Samway – library patio – DONE
The Welcome Sign
At the corner of Clinton Avenue and George Street: Given in memory of Wilbur and Gladys Hayward
My grandparents, Wilbur (1903-1986) and Gladys Hayward (1903-1991) bought the cottage on Clinton in 1960. They were very good friends with the Samuelsons, who owned the cottages across the street (now Lojek properties) and that is how they found Bayside. My grandparents spent summers in Bayside, with loads of family visiting every summer. My grandfather was responsible for putting up and taking down the American flag that was at the end of our street. I vividly remember walking down at sunrise to raise the flag with my grandfather then crossing the street to get water for the day from the pump. (I can still taste how good that water was!). When my grandparents passed away, my parents, Bill (1926-2014) and Rachael Hayward (1928-2022) donated the sign at the end of Clinton in memory of my grandparents. The tradition continued with my parents spending summers in Bayside hosting family and friends all summer, now it continues with me. As you can see from the photo (wish I knew the date of it), the cottage was at one time a restaurant. An opening from the kitchen to the living room still exists, and I assume that is where they passed food through to the dining area. I’ve always been intrigued as to how the cottage went from three stories to two, the configuration when my grandparents bought it. I assume there was a fire at some point (one of my many retirement projects to investigate!). I’m not totally sure how the cottage came to be named Tu-Dor, but my grandfather was quite a character, and I always assumed it was a play on words as there are two doors and it was a Tu-Dor style structure.
Written by Peg Wolley, October 2023
In honor of Frances “Annah” Samway
Dedicated in the summer of 1999, the dedication reads:
This Library courtyard is dedicated in honor of Frances “Annah” Samway, resident of Bayside and Bangor.
Mrs. Samway has always shared in the joy of reading and the love of books with her family, friends and neighbors.
Cross Family Bench
The Ervin Cross family, living in Bangor at the time, came to Bayside 111 years ago. It’s possible that Loren Cross, father of Ervin and living in Morrill, may have visited Bayside before that. My mother, Harriette Cross Henninger, remembers her father, Ervin, renting Sunnyside cottage, Clinton Street, in 1912.
Harriette’s mother, Ellen Ferguson Cross, bought the cottage, Forest Home, 23 Broadway, in 1921, with her earnings as a teacher. The cottage was eventually owned by Harriette Henninger Hilty and Kenneth Nunn. In 2012, Harriette (Happy) purchased Kenneth Nunn’s half of the cottage. The cottage will eventually be left to James E. Hilty, son of Harriette, and Katherine M. Hatcher, granddaughter.
Loren and Annabelle Cross bought Columbia cottage that was located on Broadway about 1921. The cottage was on the now vacant lot between the Rand Camp and Stetser’s Marivista. After Loren and Annabelle died, Columbia was sold and moved. The front porch was installed on a cottage in Auditorium Park and the remainder was moved to George Street and converted to a garage and storage space.
The Cross Bench was placed in Scribner Park, its current location, so family members would have a place to wait for mail delivery to boxes located near where the library now is located.
As told by Harriette (Happy) Hilty, October 2023
Eldon and Henrietta Pond Plaque
A plaque affixed to a granite stone in Scribner Park is dedicated to the memory of Eldon and Henrietta Pond.
Eldon Pond came to Bayside because of his wife Henrietta. Henrietta’s parents (Decrow) were born in Searsport and although they had moved to Massachusetts before she was born, they came to Maine in the summer to visit relatives. When she was a teenager she would take the steamship from Boston. It was an overnight journey to Searsport. She would spend the summer in Stockton Springs with her aunts in a cottage on the ocean, north of Fort Point. In 1962 Eldon bought Bowling Green cottage on Broadway. It had belonged to Eben Basset but had been empty for some years after his death (1961). Eldon set about renovating the cottage and landscaping. Henrietta made a lovely perennial garden. Eldon became an Overseer and was on the Utilities Committee. He was very active in trying to get reliable water for the village. He didn’t live to see that the village has a dependable source of water from the Belfast water district. That would have pleased him.
Written by their daughter Sue Fleming, November 2023.