Two Rockport couples celebrate 65th anniversaries
Maynard and Joyce Ingraham and Ralph and Marjorie Hill were the honored guests at a dinner hosted by their daughters, Karen Higgins and Lynn Johnson on Nov. 18 at the home of Karen and Philip Higgins.
This celebration of the parents 65th wedding anniversary was a significant event for the Higgins and Johnson families. Through a business bond made between the Higgins' and Maynard Ingraham in 1980, the return of Lynn and Dwight back to Rockport in 1988, the special friendship that transpired between Lynn, Dwight, Karen, and Phil and their four children and the fact that their parents were married the same year, it seemed only fitting that a combined celebration should occur.
The Ingrahams are long-established residents of Rockport. The couple wed on Oct. 26, 1947 in Rockland. After honeymooning in Washington, D.C. they took up residence in Rockport. Maynard owned and operated Ingraham’s Store on Pascal Avenue until 1976 and in the 1980s turned his career to real estate sales and appraising. He retired in 2007. They presently reside in their own home in Rockport. They have one daughter, Lynn Johnson and son-in-law Dwight Johnson, a grandson, Peter Johnson all of Rockport and a granddaughter, Emily LaFleur of Delaware.
The Hills are fairly new to Rockport, living there almost four years. They wed on Dec. 5, 1947 in Calais. After honeymooning in Boston, they took up residence in Calais. Ralph worked for Mac Baking Company, Home Radio Furniture and eventually Singer Sewing Machine Company. This company moved the Hill family to many towns in Maine; from Calais, to Presque Isle to Bangor where they lived for 40-plus years. In 1982 he retired from the company and set up his own sewing machine repair business at his home. He closed shop in 2009 prior to moving to Rockport where they reside in their own home. The couple have six children: Dean Hill and Karen Higgins of Rockport, Beverly Polley, Dennis Hill and Kathi Heath of Bangor, and Brian Hill of Scarborough. They also have 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
In attendance were the two honored couples, Philip and Karen Higgins, Samuel and Lynn Higgins, Dwight and Lynn Johnson, Peter Johnson, Emily and Adam LaFleur.