Cemetery comes to life for Deer Isle tour
Deer Isle’s Mount Adams Cemetery was alive with activity on July 27 as area residents participated in the Stonington Public Library’s ‘Gone but not Forgotten’ cemetery tour. Six past island residents who have made the cemetery their final resting place were highlighted for their contributions to the community, including Merle Vinton Greene (1896-1961), John L. Goss (1855-1936), Ethel Skeans Clifford (1928-2005), Dr. Harry Kopfmann (1909-1984), Capt. George Torrey, Sr. (1878-1942), and Paul Stubing (1927-2011). The tour serves as the largest annual fundraiser for the Stonington library.
John L. Gross
John L. Gross, played by Ray Dinsmore, was a longtime quarry operator in Stonington.
Dr. Harry Kopfmann
Richard Howe took on the persona of Dr. Harry Kopfmann, an island doctor who served the community for more than 40 years.
Merle Vinton Greene
Once the toll keeper of the Deer Isle-Sedgwick bridge, Merle Vinton Greene was also a crew member on the Coast Guard cutter Bear in WWI. He was played by Roger Greene.
Artist, fishermen, marine historian and boat restorer, Paul Stubing, was played by Sam Harrington.
Captain George Torrey Sr.
Dick Barnes takes on the role of Captain George Torrey Sr., a seaman and the first islander killed in WWII. Torrey was on a merchant marine ship when it was torpedoed.
Ethel Skeans Clifford
Kyra Alex, the niece of the late Ethel Skeans Clifford, portrayed her aunt, a basket maker and former administrator of the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts.