Oakland (ME) Area Historical Society

Oakland (ME) Area Historical Society


In Honor of Oakland's Veterans
A listing of Oakland's war veterans from the Revolutionary War to the Present Day

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Tour Guide to the Macartney House Museum

Oakland Axes, from "Memories of Maine", Kennebec and Androscoggin River Valleys Edition, Summer 2014, used with the kind permission of 

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Peter Vogt's Video of Emerson-Stevens, in operation in 1965

This is a short film made by Peter Vogt in 1965 about axe making in Oakland, Maine. It documents the process of creating fine axes in the Emerson Stevens shop -- the last axe factory to operate in Oakland. Oakland was once a world-famous center of quality blade-making.

RICHARD "DICK" LORD, 1956-2019

OAKLAND - Richard "Dick" Lord, 62, passed away on Jan. 30, 2019, after a heroic battle with cancer, with his family and friends by his side. 

Dick was born on June 12, 1956, to Thomas and Beverly (Violette) Lord. 

Dick graduated from Lawrence High School. After graduation, he attended the University of Maine in Orono for one year before enrolling at the New England Institute of Mortuary Arts and Sciences, where he graduated with a 4.0 GPA, and was a member of the National Honor Society. 

After Dick graduated mortuary school, he worked at Wheeler Funeral Home for one year before purchasing the funeral home in 1981. Dick continued to serve the families in the Oakland community, and surrounding areas for over 35 years until his retirement. Throughout those 35 years, Dick was a part of the Oakland Lions Club, he was the Treasurer of the Oakland Historical Society, a member of the National Funeral Directors Association, the Maine Funeral Directors Association, and he was a member of the Early Bird Coffee Club which included Norman, Nelson, Doug, Bruce, and Darrel. 

Dick married his best friend, Jeannine Violette on June 25, 1976. They had one daughter together, Alexandria (Alex). 

Dick had many passions which included, the love of sailing, traveling the world, summers at his camp on Messalonskee Lake, Great Danes, but, Dick's biggest passion was his family. With all of his world travels and trips, Jeannine was right by his side. Dick was always supportive of all of Alex's endeavors. His grandson, Hunter, had a very special spot in his "Grand-Da's" heart. Of course, Dick's family also included his side kick, his Great Dane, "Big Papi", who was always with Dick, wherever he went and wherever a 185 pound lap dog was allowed.

Dick was predeceased by his mother Beverly Lord; and brothers, Jon and Darrell Timothy Lord.

He is survived by his wife of almost 43 years, Jeannine Lord of Oakland; daughter, Alexandria Lord and fiancÚ, Jeff of Oakland; grandson, Hunter; father, Thomas Lord and wife, Louise; brother, William Lord and wife, Donna; sister, Deborah Thomas and husband, Robert of Knox; sisters-in- law, Tonya Lord of Burlington, Vt. and Donna Lord of Clinton; Dick's nieces and nephews; close friends, Roland "Papa Joe" and Joyce Pooler; and his dog, Big Papi.

There will be a gathering on Saturday, February 9, from 1 to 4 p.m. at O'Brien's Event Center, 375 Main St., in Waterville. There will be a private burial in the spring. 

Dick will always be remembered as a genuine man who lived his life serving others. He served his family, his friends, and his community for many years. He lived his life by one of his favorite quotes "Live like no else today, so you can live like no else tomorrow." Dick will be greatly missed by so many.  (Central Maine Morning Sentinel, 4 Feb 2019)


WATERVILLE - Ruth Wheeler Wood, 100, of Waterville, passed away at her home on Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015.

She was born in Oakland, Maine on June 8, 1914, the daughter of the late Dean E. and Ethel (Howe) Wheeler. She attended Oakland public schools, Colby College, and the School of Library Service at Columbia University. She held library positions at Iowa State College in Ames, Iowa, Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH, and the Maine State Library in Augusta.

She and her husband, Elmore L. Wood were residents of Augusta from 1946 to 1990, and while there were members of South Parish Congregational Church. After retirement they spent several years with winters in Florida, and summers at their camp on Salmon Lake in Oakland.

Since 1998, she has lived at Park Residences in Waterville, and belonged to First Congregational Church. She was an active member of the Oakland Area Historical Society.

She is survived by a son, Donald W. Wood of Enfield, Conn., a daughter, Jean M. Rose of Lowell, Maine; six grandchildren, Jonathan Rose, Eric Rose, Andrew Wood and partner Cara Moore, Rebecca Shelton and husband James, Jeremy Wood and Matthew Wood; a great-grandchild, Milo Wood; and several nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brother Alfred H. Wheeler of Oakland, Maine. (Central Maine Morning Sentinel, 24 Feb 2015)

(Photo courtesy of Robyn Deveney, Wheeler's Camps, LLC)

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