcribed by Don Taylor
Scarborough Historical Society
14 Apr 2016

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“In 1897 Nothing Happened…” ‘cept a Shipwreck

by Don Taylor

Sign "On this site in 1897 nothing happened" photo by Don Taylor
One of my wife’s nieces lives here in Scarborough. On her house, she has a sign which reads, “On This Site in 1897 Nothing Happened.” I know her home was built in the 1980s, as was most of her neighborhood, which is nestled between Pleasant Hill and Higgins Beach. When I first saw the sign, I thought, “well, maybe nothing happened on her property, but I’ll bet something happened in the area.”
Sure enough, on August 11, 1897, there was great excitement in Scarborough. During the day before, it was wicked foggy. One observer said it looked as if “the space between earth and sky was filled with gray-white cotton.”[i] During the night it just got worse. About two o’clock in the morning, there were loud crashes and curdling noises coming from the water. I’ll bet, they were loud enough you probably could hear them through the thick fog two miles away at my niece’s property. When the fog cleared in the morning, it was clear that a ship had run aground.  
Howard W. Middleton appeared very low in the
water while she was aground
Photo: Scarborough Historical Society
The Howard W. Middleton, a three-masted schooner had run aground on a ledge near Higgins Beach. It contained 894 tons of Pennsylvania coal headed for Portland. All the crew members made it safely to shore. Tug boats from Portland tried to get it off the rocks to no avail.[ii] Most of the cargo was saved, although it is said that some of the locals salvaged enough coal for themselves to last them through three winters.  
Photo of Howard W. Middleton Shipwreck by Rich Bard Photo.
Remnants of Howard W. Middleton shipwreck
 Photo by Rich Bard (CC BY-ND 2.0)
The following month a storm drove the wreck further inland onto Higgins Beach where some of the remains can be seen 119 years later during low tides.
It may be that nothing happened at my wife’s niece’s property in 1897, but certainly there was a lot of excitement in her neighborhood that year surrounding the sinking of the Howard W. Middleton.


[i] Internet: As told by Emma Bray David (December 1967) per The Full Wiki
[ii] Internet: Scarborough: They Called It Owascoag; Maritime Tales: Shipyards and Shipwrecks;

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100 Years ago – Elizabeth Grace Darling – (1906-1987)

Today is a great day to remember Elizabeth Grace Darling, “Aunt Betty,” because today would be her 110th birthday if she were still living.  Betty is my wife’s great-aunt; the sister of my wife’s grandfather. I have written about my wife’s grandfather several times, See:
Robert Harry Darling (1907-1969)

Elizabeth Grace Darling – (1906-1987)

Elizabeth Grace Darling was born on March 22, 1906, in Pittsburgh, PA. Her mother died in 1913 and she went to live with her grandmother, Margaret Lamb McAllister. In 1915 there was a family issue that required Margaret to return to her native England.  So, in August, 1915, she took her two grandchildren, Elizabeth and Robert Harry, with her to England. Family oral history says she took the children to England so they could be “properly civilized.”
So, little Elizabeth would have spent her 10th birthday celebration in England, apparently in the Lakes Region, probably Appleby (Now Appleby-in-Westmorland), Cumbria, in North West England.
Elizabeth would have been hearing news about the war in Europe. The Russians were having success against the Germans in the north taking the Dneister Bridgehead and also defeating the Austrians in the south. She probably didn’t know that the US was fighting its own war. General Funston was asking for more troops to send into Mexico to assist General Pershing against Francisco Villa. This was really important because General Pershing telegraph communications had been cut off.[1]
Elizabeth Grace Darling Gwyer
c. 1939
Margaret and the two children remained in England until December of 1916 when they returned to the United States aboard the SS Philadelphia, then locating in the Mount Oliver area of Pittsburgh, PA. Their return was just in time.  Betty’s father, Rufus Harry Darling died just two weeks later, on 5 January 1917.
Later in January, 1917, Germany invited Mexico to join them as an ally against the United States. Germany said they would finance Mexico’s war to recover the territories of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.[2] Mexico declined, but America was not pleased about Germany trying to bring the Great War to American soil.  The United States declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917.[3]
On 10 May 1927, Elizabeth married William Otis Gwyer.  They would later divorce.
On 11 October 1947, Elizabeth married Frank Howell Kemon in the chapel of Mount Vernon Methodist Church, Washington, DC with Rev. John Rustin officiating.[4]
Kemon – Glenwood Cemetery, Washington DC.
Betty Darling – Frank Howell
1906-1987 – 1906-1973
Elizabeth’s husband Frank Kemon died in 1973. In the 1980s, Aunt Betty came to live with her niece and family in Bridgton, Maine.
Elizabeth died on 10 June 1987 at her niece’s home in Bridgton. She was buried at Glenwood Cemetery, Section K, Lot 69, Site 2585 in Washington, DC next to her husband Frank Howell Kemon.[5]


[1] The Washington Post, Wednesday, March 22, 1916, Front Page via
[2] Wikipedia – World War I – Entry of the United States
[4] Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003 – The Washington Post, October 1947,
[5] Find a Grave – Elizabeth Darling “Betty” Gwyer Kemon – Memorial# 133079409

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