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Update on Calais, Maine Class of 1905 Students

Last year, I posted a photo of the Calais Academy Class of 1905 from Calais, Washington County, Maine. Recently, I had a message left on that post identifying another one of the students.

It’s become a challenge to try to identify the five young men and eleven young ladies in the graduating class that year. All of their names are known because my great grand aunt, Pearl Adams Chadwick, a member of that class and in this picture, kept the commencement program naming all the graduates.

Here are the six students who have been identified. I found a bit more information about the others, including the fact that eleven of the sixteen have no direct living descendants today. That makes the challenge of identifying them way more difficult because collateral relatives today would either have to have a photo of the relative or have personally known them and be able to identify them in the graduation photo.


Additional information about the remaining eleven graduates. An asterisk in front means they probably have no direct descendants:

*Ralph Bernard McGinn – died, unmarried on 2 February 1911. Ralph has a sister, Mary Louise who married William John Daly and had children. She died about 1926. He also had a brother, Harold Joseph who died in 1969 in Bangor, Maine. Harold married Florence Angley.
*Robert Harrison Kirkpatrick – died 6 April 1944, probably in Birmingham, Oakland County, Michigan. He married Laurel Wallace when he was in his 30s and it appears they had no children.
Howard Kenneth Dyer – died November 1973, Portsmouth, NH. He married Lillian Hall and had a son, Kenneth Howard, who apparently did not marry. He died in 2012.  Daughter Helen Hall Dyer, who went by Dee, died in 2015, leaving three children. Howard also had ten siblings so there should be family out there. There is definitely a chance to find a photo of him or someone who could recognize him.
*Virginia Harrison Hume – died December 1987, Washington, DC. She married James E. Boody in 1916. James was a theater musician and is last found in a 1960 city directory in DC. She was a government secretary. They had no children.
Grace McCullough – died 20 February 1920, Philadelphia, PA in an epidemic. She married Walter Abel Flewelling in 1907. They had three sons. William Morse died a couple of weeks before his mother in the epidemic. Richard Milton Flewelling died in 1988 in MA. It’s unclear whether he married or had children. Herbert Eldridge married and had a military career. He died in 1954 and it’s not clear whether he had any children.
*Ella Jane McVay – died March 1973 in the Calais, ME area; she never married. She had two sisters, Mary  and Annie, but it appears they never married either.
*Ethel Pearla Rourke, died 1950, San Antonio, TX. It looks like she was an only child. She married Charles Nowlin II, according to her Social Security record. She may have been his second wife and no record of any children has been found.
*Luella May Grover – died 1968, Canoga Park, CA. She was an only child. She married Augustine Swanson and in 1930, they were in their 40s, living in Santa Barbara, CA with no children in the home.
Ida Woods McCoy – married William Lemont Algar in 1919, moved to St. Stephen, Canada. they had at least one daughter, Helen Elizabeth, who married Henry Carl Smythe in 1941 in St. Stephen.
Florence Louise Randall – married Walter Leroy Hewitt in 1906. They had one son, Randall R. Hewitt, born 1908. The family moved across the water into Canada, where they are in the 1911 and 1921 censuses. Walter and Florence are last found living with her widowed mother in Calais in 1940. Randall married Lillian Henderson in Calais in 1930. They had one daughter, Sandra Barbara, born in 1936 in Canada. The young family was living with his aunt in Calais in 1940. Sandra was in the 1954 graduating class of Calais High School and married Carleton B. Sprague in 1956. They had at least one son, Ralph, who died in 2001. Carleton died in 2003 in Brewer, Maine. Sandra died in 1986 and is buried in Calais Cemetery, but her parents are not buried with her.

If you recognize any of these graduates or have any of these surnames in your family tree that tie into “Downeast” Calais, Maine, please leave a comment.