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Monday, March 24, 2008

Turner Librarians

Over the past 100 years, the library has had many librarians who contributed to the success of this library. Lou Marston was the first librarian of the Presque Isle Free Library and held that position from 1908 to 1928. She is pictured at left among her students.

Lucinda Bigelow Marston was born in Smithfield on November 22, 1863 and was the daughter of George W. and Ruhamah Bigelow Marston. In 1870, the family moved to Aroostook County and lived on a farm in the eastern part of Presque Isle (next to the Easton town line). She attended school in Presque Isle and Farmington Normal, and later taught in the Presque Isle schools. When the Presque Isle Free Library was built, Miss Marston became its first librarian and continued until she was forced to resign due to ill health in August of 1928.

As the first librarian, Ms. Marston was instrumental in working with the board of trustees to establish and develop the library from the ground up. Her obituary states, "She was much beloved by her pupils, during and since her teaching days, and highly regarded by the public with whom she came in contact in her library work." Miss Marston was a member of the United Baptist Church of Presque Isle and of the Rebekahs of Easton. She died in 1931.

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