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The Eastern Gazette 9-30-09, p.5
Allen A. Merrill Allen A. Merrill, one of the oldest and best-known residents of Dexter, passed away Friday afternoon at his home at the corner of Main and Spring streets after an illness of a few days. The sudden death of Mr. Merrill came as a shock to his many friends, a majority of whom were unaware that he was seriously ill. Mr. Merrill was born in Dexter about 89 years ago, a son of Asa and Betsey Merrill. He was one of a family of several children and has passed practically his entire life as a resident of this town. For many years the deceased was town collector, and has also held the position of deputy sheriff. In early life he learned the trade of shoemaker. He worked at this trade in his younger years, but during latter years forsook it for business along other lines. He was at one time proprietor of the old Dexter house, then one of the chief hostelries in this section of the county. He also entered the livery business, conducting the stable on Main street, of which he was still the owner at the time of his death. In late years he has lived the life of a man retired from active business, and has devoted himself to passing the last years of his life in quiet and happiness at his home. Mr. Merrill was a man well-read, a very pleasant man to meet and an interesting , conversationalist. He kept a wonderful grip upon his mental faculties and was able to walk about town with the sprightliness of a man of half his years. He was generally respected and his death is deeply regretted. He is survived by a widow, three sons, Dr. Arthur Merrill of St. Johns, N. B., Warren Merrill of this town and Morton Merrill who resides in the West, besides a daughter, Mrs. Nellie Reed of Auburn. The deceased also is survived by a brother, I. B. Merrill, of this town and a sister, Mrs. S. A. Cummings, of Lewiston. Throughout his life Mr. Merrill has been a constant attendant at the First Universalist church. He was very prominent in the affairs of the church. He was also a member of Penobscot lodge, Free and Accepted Masons, and a member of the Eastern Star. The funeral was held at 2 30 Monday afternoon from the Universalist church, Rev. Stanley Gates Spear, pastor of the church, officiating. The services were largely attended by friends and: neighbors. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. Interment was at Mount Pleasant.