Saturday, October 10, 2015

Theodore Roosevelt Grieved in Dark Harbor on Islesboro, Maine

Marine Museum at Grindle Point, where the Islesboro Ferry,
"Margaret Chase Smith" arrives in Islesboro, twenty minutes after departing
Lincolnville (ME). PWM image 10-7-2015
Day two of my impromptu trip into northern and eastern Maine, to investigate a couple of towns that Theodore Roosevelt visited, had me returning to Islesboro for the first time since early in May of 1975. When I first heard of TR's visit to Dark Harbor in Islesboro, specifically to mourn the death of his youngest son Quentin, it made me shiver a bit. I learned of TR's visit to Dark Harbor from author Chip Bishop.

Chip is the author of the 2014 book, Quentin & Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War. In mid-July, 2015, Chip and his lovely wife, Jane, and I was visiting during a National Park Service event for the reopening of Sagamore Hill, in Oyster Bay, NY. Chip mentioned TR's Dark Harbor visit to me in preparation for his (Chip's) book talk and signing at the Teddy Roosevelt Days event at Seashore Trolley Museum, in Kennebunkport, ME, on July 31, 2015. Chip's comments included the fact that Theodore's wife, Edith, made arrangements through their daughter, Ethel (Derby) for the Roosevelts to be guests in Dark Harbor, following the death of Roosevelt's son, Quentin. Chip's book details, on pages 190-191, the Roosevelt's stay at the Derby cottage from late July until August 10, 1918, as they grieved the loss of their son to an aerial battle over France during WW I.

Could it be any more beautiful! Looking out from the ferry,
"Margaret Chase Smith", as we approach Islesboro.
PWM image 10-7-2015
This rose painted on the ferry, "Margaret Chase Smith", depicts the
distinguished senator's fresh red rose that was a daily fixture
on her attire. PWM image 10-7-2015
The weather and the view on this fall day were spectacular as the ferry made its way to the island.

Alice L. Pendleton Library, Islesboro, Maine
PWM image 10-7-2015
I was fortunate that the library on Islesboro is open from 10 until Noon on Wednesdays.
Library Director Linda Graf was very helpful to me. She used a book to help find some background information on Roosevelt's visit to Dark Harbor. I was able to purchase a copy of the book. The Summer Cottages of Islesboro: 1890-1930, by Earle G. Shuttleworth, Jr. This 1989 publication was printed for the Islesboro Historical Society.

The Summer Cottages of Islesboro: 1890-1930,
by Earle G. Shuttleworth, Jr., 1989
PWM image 10-10-2015
Chip Bishop's 2014 book, Quentin & Flora: A Roosevelt and a Vanderbilt in Love during the Great War explains that Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, Ethel was married to Dr. Richard Derby. Dr. Derby's family owned a cottage on Islesboro in Dark Harbor, overlooking the Penobscot Bay. The Summer Cottages of Islesboro book provides a very nice description, with images, of the Derby cottage on pages. 42-43.

Heading to Dark Harbor on Islesboro.
PWM image 10-7-2015

The Dark Harbor, Islesboro, Maine
PWM image 10-7-2015
As I motored around the island and the Dark Harbor area, gazing at the beauty of the landscape and seascape, Chip Bishop's words of Theodore expressing his sorrow and loss of his son, Quentin, and for the loss of the opportunity for Quentin to have married and perhaps have a family of his own came to mind. Having two sons of my own, it was a sobering thought.

Approaching the ferry entrance at Grindle Point, Islesboro, Maine
PWM image 10-7-2015

Marine Museum at Grindle Point where the ferry service to Lincolnville
departs/arrives Islesboro, Maine. PWM image 10-7-2015

From the ferry, "Margaret Chase Smith",  shortly after departing the ferry
terminal at Grindle Point, Islesboro, Maine. PWM image 10-7-2015
A beautiful day in a beautiful place. A place that has brought more insight to me as I continue to learn about Theodore Roosevelt and his connections to Maine and the importance of those connections to him in his life.

Mark your calendars (purchase your Friday-opening tickets in advance) and plan to attend the 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days Event July 21-23, 2017

A Benefit Event For the Narcissus Project!

Click Here: First Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - W. S. Libbey's 1908 Stanley Steamer
Click Here: Second Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Suzanne Buzby Hersey - "My Maine"
Click Here: Third Post on 2017 Teddy Roosevelt Days - Wade Zahares - Artist

More details on the celebration will be announced soon.
The Friday activity requires a ticket to be purchased in
advance. There is limited seating for the Friday gala
opening activity. Saturday and Sunday are
general admission public offerings at

The Narcissus Project Blog was created in April 2015 for the purpose of reaching out to a large number of folks through the power of social media to introduce them to the Narcissus. The Narcissus is a luxury, high-speed, wooden electric interurban. The Narcissus was built in 1912 in Laconia, NH and operated on the Portland-Lewiston Interurban, in Maine, between Portland and Lewiston, from 1914 to 1933. Theodore Roosevelt was a passenger on the Narcissus on August 18, 1914. The blog posts appeal to folks with an interest in Theodore Roosevelt's connection to Maine, to folks generally interested in regional/local history, as well as those folks within the greater railway family. Hopefully, these posts will endear many of the readers to help support the Narcissus financially, as it undergoes a complete restoration over the next few years at Seashore Trolley Museum in Kennebunkport, Maine. 

We Did It!! 

$40,000 Raised!

Your Donations to the Narcissus Combined to Achieve the Goal Set Nineteen Months Ago. Raise $40,000 for the Narcissus to Meet the Challenge of the Matching Grant from the 

This brings the Combined Total Amount of Donations to the
Narcissus, based on the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation's matching grants to $100,000!  

The $40,000 donation will be the 2nd donation to the Narcissus from the 20th Century Electric Railway Foundation as a result of successfully raising funds for a matching grant. A previous $10,000 matching grant challenge was achieved in 2014.

Donations made to the Narcissus Fund 816-A, for the remainder of 2017 and until further notice,
 will be used for work and materials needed to restore the interior of the Narcissus.

See below for Donation options -

It starts with YOU...
Your Donation Matters...
Make a Donation TODAY....

Please Help the Narcissus
Donations are now being raised to restore the interior of 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 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: 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 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, or call 207-985-9723 - cell.

Thank You :)

Thank You for our Current Funding Partners
20th Century Electric Railway Foundation - 2017/2014 Matching Grant Challenges
Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) - Staff & Alumni - Matching Grant Challenge 2014
* 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
The W. S. Libbey Family - Awalt, Conley, Graf, Holman, Libbey, McAvoy, McLaughlin, Meldrum, O'Halloran, Salto, - 2017
* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
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
Seal Cove Auto Museum

The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
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. We are currently raising funds to restore the interior of this Maine gem.

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.

Click Here to See the list of All Previous Blog Posts - 100-Plus

Link to Libby/Libbey 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 - Libby/Libbey 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. 
 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.

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