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Kallochs seek family members for 150th reunion – Courier |

Kallochs seek family members for 150th reunion – Courier

Rockland — Knox County Kallochs will hold their 150th annual reunion Saturday, Aug. 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Rockland Elks Hall, 210 Rankin St.

Established in 1967 and said to be the oldest family reunion in the country, according to Kalloch family members, the event will include talks such as “Kalloch Mariners” by Capt. James Kalloch. The Skoglund brothers of St. George will also speak. There will be a history table for those tracing family trees. Games and activities for children will be featured. A lunch, catered by the Elks, will be served at noon. For information, costs, or a registration form, call Paul Wilson, 949-2972 or email him at paulwilson33@gmail.com. Early registration is requested for planning purposes.


For every Kalloch descendant (with various surnames) who has attended a reunion, there may be five or more living in Knox County. The Kalloch Family Reunion is believed to be Sarah Orne Jewett’s model for the family reunion in “Country of the Pointed Firs.” Those who suspect they may be a Kalloch descendant (also spelled Kelloch, Keller, Kellar) are encouraged to visit the website, Kalloch.org, and look for their ancestors’ names.

The Rev. Peter Richardson, Kalloch co-historian, reflects on reunions past:

“A popular issue today, especially among the younger generations, is identity; who am I, what roots or connections do I have with the mass of humanity around me? For some, this becomes a lifelong angst. I have never directly experienced this adrift feeling. In my many summers here in Rockland, I always knew I was part Kalloch or Ingraham. I attended my first Kalloch reunion at age 4 (at St. George Grange). My great-aunt brought me, along with the worst-tasting sandwiches on the planet. But I was surrounded by several rather large Kalloch matrons who took pity on me with volumes of goodies, topped with chocolate cake. I knew I was a Kalloch!

“My great-grandfather was Frank Kalloch, a tinware peddler who, with horse and wagon, was beloved in a wide circle of towns in this part of Knox County, selling pots and cookware, cookie molds, cooking spoons and tongs, coffee pots, tin candle holders and lamps, as well as good and friendly greetings and conversation.

“He sang a fine tenor in the church choir, and served at times as a fireman. His wife, Almeda, wrote a little book of essays, “Just Jottings,” and taught a Sunday School class for a hundred women, “The Kalloch Class.” They built the house on Mechanic Street I now own, in which my blessed grandmother and great-aunt were raised. I of course have made a unique pathway in my life, but have always known I spring from fine, down-to-earth Kallochs in Knox County, Maine.”

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