Biography – Albert Thomas Utterstrom (1898-1973)


Albert Thomas Utterstrom[1] was born on 12 July 1898 in Deering, Cumberland County,
Maine[2],. He died on 1 June 1973 in  Maine, aged 74[3], was buried in Falmouth Cumberland County, Maine at Pine Grove Cemetery[4].

He is the son of Olaf A Utterstrom (1865-), aged 33, and  Hanna A. Halverson (1866-), aged 32. The following information is also recorded for Albert:

Occupation: Trucking Company
Education : H4 (per 1940 Census)

Noted events in the life of Albert were:

  • Residence : 24 Olympia on 12 September 1918 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[5]
  • Physical Description : Described as Tall, medium build, Blue eyes, dark Brown hair on his draft registration on 12 September 1918 in Portland (Cumberland County, Maine,
    United States)[6]
  • Military Service : Entered military service on 31 October 1918 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[7]
  • Military Service : Discharged on 23 December 1918 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[8]
  • Residence : 24 Olympia Street on 1st January 1920 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[9],[10]
  • Residence : 52 Wellword Road on 1st April1930 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.
  • Residence : 52 Wellword Road on 1st April 1935 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[11]
  • Residence : 52 Wellword Road on 1st April 1940 in
    Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[12],[13]

He married[14] Lois M. Hodgdon (-1929), daughter of Victor Hodgdon and  Martha Wilkenson on 2 September 1926 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.[15]. Albert was 28. Lois died in 1929.

He next married Annie Evelyn Chase (1908-1976) on 1st October 1930 in Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire.[16] Albert was 32 and Annie was 22.

He was extremely involved with the Masons Maine. He served as Commander-in-Chief of Maine Consistory from 1949 until 1952. He then served as Grand Commander of the Grand Encampment of Knights Templar in 1952. He was the treasurer for the Grand  Royal Arch Chapter of Maine from 1954 until 1970

Child of Albert and Annie was:

  • Living.


[1] Note: See Portland, Maine City Directories, 1918-1961 –
Transcripts.rtf for addresses.
[2] Sources: 1940 Census / Altert T Unterstrom – Maine,
Cumberland, Portland, Ward 9, ED 3-113, Sheet 9B – Family Search (Digitizing) –
Maine Vital Records, 1670-1907 / Albert Utterstrm – Birth – Family Search
(Digitizing) – United States Social Security Death Index – Family Search
(Internet) – United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 /
Albert Thomas Utterstrom – Family Search (Digitizing)
[3] Sources: Find a Grave / Albert Thomas Utterstrom –  Memorial# 146450669 – Find a Grave (Internet)
– Maine Death Index, 1960-1996 / Albert T Utterstrom – Family Search (Other)
[4] Source: Find a Grave / Albert Thomas Utterstrom –  Memorial# 146450669 – Find a Grave (Internet)
[5] Note: Worked as a Clerk at Maine Central R R, 242 St.
John, Portland Maine.
[6] Note: Tall, medium build, Blue eyes, dk Brown hair.
[7] Note: U.S.A. – S.#3666, P/#A2166, Call XC ICE – Mrs. O.
A. Utterstrom, mother.
[8] Note: Comments: Ind: Portland, Cumberland Co. No. 2, Oct.
31/18. Private. Org: 23 Co CAC Ft Williams to disch. Overseas service: None.
Hon disch on demob: Dec. 23, 1918.
[9] Note: Auto Truck – General Work.
[10] Source: 1920 Census / Olaf Utterstrom – Maine,
Cumberland, Portland, ED 62, Sheet 15B, Line 69. – Family Search (Digitizing)
[11] Note: Same house as 1940
[12] Note: Part owner in Trucking Business
[13] Source: 1940 Census / Altert T Unterstrom – Maine,
Cumberland, Portland, Ward 9, ED 3-113, Sheet 9B – Family Search (Digitizing)
[14] Note:
[15] Source: 1930 Census / Albert Utterstrom – Maine,
Cumberland, Portland, ED 85, Sheet 6B, Line 69 – Family Search (Digitizing)
[16] Source: New Hampshire Marriage Records, 1637-1947, /
Utterstrom – Chase – Family Search (Digitizing)


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Newspaper Articles – Albert Utterstrom (1898-1973)

Select Newspaper Archives articles found via Find My Past regarding
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.

Future Actions:

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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Searching for the Blanchard arrival in Maine.

[Sometimes you just have to skip a generation in your research to find the answer to the question.  If you do so, it is important to have a clear reason and a clear explanation of how any why you skipped the generation. Such is the case for my Blanchard study. The family oral story was that the Blanchards have been in Maine “forever.” I was asked to find out exactly when they came to Maine.]


My search began with Edward E Blanchard, who married Priscilla Newcomb in 1925. I then began following him and his ancestors back in time. In 1920, he was living with his widowed mother and four siblings in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine.

Further research found that his father Frederick W Blanchard died in 1918.

In 1910, the 9-year-old Edward was living with his parents, Frederick W and Minnie Blanchard in South Portland, Maine.

In 1900, Frederick is living in South Portland with his wife Minnie and three of his children. (Edward hadn’t been born yet.)

In 1887, Frederick and Minnie were married. It was Minnie’s first marriage, but Frederick’s second marriage.

The 1880 Census was particularly difficult to interpret. Frederick was living with his uncle, Charles H. Blanchard and his Charles’s wife Miranda. Also living in the household was Elizabeth Blanchard, a 79-year-old widow who is listed as a “boarder.” Next door, is 81-year-old Myra Blanchard. Of course, both Charles and Myra are listed as “Head” of their respective households. Sadly, the 1880 census is the first census which identifies the relationships of people in a household to the Head and the 1870 census won’t shed any more light on to the relationships.

The 1870 Census shows the Charles H Blanchard household including his wife Miranda, 4-year-old Fred, and three other children. Also living with them is 70-year-old Elizabeth.

The 1860 Census shows Charles and Miranda living in Cumberland, Maine, apparently with three children. Next Door to them is Cyrus and Elizabeth Blanchard with a 16-year-old boy, Melville G Blanchard, who I tentatively assume to be their son.

Looking closer at Cyrus Blanchard’s life, he was apparently married three times. First to Apphiah Young in 1816, Apphiah died in 1841. His second marriage was to Sarah Staples. Sarah died in 1848. His third marriage was to Elizabeth Mills. This would be the Elizabeth we see him with in 1860. It also fits the age of the Elizabeth in the household of Charles H Blanchard in 1870 and 1880. Elizabeth would be Charles’s step-mother.

Cyrus and Elizabeth also show up in the 1850 Census with what appear to be four children. Charles, Nancy, Albion, and Sarah.

So, if, in fact, Frederick’s uncle is Charles and Charles’ father is Cyrus, then Frederick’s grandfather must be Cyrus. We may not know the name of Frederick’s father, which might be Melville, Albion, or something entirely different, but we do know his grandfather’s name.

I believe that Cyrus was born in 1791 in old North Yarmouth, Cumberland County, (Maine) and that his father was Ebenezer Blanchard, born 1760 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. So, Ebenezer would be the first of Edward Blanchard’s direct ancestors to live in Maine.

There is more research to do. The leap of faith between Frederick and Cyrus need much more to confirm. Also, there were many other Blanchards in Cumberland County long before Ebenezer came to Cumberland County. There was a Samuel Blanchard who sold ¼ of an island in Casco Bay to an Ebenezer Blanchard in 1762. Also, according to the 1870 census to the agricultural schedule, there were 7 farmers with the surname Blanchard farming in Cumberland Center, Cumberland County. Basically, you can hardly turn around without encountering another Blanchard in Cumberland Center or Yarmouth; there are hundreds of them. So, lots more research to do on this family.

Oh, by the way, it appears that Ebenezer was the son of Daniel Blanchard born 1727 in Weymouth, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, a known patriot of the Revolution.[i]


[i] Daughters of the American Revolution;, Ancestor: A206439.
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