Aging independently in Camden
Camden — Barbara Dorr has a big birthday coming up, but she joked she doesn't want anyone to know.
Dorr turns 101 years old Aug. 22 and she continues to live alone in her Camden home.
Dorr and her husband Theodore moved to Camden from the Mount Desert Island area in 1942 when Theodore landed a job at Camden Shipbuilding and Marine Railway, now the location of Wayfarer Marine.
Dorr grew up on Islesford, which is in the Cranberry Isles, off Mount Desert Island. She received her education in a two-room school house on the island and then went one year to high school on the mainland, before returning back to the island to finish school, she said.
She was second-to-youngest of a family of six. Her father was a "jack of all trades." "He really did everything — he did a lot of things that people needed done," Dorr said.
Following high school, Dorr worked for her brother and sister-in-law on the mainland, who owned a laundry service. She met her husband through the local grange.
Dorr is a long-time member of the Penobscot View Grange in Rockport and also is a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
After the couple moved to Camden, during World War II, Dorr worked in a sewing room located on the river on Tannery Lane across from what is now the Camden Riverhouse Hotel.
"It was during war time and they made baby clothes," she said.
Dorr said the apparel was then shipped all over the world. After that, she worked in a shop that sold yarn and other supplies in Camden.
The couple never had any children. Dorr said they were very involved in the grange and also used to go dancing quite often in Northport. They were married for more than 50 years at the time of his death in the mid-1990s.
"I started driving at 80, but it got too congested so I had to give it up," Dorr said, adding she took both a written and driving test in Camden.
She noted that Camden, although always a tourist destination, has become more and more busy over the years and particularly noted the High Street, Main Street, Mountain Street intersection.
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