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required to command silence and obedience, whenever the
boisterous children had their "little differences" as he termed it
His death occurred before that of any of his children, and he lived
to see his youngest child nearly forty years and his oldest
nearly sixty years of age. Being of a vigorous constitution like
his ancestors, he transmitted the priceless inheritance to his
children.

Retaining his mental faculties in a remarkable degree to the
last, he passed away in peace, with an unfaltering trust and child-
like faith in the love and mercy of his God. He attained the
ripe old age of eighty-six years, and was buried near where
repose the ashes of his ancestors in the old cemetery near the
Friends' meeting house at South Durham.

COL. WM. R. G. ESTES. The subject of this sketch was
the son of Thomas and Betsey Hayford (Alden) Estes, and was
born in Durham November 22, 1830. He was the eleventh
of twelve children — six sons and six daughters. His grand-
father, Caleb Estes, was one of the early settlers of Durham,
settling there in 1769. On his mother's side he traces his
ancestry to John Alden of the Mayflower, and is the eighth in
lineal descent from him made famous in history and song. He
is. of Revolutionary stock, his grandfather, Benjamin Alden, and
his great-grandfather, William Hayford, having been soldiers
in the Revolutionary War. Born and reared on a rugged New




THOMAS ESTES.




COL. WILLIAM K. G. ESTES.



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England farm, inured to its toil, he early learned to be self-
reliant.

He was educated in the schools of his native town, and the
academies at Litchfield and North Yarmouth. It was his inten-
tion to pursue a college course at Bowdoin, but trivial events
often change the current of one's life, and so it was in his case,
wiien he abandoned the idea of a literary life and chose a more
active vocation, that of shipbuilding which he followed summers,
teaching school winters. On the decline of shipbuilding, in the
spring of 1855, he went to Dubuque, Iowa, where, with an older
brother, he began the foundation of a mercantile life. Remain-
mg in the West three years, he returned to Maine, and in 1861
located in Skowhegan, where he built up a successful business
which he continvied some thirty-six years, and where he now
resides in the enjoyment of a pleasant home.

He has been twice married. First to Maria E. Osgood of his
native town, who died in 1864, leaving a daughter. His second
wife was Caroline Walker of Skowhegan, who has been his
companion since 1865.

His political affiliations have been with the Democratic party,
but he has never sought offiice nor aspired to political honors.
But believing in party organization, he has been active on town,
county and state committees, and has always taken a deep
interest in national politics. By the choice of his political towns-
men he was appointed Postmaster for Skowhegan by President
Cleveland, and held that office under two administrations over
a full term, raising the postal service to a high standard.

He obtained his military title by serving on the staff of Gov.
Alonzo Garcelon.

Though by education and parental training a Quaker, his
independence of character and habits of thinking for himself
led him to embrace a broader and more liberal theology.
Firmly anchored to the hope of an immortal life beyond the
grave, his belief is that, in the Fatherhood of God, all will
ultimately be brought to holiness and happiness.

He joined the Masonic fraternity on reaching the required
age, in 1853, in Freeport Lodge, where he now holds an honorary-
membership, and has since been an active and prominent Free
Mason, serving as master of Somerset Lodge at Skowhegan
three years in succession, and holding in the Grand Lodge of



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Maine many important offices, from District Deputy Grand
Master to Grand Master. He has been active, also, in some of
the so-called higher Masonic bodies, notably in the Grand coun-
cil of Royal and Select Masters, where he held the office of
Grand Master, and also in the Grand Commandery of Knights
Templar, where he served two years as Grand Generalissimo —
then declining promotion. Though not active in Scottish Rite
Masonry, he is a member of Portland Consistory and a thirty-
second degree Mason.

He is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution.

LEWIS ALDEN ESTES, son of Thomas Estes, was born
in Durham ii Dec. 1815. He graduated at Bowdoin College
in the class of 1844. In 1847 he took charge of a Friends'
Boarding School in Richmond, Ind. From 1870 to 1875 he
was President of Wilmington College, Ohio. He then resigned
and became President of the bank of Westfield, Ind., and also
engaged in farming. He married (i) 24 Feb. 1848 Huldah
C, dau. of Nathan C. and Abigail (Robinson) Hoag of Monkton,
Vt. She was associated with him as a teacher for many years,
b. 17 Sept. 1817, d. 6 Aug. 1875. He married (2) 12 Dec. 1879
Esther Owen Brown of Westfield, Mass. His two sons, Ludovic
and Thomas Rowley, were graduates of Haverford College, both
teachers, and both have died within the past year.

JULIUS EDWIN EVELETH, b. July 2, 1841, at Durham,
attended the public schools of his native town and later the
Lewiston Falls Academy ; after which he taught in Brunswick
and New Gloucester. At the age of twenty-one years he enlisted
in the 25th Me. Reg. for the term of nine months and at the
expiration was mustered out of the service. He again taught
school at Brunswick and then went to Boston and secured a
position with R. H. Stearns & Co. where he remained for ten
years. In Jan. 1873 he, with four other salesmen, left the
employ of Messrs. Stearns & Co. and formed the house of Russ,
Cobb & Co., Importers and Jobbers. In 1890 Mr. Cobb retired
and the firm name changed to Russ, Eveleth & Ingalls, the
present style. As a buyer of foreign goods Mr. Eveleth's duties
have required visits to Europe twice a year for the past ten years.
Mr. Eveleth's home is in Lincoln, seventeen miles out from
Boston, where he has for several years been a member of the




JULIUS EDWIN EVELETH.




JOSEPH MARRINER GERRISH.



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School Board and Trustee of town funds. He is also a member
of the Boston Art Club and of the Pine Tree State Club of Bos-
ton. He mar. Aug. 22, 1868, Mary Adeline, dau. of Harvey Reed
of Livermore, Me., by whom he has had five children, Mabel
(deceased), Charles Frederick (Mass. Inst. Tech. 1895), May
Pauline, Edwin Harlan, and Julius Malcolm.

JOSEPH MARRINER GERRISH. He was the son of
Capt. Nathaniel and Sarah (Marriner) Gerrish and was born in
Royalsborough 24 Mch. 1783 and died in Portland 30 April 1853.
For record of his family see Genealogy of the Gerrish family in
this book.

It is related of him that when he was a youth and drove ox-
teams with masts to Freeport he sometimes halted at the school
house on lower County Road, where Sarah, daughter of Parson
Herrick, was teaching school. He took his place in the spelling
class and "spelled down" all the pupils, he being a famous
speller.

The journals of Portland at the time of his death speak in
very high terms of the character and public services of Mr.
Gerrish. Especially the Hon. William Willis, author of a
History of Portland, pays a tribute to his memory. Mr. Gerrish
went to Portland as a poor boy and at first found employment
in the office of Samuel Freeman who was then Clerk of Courts.
In 1807 li6 was made Deputy Sheriff, in which ofifice he continued
many years. He was Treasurer of Portland 1823-5, and in 1831
was chosen Representative to the Legislature. Afterward he
became proprietor of the Portland Advertiser. After his retire-
ment from business his services were often sought as referee and
in the administration of estates.

He was Treasurer of the Masonic Grand Lodge of Portland
from its organization until 1837. The Records of the Lodge
show that the salary voted him was given yearly into the Charity
Fund. He was Past Commander of Maine Encampment and
a member of the Grand Encampment of Massachusetts and
Rhode Island. In 1818-19 he was Master of Ancient Land Mark
Lodge, having served as Senior Warden in 1817.

In every relation of life Mr. Gerrish was a kind, faithful and
true man, upright and conscientious in the discharge of duty,
and benevolent and amiable in social intercourse. "The peculiar



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excellencies of his character were honesty of purpose, fidelity and
generosity to friends, attachment to domestic enjoyments and
relations, consistency and steadiness of action, a courteous
deportment and polished manners, and the prompt and intelligent
discharge of all his engagements, directed by a sincere desire to
promote individual and public good." The Argus said, "He
was a useful man, ever ready to serve his fellow-citizens. How
numerous the pages that must be written to tell of all his half
century of good service ! He was a humane man. If he had
an enemy we do not know it. He was benevolent. The cause
that with beseeching eye or pathetic voice appealed to his heart
never went unsatisfied away." The Eclectic said, "He was a
man every way worthy of our high esteem. In every relation
in life his character shone out in the most estimable light.
There were no repelling points to it, but all was well rounded, —
all conspired to draw us toward him, to attract our love and
esteem."

JOHN JORDAN GERRISH, son of James and Mary (Syl-
vester) Gerrish was born in Durham, near the old Gerrish home-
stead 21 Dec. 1 82 1. The meager schooling of a rural district
was supplemented by a term at the Bath High School and a
winter of teaching in Webster in 1842. In 1846 he became an
employe of the old Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad, now the
Grand Trunk, and continued in their service till Oct. 1863 and
with other Railroads till 1871. Railroading was then in a prim-
itive condition, and those engaged in it were expected to know-
all about it and be ready for any service, such as track-repairing,
train-service and general jobbmg. Mr. Gerrish acted ten years
as conductor, yard-master and assistant to the " Chief." There
were plenty of extra hours, extra labors, extra trains, but no extra
pay. After 1871 he was for over twenty years in trade in Port-
land. He served two years in the lower branch of the City
Government and was two terms an Alderman and Overseer of
the poor. He served fourteen years as Trustee of Evergreen
Cemetery. In all positions his capacity, intelligence, and integ-
rity of character have been recognized.

He married, 21 Dec. 1848 Susan R. Small of Lisbon, and
has since resided in Portland.




JOHN JORDAN GEKRISH.



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ZEBULON KING HARMON, the son of Daniel and Mary
(True) Harmon, was born in Durham 11 Nov. 1816. At the age
of eighteen he began to learn the printer's trade in Brunswick,
where he remained three years. He was for two years clerk in
St. Charles, Mo. Was several years in the County Clerk's office
in Portland. For thirty years he was solicitor of claims. He
completed for the State a muster-roll of the soldiers of Mame
in the War of 18 12. He filed over six hundred pension claims.
He was an earnest promoter of the Society of the Sons of the
American Revolution. He was a good citizen, honored and
respected by all who knew him. He often visited his native
town, and took an active part in its Centennial, reading a sketch
of Isaac Royall's life. He died in Portland, 16 March, 1895.

He married 29 Nov. 1846, Harriet A. dau. of Isaac and Mary
(Little) Davis of Portland. Their son, Charles C, is a member
of the firm of Loring, Short & Harmon.

JACOB HERRICK, ESQ., son of Rev. Jacob and Sarah
(Webster) Herrick, was born in Beverly, Mass., 29 March, 1791.
When five years of age he rode on a pillion with his mother to
Durham in five days. He entered Phillips Academy, Andover,
in 1805, and was for a time a student in Bowdoin College, class
of 1810. He married 13 Jan. 1813, Abigail, dau, of Capt. John
Scott of Durham. "She was a slight, dark woman, of delicate
physique, but of unbounded energy and vivacity, generous,
amiable and notably unselfish." Their early married life was
spent in Durham, where he was a farmer and Notary Public.
In 1845 they moved to Auburn, where "Squire Herrick" was
well known as a claim-agent and Justice of the Peace. He was
a man of fair complexion and rather portly figure, of marked
literary taste, and endowed with a keen sense of humor and a
ready wit which made him an admirable raconteur. He died in
Auburn 12 June 1864. His widow died in Portland in 1877.
For some account of his family see chapter on Genealogy.

WILLIAM HENRY LAMBERT, son of Isaac and Lucy
(Dingley) Lambert, was born in Durham 8 Aug. 1843. He fitted
for college at Lewiston Falls Academy and graduated at Water-
ville College, now Colby University, in 1865. He was admitted
to the bar at Augusta in 1867 and to the Mass. bar in 1883, but



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never practiced law. He was successively principal of the Iiig-h
schools at Castine, Augusta, Lewiston and Fall River. Mass. He
was Supt. of Schools in Maiden, Mass., 1879-84. He returned to
Fall River as principal of the high school and died there 4 Nov.
1890. Colby University honored him with the degree of Ph. D.
in 1889. He served for a time as Editor of the Maine School
Journal, and at the time of his death was President of the Mass.
State Teachers' Association. He edited "Memory Gems" and
"Robinson Crusoe" for use in schools, and contributed to the
New England Journal of Education and other school journals.
An editorial in a Fall River paper thus speaks of him: — "Dr.
Eambert was held in universal esteem. He had impressed
himself indelibly upon the city as a man of high character and
conspicuous ability. His pupils had for him the highest respect
and the warmest personal regard. It is hardly too much to say
that he was facile princeps among the public school teachers of
the State. Certainly high educational authority has so regarded
him. The inducements which have been brought to bear to
secure his services in other cities clearly indicate his professional
eminence. He was a man of unfailing courtesy, of broad and
generous culture, of noble impulses, and best of all, of established
Christian character. His wide and thorough scholarship, his
ready tact and deep and genuine sympathy gave him great power
as an mstructor. His hold on his pupils was remarkable. His
quality as a disciplinarian was in keeping with his other qualities.
The touch of the hand was velvet, but no one doubted that it was
full of nerve and force.

"Just and wise in administration, kindly in heart, desirous to
be helpful to all, humane and Christian in spirit, a man whose
character lifted the morale of whatever instruction he led, and
inspired to higher living whatever pupils were entrusted to his
guidance and instruction, his sudden death has spread over
the community a universal feeling of grief. The flag which, as
head of the school, he so lately received at the hands of the school
board, now floating at half mast, and in keeping with it other
school flags, fitly typifies the general sense of bereavement and
pain."

He married in Waterville, Sept. 1866, Emma F. Otis and left
two daughters, Grace E. and Gertrude A.



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HON. WILLIAM H. NEWELL.



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BENJAMIN F. NASON was born in Windham 13 March,
1818. His father was John, son of WilHam and Betsey Nason,
born in Windham 29 March 1792. His mother was Lavinia,
dau. of Benjamin and Sarah (Libby) Weeks, born in Windham
2"/ June, 1797. They were married in 1817, and moved to
Durham in 1819. John Nason died 30 J\Iay, 1872; his wife died
17 May 1879. Benjamin F. Nason was educated in the pubhc
schools of Durham and in private schools taught at S. W. Bend
and West Durham by Joseph Hill, a student from Bowdoin
College. He relates that when he was ten years old a kinsman
visited his father's house and gave him, for reading a sentence
from a book, a dollar with which to buy a Grammar and an
Arithmetic. At the age of eighteen he began to teach and
continued that profession for twenty-seven years, or thirty-five
terms of school. His salary varied from $12 per month at the
beginning to $50 per month at the end. He has received about
$3000 for teaching and has given a full equivalent to his pupils,
many of whom still remember his genial ways and patient efforts
for their intellectual improvement. Mr. Nason has also been
supervisor of Schools and one of the Selectmen. He interested
himself in Town History and collected much material for the
present volume.

He married Frances E. Drinkwater, by whom he had three
daughters, only one of whom, Mrs. Nettie Merrill of Auburn,
is now living. He died at Auburn 20 July 1898.

HON. WILLIAM H. NEWELL, son of Wm. B. and
Susannah K. Newell, was born in Durham, April 16, 1854.
After pursuing the branches taught in the local schools he
attended the Western State Normal School at Farmington, from
which he graduated in 1872. Thence he went to the Maine
Wesleyan Seminary at Kent's Hill, graduating from the Classical
Department of this institution in 1876.

During the next six years Mr. Newell was principal of the
Grammar School at Brunswick, a position which he filled with
a great deal of success at a very trying time.

While engaged in teaching at Brunswick he pursued a wide
course of study and general reading at the Bowdoin College
library and entered upon the study of the law in the office of
Weston Thompson, Esq. While still teaching he was admitted
to the Sagadahoc County Bar, at Bath.



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In 1882 he abandoned teaching and removed to Lewiston,
where he immediately opened a law office. He formed a
co-partnership with Hon. D. J. McGillicuddy and F. X. Belleau,
Esq., under the style of Newell, McGillicuddy & Belleau, with
offices in Central Block at the corner of Main and Lisbon streets.
He soon after withdrew from this concern and associated himself
with Wilbur H. Judkins, Esq., as Newell & Judkins.

This partnership lasted until January i, 1894, when Mr.
Newell withdrew and became senior member of the present firm
of Newell & Skelton, which is now recognized as one of the
leading law firms in Androscoggin County.

He was married to Ida F. Plummer September 20, 1883.
They have three children, Augusta Plummer, born March 17,
1887, Gladys Weeks, born October 13, 1890, and Dorothy, born
February 2, 1894.

Mr. Newell is a Democrat in politics and, while he has never
made politics in any sense a vocation, he has been called upon to
fill many public offices. He was auditor of accounts for the City
of Lewiston in 1885 and City Solicitor in 1890. In 1890 he was
elected County Attorney of Androscoggin County by a large
majority in a normally strong Republican county. In the
following spring he was elected Mayor of Lewiston and was
re-elected in 1892. He has been urged several times since then
to accept the nomination at the hands of the business men of the
City. In 1898, at the earnest request of the tax payers and
representative citizens, he again became a candidate for the
mayoralty on a Democratic ticket endorsed by the citizens in
general. His great popularity is attested by the fact that he
was elected by a majority of almost 400 against a Republican
majority of 997 at the preceding election. He is now serving
.his third term in this important office.

He has also held many important positions of trust outside
of politics. He was a delegate from the Maine State Bar
Association to the twenty-first annual convention of the
American Bar Association at Saratoga in 1898. About a year
ago Chief Justice Peters appointed him to membership on the
Commission to draft a plan for the annexation of the City of
Deering to Portland.

Mr. Newell is largely interested in important business
enterprises and is officially connected with numerous



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"WILIjIAM B. NEWELL.



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corporations. He is Vice President and a director of the
Manufacturers' National Bank of Lewiston, director and clerk
of the Rumford Falls and Rangeley Lakes Railroad, director and
clerk of the Maine Pulp and Paper Company, and director of the
Androscoggin Water Power Company.

He is a member of the Board of Trade and of the local social
clubs and organizations. He is an Odd Fellow and a member of
all the local Masonic bodies. He is also a member of Kora
Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and attended the annual
convention of Mystic Shriners at Dallas, Texas, in June 1898, as
Supreme Representative from Maine.

As a lawyer Mr. Newell stands among the foremost in the
State. Sound, conservative and well grounded in his profession,
he enjoys the confidence of the business public in a marked
degree. An exceptionally able advocate, keen, incisive and
resourceful, he is a terror to an obstinate or prevaricating witness
and always makes the hardest fight when the odds are most
against him. His reserve power and ability to adapt himself to
varying circumstances is often the subject of remark among his
associates.

His fidelity to his clients, his strict integrity and his executive
ability have brought him much into the management of large
estates, and an extensive practice in this line, both in probate and
in commercial transactions, testifies very emphatically to his
success in his chosen profession.

Generous, hospitable and public spirited in a marked degree,
he makes and holds friends without regard to political affiliations
or business associations. He is apparently never happier than
when assisting some straggling member of his own profes-
sion over a difficult point in his case, and the younger
attorneys at his Bar all say that no one ever seeks assistance of
him in vain, no matter how busy he may be.

WTLLIAM B. NEWELL, the eldest son of the Rev. David
and Jane Newell, was born in Portland, Me., May 12, 1827. He
was married to Susannah K. Weeks June 15, 1850. They have
two children, Ida E. Newell, born January 12, 1852, who has
always resided with him, and William H. Newell, Mayor of
Lewiston. Mr. Newell has resided in Durham for more than
forty years, during thirty-five of which he has occupied the farm
where he now lives at West Durham.



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He secured a good common school education in early life and
taught school during the winter seasons for thirty years with
unqualified success. He is one of the few surviving representa-
tives of those old-fashioned school masters whose work brought
them into closest touch with pupils and parents alike, and whose
influence, always for truer and higher manhood and womanhood,
has borne its fruit in the sterling qualities of their pupils. Few
of Durham's citizens have done more to stamp the impress of a
noble life upon the lives of her sons and daughters than Mr.
Newell.

He has held many town offices, notably those of Town Clerk,^
member of the Superintending School Committee, member of
the Board of Selectmen and Town Treasurer. A fitting tribute
to his sense of fairness in all dealings of man with man and to
the confidence which his fellow-townsmen have in his honesty
and conscientiousness is the fact that they have persisted in
choosing him moderator of their annual town meetings for many
years.

In politics, he is a Democrat, respected alike by his political
friends and opponents. In religion he is a Congregationalist.
He IS an upright citizen. His word is as good as his bond.

FRED Vv'". NEWELL, son of James and Sarah (Herrick)
Newell, was born in Durham 22 Nov. 1865. He fitted for col-
lege in part at Freeport High School and graduated at Bates
College in 1889, ranking second in a class of twenty-five mem-
bers. Daring his college course he taught terms of school in
several towns including Oakland and Monmouth, where he was
Principal of the Academy. Immediately after graduation he
became Principal of the Boston Asylum and Farm School, a
charitable institution with a hundred pupils. After a year he
was elected Principal of a school at Pittsfield, N. H., where he
remained one year. He was Principal of the Academy at Thet-
ford, Vt., 1891-6. He graduated in 1898 from the School of
Civil Engineering of Michigan University at Ann Arbor. He
married 4 Aug. 1892 Sophia George of Barnstead, N. H. Is
now a civil engineer in Ohio.

JOHN DURAN OSGOOD, son of David and Elsie (Duran)
Osgood, was born in Durham, Me., June 8, 1819. His grand-
father, Nathaniel Osgood, having served as a soldier in the War




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