Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: The “Best” Newspaper Article You’ve Found for Your Family History

Can you believe we are at April’s end already? It’s the last Saturday of the month and Randy is ready with another fun topic for this week’s challenge:

1)  What newspaper article is the “best” one you’ve found to help you with your family history?  Tell us about it – where you found it, and what you learned from it.

I have to admit that I’m somewhat hampered by the fact that The Calais Advertiser, from Calais, Washington, Maine, still has not been digitized. Since my mother’s parents and earlier generations had lived there since c1835, I can only imagine the treasures that I will find when it becomes available – perhaps next year, I’ve been told.

I am very lucky, though, because my grandmother clipped the article about her wedding to my grandfather:

I never thought to ask my grandmother, Hazel Ethel Coleman (1901-1995), what her wedding was like. I knew that she and my grandfather married in Calais, where both were born and grew up. However, I didn’t know any of the details.

Sadly, my grandfather, Vernon Tarbox Adams (1899-1968), died in December 1968, about 18 months before their golden wedding anniversary.

I learned a lot from this article. My grandparents not only married at home, but they married on a Monday afternoon! I was not surprised to learn that they were married by the Congregational Church minister, Rev. R.A. MacDonald, originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

“The Avenue” – e.g. Calais Avenue – was “the” fancy place to live.

My grandmother lived several miles down River Road in the Red Beach community. Getting married right in Calais was much more convenient and made for a beautiful setting for their wedding ceremony.

I’ve never seen Grandmother’s wedding dress, which is described as a gown of white liberty satin and silver lace with a lace veil, cap shaped with orange blossoms.

Her bouquet was made of white roses and sweet peas.

Mrs. P.E. Chadwick was my grandfather’s aunt – Aunt Pearl, who I knew. Pauline Stuart and Helen Tarbox were cousins of my grandfather and Clara Dwelley was my grandmother’s best friend.

Grand Lake was a vacation area and that is where they honeymooned.

Lastly, their wedding gifts included silver, cut glass and some “substantial” checks, which I am sure they appreciated. I have inherited a silver tea set, salt and pepper shakers and a candelabra. I wonder if the tea set might have been one of their wedding presents?

I am hoping that the current owners of The Calais Advertiser keep their word and get busy getting the newspaper digitized. It started printing in 1835 – just about the time my family settled there – and is still an active newspaper today. I can only imagine what treasures are hiding!

Thanks, Randy, for this week’s challenge.

4 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun: The “Best” Newspaper Article You’ve Found for Your Family History”

  1. I hope the paper is digitized soon. I bet you’ll find lots a “news” about them as I have from other small town papers.

  2. What a wonderful article! But I am surprised that you are waiting patiently for the Calais newspaper to be digitized. I would be checking around to see if anyone had created an index to articles, BMD, whatever, just so I could find information sooner. Local libraries often do that type of thing.

    And I have to admit that I am fascinated by the middle name of Tarbox. Was that a family name?

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