Do you have any photos of the games we played in the neighborhood with lots of kids of all ages? Winter or summer. Playing ball at the Dodge field, gatherings at the field behind the Mace’s house running all the way to Emma Means’ backyard. The pond we skated on in the field in back of Cooper Street Extension. Sliding at St Regis or on the hill in Whitneyville at the top of the Crosscut road. Yard games. Our annual Memorial Day bike trip to six mile lake.
I’m writing a story about growing up in Machias in the 50s and 60s and all the adventures we had playing outside. I find that I have photos of kids, one or two at a time, groups of kids at birthday parties, but can’t find any of our outside activities together. I guess we were too busy to bring our cameras!
Pageant of the Machias Valley.
It was quite a celebration in 1913 in the town of Machias at the Sylvan Park!
There were plays, music, and dancing over three days. Many of the townpeople participated in the festival including some of my ancestors: my great grandfather, William G Means (Transportation), my grandmother’s sister, Miss Elsie Means (Information), my great grandmother’s future sister-in-law, Miss Emma Perry (Information), who later married Billy Means.
See the booklet here:
My son posted a photograph of 1913 festival participants here. Quite the colorful costumes!
William and Nellie Means celebrated with family and friends on July 1st, 1905 at their home at 24 Broadway. The event was reported in the Bangor Daily News July 5th.
The bride and groom wore their wedding attire. Their wedding clothes are on display at the Gates House in Machiasport.
The Means home circa 1896. 1896. L to R. William Jr., Elsie, Otis, William and Nellie, Harriet. Descendants of William and Nellie Means lived in this home for 120 years.
L to R. Sherry, David and Jim Rier. Christmas circa 1955 at 24 Broadway, Machias, Maine.
Jim is smiling. It seems that David and I are surprised by the camera!
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Lubec, Maine. Grammy (Elizabeth Keegan Rier), three of her daughters, and two sisters.
Pictured above L to R: Patricia Rier, Marion Rier, Grammy, Carollee Rier Dinsmore, Mary Keegan Foley, Teresa Keegan.
My Grandmother’s Sisters, Teresa and Mary Keegan.
Searching for Grammy Rier’s Parents and Siblings.