Mrs. S also remembers Dr. Falkingham who lived
next door and was a handsome man who often sported a bow tie
and enjoyed his boat. The Sturtevants also had a boat and frequently
went "island picnicking." As a boy, a neighbor, Jim
Lyon, even had a glass-bottom boat (see photo below) and she describes his mother,
Dorothy, as "a good-looking girl." Other enjoyable
activities on the cove included clamming, swimming, playing
cards, and having dinners at the club.
Club suppers were pot-luck affairs then, as they
often are now, and were good times to get together. Marguerite
Sanger was a great organizer at these events, and Mrs. S remembers
being shy and helping with dishwashing and other chores on
She describes herself as a country girl, coming
from "up-country" in Farmington, about 80 miles from
Chamberlain. The family had a "touring" car so that
when it rained you had to put the top and sides up.
Mrs. S met her husband, Fred, at school and describes
him as a good dancer, tennis player, golfer, and skier. Her
father-in-law was the oldest of seven children and somehow
came to own the electric company in Farmington, just how she
wasn't sure and still finds surprising. Her husband worked
in the company, and on his death the company was sold to Central
Maine Power. In later years the Sturtevants went to Florida
for the winter where they had an apartment in Fort Myers. She
describes herself as frugal but having had a good and comfortable
life. Besides her three children, she has eight grandchildren
and about five great grandchildren.
Although a bit tired on this particular day, she noted tartly that "your
mouth can go when nothing else will."