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The Eastern Gazette 11-9-1944, p.3(LHC)
ALLEN H. MERRILL Allen H. Merrill was born in Dexter June 17, 1822, the son of Asa and Betsey (Emerson) Merrill. Mr. Merrill was three times married. First, in 1842, to Lucy Ann Haseltine, daughter of William and Hannah (Sturtevant) Haseltine, who lived in the northerly part of the town at what was known as "Haseltine's Corner." They had one daughter Ellen who married and lived in Belgrade. Lucy Ann died in 1844 and in 1846 Allen Merrill married her sister Hannah Haseltine. They had a number of children but none grew up to be married. Hannah died in 1858 and 1859 Mr. Merrill married Ann J. Hersey, of whom we will write later. Allen Merrill was an honest and upright man and respected by all. He held many offices of trust in his native town and was for a time deputy sheriff. He made his living in a variety of ways. He had an acute sense of humor and often told stories on himself. Here is one of them. In the days when farmer folk used to dry strings and strings of apple every fall Mr. Merrill got the idea he could make a goo d profit if he went about buying up all the dried apple be could at a low price and selling again when it it was in demand. He called at one farm home and was met by the lady of the house. He told her his errand and the price he would pay. She said they had plenty of dried apples and it was good, but she would, sit up nights to eat it before she would sell at his price!! "In 1884 Allen H. Merrill purchased from Gilbert D. Parshley the old building on the northwest corner of Main and Spring Streets, owned in the '50's by Dr. Alpheus Proctor, and proceeded to build over and enlarge it for a dwelling house. He retained, however, the basement store." This property also covered a stable attached. Mr. Merrill took up his residence in the renovated house and for a time had a livery stable here. He rented the store and a few years later the stable also. These buildings stood on a part of the lot now occupied by the Post Office. Mr. Merrill made this house his home for the rest of his life. He died there on September 24, 1909, aged, 81 years 3 months and 7 days. Mr. and Mrs. Merrill had observed their fiftieth wedding aniversary in May of that year.