Town News

Cassie Oakes

Folks are still helping me out with news and I continue to be grateful.

Here is a little more History from John Dudley. Do you know who Gary Kinney called on June 28th? He had two visitors, who were interested in the Edwin Robb homestead. They were Kay Robb Splitz and her daughter, Brenda. John Dudley made a copy of the article on the history of the Robb Hill Road for them and Gary took them to the old house site. Kay remembers walking from there to school in Baileyville. The Loverin District School had closed its doors in 1929. She walked down the hill the last time in 1943, bound away for the world beyond Alexander and Baileyville. Her grandfather Hugh Robb was a Civil War soldier, he went away, but he came home to live. Kay came home to visit! Here is a bit about Kay’s family. Edwin (1868) Robb, son of Hugh (1831), was living in Baileyville in 1930, apparently on Robb Hill, with his wife Catherine “Kate” (1890) Robb. She was the daughter of John (1846) and Susan (Porter) Robb. They were married, November 23, 1904. Their children are Michael (b. 1906), Helen (b. 1910-m. Haskins), and Margaret (b. 1912-m. Greenlaw), Mabel (b. 1914-m. Redding), Frances (1916), Joseph (1922), Phyllis (1924), and Kathlyn (b. 1927-m. Splitz), Alice (Varnum) Williams adds to this list Eva_(m. Stickney), John, and Paul (m. Drotar). Edwin died in 1837 and Catherine in 1949. More information on the Robb Family can be found on Brenda’s site,

The Maine Memories Magazine with the copy of a local artist’s  painting on the cover along with an article about Alexander is now available while supplies last.

During the last week all the brush and tree debris from the December ice storm and Hurricane Arthur has been cleaned up in Alexander. Thanks to the crew who worked hard to make this happen. Also, thank you to all who put up with the equipment and men in the roads. 

Please keep in mind that laws apply to even the side roads of a small town. When you see people working it is very important to slow down and keep your speed down. The fines are the same as the main roads; they are doubled if you are caught. 

After the clean up was done, it was brought to the attention of Larry Hill that someone had cut several trees down on the Davis Road. This person left all debris in the road and ditch. If anyone has any information on this incident or sees anyone cutting on the sides of the road, please call Larry Hill at 454-3751 or the Alexander Town Office 454-3011. Please keep in mind that it is against the law to cut trees down on anyone’s property, unless you have their permission and all debris must be picked up. Bare in mind there are fines for doing this on anyone’s property without permission.

I would like to welcome into the world another new little person, with connections to Alexander.  Her name is Kingsley Adalynn Norma Day and she is the daughter of Matthew Day and Carrie Leseur.  Matthew grew up in Crawford but now lives in Saco.  Kinglsely has an older brother named Breccon.  Proud Grandpa Tony Day lives in Alexander.

There was no Library July 8th, due to water damage from Hurricane Arthur. Ceiling tiles got soaked, fell and made a mess and anything that got in the way got wet and covered in mushy tiles. Library is in the process of being cleaned up and hopes to re-open soon.

The annual Home Town Jubilee Event took place on Saturday, July 12th at the Alexander Grange after a few tense moments Thursday evening when Grange members realized there was no electricity and few phone calls and the quick work of the Eastern Maine Electric Co-Op they were up and running Friday Afternoon and the pressure was off.

The day of festivities started off with free face painting by Mary Kay Bramble along with free games and apples provided by FOG.  FOG also had Grab Bags available for $ .50 each. 

There was a Jewelry for sale, handmade by Tracy Stange, a delicious Fudge table, sponsored by the Rainbow Girls and supervised by Barbra Webber.  There were informational tables set up by the Breakneck Mountain ATV Club, Zumba by Rosa Subialdea, and Alzhiemer’s Awareness by Kathy and Justina Goodine. Other informational tables included information about the Maine Bear Hunt and the Irene Chadbourne Ecumenical Food Pantry.  

There was also a fun mini village of historical buildings on display and a clown for photo ops.  Joey Wallace provided a portable music stage, where local talent got a chance to wow the crowd. There were lots of positive comments about this addition to the day.  

At 11 am. there was the annual  parade with all kinds of things, such as decorated bikes, ATV’s, mini vehicles, big vehicles, bigger vehicles, Sheriff car, ambulance, fire truck, Coop’s Blueberry Harvester, kids and lots of candy thrown out to the spectators. It was decided by all in attendance that it was a great parade and that Susan Wallace the organizer should be recruited for next year already.  

Inside the Grange the Alexander Crawford Historical Society put up a very interesting display about the Stowell-MacGregor Mill. Then there was the Concessions provided by the Grange and worked by Grangers and Non-Grangers.  

If you didn’t stay for the cake walk, you missed a good time.  Upstairs had a wonderful array of beautiful and delicious cakes. Some of them were very fancy and creative.  Cakes that looked like picnics, car crashes, princess themed, pizza, suns and there was something there for everybody.  Miss Cake Walk 2014 was Miss Lillian Reese, granddaughter of Tim and Ellie Sandford of Alexander pulled the winning numbers.  Lily was in town with family visiting from Utah. 

The festivities ended with a beautiful fire works display at Pleasant Lake Camp Ground thanks to Jim and Karen Davis and Tim and Ellie Sanford!  

It was a great day for friends, family and neighbors to gather for some fun.  Many hands made for light work. From planning, set-up to clean-up and everything in between.  For those sharing their talents to those who shared their time, it was a great time to get together and reacquaint your self with old friends and make some new.  Hopefully more folks will take part in this event next year!

This past week was a very busy week for the Sanford Clan and Ellie and I will be gathering information hopefully for next week’s article.

Lucky Loser this week at Randy’s Variety was Linda Wallace.

If you would like information about your club, activities, or meetings or a family celebration or reunion please let me know.  Please get them to me by email at, contact me on my facebook page, by phone at 454-2344 (if I’m not home please leave a message), or dropping off a note at Randy’s Variety for me and Dad will make sure I get them.