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Justin Day, Cooper Cemetery Sexton at the grave of his grandfather, Abiah Day located at the private site on his land.

Laurie Pike

piketaxcollector@gmail.com

 

The Cooper town office is open for regular office hours on the first and third Thursday of the month.  I will be at the office on Thursday, November 2nd and November 16th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.  Real estate tax bills for 2017 have been mailed and payments should be mailed to me by December 1, 2017 to avoid interest fees.  Now available are new hunting books, snowmobile registration stickers, and dog registration tags.  All dogs should be registered by deadline of January 31, 2018.  Voting will be open at the Cooper Community Center for the State of Maine Referendum Election on November 7th from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.   

The cemetery project and search for historical graves continues and another search took place this Saturday from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.  We had some assistance from local historian, John Dudley and cemetery sexton, Justin Day in our attempts to find the graves.  As we locate graves sites on private property, we are documenting locations for easy discovery in the spring.  I will provide a more extensive update on the graves located last Saturday in my next column but for a short update now, we visited three sites on Saturday.  The first site was on the property of Helena Brown and Russell Warren.  We were able to locate the private grave of Elias Foster, who died on October 21, 1846.  We attempted to locate another grave site on this property but were unsuccessful.  The plan is to attempt to find the graves again in the spring once the snow disappears and less ground cover may help us to see the stones which lay flat on the ground.  Next, we traveled to the private Connick grave site where several children are buried but there are no stones.  The family built a large rock wall around the entire grave site in the shape of a square to show where the children were buried. The last private site visited Saturday was on the property of Justin Day in the field behind his home on the edge of the woods where his grandfather, Abiah Day is buried with his wife, Margaret and his daughter, Elsie.  Abiah was born in Wesley and he moved to Cooper between 1870 and 1880.  He died at the age of fifty-four on March 24, 1898.   He had eight children with his wife, Margaret.  They were named Vienun, Ella, Willis, Veranous, Alice, Burton, Elsie, and Alphonso.  Abiah’s wife, Margaret died at the young age of forty years old on September 5, 1879 and Elsie died on February 24, 2898 at the age of sixteen years and two months.  

     I can’t believe how the weather is holding up for our trips into the woods.  It has been very nice to take these walks in the sunshine.  We plan to continue if we can, weather permitting, and then begin again in the spring.  We do not have any update yet regarding the grant from Maine Old Cemeteries Association for participation by Karen Holmes and Bill Krider in a workshop to learn to clean, repair, and refurbish headstones but we continue to be hopeful that we will be awarded the grant.  Please contact me with anything noteworthy or interesting for the Town of Cooper column so I can keep everyone informed about local news and events.