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middletom

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A fe years ago, my cousin William Pierce Randel passed away. Bill was an historian, writing for many years for American Heritage. He was best known for his history of the Ku Klux Klan, called"A Century of Infamy", written in 1965. Bill lived his retirement years, after leaving the University of Maine, in his family home in Waterboro, Maine. The home had been in the Pierce side since its construction in 1804. After his death, his daughter couldn't keep the home, so the contents were auctioned off. I attended the auction a day before I left for vacation, and had no money that was not committed to vacationing. The one thing going at the auction that I wanted was a spoon rack with many old coin spoons, several made or sold by the predissesor company of Shreve, Crump & Low of Boston, called Jones, Ball and Poor. One thing I found out for the first time at the auction was that the Pierce in Bill's name came from his grandfather who was Benjamin Franklin Pierce, assistant surgeon general of the Navy in the Civil War. Bill even had the old commissioning papers signed by Abraham Lincoln. The TV show and movie, "M.A.S.H." was written by a man from Maine and he named the character "Hawkeye Pierce" after cousin Bill's grandfather. That would have been an interesting connection to those spoons, if I had only been able to buy them.

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