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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Bio – Everett Anson Bickford (1876-1957)

WB-06 – Everett Anson Bickford

15 October 1876 – 1957

Everett Anson Bickford[i] was born on 15 October 1876 in Readfield, Kennebec County, Maine[ii], died in 1957 in Maine, aged 80[iii]. He was buried in Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine, at Mount Auburn Cemetery[iv].

He is the son of Anson W Bickford (1852-?), aged 23, and Jennie C Bickford, aka Jane (1840-< 1910), aged 36.

The following information is also recorded for Everett:

Occupation: Grocer, Real Estate Insurance Agent (See below).
In September 1918 his physical description was: Medium Height, Medium Build, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair (per draft registration).
He completed 4 Years of High School (per 1940 Census)

Life Events for Evert Anson Bickford:

Everett was the fifth of eight children. His older siblings included Nettie, Ralph, Edward, and Matilda. Estella was born in 1879.

The 1880 census shows the three-year-old Everett living with his parents and five siblings in Readfield, Maine.

His sister Maude was born in 1883, and his sister Erna was born in 1884.

The 1900 census shows the 23-year-old Everett living with his parents and three sisters, Nettie, Maude, and Erna, in Auburn, Maine. Everett is working as a clerk in a grocery.

He married Ada Marie Chase (1876-bef. 1940), the daughter of George W and Emma Chase on 30 October 1905 in (Maine)[v]. They both were 29.

63 Winter, Auburn, Maine – Image courtesy Google

Everett’s mother died sometime between 1900 and 1910. Everett’s father, Anson, came to live with Everett, his wife Ada and their daughter Catherine for the 1910 Census. They lived at 63 Winter St[vi], in Auburn, Maine, a place they would live for many years. Everett was a grocery merchant, employed other individuals and owned his home. Trulia and other home sites indicate that the home at this location was built in 1920. Either they are wrong or another house was there and was replaced by the current home in 1920. In either event, they remained at 63 Winter into the 1940s.

Everett registered for the draft on 12 September 1918.[vii]

In the 1920 Census, Anson is no longer living with the family and three more daughters were born between 1910 and 1920, Beatrice, Emma, and Phyllis. Everett is now working own account as a Real Estate Insurance agent.[viii]

In the 1930 Census, Catherine had moved out but Everett and his wife are still living with their three youngest daughters. Everett is still a Real Estate Insurance agent. [ix]

The 1935 City Directory indicates that Everett is the proprietor of E. A. Agency and his home address is still 63 Winter.[x] [xi]

The 1940 Census indicated that Everett is now a widower. The 64-year-old is still the proprietor of a real estate company. The daughters have all moved out. Living at the same address is a renter, Josephine Abbott, a 71-year-old widow.[xii]
Marker: Everett A Bickford
Courtesy Find-a-Grave
Everett Anson Bickford died in 1957 and is buried at Mount Auburn Cemetery.[xiii]

            Children of Everett and Ada were:

         Catherine Flora Bickford, born on 2 February 1907 in Auburn, Maine, died on 6 August 2001 in York Harbor, York County, Maine, aged 94. She married Paul Timothy Whitten on 26 June 1937, next married Coleman Mitchell on 2 June 1979.

        Beatrice B Bickford, born about 1910 in Maine.

          Emma L Bickford, born about 1913 in Maine.

         Phyllis I Bickford, born on 28 February 1916 in Auburn, Maine, died on 29 September 2006 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona, USA, aged 90. She married Harold Dow.


[i] Note: Death: Probably 08 Jan 1957 but not confirmed at this time.
[ii] Sources: Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 / Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 – (Digitizing) – Maine, Birth Records, 1621-1922 / Maine State Archives; Cultural Building, 84 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333-0084; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 February 2, 1907 Auburn ME Female – White – 1st child Evert Anson Bickford Readfield, ME  White Res: Auburn, ME – Occupation Grocer Mother: Ada Maria Chase Born, Auburn ME Color White   – (Other) – 1900 Census / Maine, Androscoggin, Auburn District 4,  Sheet 14B – (Digitizing) – 1880 Census / Maine, Kennebec, Readfield, District 102, Page 18 – (Digitizing) – U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007 / Everett A Bickford – (Internet) – U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 / Maine; Registration County: Androscoggin; Roll: 1653899; Draft Board: 2 – (Digitizing)
[iii] Source: Find A Grave / Everett A Bickford –  Memorial# 114275975 – Find A Grave (Other)
[iv] Ibid.
[v] Sources: Maine, Marriage Records, 1713-1937 / Maine State Archives; Augusta, Maine, USA; 1892-1907 Vital Records; Roll #: 4 – (Digitizing) – 1910 Census / Auburn Ward 2, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T624_536; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0003; – (Other)
[vi] Source: 1910 Census / Auburn Ward 2, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T624_536; Page: 3A; Enumeration District: 0003; – (Other)
[vii] Source: U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 / Maine; Registration County: Androscoggin; Roll: 1653899; Draft Board: 2 – (Digitizing)
[viii] Source: 1920 Census / Maine, Androscoggin, Auburn Ward 2, District 4, Sheet 2B – (Other)
[ix] Source: 1930 Census / Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: 827; Page: 5A; Enumeration District: 0004; Sheet 5A – (Digitizing)
[x] U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995; 1935 – Auburn (Lewiston), Maine, City Directory, Page 682; Ancestry.Com.
[xi] Sources: 1940 Census / Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T627_1469; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 1-5 – (Digitizing) – U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995 / 1935 – Auburn (Lewiston), Maine, City Directory, Page 682 – (Digitizing)
[xii] 1940 Census; Auburn, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T627_1469; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 1-5; Ancestry.Com.
[xiii] Find A Grave; Everett A Bickford –  Memorial# 114275975; Find a Grave.
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