Minot society launches new Web site

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MINOT – The Minot Historical Society met June 12 at the Town Office with 23 members present.

The treasurer reported donations for the All Veterans Memorial Fund have been coming in, including a donation from Brownie Troop 1604. The troop raised money by collecting bottles and selling Girl Scout cookies. The society is planning a bake sale fundraiser at Hemond’s Motor Cross on Saturday and Sunday, July 7 and 8, with all the money going the memorial fund.

Lucille Hodsdon has started a Web site at www.minotmaine.com. She has listed the society’s scheduled meetings as well as other information on Minot.

A talk on the life of Susie Campbell was presented by Lucille Hodsdon, who said she has put together a notebook on Campbell’s life. Campbell was born Susie J. Goodwin in 1900. She graduated from Mechanic Falls High School in 1918 and married Maurice Campbell in 1923. For a time she taught school in Mechanic Falls and Minot. After her mother died in 1930, Campbell and her husband moved back to the family farm on the Goodwin Road to take care of her father.

Roland Hemond recalled Campbell was more than just a neighbor.

He said she always had a smile and was ready to help. In the early 1950s, his house full of children, his wife came down with the mumps and Campbell made a big kettle of soup for them.

Noella Hemond said Campbell taught her about bookkeeping. She was also active in the Maple Grove Cemetery in Mechanic Falls, where the Hemonds are now the caretakers.

In 1946, Campbell became the town clerk and treasurer of Minot, a position she held for 30 years.

She also served as the tax collector for 28 years. It was said she served the town from her home and the door was always open. She was available day or night to provide a fishing license or a marriage license.

With no children of her own, the people of Minot became her family. She retired in 1977. Campbell died Aug. 12, 1979.

The society will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10, at the town office when the speaker will be Tineka Ouwenga on “A Child’s View of Nazi Occupation in the Netherlands.” All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

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