Rufus Leroy McQuillan was born 2
September 1891 at Yarmouth, Maine, the son of Rufus H. and Alma B.
(Sawyer) McQuillan. His paternal grandparents were Reverend
Hugh McLellan McQuillan and Elvira (Wright) McQuillan. His
maternal grandparents were Stephen and Mary Elizabeth (Knight)
Rufus was in the Class of 1910 at
Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth, Maine; see the graduation exercises
program for that class, where Rufus made a speech, in the reprint
of a post at the blog Heirlooms Reunited below.
Rufus married Minnie, who I think was
an immigrant from Czechoslovakia, born 2 June 1900. Rufus and
Minnie were living in Illinois at the time of the 1920 Census and
in New York at the time of the 1930 Census. They both died in
Massachusetts, he in 1968 and she in 1986.
In addition to the reprint of the blog
post below is a family tree for Rufus Leroy McQuillan.
Graduation Program of Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth,
Graduation Exercises program of the Class
of 1910 at Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth, Maine. The Class
of 1910 had fifteen graduates; individual short family histories of
each are at the end of this post.
The Graduation Exercises of the Class
of 1910 of Yarmouth High School, June 17, at the First Parish
Churcy, at 2 O'clock.
Class Colors: Silver Gray and Harvard
Class Motto: Work Plus
Determination Equals Success
Prayer - Rev. A. H. Stanton
Salutatory: - Henry Hutchins
High Cost of Living: - Eliza Curtis
The Passion Play: - Goldie Rachel
The First Thanksgiving: - Claude Azel
* Class History: - Edna Elizabeth
The New Life on the Farm: - Mabel
Secret Societies: - Edgar Francis
Corliss, Jr. [the program states Fracis, but this was printing
The George unior Republic: - Bertha Mae
Class Oration: - Harold Roy
The Value of an Education: - Rufus Leroy
The Reclamation of the Arid Lands of the
West: - George Howard Dunning
Arbitration of War: - Chesley Chapman
Prophecy: - Henry Greenleaf
Presentation of Gifts: - Rose Josephine
Valedictory: - Elizabeth Margaret
Conferring of Diplomas: - Mr. W. H.
Benediction: - Rev. R. R.
Mabel LaVaughn Allen
Henry Hutchins Baker
Chesley Chapman Barbour
Goldie Rachel Beeman
Bertha Mae Brooks
Edgar Francis Corliss, Jr.
Edna Elizabeth Dunning
George Howard Dunning
Elizabeth Margaret Kenney
Claude Azel Kingsley
Rufus Leroy McQuillan
Harold Roy Moxcey
Eliza Curtis Pullen
Henry Greenleaf Rogers
Rose Josephine Starling
Brief Biographies of the Graduates -
click on their names for more information. If you have any
corrections, additions or insights, please leave a comment or
contact me directly. Thanks!
Mabel LaVaughn Allen was born 26 October 1891 in
Maine, the daughter of Charles P. and Etta (Maxfield) Allen.
Her paternal grandparents were Mathias G. and Jane (Moody)
Allen. Her maternal grandparents were Robert and Abbie B.
(Knight) Maxfield. Sadly, Mabel died of appendicitis on 6
November 1916. She had been working as a teacher of domestic
science, according to her death record.
Henry Hutchins Baker was born 7 July 1893 at Yarmouth,
Maine, the son of Albert Elden Baker and Lenora (Hutchins) Baker.
His paternal grandparents were Albert Osgood Baker and Eunice
Amandise (Soule) Baker. His maternal grandparents were Perez
C. and Sarah G. (Beede) Hutchins. On 19 April, 1922 at
Fitchburg, Massachusetts, Henry married Ruth Marion Hannigan, who
was born in Fitchburg on 8 April 1897. Her parents were
Timothy James Hannigan and Margaret Elizabeth (Hurley) Hannigan.
The couple lived in New Jersey and Massachusetts; I believe
they raised four children. Henry worked as an accountant.
He died in 1948, and Ruth died in 1979.
Chesley Chapman Barbour was born 13 April 1893 at
Yarmouth, Maine, the son of Albert G. and Hattie Ring (Lovell)
Barbour. His paternal grandparents were Henry N. and Mary H.
(Chapman) Barbour. I wasn't able to determine the names of
his maternal grandparents. About 1924 Chesley married Irene
Inez Overell, who was born 17 Aug 1891 in Ontario, Canada, the
daughter of Arthur Edward and Amelie (Kennedy) Overell, born in
Quebec and Louisiana respectively. Her paternal grandparents
were Edward and Charlotte Anne Eliza (Skinner) Overell, both born
in England. Her maternal grandparents were Lt. Col. John B.
G. Kennedy and wife Adeline (Cuevas) Kennedy, born in New Orleans
and Mississippi respectively. I found at least one child for
Chesley and Inez, a daughter, born about 1928. The
information about Inez and her family came from the description of
lot of Amelie Overell's diaries and other manuscript
items. Chesley worked as an accountant. Irene Inez
(Overell) Barbour died in 1970; her widower, Chesley Chapman
Barbour, died in 1986.
Goldie Rachel Beeman was born in June of 1890 in
Maine, the daughter of Edwin D. and Alice Gilman (Douglass) Beeman.
Her paternal grandparents were Stephen and Apphia (Brett)
Beeman. I think Alice's mother's first name was May, but that
is all the information I've been able to determine. In the
1900 Census of Yarmouth, Maine, Goldie and her sister Pearl and
brother Earl(e) were living with their father, who stated that he
was married, but his wife was not listed in the household; perhaps
she was being treated for illness somewhere. By the 1910
Census of Yarmouth, Goldie and her brother Earl were living with an
aunt. Sadly, Goldie died of pulmonary tuberculosis on 7
September 1917 at Yarmouth, Maine.
Bertha Mae Brooks was born 25 March 1892 at Yarmouth,
Maine, the daughter of Peter Cook Brooks and Sarah Birdetta
(McNeill) Brooks, both of Nova Scotia, Canada. Her paternal
grandparents were Joseph Brooks and Bertha Cook. I couldn't find
the parents of Bertha Cook, but there was quite a bit of
information online on the ancestry of Joseph Brooks. Bertha's
maternal grandparents were, I believe, Neil NcNeill and Sarah Ann
(Thomas) McNeill of Digby County, Nova Scotia. On 30
September 1916 at Yarmouth, Maine, Bertha married Eugene Osborne
Russell, who was born 9 September 1880 at Norway, Maine, the son of
Elmer Charles Russell and Caroline E. (Crooker) Russell. His
paternal grandparents were George Washington Russell and Phebe E.
(Green) Russell. His maternal grandparents were John B. and
Laura A. (Merrill) Crooker. Bertha and Eugene lived at
Yarmouth, Maine, raised at least one child, and operated a grocery
Edgar Francis Corliss, Jr., was born 14 September 1891
at Charleston, Maine, the son of Edgar Francis Corliss, Sr. and
Jane "Jennie" Melissa (Libby) Corliss. His paternal
grandparents were Hezekiah Elbridge Corliss and Olive A. (Royal)
Corliss. Some time around 1913, Edgar married Hallie May Snow
who was born about 1885 in Maine, the daughter of Charles Albert
Snow and Ada M. (Stover) Snow of Blue Hill, Maine. By the
time of the 1930 Census, Edgar and Hallie, their daughter and
Hallie's father Charles A. Snow were living at Bridgton, Maine,
where Edgar practiced law. Hallie died in 1966; Edgar died in
Edna Elizabeth Dunning was born about 1892 in Maine,
the daughter of John Jefferson Dunning and Adeline Jordan (Given)
Dunning. Her paternal grandparents were Erastus Dunning and
Ann W. (Campbell) Dunning. Her maternal grandparents were
Joseph C. and Sarah (Woodward) Given. On 10 October 1921,
Edna Elizabeth Dunning married Charles Everett Brown, who was born
in October of 1886 at Rockport, Massachusetts, the son of George
and Carrie (Bray) Brown. The couple were living at Freeport,
Maine, at the time of enumeration of the 1930 Census. There
were no children listed with them, but there was a boarder, Herbert
Ward, age 73. Charles died in 1964; Edna died in
George Howard Dunning was
born 10 July 1892 at Yarmouth, Maine, the son of Edward H. and
Margaret Ann (O'Brien) Dunning. His paternal grandparents
were David and Mary Ann (Vincent) Dunning. His maternal
grandparents were Patrick and Ann (Andrews) O'Brien. On 6
September 1921 at Quebec, George married Anna Bailey True
Stockwell, who was born 30 January 1892 in Canada, the daughter of
William Henry Stockwell and Mary Louise (Goodhue) Stockwell.
Her paternal grandparents were John Putnam Stockwell and
Lovina (Burbank) Stockwell. Her maternal grandparents were
Joseph Lord Goodhue and Damaris Louisa (Whitcomb) Goodhue.
George and Anna were living in Springfield, Massachusetts
with two children, at the time of the 1930 Census. George was
working as a traveling salesman for a paint distributor.
George and Anna both died in 1979 at York, Maine.
Elizabeth Margaret Kenney was
born in April of 1892 in Maine, the daughter of John William Kenney
and Catherine Theresa (Claire) Kenney, born in Yarmouth, Maine, and
Ireland respectively. I don't have information on her
grandparents, though it's possible that her paternal grandmother
was Margaret Doherty, born in Ireland about 1835. I lost
track of Elizabeth after the 1920 Census of Yarmouth, at which time
she was living with her parents. I found possible further
records but wasn't able to verify they pinpointed her
Claude Azel Kingsley was born
18 November 1889 at Yarmouth, Maine, the son of Azel H. and Isabel
(Frost) Kingsley. His paternal grandparents were Cyrus and
Ruth Kingsley of Oxford County, Maine. I wasn't able to determine
Ruth's maiden name. His maternal grandparents were Samuel J.
and Elizabeth M. (Beckler) Frost, also of Oxford County, Maine.
Elizabeth M. Beckler grandfather was John Daniel Beckler, who
immigrated to the Broad Bay Settlement at Waldoboro from Germany,
about 1752 or 1753 when he was a small child. On 15 Octoer
1923, Claude Azel Kingsley married Alta Agnes Crosby, who was born
about 1892 at Brazil Lake, Nova Scotia, the daughter of Isaiah and
Mary (Doane) Crosby. Her paternal grandparents were John
Rowland Crosby and Susan Anne (Tedford) Crosby. Her maternal
grandparents were William and Cynthia (Churchill) Doane. At
the time of the 1930 Census, Claude and Alta were living at
Yarmouth, Maine; there were no children listed with them.
Claude was working as a candy wholesaler. Both died at
Yarmouth, Maine, Claude in 1974 and Alta in 1981.
Rufus Leroy McQuillan was
born 2 September 1891 at Yarmouth, Maine, the son of Rufus H.
McQuillan and Alma B. (Sawyer) McQuillan. His paternal
grandparents were Reverend Hugh McLellan McQuillan and Elvira
(Wright) McQuillan. His maternal grandparents were Stephen
and Mary Elizabeth (Knight) Sawyer of Maine, also of Maine.
Rufus Leroy McQuillan married Minnie, who was born in
Czechoslovakia on 2 June 1900. The 1930 Census of Kenmore,
New York, shows that Rufus was working as a wholesale drug salesman
and that the couple had two sons. Rufus died in 1968 at
Lexington, Massachusetts; Minnie died in 1986 at Medfield,
Harold Roy Moxcey was born 29
March 1892 at Cumberland, Maine, the son of Clarence E. and Blanche
H. (Gerow) Moxcey. His paternal grandparents were George and
Mary Elizabeth (Keaton) Moxcey. His maternal grandparents
were Abram Golden Gerow and Sarah Augusta (Doble) Gerow. On 9
April 1913 at Danville, Quebec, Harold Roy Moxcey married Nellie
Goodhue Stockwell, who was born about 8 September 1894 at Danville,
Quebec, the daughter of William Henry Stockwell and Mary Louisa
(Goodhue) Stockwell. Her paternal grandparents were John
Putnam Stockwell and Lovina Burbank, born in Vermont and Quebec
respectively. I wasn't able to find anything on the parents
of a Lovina Burbank, identified as a spinster on her marriage
record, but she was apparently related to Almond Heman Burbank, as
his name (A. H. Burbank) appears on her death record. The
maternal grandparents of Nellie Goodhue Stockwell were Joseph Lord
Goodhue and Damaris Louisa (Whitcomb) Goodhue. Harold Roy
Moxcey and wife Nellie Goodhue (Stockwell) lived at Yarmouth,
Maine, where Harold was a barber. I believe the couple had
two sons and a daughter. I think that Harold Roy Moxcey
married Theo Dora Minott in 1937, but I can't be sure that the
groom wasn't the son who was named after him. Dora would have
been twenty years older than the son, so it's likely that Harold
and Nellie had divorced by 1937. I found a death record for
Nellie showing that she lived until 1981. Harold died in
Eliza Curtis Pullen was born
in 4 April of 1892 in North Yarmouth, Maine, the daughter of Warren
Winfield Pullen and Josephine Ruth (Curtis) Pullen. Her
paternal grandparents were Baxter Crowell Pullen and Elizabeth Hill
(Carleton) Pullen. Her maternal grandparents were Joseph
Russell Curtis and Louisa Jane (Sumner) Curtis. In the 1920
Census, she was living at Rockport, Massachusetts and working as a
teacher in the public schools. As yet I haven't found her in
the 1930 Census. It's possible she is the home economics
teacher mentioned in a Red Bank, New Jersey, newspaper of 1941.
She died at Palm Beach Florida in 1979.
Henry Greenleaf Rogers was
born 6 April 1891 at Yarmouth, Maine, the son of James Dunning
Rogers and Mary Louise (Greenleaf) Rogers, each of Cumberland
County, Maine. His paternal grandparents were George Thomas
Rogers and Deborah (Dunning) Rogers of Freeport, Maine. His
maternal grandparents were James S. and Mary Wadsworth (Longfellow)
Greenleaf, each born in Cumberland County, Maine. On 10
December 1916 in Cumberland County, Maine, Henry Greenleaf Rogers
married Grace Frances Leighton. She was born 10 November 1892
at North Yarmouth, Maine, the daughter of Gardiner Leighton, Jr.
and Annie (Lowe) Leighton of North Yarmouth, Maine. Her
paternal grandparents are Gardiner S. Leighton and Minerva S.
(Whitney) Leighton of Maine. Her maternal grandparents were
Robert Merrill Lowe and Joanna Drinkwater (Skillin) Lowe of Maine.
In the 1930 Census, Henry and Grace were living at Yarmouth,
Maine, where Henry was working in retail [I can't quite make out
what kind of retail]; there were no children listed with the
couple. He may have been the Henry G. Rogers who served in
the Maine State House of Representatives in 1931 and
Rose Josephine Starling was
born 31 October 1892 at Falmouth, Maine, the daughter of Josiah B.
Starling and Sarah L. (Winslow) Starling, born on Monhegan Island
and in Yarmouth, Maine, respectively. Her paternal
grandparents were Joseph and Eliza A. (Davis) Starling. Her
maternal grandparents were William Foster Winslow and Lois Moors
(Noble) Winslow. In the 1920 Census of Falmouth, Maine, Rose
Josephine Starling was living at home and working as a
stenographer. In the 1930 Census, she was living in Yarmouth,
Maine, with no occupation listed. Living with her was boarder
Madeline Sheridan. Rose died in June of 1964 in Brunswick,
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