Under the guise there was something wrong with his property maps, William Pearse Sr. was brought to the town office June 3 probably thinking the worst. To the contrary, Pearse was surprised with the honor of having the town’s 2011 annual report dedicated in his name.

Town Administrator Jon Duke said he couldn’t believe that Pearse had not received the honor previously. Pearse was presented the first copy of the town report. His wife, Francina, children William Jr. and Chris, and Board of Selectmen Chairman Barbara Bentley were also on hand for the occasion.

Looked upon by many as the town of Hope’s historical curator, Pearse is able to recall with clarity the details of local history at age 91, according to the dedication in the report. Many seek him out to share his knowledge of the town’s rich past.

Pearse is the sixth generation of his family to be born in the family homestead on Barnestown Road. He worked the farm with his father and brother, converting from apples to dairy in the 1940s, and continued the operation with his wife, Francina, and their sons William Jr. and Christopher. Today, Chris and his wife, Linda, still operate the dairy farm, the last of its kind in Hope, the dedication says.

Working with other farmers in the Local Dairy Herd Improvement Association to institute new dairy farming techniques and serving as the organization’s president in 1957, Pearse was a leader in a number of other organizations. A charter member of the Hope Volunteer Fire Department, he served as secretary and treasurer, a position he held for 31 years, becoming a life member in 2002. He was an active member of the local Grange for 25 years, serving as master for three years. A charter member of the Hatchet Mountain Sno-Riders, he also was a member of the Hope Historical Society and the Hobbs and Fish Ponds Association. Always active in the community, attending the annual town meetings and serving on the town’s budget committee, Pearse was recently honored by the Maine Health Care Association for his lifetime achievement.