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Freeport Community Library – Tragedy on the Androscoggin: A Halloween Genealogical Tale
October 18 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Join us when guest speaker Marianne O’Connor shares an amazing but true Halloween tale of tragedy, survival, and resilience. Also incredible is the genealogical investigation that led Marianne to uncover this story, exactly 100 years later.
Audience members will be transported back to October 27, 1923. A car leaves Lisbon and soon crashes, landing in the Androscoggin River and killing all three men aboard, but somehow, the little girl aboard survives. The men are buried on Halloween, whereas little Gertrude Toth would move on, and thrive, until her passing in 1989 on… Halloween.
Guest speaker Marianne O’Connor is a retired educator and worked as a guidance counselor in Nashua, NH before she retired and moved to Maine. She researched, wrote, and published “Haunted Hikes of New Hampshire” in 2008, and in 2019 began working with a new publisher, Peter Randall Publishers of Portsmouth, on a 2nd edition. Marianne has written articles which have appeared in New Hampshire Magazine, Hippo Press, and other outlets. She has appeared in New Hampshire Public Television’s popular series, “Windows to the Wild” with Willem Lange. Since 2009, Marianne has presented programming in schools, libraries, and historical centers across New England. She currently works for RSU5 in Freeport, volunteers for WMPG and produces a radio show, “Rock Lobstah” on Sunday mornings. Marianne serves on several committees in Lisbon, including Positive Change Lisbon. She enjoys hiking, spending time outdoors and exploring local history.
This event is free and open to the public. For questions or directions to the library, please visit freeportlibrary.com or call 207-865-3307.
Freeport Community Library
10 Library Dr.
Freeport, ME 04032