Author Bio Introduction

Jim Degerstrom
Born 1949 in Milo, Maine

Three generations of the Degerstrom family lived in Derby, Maine from the early to late 1900's. This small railroad town was more like a suburb of Milo with 2,800 combined population.

The 25 year old portrait here with my wife was taken Down Back in Derby, Maine, one of my favorite childhood places Growin' Up in Maine.

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Degerstrom siblings 1957 photo The small photo shown to the left and taken in Milo Maine around 1957 brings back Parkman family reunion memories of Growin' Up in Maine.

The 8 people highlighted throughout the photo (left) include my 7 siblings and me. An enlarged version without any edits is included below to show more detail.

As kids we were less than fond of the photo sessions which is obvious from some of the facial expressions, yet 50 years later it is interesting to note the clothing and hairstyles of the era.

Enlarged photo of Parkman Family Reunion, Milo Maine (ca. 1957)

Parkman family reunion 1957
Earlier this year a new blog was launched featuring the matriarch of the Parkman family shown, my grandmother, and documents the Poetry of Beth Parkman (1893-1975). She is shown above (2nd female full face from the upper right) and my grandfather Earl Parkman is the second male in from the upper right in the top row.

Jim's handwritten signature



Mainecatwoman said...

What a really nice tribute. I rememebr a couple of years ago a man found letters that his grandfather had written from WWI, and had started a blog with them, recopying the letter in a post on each date the letter was written.

Jim Degerstrom said...

Hi, Lisa,
Thank you for sharing about the WW1 letters. My brother found a 50+ year old diary hidden in a tree back in the woods near our home in Derby Maine in the 1960's.

It belonged to a lumberjack and was very interesting reading to learn about the old time Maine lumber industry before chainsaws and pulp trucks. Trees were cut and floated downstream to lumber mills.

From the names, dates, and entries we located his family. They declined when offered the diary.

Daniel M. Parkman, Sr. said...

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