Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday: Eliphalet Haskell

Cemetery: Lower Cemetery, New Gloucester, Cumberland County, Maine
Photo Date: May 30, 2004

Eliphalet Haskell was b. 3 Jun 1753 in Gloucester, Essex County, Massachusetts, d. 7 Nov 1833 in New Gloucester, Cumberland County, Maine. Eliphalet is my 4th great-grandfather.

Transcription: ELIPHALET HASKELL/DIED/Nov. 7, 1833/AEt. 80.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Merrill Haskell Ancestral Chart 16

Ancestral Chart No. 16, continuing Merrill Haskell's direct family line, compiled by Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell's. Chart 16 continues from Chart 1 with Eliphalet Haskell back to William Haskell who was born circa 1617 in Charlton-Musgrove, Somerset, England. It appears that William and his older brother Roger, younger brother Mark, and younger sister Joan sailed for American circa 1635. They landed at Salem in Massachusetts and settled in Cape Ann (Beverly and Gloucester).

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Book of Dates - Post 3

 [Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell Book of Dates, continued]

Feb 12     Grandma Holbrook died in New York
Feb 28     Henry Van Kleeck d. Denver Col[orado]
June         Chalmers & Rachel Holbrook at Naulahka
                Engagement to Merrill Haskell
                Mrs Delano at Naulahka
July & Aug     Green Mt Camp - 
                      Merrill [Haskell] to Portland & Ocean Park
                      Mr & Mrs Haskell [Frank Owen & Clarissa] at Naulahka
                      Mother from Pocasset
                      Way Sing & his wife  & friends at Naulahka
                      Miss Devans called
August 31      Announcement tea
                      Merrill to Portland
September 23 Cousin Mary Torrey died
                       Visit to Portland
November 19  Wedding at Naulahka
November 20   Portland
December        GWH [Grace Ware Holbrook] to Naulahka

to be continued...  

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Merrill Haskell - MCS Degree at Amos Tuck School

After receiving his BS degree, Merrill Haskell continued on and received his Master of Commercial Science Degree at the Amos Tuck School of Administration and Finance (at Dartmouth College) on 21 April 1916. Here is an image of his diploma.

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

Green Mountain Camp - Post 3

 [Grace Ware Holbrook Journal Entry regarding Green Mountain Camp]
[January 3, 1918 - Boston, Mass continued]
     The first afternoon Dr. Grace Burnett examined the girls who had not brought certificates. Later, a few went in swimming, the rest watching and waiting, to see the effects; some were not allowed to swim, but others were sceptical [sic] owing to reports of the "dangerous pond." A twenty-five-foot portion being roped off to prevent the possibility of going out over one's depth, and someone of responsibility always being on hand at the swimming hour proved enough, and soon all those who could, were longing to learn to swim and never missed a day.
     The first day acquaintance was not easy, for many of the girls never having been out of their homes were naturally shy with so many strangers about. Their first night's experience at sleeping out caused them to be up or at least wide awake at dawn. each proceeding night their sleep improved till in three or four days they slept soundly till the rising bell sounded at six o'clock.
     First of all with bloomers over their nightgowns, they had calesthenics [sic] in the barn with Helen Bradley. Each day a certain number were portioned to a duty, & four girls set the tables for the day, and helped the cook with the food preparation.
     Breakfasts were of cereal, fruit sometimes, and eggs, also cocoa and bread. Inspection at nine oclock of all the tents meant that everything should be neat - no str**gs etc on the ground, bags and shoes under the beds, and all else out of sight with the exception of a small piece of oilcloth on which were laid each each person had on her bed with her toothbrush and comb and brush.

to be continued...

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Charlotte Bennett Haskell - Cross Stitch Sampler

Charlotte B. Haskell was b. 5 July 1819, New Gloucester, Cumberland County, Maine, daughter of my great-great-great-grandparents, Amos and Sarah "Sally" (Johnson) Haskell. She made this cross stitch sampler circa 1830, when she was 11 years old. The original sampler is now at my Dad's house and is in excellent condition.

Transcription of Sampler by Charlotte B. Haskell
Photographed and Transcribed by William C. Haskell on 9 September 2007


Amos Haskell was born
New Gloucester March
26th A.D. 1787

Sally Johnson was born
North Yarmouth August
29th A.D. 1788

Amos Haskell was married to Sally Johnson A.D. 1810

Mary J. Haskell was born N. Gloucester Nov. 15, 1810
Alfred Haskell was born N. Gloucester Feb. 5th, 1813
Alfred Haskell died August 29th A.D. 1816 Aged 3 yea.
Alfred Haskell was born N. Gloucester Feb. 20, 1817
Charlotte B. Haskell was born N. Gloucester July 5, 1819
Sarah Jane Haskell was born N. Gloucester Nov. 12, 1821
Amos J. Haskell was born N. Gloucester August 31, 1825

Wrought by Charlotte B.Haskell Aged 11 years. 1830.

Jesus permit thy gracious name to stand
as the first efforts of an infants hand.
And while her fingers o,er this canvass move
Prepare her tender heart to feel thy love.
With thy dear children let her share a Part
And write thy name thyself upon her heart.
Then raise her spirits to the realms above
To share the sweets of blest redeeming love.
New Gloucester, Oct. 19th A.D. 1830

On the back there is a label which reads:
“Charlotte B. Haskell, wife of the late G.W. Woodman, Portland, wrought this sampler at 11 years of age during the summer term of school 1830. Miss. Betsey Parsons of Norway, teacher.”

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Merrill Haskell Ancestral Chart 1

My grandmother's (Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell) genealogy research includes several binders of notes, ancestral charts and other family history information. Here is one of her ancestral charts documenting five generations starting with my grandfather. I am in the process of documenting the data that she gathered and providing sources for her research. The numbers on the far right of the page correspond with the next chart in the series going back in time.

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Friday, June 11, 2010

Book of Dates - Post 2

[1926 continued...]

August 12     Isabelle Hurlbutt & I on trip to Maskoma Lodge [New Hampshire ?]
August 24     Frank Goodhue died at the Germantown Hospital
Sept 9 - 22   Torreys at M[ary] R[ogers] Cabots
                    Visit Marion Taylor at Vassar College
                    Isabelle Hurlbutt - Hagerstown Pa
June [sic]      Upper Dutton - with Mary Cabot
Dec              Cook Cottage
Dec 17          Frederick Holbrook born
Dec 25          Xmas at Aunt Molly's [with] GCH, MRC, Cabot and Anna,
                              Mary Cabot, Frederick, Merrill Haskell               

to be continued...                      

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Merrill Haskell - BS Degree at Dartmouth

Merrill Haskell graduated from Dartmouth College with a Baccalaureate of Science Degree in 1915. My Dad recently found a copy of his diploma while cleaning out some old files at home.

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Tuesday, June 8, 2010


Now this is backpacking in style! That would be me being carried on my Dad's pack frame. We did a lot of hiking when I was growing up. Not sure I enjoyed every trip, but I certainly learned to enjoy it as I got older. I remember many trips to Evans Notch and Grafton Notch in the White Mountains and trips to Baxter State Park in Maine. The hiking gene seems to be missing in my teenage son, but hopefully he finds it again as he gets older.

While in high school, my Dad and I took an annual summer trip to Baxter State Park to hike and fish. We spent time at Wassataquoik Stream, Russell Pond and Wassataquoik Lake. In 2007 my wife, son and I hiked the 7 miles in to Russell Pond from Roaring Brook Campground and had a great time. Here are some of my favorite photos of that trip.

Wassataquoik Lake

 Greene Falls

Moose at Russell Pond


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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Book of Dates - Post 1

My grandmother, Grace Ware (Holbrook) Haskell kept a book of dates from 1926 to 1945. Her entries were quite regular at times and sporadic at other times. I plan on posting her entries as a regular part of my blog. Some of the handwritten entries are very hard to decipher, but I will do my best.

At the start of 1926, a year before she married my grandfather, Merrill Haskell, it appears that Grace was in France and Italy.

January 2 Aunt Molly arrived Le Havre
Jan 2 - 13 Paris - Hotel de France et Choiseul
Jan 14 - Feb 22 Mentone [Menton ?]. Hotel Balmoral
Feb 22 - 23 Genoa. Hotel Brittanique
 Feb 23 - March 1 Villa Buonsegin [?] Mrs Bryan Lathrop
                               San Domenico di Frisole
Mar 1 - April 8 Florence Pension Piccioli
April 8 - May 10 Marion v[on] Vietinghoff, Karin
                           Baroness Elizabet v[on] Vietinghoff School
                           at Hotel du Parc
                           Margaret Emmott [?]  in Rome & Florence
May 10 - 12 Nervi
May 12 - 23 SS Duilio
May 23 - June 1 New York
June 1 Brattleboro
           Green Mt Camps - Caroline Averill, director 

to be continued...             

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Friday, June 4, 2010

Green Mountain Camp - Post 2

 January 3, 1918 - Boston, Mass [continued]
     The house we occupied as headquarters stands up from the water's edge in an open space about two hundred feet, overlooking all the pond. Beyond the house is the barn a fairly large one with good upper loft. Below the barn is the little clapboarded house we used as kitchen, and in front of this we pitched our fly as shelter for the dining tables. Across the open space about one hundred feet from the kitchen we pitched the tents in which we all slept with the exception of our camp cook and camp advisor who slept on the porch of the house.
     The sixteenth of July then a number of us motored to the top of Ames Hill loaded with every possible article imaginable in the way of food, bedding, tents, clothing, etc.
     Helen Bradley, Mr. Daudelin and myself were of the first to settle down, then with the help of Mr. Dorr Bradley and his daughters, and Mr. Cook we put up tents and began to put up tents.
     On the eighteenth we all congregated: - Mr. Bradley drove some girls in his car, then Mr. Cook and I also filled our cars with all kinds of things and took more girls, mostly from Vernon. At the same time Mr. Moffitt and Sarah and Helen Bradley went to West Halifax to bring that group of girls to camp. 
     In all there are seventeen girls received that day, and we lunched on sandwiches and milk prepared for us by Miss Sutherland - camp cook - and Miss Lesley.

Tents at Green Mountain Camp (no date)

to be continued...

© 2010, copyright William C. Haskell

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Merrill Haskell

My grandfather, Merrill Haskell was b 6 Feb 1892 in Portland, Cumberland County, Maine. In this photo with his mother, Clarissa Hollingsworth (Merrill) Haskell, he is 8 months old.

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