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The Eastern Gazette 6-1-1933, p.5
Fred Bemis McKenney The funeral services of Fred Bemis McKenney were conducted at the home of his son, Walter A. McKenney, in Corinna Friday at 2 P. M. There his friends gathered to pay their last tribute. He was a man honest in all his dealings. He was born in Palmyra, but lived the greater part of his life in Lincoln, where he was employed in his early life for the Jewell Granite, Co. It was while he was employed for this company that he invented a patent on a derrick which is now being used in quarries and shipyards throughout different sections of Maine. He also invented a knot extractor, which is used to extract knots from wood, used in pulp mills. His talent being along this line as an inventor, are monuments left behind. The latter part of his life was spent in Dexter and Corinna, having moved from Lincoln some 15 years ago. He had been in ill health for the past three years, but able to be around the most of the time, until the last four weeks, during which time be was a great sufferer with valvular heart trouble, but he bore his suffering with patience, always mindful of others rather than himself. The end came while he was asleep. He will be greatly missed in the com- munity, among the young as well as the older ones. He carried the scholars to the village school in the district where he lived for several years. He leaves to mourn his passing, a wife, Mrs. Sarah Wheelden McKenney, who is also in ill health; four sons and a daughter, George, Walter Emerson McKenney, who reside in Corinna; Clarence McKenney, and Mrs. Vida Hanson, who reside in Dexter; six grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Rev. Mr. Whitely of Corinna, pastor of the M. E. church, spoke words of comfort to the bereaved ones. He was buried in the family lot in the Nutter cemetery. The flowers were many and beautiful. The bearers wore James Emerson, Harry Packard, Arthur Churchill and Bert Woodbridge.