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September 10, 2007









Elmer L. Lovejoy: born October 27, 1862 in Bethel to Charles B. (1834 1912) and Celia D. (Bishop) Lovejoy (1836 1912). On May 1, 1896 he was promoted to Superintendent of the Portland & Rumford Falls Railroad with an office at the corporate headquarters in Rumford. 1876 family moved to Perham, Maine in Aroostook County farmed and Elmer attended public school. 1892-93 attended a course at Gould Academy in Bethel and then telegraph operators course in Boston; 1884, telegraph operator at Sabattus, Maine Central Railroad, then ticket agent at Winthrop; 1894, station agent at Mechanic Falls for Portland & Rumford Falls Railroad; 1896 superintendent of the Portland & Rumford Falls Railroad at Rumford; 1910 census - railroad superintendent; 1930 retired and living with his son Charles W. at Franklin Street in Rumford.


On October 20, 1887, he married Miss Lena A. Flanders of Winthrop and they had two children, Marie F. and Hazel M. (Later records indicate that they had a son Charles W.) Mr. Lovejoy was a Mason, Blue Lodge, Winthrop Chapter, Trinity Commandery, Knights Templar of Augusta and Improved Order of Red Men and Independent Order of Foresters at Mechanic Falls. His descendants include: daughter, Marie Lovejoy Dennis, b. 1890; son-in-law Carlton A. Dennis, a chemical engineer at the Rumford (?) mill; grandchildren, Elmer Dennis, Ruth Groucher, Marjorie Flanagan, and Robert Dennis.



Lovejoy home on Franklin Street, Rumford, Maine


Sources: Kevin C. Flanagan, Stephen T. Seames, Randall Bennett, Bethel Historical Society and Oxford County Biographical Review. Federal Census Record Listings, 1880, 1900, 1930.