Gazebo concert

The Delta Knights will play in concert from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, in the gazebo on the lawn at the Municipal Center.

The concert is one in a free summer series sponsored by the Gorham Recreation Department.

Philly visitors

David and Deb Austin of Philadelphia, Penn., along with their daughter, Tammy, and granddaughter, Emily Long, 9, recently visited his mother, Laura Mercier, on Brackett Road.

Laura said they stayed with her for five days and then spent a week at a cottage on Little Sebago Lake before returning to Philadelphia. “The weather was tremendous,” Laura said.

Gorham’s first born

Mary Gorham Phinney was born 269 years ago on Aug. 13, 1736. She was the first child of a settler born in Narragansett No. 7, which later became Gorham.

She married James Irish.

Mary died on May 13, 1825, at age 89, and her husband died April 1, 1816, age 80.

50 years ago

The Westbrook American reported in its issue of Aug. 10, 1955, that Mrs. Eva Knapton of New Portland Road was honored on her 77th birthday on July 31 with a gathering of relatives and friends. Those attending included Mr. and Mrs. Don Knapton with their sons, Donald and Kenneth; Mr. and Mrs. William Cole of South Windham with their sons, Robert and Raymond; Mrs. Leo Belanger of Westbrook and children Annette, Elaine and Gary; William Robert; and Earle Knapton.

U.S. taxpayer debt

The Bureau of Public Debt reported on Thursday, Aug. 4, that the U.S. public debt was $7,878,734,742,338.35.

The grave of Mary G. Phinney Irish is to the right of her husband, James Irish, in the Village Cemetery on South Street. She was born on Aug. 13, 1736, which will be 269 years ago on Saturday.


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