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husband Romey Sr. were especially helpful as they lived in one of the early Haines built homes. Katherine Haines McKenney who restored the historic Haines Maple Grove Cemetery was also a source of information. Descendents of William Penn Varney other Quaker families and people who had attended the church were contacted. Everyone was willing to share memories of the valiant Quaker settlement. By October 2000 we were ready for the opening of the old Friends Church rededication as a museum. The church pews were fully occupied; folding chairs were placed in the Sunday school area and every available side space, with overflow seated on the floor. Many Quakers came from the Houlton-Woodstock New Brunswick Society group, and others came from as far away as Fredericton and St John, New Brunswick. Harriet Price, an author and the co-chairperson of the Maine Underground Railroad Association, was a featured speaker. Friends Harrison and Marylyn Roper, leaders of the Houlton area group, spoke about Quakers today and incorporated a Quiet Period into the program that was very inspirational. Before the program started, a Quaker John Calder from New Brunswick sought me out to show me an English copper Abolitionist token given to him years before by an elderly Quaker Englishman who had moved to Toronto Canada. Josiah Wedgwood designed the token in 1787. England abolished slavery in 1833. Mr. Calder was so pleased with what we had accomplished, he came back to us after the program and presented the token to Frontier Heritage. This started a long hunt by my husband to find the American token, which is similar to the English one but had replaced the male slave in chains with a female. In the early 20th century, a black man from the south named David Hooper arrived at the Maple Grove railroad stop in Fort Fairfield and found his way to the farm home of Cora Haines Houghton, a granddaughter of J. Wingate Haines. He told Cora’s cousin Pearl Haines and her nephew that he came to Maple Grove because he always had a soft spot for the Haines family because they helped “my people” during the Civil War. The gardening capabilities of David Hooper were extraordinary. Cora Houghton’s extensive flowerbeds, in the 35 or 40 years he worked, there were something to behold. I myself remember as a child seeing him hunched over the flowers, while visiting there with my grandmother Seeley, who was a good friend of Cora’s. Hooper lived in what he called his “shanty” near the Haines Cemetery. (He also made a little home brew there I’m told.) He called Mrs. Houghton “Missy” and even though he was invited to eat lunch with the Houghton family, he never would. He always ate in the garden shed. Cora Houghton’s granddaughter told me that when Cora died, Hooper was the saddest person at the funeral. He was very old and arthritic. Shortly thereafter, his daughter arrived from the South to take him back by train. At that time Lois Haines’ mother took a snap shot of Hooper, which delighted him. He commented excitedly, “Lordy, I’ve never had my likeness taken before.” Attempts made to send him a copy were futile. He was never heard from again. Th