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Ida Verna Akerley

Ida Verna Akerley

Female 1904 - 1992  (87 years)

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  • Name Ida Verna Akerley 
    Born 3 Jun 1904  Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Female 
    Also Known As Verna Ida Akerley 
    Residence 1911  Chipman Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Immigration 13 Feb 1925  Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • 1930 census says 1924
    Residence 14 Apr 1930  240 Lake Street, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Naturalization 16 Apr 1956  Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    • with Florence Gowell and Geraldine (Juddy) Sherman as witnesses.
    Occupation Store Clerk - B. Peck Co., Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine 
    Religion Baptist  [4
    Religion Member Court Street United Baptist Church, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine 
    Social Security Number 004-22-3335 issued in Maine 
    Cemetery notes Plot C112 
    Died 1 Jan 1992  Maine Medical Center, Portland, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Buried Mount Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    • N 44° 7.343? W 70° 14.839?
    Notes 
    • Maine State Archives shows Verna Akerly when married

      1923 - Saint John City Directory lists Verna I. as a clerk at G. R. Wetmore. Living at 109 Victoria Street.

      Listed as Vana Akerly in 1911 Census.

      Mom. I guess we never really appreciate our mothers when we are young. As a child I thought my mother was old. She was older than any of my friends mothers. As I grew up and became a mother I realized that my mother was probably "younger" than any of my friends mothers. She never stopped growing and changing and understanding us. She was a " mother, Aunt Verna or Gram" for many years, from the time Methyl was born in 1930 until Duff got married in 1982. She brought us up through the 1940's with the changing ways after the war, she took me through the 1950's with Elvis and rock music and then saw Duff through the 1960's with all those years had to offer. Finally by that time, I had children of my own and realized what a task she had been through.

      As a girl growing up in Newcastle Creek I am sure they did not have a lot. She told me many times of what a treat it was to find an orange in your stocking on Christmas morning. If someone made a rag doll for you then that was extra special. As a young woman however, she enjoyed dressing up and looking her best. She told of wearing her high heels and how she dressed up after coming to Maine and going to work as a sales clerk. She worked at Newberry's, W. T. Grants and then B. Peck Co. before her marriage.

      In her early married years she worked hard on theirfarm. She told of putting Methyl on a blanket while she worked along side my father in the garden. I guess after Duane was born she stopped doing that. The hard work of living on a farm continued with the laundry, cooking, keeping house and bringing up children. She cooked, baked, made butter, helped with the milking process, ran the roadside stand and entertained family. She loved to have her family come and the only place off limits to company was the bedroom. She said, "Merle works hard and he needs his own bed." She never felt that way about us kids. The floor was often a good spot for us but I don't think we ever thought anything about it.

      When Methyl went off to college, Mom went back to work at Peck's. I am sure she enjoyed that even though she still had her duties at home. She took the bus and had to walk home from the corner after work. At times a bus company ran a bus by our house and then she got off at the mail box. Each August she took the month off but not for a vacation. She ran the "roadside stand" at home selling all the veggies that were grown on the farm. The stand opened in the morning and stayed open until dark. During the slow hours of the day she managed to do her housework and cooking with a little help from us.

      As with the other Akerley "girls", she did lots of cooking and baking. There was always a meal to get at noon and usually enough to send something out to the hired help. Another big meal at night that she thought was necessary because of the physical work that my father did. Always, always, always there was dessert. Chocolate cake, spice cake, white layer cake, nut cake, apple pie, blueberry pie, pineapple pie, squash pie, lemon pie, any kind except custard pie (Dad didn't care for that). Molasses cookies, sugar cookies, nuggets and of course, doughnuts. We never were without something to have with a cup of tea. The baking continued her entire life. After she was by herself she was still sending something over to Uncle Walter or Carroll Taber. When we would visit she would have made something for Gary. Our kids, of course, just loved to go to Gram's where they knew there would be goodies. James spent one weekend with her so he could learn to make doughnuts. She taught Methyl and I to make crabapple jelly and then later taught Mary and Jennifer to be sure to carry on the tradition. She like to make jam and enjoyed making raspberry jam when she came to visit us. I tried to help but she was the one making the decisions. Her turkey stuffing was another family recipe that has continued on. I think each of the family has a pot or pan or some other cooking implement that reminds us of Gram. I know she still looks out for me when I am in the kitchen.

      She loved children all her life. She liked to visit in South Portland and Falmouth and attend special programs at school or church that the grandchildren were involved in. She stayed young by attending programs and special events with Joyce's children and with Norm's, The last one was Andrea and she always had a story for us about what Andrea could do.

      In later years she joined the Court Street Baptist Church and became involved there in a Circle and Senior Citizens Group. First with Aunt Bessie and Uncle Walter and later with Hildred and Chet. The Salvation Army was also a special cause which she said started with her mother. Today we try to carry on that tradition. Jen always rings the bells one day at Christmas time.

      She lived most of her life for dad. He was her first consideration and we learned early to respect that. She was proud of him and liked to be seen on his arm. Her advise to her girls was to find tall, dark men. Oh well, we can't do everything right.
    Person ID I2161  Reed
    Last Modified 12 Nov 2017 

    Father George Leverett Akerley,   b. 10 Nov 1868, Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1931, 218 Newman Street, Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Ethel Madora Flower,   b. 10 Sep 1869, Flower's Cove, Newcastle Creek, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 May 1951, Park Avenue, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Married 30 Oct 1890  Fredericton, York County, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Notes 
    • Copy of Marriage Certificate in file
    Photos
    George and Ethel Akerley; David and Louise Palmer
    George and Ethel Akerley; David and Louise Palmer
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    George and Ethel Akerley; David and Louise Palmer
    George and Ethel Akerley; David and Louise Palmer
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    Akerleys
    Akerleys
    Ethel Madora Flower and nine of her children
    Akerley family
    Akerley family
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    Akerley family
    Akerley family
    taken at Rubie and Velma (Akerley) Johnson's 50th anniversary, 1965
    Documents
    George Akeley and Madora Flower
    George Akeley and Madora Flower
    marriage record
    Family ID F1503  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Merle Atwood Hodgkins,   b. 6 Nov 1905, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1965, Central Maine General Hospital, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 23 Nov 1929  Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Married by Percy L. Vernon, pastor United Baptist Church, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine
    Children 
     1. Methyl Louise Hodgkins,   b. 20 Oct 1930, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Apr 2009, Central Maine Medical Center, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. Duane Atwood Hodgkins,   b. 16 Dec 1933, Central Maine General Hospital, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 2002, Augusta, Kennebec County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years)
     3. Marian Ruth Hodgkins,   b. 19 Aug 1939, Central Maine General Hospital, Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Mar 2007, Falmouth, Cumberland County, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Photos
    240 Lake Street, Auburn, Maine
    240 Lake Street, Auburn, Maine
    Family ID F1502  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 3 Jun 1904 - Newcastle Creek, Canning Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1911 - Chipman Parish, Queens County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigration - 13 Feb 1925 - Saint John, Saint John County, New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Nov 1929 - Lewiston, Androscoggin County, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 14 Apr 1930 - 240 Lake Street, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsNaturalization - 16 Apr 1956 - Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Jan 1992 - Maine Medical Center, Portland, Cumberland County, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Mount Auburn Cemetery, Auburn, Androscoggin County, Maine Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Alvena Sypher and Verna Akerley
    Alvena Sypher and Verna Akerley
    At home of Bertha Akerley, New Castle Creek, New Brunswick.
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    Alvena Sypher and Verna Akerley
    Alvena Sypher and Verna Akerley
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    Ida Verna Akerley
    Ida Verna Akerley
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    Ida Verna Akerley
    Ida Verna Akerley
    Akerley family
    Akerley family
    taken at Rubie and Velma (Akerley) Johnson's 50th anniversary, 1965

    Documents
    Ida Verna Akerley
    Ida Verna Akerley
    birth record
    Ida Verna Akerley
    Ida Verna Akerley
    border crossing

    Headstones
    Ida Verna Akerley
    Ida Verna Akerley
    Ida Verna Akerley

  • Sources 
    1. [S769] Descendants of Bejamin C. Durgin, 1775-1954, Bernice E. Durgin, (Brunswick, Maine, Russell A. French), p. 33.

    2. [S13] Certificate of Birth issued by Department of Health, Province of New Brunswick, Issued 30 Octobert 1945.

    3. [S638] Index to Late Registration of Births, New Brunswick Provincial Archives, Code 1904-800015-Microfilm F19718.

    4. [S162] 1911 Census of Canada, Page 20, Dwelling 184, Family 185, George Akerly household.

    5. [S684] Border Crossings: From Canada to U.S., 1895-1956, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).

    6. [S39] 1930 U.S. Federal Census (Population Schedule), ED 1-3, Sheet 14A, Dwelling 301, Family 331, Merle Hodgkins household.

    7. [S712] U.S., Index to Alien Case Files at the National Archives at Kansas City, 1944–2003, National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Registration Number: 5154966 says Portland ME.

    8. [S2] Maine Death Index, 1960-1997, (The Generations Network, Inc., Provo, UT, USA, 2002), Certificate 9200893.

    9. [S101] Headstone, 5Apr2009.

    10. [S641] Index to New Brunswick Marriages, New Brunswick Provincial Archives, Number 1008-Code B4/1890-Microfilm F13654.