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Barbara F. Dyer has lived all her life, so far, in Camden and is the official town historian.

  • Published
    October 1, 2022

    Always ready: A look back at the history of the Camden Fire Department

    Just in time for Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9-15, here is some of the history of the Camden Fire Department, which dates back to 1847.

  • Published
    April 8, 2021

    A tribute to my friend

    I first met the “other Barb” in 1938, when she came from Hope to Camden High School, as a freshman, since Hope did not have a high school. She was rather shy, but we made friends easily. Her parents would always invite a half dozen of her friends to their farm for the weekend. Her mother didn’t seem to be bothered by the noise of a crowd of teenagers, or cooking for them, but now I think she was doing it because …

  • Published
    March 11, 2021

    For the birds

    My greatest activity of the day, now, is watching the birds. It is not exactly very exciting, but always interesting. Today, like many days, the birds are frequenting the feeder and they are mostly beautiful male, and not so beautiful female, cardinals. Along with them are the cute little chickadees. At other times, Blue jays appear and all the smaller birds leave in a hurry, because the beautiful blue jays are …

  • Published
    February 18, 2021

    The quiet life

    Most people would give anything (almost) for the “quiet” I have, but a surplus of anything is not so good. If I lived in an apartment on Main Street, I have been told that it is not so quiet, even at midnight, when some of the youth are leaving their favorite places that they haunt in the evening. I know the difference of being young and those of Medicare age. The young are looking for a place to go in the …

  • Published
    February 11, 2021

    The Snow Bowl

    Since the mid-1930s, during the third week in February the town of Camden hosted a winter carnival at the Camden Snow Bowl. The date was chosen because people were sure that Mother Nature would send lots of snow and thick ice on the ponds. It was a big event, and something that people anticipated, for it broke up the long dull winters. The lodge house, complete with a large stone fireplace at each end of the …

  • Published
    November 5, 2020


    If loneliness hits this time of year, we think about what is to come this winter. It seems to be too quiet now, but there is much more quiet to come. Very few people are walking this street now, even though it is still great weather. It seems people have hunkered down for winter already. The birds are getting their fill from my bird feeders, and stashing it away for maybe a long, cold winter. They seem to know …

  • Published
    October 15, 2020

    Wild Life

    There is wild life in Camden. On a branch road off a major street there is a quiet place where five bird feeders are placed out front. The birds frequent it only when the squirrels and chipmunks leave. The greedy squirrels easily go up the pole, and get their mouths in the tiny holes of the feeder. When most of the food has been eaten, the furry visitor does acrobats. After jumping from a nearby cedar tree limb, …

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    September 17, 2020


    If one is fortunate enough to be given a long life, we find that life is filled with adjustments. It is much like a stepladder. For a period of time, it is going up until you reach the top and then it is downhill from there on. The first big step is leaving home to start school when we are only five years old. It is a world of teachers and children that you did not know before. You have left your safe home …

  • Published
    September 3, 2020

    As time goes by

    Before the days of television (and I know there are some young enough that they believe television has always been around), people spent more time at the movie theater and going to dances. The young and the old spent many of their Saturday nights that way. It was a wonderful way of spending an evening of good exercise and enjoyment. It was such a nice way to spend the evening, after a week of working. The Grange …

  • Published
    August 20, 2020

    Salzedo Harp Colony in Camden

    Carlos Salzedo had a summer harp colony at his home on Marine Avenue in Camden for many years. He was born Charles Moise Leon Salzedo April 6, 1885 to Isaac and Therese Judith Anna Salzedo-Silva. He became known, at one time, as the world’s greatest harpist. Mr. Salzedo was not only a French harpist, but also a pianist, composer and conductor. His father was a singer and his mother, a pianist. Both parents were …

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