Little Hancock Pond

A recent query from researcher, Carla Ceglieski, asked when was Little Hancock Pond renamed to Walden Pond? If so, when did that happen? 

An interesting question!

In all of the older USGS maps Sand Pond is called Little Hancock Pond. When and where the name changed to Sand Pond I do not have a clear answer. 

When Blanche Hirsch and Clara Altschul purchased the property now known as Camp Walden from the Pingree family in 1916, the waterbody is called Sand Pond in the deed.
In communication with 2 state agencies and USGS I have found that:

1910, 1911, 1940, 1963 maps label the waterbody Sand Pond

1966 maps to the present day label the waterbody Walden Pond

In 1964 field surveyors note that Sand Pond’s name officially changed to Walden Pond in 1919.

Look for more details of naming a waterbody and the history of Sand Pond in a future post!

In Memoriam

PASSAGES: We say goodby to Denmark family, friends and neighbors who passed away in 2018.

John C. Hurley11/20/19321/12/201885
Paula Smith***2/7/201865
Margaret A. Edwards12/16/19233/5/201894
Robert Hunt8/11/19303/7/201887
Carol Anne Harding Coffin4/21/19493/21/201868
Flora Mae Bronn Richardson11/1/19384/26/201880
Michael Ryan Vigeant2/17/19949/19/201824
John A. ‘Jack’ Schrader11/28/19309/21/201888
Wanda Jo Baumer6/4/193710/2/201881
Dorothy Brooks Clark2/21/192810/7/201890
William ‘Bill’ True5/13/193410/24/2018***
Nelson Gouterman***11/5/2018***

Please message the historical society if a name has been missed. We try to keep a complete list, sometimes life happens and we unintentionally miss a person.

Centennial Hall Tour

Newell/Wales Family

I contacted Meredith Bolster and Peter Stowell about Elizabeth Newell Wales. Bessie married Frank Wales. Bessie was half Penobscot. She embraced her heritage when many passed as caucasian. Bessie’s brothers Thomas, Lawrence, and Sockalexis lived in Denmark. All are buried in the Wales Cemetery.

Below is our correspondence:

From Peter Stowell:

I research lost western Maine Indian tribes, have identified more than a dozen of them, and have put together a powerpoint presentation for historical societies, schools, etc.
Along the way, Meredith Bolster and I got connected, first through her online site, then through Facebook. She is descended from Sock Newell, I think (you meant Sockalexis Newell, didn’t you?). Anyway, she knows about him. I merely followed some online mentions of Denmark and Sock Newell. Came across a ton of Denmark Cemetery burials and found that Sock Newell’s father is buried in the Wales  Cemetery in Denmark with mostly relatives. Never knew that Denmark could have so many cemeteries.
That’s about it. Sock lived in Greenwood for decades, made craft furniture and other knick knacks for sale on the shore of North Pond. I knew of his people, having grown up in Bethel.
I would contact Meredith if I were you; feel free to start a conversation with me included in Facebook messenger if you’d like. She doesn’t have all the answers but more than I do. But I’m pretty dogged in tracking down new sources of info.
From Meredith Bolster:

Albert F. Trumbull

George Paul is researching Albert F. Trumbull (1870-1953), who I believe lived on a prosperous farm in the Denmark/Bridgton area.  He married Margaret Spottwood (1869-1944) and they had two children: Alberta (1894) and Charles F. (1897).

I would like to know Mr. Trumbull’s address in 1899/1900, and if the house is still standing.

The backstory is that this past winter I acquired an antique phonograph that was built in 1899.  This is a cylinder record machine, and at that time one of the selling points of cylinder players was that records could be made at home.  Among the 19 records that came with this machine was one announced as having been made by Albert Trumbull.  A search disclosed only one Albert Trumbull was living in Maine at the time (none in Vermont or New Hampshire – where this machine was found).  The machine I obtained was the most expensive phonograph of any type built at the time, and only a well-to-do person could have afforded it.  A phone call with Allen Trumbull in Fryeburg confirmed that this could be the man I’m looking for.

I’d very much appreciate any assistance in learning Mr. Trumbull’s address and whether or not the house still stands.

Denmark Historical Society responded:

 Albert F. Trumbull (1845-1912), son of Foster & Theodosia Trumbull lived in Denmark. If this is the person you are searching for I will be happy to provide further information. I believe the Albert Trumbull you are researching is from Bridgton, which is next door to Denmark. I do not have details about him. Will you please let us know the information you receive?
Bridgton Historical Society will assist you.
Trumbull family researcher Carol Morton discussed the Denmark Trumbull family further in this message:
Albert F. Trumbull 1845-1920 was a brother to Luther….I have a wonderful old photo of the Trumbulls in front of George and Minnie’s house, that was originally Foster and Theodotia Allen Trumbull’s home…..must have been a reunion, lots of Trumbulls in the picture, including Arlene my mother and Mary my aunt as little girls. He married Emma Witham had 5 children, I remember very well George and wife Minnie, whom we always called Aunt Minnie and Uncle George. Luther’s parents were born in New Hampshire.  I know there were Bridgton Trumbulls, have not explored them, but suspect a connection of course.

Alfred Wood Belcher

Stephen Twining wrote:

….documenting the Civil War Veterans for the City of Fitchburg, MA. One of our soldiers moved to your town, and died there on January 7, 1914. Would you be able to confirm this and also tell me where he was buried.
If you have a picture of him, and or, his gravestone I would very much appreciate a copy. I could also use any information that you have that you could share with me.
Denmark Historical Society responded:
Yes, Alfred Wood Belcher is buried in L.A. Berry cemetery in Denmark village. His stone lists his birth/death as 1838-1914. He was the town clerk 1904-1906. In the town records his date of death is listed as 1/19/1914.

Evans/Colby/Kimball Genealogy

James S. Evans wrote:

Sally Williams of the Hiram society has given me your name as curator for the Denmark Historical Society.
My sister and I are the current co-owners of family heritage property in West Bridgton. We already have a huge lot more information about various branches of the family than most folks have, but I’m sure you appreciate a preference for written clues to substantiate family lore or one’s own speculations.
I think we have our Colby connections in pretty complete shape from copies of an extensive family history and supplementary notes from a cousin, Alice Colby-Hall, retired professor of French at Cornell University.
We would have greater interest in our Kimballs (Nathaniel, son of John) and in our namesake Josiah Evans originally from Fryeburg through the David branch as opposed to the more prolific John branch, David and John being owners of two of the “seven lots” when Fryeburg began.

Information from cemetery citations the historical society was able to provide Mr. Evans:

Colby Cemery
Evans Edwin d. Nov 20, 1908
Evans Mary L. d. Oct 16, 1900
Evans Josiah C. d. Aug 21, 1888
Evans Sarah L. d. Oct 5, 1907 Trafton
Schoolhouse Cemetery
Evans Infant Daughter d. April 3, 1852

Higland Street Foundation Gift Received

We wish to thank David McGrath from Highland Street Foundation for generously donating funds to be used for data collection, digitization, and outreach (audio-visual equipment) projects. With this generous gift the Highland Street Foundation has helped us move forward in providing the public future access to Denmark Historical Society’s collection.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Poland Spring Gift

We wish to thank Poland Spring Bottling Company, a division of Nestlé Waters North America, for their in-kind gift of office furnishings for the archives. We received file cabinets for storing our image and document collections, a desk and office supplies.
With this gift we are able to move forward in safely storing items in the historical society collection.

Curator Notes 2017-2018

Curator’s Annual Report

2017 – 2018


-Organized & protected sections of the collection

-Inventoried Book Collection

-Have process for cataloging new items into collection

This year we added to our textile collection with the purchase from the Pratt estate of a baby’s quilt and woolen blankets. With these additions to our collection it expands our collection

Denmark Public Library

We have created an agreement with DPL to shelve some of DHS book collection with the library, which will create access for users when library is open.

-Reference Only

With this inventory we will be able to send the spreadsheet to Maine State Library to add to their online catalogs. (

Scan Project

DHS contracted with Records Management Center ( to scan items from the archives.

Items sent to scan:

Town Reports








The scans of the items were returned this past week. We will work to make as many of these digitized items available to the public.


DHS has maintained a presence on the internet with our website:

The site offers information for researchers in the tabs in the Archives area, links to Denmark and other links of research value in the Resources area.

And on social media with our Facebook page:

Denmark, Maine Memories

Collection Policy & Procedure

In 2017/2018 I took a workshop through Maine Archives and Museums about creating a collections policy. Where we are a small organization I added detailed information of our catalog and care procedures for our collection.


I’d like to take this opportunity to discuss our funds. Without them the society could not move forward with its activities.

The Collections Fund purchases the supplies necessary to protect individual items in the archives.

Birch Cove Fund helps to fund the digitization of our collection.

Acquisition Fund purchases Denmark, Maine-related items.


Many thank you’s to JoAnne Harbourt for researching and writing grants with which the society will be able to further its work. From purchasing computer equipment, protective coverings. We hope to hear soon if we have received these grants.

Cemetery Committee

Astrea and I have created the cemetery committee with the ultimate goal of inventorying Denmark’s cemeteries and publishing the information the committee gathers. Thank you, Astrea, for chairing the cemetery committee. This newly formed committee is small, but I believe it will grow and become much more important in our town.


Many, many thank yous to Patricia Largey, Jolene Snow and Wilma Lord who have helped to inventory, transcribe and protect the collection.

To Mari Hook and Linda Whiting who have helped with information and care of our textile collection. Mari donated all the containers which protect our valuable quilts and blankets.

And to Astrea Fatica who has given so freely to not only the historical society but to all the non-profits in Denmark. Without Astrea not only would we not have our newly formed cemetery committee and with her astute eye for locating Denmark items we would not have several key pieces of Denmark history.

And to all those who have gifted items, given anonymously and supported Denmark Historical Society. Thank you!

We have accomplished great things in the archives in this past year. The tasks in the archives could not have been done without their assistance.

And thank you to members of the board of directors whose commitment and support of DHS in order to move forward with our organization and keep alive the history of Denmark. Thank you, Terry, Dan, Mari, JoAnne, Pat, Clare and Daryl.

Consider participating in Denmark’s history – join Denmark Historical Society, become a more active member or consider becoming a member of the board of directors.

Respectfully Submitted,

Lee Ann Shand