Of course the 2011 Monson Historical Society calendar will include a couple of photographs of Monson Academy basketball teams, this year teams from 1934-1935 and 1953.

Some of the other pictures show the 1944 dedication of the Monson Honor Roll, the third- and fourth-grade school picture from 1957-1958 and the 1961 dedication of “the Moosehorns.”

Each 2011 calendar, which also includes historical facts from 1911, is $8 plus $1.50 postage.

Also available through the society’s gift shop is the newly published history of “Vaughan’s Elliot(t)sville,” which was co-written by Kermit and Marilyn Bennett.

The 175 pages of information also take in Borestone Mountain, Bodfish Valley, Onawa and local families and legends. The book is $20 plus $2.50 shipping.

You might enjoy a copy of Winston E. Pullen’s 70-page “The Pullen Farm Revisited 1916-1937.” The cost is $12 plus $2.50 postage.

Let’s also mention that membership to the Monson Historical Society is just $8 a year, including a nifty newsletter.

I’m sure that friends and family from near and far would appreciate these items as Christmas gifts.

Send checks for the calendar, books and memberships to Monson Historical Society, c/o Estella Bennett, P.O. Box 173, Guilford 04443.


Congratulations to Glenna Johnson Smith on the upcoming launch of her new book, published by Islandport Press, “Old Maine Woman, Stories from The Coast to The County,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Turner Library, 39 Second St., Presque Isle.

Smith, a longtime Presque Isle resident and columnist for Echoes magazine, writes with eloquence and humor about the complexities, absurdities and pleasures of everyday life, her childhood on the coast in the 1920s and 1930s, and the joy that old age brings.

“Old Maine Woman” includes some of the best of Smith’s Echoes columns, as well as new material.

Born and raised in the Hancock County town of Ashville, Smith, 90, has lived in Aroostook County for more than six decades. A longtime high school English teacher, she has written and directed award-winning plays, led Elderhostels and classes for senior citizens and conducted writing workshops.

For information about the event, call the library at 764-2571. For information about the book, contact Islandport at 846-3344 or books@islandportpress.com.


The Greater Portland Chapter of the Maine Genealogical Society will gather at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 29 Ocean Rd., Cape Elizabeth.

A program on “Google Earth 101 and Its Uses in Genealogy” will be presented by Will Haskell, chapter secretary and civil engineer. He uses maps and aerial photography daily and also finds many benefits for his genealogy research.

This free software allows users to “fly” anywhere on Earth and visualize what that place looks like today and sometimes in the past. It provides opportunities to visualize where your ancestors lived, overlay historic maps over current maps in some cases and locate many cemeteries and churches.

Haskell will share his Google Earth project that provides exciting opportunities for the future of cemetery research.

All are welcome. For information, call Linda at 490-5709.

When Google Earth was first available widely, I went “looking” for landmarks such as Tantallon Castle on the coast of Scotland.

In particular, I was interested in the view seen in the oil painting by my great-great-grandmother, Mary (Cummings) Bennett Lord, 1858-1954. The original was painted by Thomas Moran of the Hudson River School of artists.

I was disappointed that those views of the castle ruins were not as clear and useful as I’d hoped — probably because the focus early on was inhabited areas.

But you may well find your own home, school, workplace or church on Google Earth. If so, ask yourself, ‘When was that particular photo taken?’ Look for features on the property that might help you “date” the photo.

My sons zeroed right in on the fact that the picture of our house showed Tony’s first car to one side of the garage. The car’s previous owner was his aunt, so I guess that makes it a historical note.


The Brewer Historical Society will not meet on Nov. 2 because of Election Day. Read Family Ties next week for information on the Nov. 9 meeting.

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Roxanne Moore Saucier

Family Ties columnist