Luella Beryl Foster was born 17 March 1899 at East Livermore,
Maine, the daughter of James Leon Foster and Vesta R. (Perkins)
Foster. Her paternal grandparents were James Nash Foster and
Dorcas Elizabeth (Foster) Foster. I haven't yet determined
the parents of Vesta R. Perkins.
Luella Beryl Foster married Gardner A. French, who was born in
July 1893 at Lewiston, Maine, the son of Walter A. French and
Georgina or Georgianna (Gould) French, a Bates graduate and
teacher. His paternal grandparents were Alvin G. and Ellen
(Taylor) French. His maternal grandparents were Welcome Beals
Gould and Amanda Betsey (Brown) Gould.
1916 Program for Graduation Exercises at
Livermore Falls High School, Livermore Falls, Maine.
Thursday, June 15, 1916
at three o'clock
Salutatory - The Open Door, Myrtle May
Class History - Leafy May Whynaught
Piano Duet - Gladys Ruth French, Hilda
Oration - Militarism and Pacifism, Stuart
Class Prophecy - Luella Beryl Foster
Essay - Value of Domestic Sciences, Martha
Roll Call - Earl Raymond Robbins
Valedictory - The Melting Pot, Reginald
Presentation of Diplomas
Livermore Falls, once known as East
Livermore, is a town in Androscoggin County. The official
town website has a page with a brief history
Researching online, I found the following,
hopefully correct, information:
Myrtle May Sawyer, Class
Salutatorian, was born in May of 1898 at Livermore Falls, Maine,
the daughter of Angus Thomas Sawyer, born in New Brunswick, Canada,
and Gertrude May (Conant) Sawyer, born in North Livermore, Maine.
Her paternal grandparents were Thomas and Domitille (Hebert)
Sawyer. Her maternal grandparents were William Henry Conant
and Georgia Etta (Oldham) Conant. Myrtle was teaching in the
Cape Elizabeth, Maine area when she married Nathan Howard Sullivan
of Portland on 13 October 1919. He was the son of John W.
Sullivan Jr. and Margaret E. (Kilday) Sullivan. Myrtle and
Nathan Sulivan raised their family in Portland.
Leafy May Whynaught, who read the
Class History, was born 17 June 1897 at Livermore Falls, Maine, the
daughter of Nova Scotians Artemas William "Arthur" Whynaught and
his wife Josephine Dora (Lohnes) Whynaught. Her paternal
grandparents were Peter and, I think, Mary Elizabeth (Wagner)
Whynaught or Weinacht or variant spelling. Her maternal
grandparents were Abel and Mary E. (Penny) Lohnes. Leafy's
family lines go back to early German immigration into Nova Scotia.
On 28 August 1928 at Boston, Massachusetts, Leafy married
George Glenn Wallick, who was born 5 September 1890 at Sturgis,
Michigan, the son of George Washington Wallick and Cinderella
(Keplinger) Wallick. The couple lived in Michigan and
Massachusetts and raised, I think, two children.
Gladys Ruth French, who played a
piano duet at her graduation ceremony, was born 30 May 1897 at Jay,
Maine, the daughter of Fred Guy French and Ida May (Latham) French.
Her paternal grandparents were Benjamin W. and Almira
(Graffam) French. Her maternal grandparents were George and
Martha Ada (Bean) Latham. She married Harold William
Jennings, who was born 14 January in Leeds, Maine, the son of
William and Hannah (Adams) Jennings. His paternal
grandparents were Howard L. and Julia E. (Maine) Jennings.
His maternal grandparents were Samuel W. and Ellen Florinda
(Crockett) Adams. Gladys and Harold William Jennings lived in
Massachusetts and had at least one daughter.
Hilda Augusta Sewall, who was the
other half of the piano duet, was born 8 March 1898 at Est
Livermore, Maine, the daughter of Samuel Mark (birthname White)
Sewall and Adelaide E. (Wilkins) Sewall. Her paternal
grandparents were Columbus and Pathenia R. (Jones) White. Her
maternal grandparents were Augustine and Josephine (Farrell)
Wilkins. She married Herbert David Norton, who was born 3
April 1900 at Temple, Maine, the son of Charles A. and Elizabeth A.
"Lizzie" (Crosby) Norton. His paternal grandparents were
Samuel R. and Mary N. (Tripp) Norton. Her maternal
grandparents were, I think, Lureman and Laura M. (Huff) Crosby.
Hilda and Herbert David Norton raised a family of at least
two children in central Maine.
Stuart Frederick Walker, who gave an
oration on Militarism and Pacifism, was born 16 August 1899 at East
Livermore, the son of Henry F. Walker and Nellie, whose maiden name
on Stuart's birth record I haven't yet been able to decipher.
She was born in Orono, Maine, and her maiden name could
possibly be Criner or Cronin. Stuart's paternal grandparents
were Alonso [or Alonzo] and Mercy(Dyer) Walker. After
graduation from Livermore Falls High School, Stuart majored in
Economics at the University of Maine at Orono. I found him in
the 1930 Census at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, living alone and
working as a bond salesman. In the Maine Marriages database,
there are two marriages for a Stuart F. Walker, but I don't know if
I have the correct Stuart for either case. The women are
Alice M. Nichols, who was married 20 November 1926, and Glenys H.
Voter (whose birth name was Clement), who was married 4 December
Luella Beryl Foster, who read the
Class Prophecy, was born 17 March 1899 at East Livermore, the
daughter of James Leon Foster and Vesta R. (Perkins) Foster, who
were born in Gray, Maine, and Weld, Maine, respectively, according
to Luella Beryl's birth record. Her paternal grandparents
were James Nash Foster and Dorcas Elizabeth (Foster) Foster.
Her maternal grandparents were Nathan and Betsey Perkins.
On 18 October 1919, Luella Beryl Foster married Gardner A.
French, the son of Walter A. and Georgina (Gould) French. He
was born in July of 1893 at Lewiston. His mother was a
graduate of Bates College there. His paternal grandparents
were, I believe, Alvin G. and Ellen (Taylor) French. His
maternal grandparents were Welcome Beals Gould and Amanda Betsey
(Brown) Gould. Luella Beryl (Foster) French and her husband
Gardner A. French lived at Livermore Falls, Maine and had at least
one child, a son.
Martha Elizabeth Hinds, who gave the
essay on Domestic Science, was born 7 December 1898 at East
Livermore, Maine, the daughter of Raphael A. "Ralph" Hinds and Mary
J. (Cummings) Hinds. Her paternal grandparents were Winthrop
Tisdale Hinds and Sarah L. (Allen) Hinds. Her maternal
grandparents were Jonathan Millett Cummings, known as "Millett",
and Mary J. (Merrill) Cummings. Sadly, Martha Elizabeth Hinds
died at Fairfield, Maine on 12 December 1918, possibly from the
Spanish Flu. Her death record listed her as a
Earl Raymond Robbins, who gave the
Roll Call, was born 16 February 1897, the son of Clarence A. or H.
Robbins, born in Chelsea, Maine, and Annie C. (Bragg) Robbins, born
in North Vassalboro, Maine. Some official records have
Earl's name as Earle Raymond Robbins. His paternal
grandparents were William and Ann (Haskell) Robbins. I
believe Ann was William's second wife. His first wife,
Margaret Haskell, died in 1871, leaving nine or ten children.
Ann and William were both dead by 1880, where the 1880 Census
of Chelsea, Maine, shows seven siblings living together, with three
of them, James Loring Robbins, Franklin Joseph and Charles E. were
over the age of twenty. Earl's maternal grandparents were
Rufus Burnham Bragg and Harriet E. (Fairfield) Bragg. Sadly,
Earl Raymond Robbins died in 1918 as a result of disease,
contracted, I assume, during his military service.
Reginald Houghton Sturtevant, Class
Valedictorian, was born 26 May 1899 at Livermore Falls, Maine, the
son of Chester Houghton Sturtevant and Charlotte Lincoln (Ham)
Sturtevant. His paternal grandparents were Josiah Houghton
Sturtevant and Helen Elizabeth (Ormsby) Sturtevant. His
maternal grandparents were Joseph Gardiner Ham and Mary Emma
(Chandler) Ham. On 15 Oct 1927, Reginald Houghton Sturtevant
married Laura Arlene Wing. She was born 22 February 1909 at
Farmington, Maine, the daughter of Walter Wellington Wing and
Harriet A. (Keith) Wing. Her paternal grandparents were
Augustus G. Wing and Eunice W. (Ryerson) Wing. Her maternal
grandparents were Linton Joseph and Laura J. (Goodrich) Keith.
Reginald and Laura lived at Livermore Falls and raised a
family of at least one child, a son. Reginald worked in
If you have any corrections, additions or
insights regarding the above information, please leave a comment or
contact me directly. Thanks!
A map of Livermore Falls,