John Lewlie Tewksbury was born March 26, 1883, in Dover, the son of Samuel Staples and Emma Royal Tewksbury. He graduated from Lewiston High School and then studied pharmacy at the University of Maine.

His first position as a pharmacist was in Lowell, Mass., but he then moved back to the Lewiston-Auburn area. His wife, Evelyn, was born in Rock Island, Quebec, the daughter of Frederick William and Caroline Hewey Morrison. She lived in Auburn and went to Edward Little High School. She studied chemistry and later worked in Auburn drugstores, where it appears they met.

He came to Camden in 1911, but he must have remembered the girl in Auburn, marrying her in 1913. Both were very active in town affairs for the rest of their lives.

In my previous article about George Hodgman and his brother Joel, it appears that Joel was destined to become the treasurer of many town organizations and town treasurer. John Tewksbury, on the other hand, seemed to be destined to be a clerk, recorder or scribe in many organizations, as well as town clerk for most of his life in Camden.

Evelyn and John Tewksbury had a daughter, Ruth, born in 1915, but she only lived three years. She died in 1918 at a time when many young people died of the flu that had become an epidemic in Camden and everywhere else.  All three are buried at Mountain View Cemetery in Section 4, Lot 221, as are John’s mother, Emma, and father, Samuel Tewksbury.

In 1916 Mr. Tewksbury was elected as scribe in the Keystone Chapter of the Royal Arch of Masons and clerk of the Camden Village Corporation. The following years he became town auditor, which continued for 20 years, and was town clerk for 32 years.

He entered Camden National Bank in 1919, and  remained  assistant cashier until he retired in 1952 because of his health.

About 1936, he began collecting old memorabilia of Camden, and his efforts resulted in the formation of the Camden-Rockport Historical Society. On July 1, 1940, those artifacts were displayed for the first time. In the Masonic building there were some rooms for the society and about 50 members joined. On Aug. 1, 1941, the annual meeting was held and Leon Crockett was elected president, with J. Hugh Montgomery as vice president, Evelyn Tewksbury as secretary and Helen Dougherty as treasurer. As I understood it, a man in another state wrote that he had a silver bugle belonging at one time to a Camden man named Stevens. He would send it back to Camden, only if they had a historical society. The Camden-Rockport Historical Society has that bugle on display, and many other artifacts have been given to it over the years. At one of the society’s recent meetings, it was suggested that everything be cataloged so it could be easily found when people requested seeing an item. John Tewksbury and his wife, Evelyn, would be pleased to know what they started is still going on and accessible to our communities and visitors.

John Tewksbury was very active in many things. He was a state president of the Sons of the American Revolution, and received a certificate of merit from the American Institute of Genealogy for his research and books he wrote on several genealogies.

For several years he served on the vestry of St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church. For three years he was in the Massachusetts State Militia, and he was six years with the Maine National Guard.

Mr. Tewksbury had been a Master Mason since 1909, as well as an officer of all York rite bodies and a grand commander of the Grand Commandery of Maine, Knights Templar, and Recorder many times in Camden Commandery, as well as Generalissimo; grand master of the Grand Council of Maine, senior warden of the Grand Lodge of Maine and junior warden of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Maine. He was Worthy Patron of the Seaside Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star in 1923 and his wife was Worthy Matron. Also, he was a member of Anah Temple of the Shrine. John was town clerk and his wife was deputy town clerk in 1933.

His services did not stop there as we can add many other offices he fulfilled, such as clerk of the Camden Village Corporation, treasurer of the P.T.A., county treasurer, Camden Baseball Association treasurer, Camden Relief Association treasurer, Board of Trade president, Business Men’s Club treasurer, and chairman of the Sesquicentennial  Program of the Camden Historical Society.

In 1907 only one-third of Robinson’s “History of Camden” had been bound. In 1943, we can thank John Tewksbury, who found the other two-thirds and had them bound for sale.

We give John Tewksbury credit for all he did for Camden, until he died at age 71 in August 1954. His services were held at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church with the Rev. Haig J. Nargesian officiating.

His wife, Evelyn, served Camden as its deputy town clerk from 1922 to 1953 and as town clerk until 1958. She was a member of the Friends in Council, and the First Congregational Church of Camden. She died May 10, 1967, at the age of 92, with former minister of the First Congregational Church, the Rev. Ronald A. Mosley, officiating.

Now just when you thought you were through “decking the halls,” read my next article and find there are more Halls.