Monday, September 25, 2017

"I Want To Come Visit My Old Bedroom!" - A Tribute to Daniel A. Vallee 1941-2017

J. Henri Vallee (left) with his son, Daniel Vallee relaxing inside their
summer cottage, Narcissus. This image is dated June 1965. In the
backgroundyou see into the kitchen/dining room that was attached to the
body of the Narcissus. Dan was a Marine at the time this picture was taken.
Dan retired from the Marines as a Major in 1984.
Image courtesy of Daniel Vallee

This blog post is a tribute to Daniel A. Vallee.
September 25 is the birthday of Daniel A. Vallee. Dan would have been 76 today. Sadly, Dan passed away unexpectedly on September 1, 2017.  He will be greatly missed by this writer. I only knew Dan for a couple of years, but he became an instant and dear friend from our first meeting. Dan grew up living in the Narcissus. When he was dating Rose, he first introduced her to his parents while they were living in the Narcissus. Rose and Dan were married for 50 years. All of us in the Narcissus family share our deepest condolences to Rose, their two sons, Leo and Patrick, and to all of the extended Vallee family members, for their loss of Dan.

Early sightings of the Narcissus were as the Vallee's summer camp as it was seen from the Androscoggin & Kennebec Railway in the late 1930s or so.


Short Clip from a fan trip in the 1930s or early 40s that happens to pass by the Narcissus in Sabattus, Maine when it was a summer camp. Footage is from the O. R. Cummings Collection at Northeast Historic Film (P.O. Box 900, 85 Main Street, Bucksport, Maine 04416) and is used here with permission from NHF.


I first met Dan and Rose Vallee, mid-afternoon on Friday, July 31, 2015, as I was setting up for the first Teddy Roosevelt Days weekend event to benefit the Narcissus Project. They made the trek from the Monmouth, Maine area to Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport. Earlier in the week, Dan had seen a newspaper story about the 1912 Portland-Lewiston Interurban, No. 14, Narcissus entering the Museum's, Town House Restoration Shop. The sole-surviving piece of rolling stock of Maine's most famous interurban system was beginning the long process of a full restoration to operating condition. Dan was inspired to call the Museum. Upon his call being answered, Dan's first statement to the staff member was, "I want to come visit my old bedroom!" The befuddled staff member asked for the caller to clarify his request. Dan went on to explain that he had grown up living in the Narcissus. The Narcissus had been the Vallee family's summer camp at Sabbatus Lake. Dan's father, J. Henri Vallee, had made a trade with the Trolley Museum for the Narcissus back in the late 60s. And so later that week, Rose and Dan headed down to see Dan's old bedroom.


Various newspapers that carried the story of the Narcissus during July/August
2015. Patricia Pierce Erikson photo


Dan and Rose arrived at the Museum after lunch on that Friday. They met Donald Curry and Randy Leclair and were given the tour of the Narcissus. Dan explained the layout of the living arrangements from when he and his brother, Andre, and their parents, J. Henri and Emercienne "Marie". Dan's father had purchased the "body" of the Narcissus for $100 in the mid to late 1930s. Dan was born on September 25, 1941, so, he spent the first eighteen summers of his life living in the Narcissus. When Dan was eight or nine, the family actually lived in the Narcissus year-round for a couple years. Dan took the time and explained where he and his brother slept. Where his parents slept. The placement of the buck stove. He pointed out two "imprints" of where hinges were on the exterior of the number one end. The hinges held a wooden "window" that his mother would open up in order to sell hot dogs and coffee to summer folks that were visiting the lake.


The placement of the hinges is clearly evident on the left side on the number
one end of the Narcissus, just over the first window opening of the smoking
compartment. Dan Valle's mother would sell hot dogs and coffee through this
opening to visitors to Sabattus Pond/Lake. PWM


An interesting coincidence is that the family lived in a third-story apartment in Lewiston for many years. That apartment happened to be next door to the body of the "Maine" which had become a diner. Dan mentioned that on Friday and Saturday nights, the Maine had live musical entertainment for the patrons. And that he and his brother would be up late into the night hearing the various songs.


The 1920 Portland-Lewiston Interurban, No. 22 "Maine" was named
in honor of the Centennial of the State of Maine. The body was sold
in late 1933 or early 1934 and became a diner in Lewiston, ME.
Image and info from O. R. Cummings' 1967 book,
"Maine's Fast Electric Railroad"

Narcissus project manager, Phil Morse, on the left, with Dan Vallee.
Phil was explaining the process used for restoring the leaded stained glass
windows of the Narcissus. July 31, 2015.
Photo by Patricia Pierce Erikson
Once Dan & Rose returned to Florida for the winter of 2015/16, Dan looked through his family "archives." He was very kind to share his family photos of the Narcissus from the 1960s. They included the first photo in this blog, which had Dan sitting in the Narcissus with his father, J. Henri Vallee. See the other Vallee family photos of the Narcissus by Clicking here.

Early in the calendar year, Dan accepted my invitation to be a guest speaker at the 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days event opening on Friday, August 5, 2016. Dan also agreed to visit the Museum a few weeks prior to the Teddy Days event to be videoed while being interviewed. The lead topic for the interview was what life was like living in the Narcissus as he was growing up.



Click on the video above to watch Daniel Vallee's short clip on what life was like living in the Narcissus. Video created and edited by Patricia Pierce Erikson

"A President Has Ridden in My House" - Click Here to see Dan Vallee video of what life was like living in the Narcissus when he was a youngster.

The three photos and captions below are from the 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days weekend event gala opening on August 5, 2016.

Dan and Rose Vallee are together once again in the Narcissus. Married for 49
years, Dan first introduced Rose to his parents when the elder Vallees were
living in the Narcissus in Sabattus, Maine. This photo opportunity was
prepared specifically for photo opportunities inside the right side of the
smoking compartment during the three-day event to benefit the Narcissus
project. The restored original passenger windows in Santo Domingo
mahogany sash, with restored original leaded stained glass eyebrow
above, also in the original mahogany sash. All the mahogany components
are seen encasing the windows and the bulkhead frame (on far left unfinished),
including the brass hardware, are original to the Narcissus.
Notice the framed pictures of the 26th President, Theodore Roosevelt
in the White House next to a 1914 image of the Narcissus in Gray :)

Left to Right - Narcissus project manager, Phil Morse, author, Michael
Canfield, Dan Vallee, and Seashore Trolley Museum Library Committee
member, Karen Dooks.

Dan Vallee gave an extremely entertaining explanation of what his life was
like as he grew up living in the Narcissus in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. Stories
of living conditions, family members and life in general as told through a
variety of personal stories. Well Done Dan!

Dan and Rose attended the 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days event opening on Friday, July 21, 2017. It was a special evening with Maine artist, Wade Zahares unveiling the original work of art he created of the Narcissus. Dan and Rose were able to have conversations with descendants of W. S. and Annie Libbey who were also in attendance. 


Rose Vallee, Dan Vallee, and Don Curry in the audience during the Friday
opening of the Teddy Roosevelt days event. Friday, July 21, 2017
Photo by Ernie Eaton

Maine artist, Wade Zahares, introducing his new work, "Fast Friends",
featuring the Narcissus, W. S. and Annie Libbey in Libbey's
very rare 1908 Stanley K 30-hp Semi-Racer. PWM


Morrison Hill Station is a Portland-Lewiston Interurban waiting station from West Cumberland, Maine. It was in place in 1915. Seashore Trolley Museum acquired the station in 1990 or so. Volunteers at the Museum rebuilt the metal-clad building and placed it along the Museum's heritage line as the first/last stop as passengers leave/approach the Visitor Center platform. At this stop, visitors may choose to disembark the historic restored electric railway vehicle in order to visit the newly dedicated Donald Curry Town House Restoration Shop, or the Riverside Exhibit Carbarn, or continue their walking tour to the other public exhibits throughout the Museum campus. 

Morrison Hill Station is now undergoing some structural improvements. Next spring. When the Museum reopens its public operations (2018 will be the Museum's 79th anniversary year!), the interior of the Morrison Hill Station will have a Portland-Lewiston Interurban exhibit. A couple of weeks ago a new 5-foot-wide exterior patio bench for visitors to use was assembled and placed on the platform of Morrison Hill Station. The plan is to add another bench to the platform next spring. In considering a dedication or memorial plaque or plate to be attached to the first bench, the initial decision was that one would be created to honor J. Henri Vallee. Had Mr. Vallee not purchased the body of the Narcissus in the late 30s for use as the Vallee summer camp, it most certainly would not have survived. Solely due to Mr. Vallee's acquisition, the sole surviving piece of rolling stock from Maine's premier interurban line is now undergoing restoration. 

In developing the text for the dedication, this writer did a Google search for the purpose of a quick look for the name the letter "J" in Mr. Vallee's name represented. The Google search instead had this writer learn that Daniel A. Vallee had passed away. I struggle with expressing my feelings for how I dealt with this news over the following couple of days. Over time, I will find several ways to honor Dan. To start with, the first bench at the Morrison Hill Station will be dedicated in memoriam to Dan. His father will be mentioned in the text, but this first bench is Dan's. I'll also be dedicating a donation to the Narcissus project in memory of Daniel A. Vallee. He sooo wanted to go for "a ride in his house" once it was back on the tracks a majestic representative of the most beloved interurban in Maine.

Starting in 1915, the Morrison Hill Station was a waiting station of the
Portland-Lewiston Interurban in West Cumberland, Maine. The Narcissus
would be one of the PLI interurbans that would stop at this station to pick up
and discharge passengers.  The 5-foot green bench is a new addition to the
platform. PWM
.
The new 5-foot-wide bench at the Morrison Hill Station. This bench will have
a plaque/plate attached to it that will be inscribed with text in memorial to
Daniel A. Vallee. The text will share a nugget of Dan's humor with the
thousands of Museum visitors that will read the text as they share some
restful moments on the bench. Once the Narcissus is restored to operating
status, it too will pause at Morrison Hill Station from time to time. In doing
so, it will be sharing a moment with Dan during each trip. PWM


Obituary
Daniel A. Vallee
(1941 - 2017)
North Monmouth (ME) - Daniel A. Vallee, 75, passed away unexpectedly on Friday, September 1. 2017 at his lake house. He was born in Lewiston (ME) on September 25, 1941, the son of the late Henri and Emercienne "Marie" (Paquette). Dan was educated at St. Don's and graduated in 1959. He later joined the United States Marine Corps. until his retirement as a Major in 1984. He obtained his Master's Degree in Business at Western New England college. He worked at ASEC for 22 years until retiring as Vice-President in November of 2006. On May 20, 1967, he married the love of his life, Rose (Daigle), and they shared a loving marriage of over 50 years. He belonged to the American Legion and the Elks Club. Dan enjoyed fishing, cigars, traveling and spending time with family. Dan is survived by his wife; his two children, Leo Vallee of Tuscon, AZ and Patrick Vallee of Auburn; his sister-in-law, Bernadette Vallee of Lewiston; his one grandchild, Alexandra LaBonte of Plantation, FL, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by his parents, and his brother, Andre Vallee.


Daniel A. Vallee 1941-2017

Help close the Gap - Less than $3,000 to Go!!!

We are Almost There...

 ...to our $40,000 Matching Grant
Challenge Goal! - Please Help us reach the Goal by making a Donation Today to the
Narcissus Project Fund!


See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Dollar-for-Dollar....

Please Help the Narcissus


Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit,
educational, organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)


Thank You to our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2014/2016 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge
* New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2017/2016/2015
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016


The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today, and it will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo


Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project 

$40,000 Matching Grant Challenge
to Benefit the
Narcissus Project!!


has made a most generous challenge to raise funds
to benefit the Narcissus Project.

will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations
made to the Narcissus Project Fund 816-A, to a 
maximum of $40,000!!!

With the combination of new donations and the
matching donations, a total of $80,000
will be raised for restoration work on the
Narcissus!


Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.
Link to Libb(e)y Family connections




Click Here - Portland Public Library Presentation - History of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - The Man and His Mill
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - His 1908 Stanley Steamer K 30-hp Semi-Racer
Click Here - W. Scott Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer History to be Featured - July 21, 2017
Click Here - Scrapbook Celebrates the People of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - May 18, 1914, Newspaper Story on the Passing of PLI Builder, W. Scott Libbey
Click Here - 102nd Anniversary of the Opening of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - 83rd anniversary of the Closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - Sophia, W. S. Libbey Descendant Visits the Narcissus
Click Here - Libb(e)y Family Connection to Narcissus becomes Personal
Click Here - Ode To the Grand Old Interurban
Click Here - The Portland-Lewiston Interurban "Bouquet" is Ordered (1912)

Links to Narcissus Restoration Work:
Click Here - Ornate Leaded Stained Glass Work
Click Here - Narcissus Enters Town House Restoration Shop
Click Here - Sorting and Cleaning Materials on Interior of the Narcissus
Click Here - September 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 14, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus
Click Here - December 28, 2015 Restoration Update
Click Here - January 4, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - Vallee Family Photos of Narcissus 1960s
Click Here - February 11, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - A Wooden Interurban - Restoration Info
Click Here - NRHS 2016 Heritage Grant Award to Narcissus
Click Here - Announcement of 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Fundraising Event for the Narcissus
Click Here - Series of Restoration Posts related to work on exterior poplar frames
Click Here - Vintage Poplar used in Narcissus restoration
Click Here - Mahogany Sash passenger windows being restored
Click Here - "A President Has Ridden in My House!" - Video of Dan Vallee
Click Here - Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016 - Weekend Event Benefits the Narcissus
Click Here - August 2016 Restoration Update
Click Here - Mid-September Restoration Update
Click Here - Theodore Roosevelt & the Narcissus: Connecting Maine Communities
Click Here - How to Make New Seats for the Narcissus?
Click Here - 2016 Summary of Research and Outreach
Click Here - 2016 Restoration Summary


Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today, and it will be matched,
dollar-for-dollar! Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Two Milestones for the Narcissus Project are Fast Approaching

"Fast Friends" by Maine Artist, Wade Zahares
The caption for this original work of art reads, "Winfield "Scott" Libbey, the
enterprising builder of the  Portland-Lewiston Interurban is portrayed with his wife
Annie and two of his most beloved possessions; his beautifully appointed, high-speed
interurban coach, No. 14, Narcissus, alongside Libbey driving his very rare,
1908 Stanley Motor Coach Co., K 30-hp Semi-Racer. PWM

Similar to the two "Fast Friends" in Wade's wonderful artwork, the Narcissus project itself is fast approaching two milestones in its travel plans to becoming the completely restored, fully operating, majestic, sole-surviving Portland-Lewiston Interurban in existence.

First Milestone:
At this writing (9-20-2017), we are within $3,000 of reaching our goal of raising the initial $40,000 in a most generous matching grant challenge through the 20th Century Electic Railway Foundation. Please consider a donation to the Narcissus project fund #816-A today. Options for how you may want to make the donation are further down in this post. 

Once the next $3,000 in contributions is received, we will submit the required paperwork to receive the additional $40,000 grant funds from 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation. With those funds combined with the existing monies in the Narcissus fund 816-A, we will then have the required resources to complete the restoration of the exterior of the Narcissus. The restoration of the exterior of the Narcissus is Phase-One of the three-phase project. 

Second Milestone:
The Narcissus Project Blog is closing in on 100,000 Total Page Views!
The Narcissus Project Blog released its first blog post on April 22, 2015. The post you are reading now is the 122nd released during the past 29 months. The posts are posted on Blogger, Seashore Trolley Museum & the Theodore Roosevelt Connection Facebook page, Google+this writer's Facebook page, Pinterest, and Twitter. If you are on any of these Social Media sites, please link with the Narcissus and help spread the word on the project. It's important to the future success of the project :) Thank You

Help close the Gap - Less than $3,000 to Go!!!

We are Almost There...

 ...to our $40,000 Matching Grant
Challenge Goal! - Please Help us reach the Goal by making a Donation Today to the
Narcissus Project Fund!


See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Dollar-for-Dollar....

Please Help the Narcissus


Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit,
educational, organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)


Thank You to our Current Funding Partners
* 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2014/2016 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge
* New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2017/2016/2015
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016


The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today, and it will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo


Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project 

$40,000 Matching Grant Challenge
to Benefit the
Narcissus Project!!


has made a most generous challenge to raise funds
to benefit the Narcissus Project.

will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations
made to the Narcissus Project Fund 816-A, to a 
maximum of $40,000!!!

With the combination of new donations and the
matching donations, a total of $80,000
will be raised for restoration work on the
Narcissus!


Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.
Link to Libb(e)y Family connections




Click Here - Portland Public Library Presentation - History of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - The Man and His Mill
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - His 1908 Stanley Steamer K 30-hp Semi-Racer
Click Here - W. Scott Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer History to be Featured - July 21, 2017
Click Here - Scrapbook Celebrates the People of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - May 18, 1914, Newspaper Story on the Passing of PLI Builder, W. Scott Libbey
Click Here - 102nd Anniversary of the Opening of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - 83rd anniversary of the Closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - Sophia, W. S. Libbey Descendant Visits the Narcissus
Click Here - Libb(e)y Family Connection to Narcissus becomes Personal
Click Here - Ode To the Grand Old Interurban
Click Here - The Portland-Lewiston Interurban "Bouquet" is Ordered (1912)

Links to Narcissus Restoration Work:
Click Here - Ornate Leaded Stained Glass Work
Click Here - Narcissus Enters Town House Restoration Shop
Click Here - Sorting and Cleaning Materials on Interior of the Narcissus
Click Here - September 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 14, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus
Click Here - December 28, 2015 Restoration Update
Click Here - January 4, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - Vallee Family Photos of Narcissus 1960s
Click Here - February 11, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - A Wooden Interurban - Restoration Info
Click Here - NRHS 2016 Heritage Grant Award to Narcissus
Click Here - Announcement of 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Fundraising Event for the Narcissus
Click Here - Series of Restoration Posts related to work on exterior poplar frames
Click Here - Vintage Poplar used in Narcissus restoration
Click Here - Mahogany Sash passenger windows being restored
Click Here - "A President Has Ridden in My House!" - Video of Dan Vallee
Click Here - Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016 - Weekend Event Benefits the Narcissus
Click Here - August 2016 Restoration Update
Click Here - Mid-September Restoration Update
Click Here - Theodore Roosevelt & the Narcissus: Connecting Maine Communities
Click Here - How to Make New Seats for the Narcissus?
Click Here - 2016 Summary of Research and Outreach
Click Here - 2016 Restoration Summary


Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today, and it will be matched,
dollar-for-dollar! Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.



Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Morrison Hill Station will have a Portland-Lewiston Interurban Exhibit in 2018

From the 1994 Annual Report, a photo taken in about 1990, from where
the 1915 Morrison Hill Station of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
was found in Gray, Maine. Jay Mazzei is seen here. His father,
John Mazzei was assessing the structure in preparation for moving
the station to Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
Image by John Mazzei

From the 1992 Annual Report. An image of the original metal-clad station
after it arrived at the Museum. Volunteers began the task of rebuilding the
remnant of Maine's most famous interurban system. Image by James Schantz

Another photo from the 1994 Annual Report. John Mazzei poses in front of
the newly complete Morrison Hill Station at the Riverside Crossing at
Seashore Trolley Museum. Complete renewal of the roof, replacement of the
sill, sash and door repairs, a new interior, rewiring of the 600-volt lights
(inside and outside), and installation of the station in the nicely landscaped
spot at the crossing. Image by John Mazzei.

Cover photo of the 1994 Annual Report. Two projects completed during that
year were the restoration of the 1939  New York Third Avenue Railway
System no. 631 and the rebuilding and installation of the former
Portland-Lewiston Interurban Station. Image by Richard LaHart.

From the 1995 Annual Report. The first trolley car ever preserved in a
volunteer-run railway museum. The 1900 Biddeford & Saco Company
Railroad open car no. 31 at Morrison Hill Station.
Image by Donald Curry

The platform on the east side of the crossing was replaced in April of 2017.
PWM

August 20, 2017 - Eric Beaulieu (Thornton Academy class of 1994) with his
wife, son, and daughter, and their neighbor's daughter. They were surprised to
learn that they were the current owners of the property in West Cumberland
that once was the home of the Morrison Hill Station :)
Image courtesy of PWM 

A 1915 map showing Morrison Hill along the Portland-Lewiston Interurban.
Link to the map was forwarded to us by Thomas Bennett, Director of
the Prince Memorial Library in Cumberland :)

This photo was taken on Wednesday, September 6, 2017. I believe this to be a
"cow tunnel" built by the Portland, Gray & Lewiston Railroad (in 1914,
it became the Portland-Lewiston Interurban). Fifty concrete
underpasses were built along the thirty-two-mile line during construction
(1910-1914). This photo was taken just north of the Cole Farms Restaurant
in Gray, Maine. The underpass is on the east side of Route 100.
Description by the reporter that rode on the Arbutus during the June
26, 1914, official inspection of the line reads: "There are two types of
culverts, concrete, and corrugated tubular iron according to conditions
which have to be met. Along the line, there are 50 cattle passes. These
are of concrete, reinforced, and have an eight-foot clearance. 
    Open hearth steel rails, 70 pounds to the yard, are used on the road."
Image courtesy of PWM

In this 1915 map of the PLI, you will see an
underpass marked just north of the Piscataqua River.
I believe this to be a similar underpass as that in the image
above in Gray. Link to the map was forwarded to us by
Thomas Bennett,  Director of 
the Prince Memorial Library
in Cumberland :)

The interurban line was constructed between 1910 and 1914.
 The tracks cut through many dairy farmers' cow pastures in the very rural section
of Maine between Lewiston and Portland. The addition of fifty
concrete underpasses for safe passage of dairy cows between pastures was
critical for the farmers and for the safe operation of the PLI vehicles.
Print of the original work of art, "Fast Friends", by Maine artist,
Wade Zahares. Prints and greeting cards are available for purchase. All proceeds
benefit the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, no. 14, Narcissus.
The 1912 National Register of Historic Places interurban is currently being
restored at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. PWM

After reglazing windows and painting exterior and
interior sash, the interior walls and ceiling were also
painted. The first new display inside of the station is
a Westinghouse Electric portable phone, model
330-F. The "F" model is a little bit different from the "E"
a model that was in each of the Portland-Lewiston
Interurban vehicles. This "F" model is in great condition.
Perfect for an exhibit. The front covers have been removed
and replaced with a Lexan cover, so, visitors can see the internal
working components of the phone. The slight differences
between the "E" and the "F" model is that the "E" phone
is Nickel-coated, compared to the Bakelite coating on the
"F" phone. Also, "Line 1" and "Line 2" contacts on the "E"
model is on the exterior on the top of the wooden box,
whereas the two line contacts on the "F" model are inside
the wooden box, in the upper right-hand corner.
For more on the "E" model phones and how they were
used by the PLI, Click Here. PWM

"F" Model Westinghouse Electric
portable phone on display inside Morrison Hill
Station.

The model "E" Westinghouse Electric portable
phone that will be installed in the Narcissus. PWM

From inside Morrison Hill Station, a view of approaching 1901
Connecticut Company open car no. 303 as it returns from its
trip to Talbott Park at Seashore Trolley Museum. PWM

Morrison Hill Station greets riders from the 1901
Connecticut Company open car no. 303 as it returns from its
trip to Talbott Park at Seashore Trolley Museum. PWM

Morrison Hill Station will be undergoing some exterior repairs this fall while
 new exhibit materials for the 2018 season  are created for use inside the petite
1915 way station of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban.  PWM

Help close the Gap - Less than $3,000 to Go!!!

We are Almost There...

 ...to our $40,000 Matching Grant
Challenge Goal! - Please Help us reach the Goal by making a Donation Today to the
Narcissus Project Fund!


See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU....
Make a Donation TODAY....
Your Donation will Be MATCHED
Dollar-for-Dollar....

Please Help the Narcissus

Donation Options to Help Restore the Narcissus:


The New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
is the 501c3 organization that owns and operates the Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, ME and the National Streetcar
The NEERHS is registered with the IRS (EIN# 01-0244457) and was incorporated in Maine in 1941.

Check or Money Order ***** should be made payable to:
New England Electric Railway Historical Society (NEERHS)
In the memo please write: Narcissus Fund 816-A
Mail to: Seashore Trolley Museum
              P. O. Box A
              Kennebunkport, ME 04046

Credit Card ***** donations can be a one-time donation or you
may choose to have a specific amount charged to your card
automatically on a monthly basis. Please contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5.

Online Donations - may be made by using a Credit Card: 
Click Here to make an online donation through the Museum's website - When at the Donation page: Fill in donor info, etc., when at "To which fund are you donating? Scroll down to "Other" and type in: 816-A Narcissus, then continue on filling in the required information.

Click Here for PayPal - to make an online donation: you can use email: finance@NEERHS.org and in the message box write:
For Narcissus fund 816-A

Donation of Securities ***** We also accept donations of
securities. You can contact the Museum bookkeeper, Connie, via email at finance@NEERHS.org or by phone, 207-967-2712 ext. 5,
for brokerage account information for accepting donated securities.

BONUS ***** If you work for a company/corporation that will
"match" an employee's donation to an approved 501c3 non-profit,
educational, organization, please be sure to complete the necessary paperwork with your employer so that your donation is matched :)

Questions? ***** Please contact Narcissus project manager:
Phil Morse, pmorse31@gmail.com or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You to our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2014/2016 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge
* New England Electric Railway Historical Society (Kennebunkport, ME) - Member Donations
Amherst Railway Society - 2015 Heritage Grant
National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
Enterprise Holding Foundation - 2015 Community Grant
Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2017/2016/2015
New Gloucester Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Historical Society and Member Donations
Gray Public Library Association - Pat Barter Speaker Series
* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
* Fidelity Charitable Grant - Matching Employee Donations
* Richard E. Erwin Grant - 2017/2016


The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today, and it will be matched, dollar-for-dollar!
Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track! Once restored,
you will be able to ride in luxury on this National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.
PWM photo


Please Consider Making a Donation to the Narcissus Restoration Project 

$40,000 Matching Grant Challenge
to Benefit the
Narcissus Project!!

has made a most generous challenge to raise funds
to benefit the Narcissus Project.

will match, dollar-for-dollar, donations
made to the Narcissus Project Fund 816-A, to a 
maximum of $40,000!!!

With the combination of new donations and the
matching donations, a total of $80,000
will be raised for restoration work on the
Narcissus!


Various News stories during the summer of 2015 about the
Narcissus and its connection to Theodore Roosevelt. TR
was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914.
Link to Libb(e)y Family connections




Click Here - Portland Public Library Presentation - History of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - The Man and His Mill
Click Here - W. S. Libbey - His 1908 Stanley Steamer K 30-hp Semi-Racer
Click Here - W. Scott Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer History to be Featured - July 21, 2017
Click Here - Scrapbook Celebrates the People of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - May 18, 1914, Newspaper Story on the Passing of PLI Builder, W. Scott Libbey
Click Here - 102nd Anniversary of the Opening of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - 83rd anniversary of the Closing of the Portland-Lewiston Interurban
Click Here - Sophia, W. S. Libbey Descendant Visits the Narcissus
Click Here - Libb(e)y Family Connection to Narcissus becomes Personal
Click Here - Ode To the Grand Old Interurban
Click Here - The Portland-Lewiston Interurban "Bouquet" is Ordered (1912)

Links to Narcissus Restoration Work:
Click Here - Ornate Leaded Stained Glass Work
Click Here - Narcissus Enters Town House Restoration Shop
Click Here - Sorting and Cleaning Materials on Interior of the Narcissus
Click Here - September 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 7, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - December 14, 2015, Restoration Report
Click Here - Beautiful Brass of the Narcissus
Click Here - December 28, 2015 Restoration Update
Click Here - January 4, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - Vallee Family Photos of Narcissus 1960s
Click Here - February 11, 2016, Restoration Update
Click Here - A Wooden Interurban - Restoration Info
Click Here - NRHS 2016 Heritage Grant Award to Narcissus
Click Here - Announcement of 2016 Teddy Roosevelt Days Fundraising Event for the Narcissus
Click Here - Series of Restoration Posts related to work on exterior poplar frames
Click Here - Vintage Poplar used in Narcissus restoration
Click Here - Mahogany Sash passenger windows being restored
Click Here - "A President Has Ridden in My House!" - Video of Dan Vallee
Click Here - Teddy Roosevelt Days 2016 - Weekend Event Benefits the Narcissus
Click Here - August 2016 Restoration Update
Click Here - Mid-September Restoration Update
Click Here - Theodore Roosevelt & the Narcissus: Connecting Maine Communities
Click Here - How to Make New Seats for the Narcissus?
Click Here - 2016 Summary of Research and Outreach
Click Here - 2016 Restoration Summary


Narcissus - July 31, 2015. Make a donation today, and it will be matched,
dollar-for-dollar! Help Theodore Roosevelt's Maine Ride get back on track!
Once restored, you will be able to ride in luxury on this
National Historic Treasure at
Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine.