Friday, January 9, 2009

E. Perrin Edmunds

Edward Perrin Edmunds was born in Fort Fairfield, June 7, 1925, the son of Edward Edmunds, Jr., and Helen Powers Edmunds. He was educated at the Hotchkiss School, Yale, Dartmouth, and Northwestern. In World War II, Edmunds served as an ensign in the United States Navy and was discharged in 1946. After the war, he served in the Maine State House of Representatives (1958–1960) and the Maine State Senate (1961–1964), and was a member of the Maine Governor’s Council.

President of C.A. Powers and Company Inc., a large grower of certified seed potatoes in Fort Fairfield and Limestone, he was a longtime Aroostook County potato grower and dealer and also served for a time as president of the National Bank of Fort Fairfield.

Edmunds was married to the former Joyce Reed of Fort Fairfield. He died of a heart attack December 17, 1967, at the age of forty-two.

1 comment:

Bruce L. Mac Farline said...

I grew up working for CA Powers in Fort Fairfield. I remember we called him Perrin when he visited one of his many farms. I lived in a house where the Christina reservoir now is and also on the Murphy road in FortFairField. Later I lived on the very sharp corner of what was called the Hoyt road on a farm that was called the Savage farm. I remember well the large Nichols barn we worked in, not to far from our house on the Murphy road.I remember well the tunnel that lead to the potato storage area under this barn, and the large wooden slide that was used to slide bags of grain and stuff from the ground floor to this storage area.I loaded many flatbed trucks with 100lb. burlap bags of seed and then helped unload the same bags at the nearest railroad cars. No train tracks ever came to the Nichols farm and this made putting up potatoes a very labor intensive ordeal.I worked with many of the older men there, such as Norris Embleton, Laurier LaGasse, Romey Beaulier, and many more including my father, Clinton Mac Farline who enjoyed a special friendship with Perrin. At the time I worked there,the foreman of the farm was a gentleman whose name was John Gorman. This and several other memories of my youth spent with CA Powers are very special to me and always will be.