Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Previously Unknown Image of Theodore Roosevelt in Maine - Resolved :)

Theodore Roosevelt with Maine politicians - When, Where, & Why?
Left to Right: Bert (Albert) M. Fernald (Governor of Maine 1909-1911,
Maine U.S. Senator 1916-1926), Frederick Hale (Maine U.S. Senator
1917-1941, Hale served as U S Senate Chairman of the Naval Committee),
Theodore Roosevelt, Charles B. Clarke (Mayor of Portland, ME 1918-1921),
Carl E. Milliken (Governor of Maine 1916-1921.
Many things are unknown concerning this image: What was the date that
this photo was taken? What was the event that brought these gentlemen
together to stage this photo? What was the location where this photo was
taken? Any details that a reader may have to help answer these questions
would be welcomed. Image courtesy of North Dakota Communications,
Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library
Dickinson, ND

Dickinson State University in North Dakota is the home of the Theodore Roosevelt Center. The collection is immense and online access to digital archives is expanding nearly every day. Sharon Kilzer is the project manager for the TRC. Early in December 2016, Sharon sent me an email and connected me to Shanna Shervheim. Shanna is the North Dakota Communications Manager for the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation in Dickinson, ND. A gentleman from Switzerland posted an image of TR (see above image) to the TR Presidential Library Facebook page and asked for help identifying the people with TR in the photo...and for any other details concerning the image. Shanna and Sharon found info on the individuals, but no info on the circumstances (place, date, etc.) for which these gentlemen were staging this photo. Knowing me and that I had been doing research on TR and his connections in Maine, I was asked by Sharon and Shanna if I could help answer these questions?

I have copies of a few newspaper clipping of info concerning TR visits to Maine during his 1902, 1912, 1914, and 1916 visits to Maine. My research has been narrowed to the communities he visited and transportation he used. I haven't focused any of my research on the political aspects of his visits. So, my personal archives were helpful in clarifying some connections between TR and Mr. Hale, but not in answering any of the questions pertaining specifically to the image in question.

I was interested in helping Shanna, so, I visited and did research at the Brown Library at the Maine Historical Society on Congress Street in Portland, ME. With the help of one of the research librarians and Curator of Library Collections, Nicholas Noyes, I was able to see many documents and newspaper clippings concerning the gentlemen in the image. We could not find any specific clues that related directly to the image. One idea that was suggested, was looking into any archives that may be available through the Republican Party. I thoroughly enjoyed my four hours at Brown Library :)

Next, I sent an email to Wells State Representative, Robert Foley, with a request for help with the image, via any Republican Party or State archives. Bob is a family friend and has served Wells, with distinction, in the State House of Representatives. Bob was happy to forward the request to the State Historian. Here is the response from Earle Shettleworth, State Historian via Representative Foley:

Please see the info below that we were able to get from the state's Historian. I hope it is helpful.
My Best,



From: Shettleworth, Earle
Sent: Wednesday, December 14, 2016, 10:24 AM
To: Knorr, David
Cc: Foley, Robert, Mohney, Kirk
Subject: RE: Theodore Roosevelt Photo

Dear David,

   Kirk Mohney has asked me to respond to your inquiry about the Theodore Roosevelt photograph.
   First, please let me say that I have never seen this photograph, and it is a wonderful image for the history of Maine politics.
   I would interpret the picture to have been taken sometime between 1916 and 1919, the year of Roosevelt's death. I would suggest the political campaign of 1916, because Senators Fernald, Hale, and Governor Milliken were running for office that year. Hale and Milliken were not on a statewide ballot prior to 1916. Philip Morse's research indicates that Theodore Roosevelt was in Portland and Lewiston on August 31, 1916, a likely date for the photograph, considering that Maine's elections at the time were held in September. Checking the Portland and Lewiston newspapers for late August-early September 1916, may shed more light on the meeting of these five political figures. A case could also be made that the photograph was taken in 1918, because of the presence of Charles B. Clarke, who was mayor of Portland at the time, but this is less likely. Theodore Roosevelt did spend some time in Maine during the summer of 1918, but the purpose was personal. After the death of his son Quentin on July 14, 1918, in World War I, Roosevelt and his wife Edith sought privacy with relatives at the summer resort of Dark Harbor on Islesboro. At the end of their stay, the former president agreed to give a speech to the public on the island. I am not aware that he made any other appearances in Maine that year.
   Please let me know if I can be of further assistance in this manner.
   Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr.
   Maine State Historian


Mr. Shettleworth mentions that the photo could have been taken in 1918 due to the presence of Portland Mayor Charles B. Clarke. My research has Theodore Roosevelt making a trip to Portland for political reasons on March 28, 1918. Maybe this is the date the photo was taken? I will continue my research and focus in on the March 28, 1918, visit. I'll update via a blog post. In the meantime, I am asking all of the readers if you have any info on this image, please help me out with the details and send me a message through the blog or directly to me via my email:

Thank you to all that have helped out so far :)

UPDATE: January 6, 2017 -

Today I traveled to the Portland Public Library to use the microfilm available at the Portland Room.
I zeroed in on Theodore Roosevelt's visit to Portland (ME) on Thursday, March 28, 1918. With assistance from a staff member, Tom, the first reel loaded into the reader was from the Argus. Sure enough, TR came to Portland on the 28th to attend and give a speech at the Republican State Convention. The center for the activities was the Falmouth Hotel in Portland. The picture in question (above) was not printed in the paper that day.

The second reel loaded into the reader was the Portland Express-Advertiser. One of the articles (see below) clearly states that all five gentlemen in the photo above dined together. The photo above was not in the paper. So, I'm feeling quite confident that the photo above was taken in Portland, ME at the Falmouth Hotel on March 28, 1918 :)

Falmouth Hotel in Portland was located at 212 Middle Street
and hosted many large functions. 
PWM postcard

All five gentlemen in the photograph are listed above as having lunch
together at the Falmouth Hotel on March 28, 1918.

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.
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advance. There is limited seating for the Friday gala
opening activity. Saturday and Sunday are
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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 into 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. 

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Thank You to our Current Funding Partners
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National Railway Historical Society - 2016 & 2015 Heritage Preservation Grants
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Theodore Roosevelt Association - Member Donations
John Libby Family Association and Member Donations
* The Conley Family - In Memory of Scott Libbey 2017/2016/2015
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* The Hughes Family 2017/2016/2010
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* IBM - Matching Employee/Retiree Donations
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The Narcissus, with interior back-lit, stained glass windows are majestic.
Make a donation today to help restore the interior of this Maine gem.
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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 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. 
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