WEST PARIS – Elmer Waterhouse was honored at a 98th birthday party on Jan. 30 at Ledgeview Living Center, Route 26.

He was born on Jan. 30, 1908, on a farm in West Paris. He attended school in Greenwood in his early years and graduated from West Paris High School in the Class of 1925. Waterhouse went to work for his father painting houses in the summer and logging in the winter. He married Eda Wilson on June 29, 1929. She is now 95. Even though they lived in California and Florida at times, they always came back to Maine.

There were about 100 people at the party, which was held by daughter, Gloria Waterhouse Fleming, assisted by family members and friends.

The master of ceremonies was a nephew, the Rev. E. Lloyd Waterhouse. Family history was given by Katherine Cummings Lovejoy, a niece. A poem, “A Tribute to Uncle Elmer,” was written and read by another niece, Bertha William DeHaas. Music was provided by Katherine Cummings Lovejoy, Lloyd Waterhouse, Dotty West, Erlon Hadley, Cack Bean, Bertha DeHaas and Warren Hart. Poems were read by Burna Wilson and Bertha DeHaas.

The youngest attendee was Quentin Dow, age 5 months, great-great-great-nephew of Waterhouse, and the oldest was Erlon Hammond who will be 99 on March 6. The person who traveled the greatest distance was grandson, Jimmy Estrada of Sherwood, Ore.

Brenda Bartholomew was in charge of food and the punch bowl and cousin Leola Ballweber was in charge of the guest book.


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