‘Father’s Farm’ gets second release after nearly 40 years

Apr 15, 2019
A photo of Esther Gross taken in 1985 for a Lincoln County News article by Pam Derringer.

WALDOBORO — The Waldoborough Historical Society holds a release program on Tuesday, April 23, at 6:45 p.m., at Waldoboro Public Library, 958 Main St., for the second edition of Esther Soule Gross’ book “Father’s Farm.” The book, originally written, typed and self-published by Gross in 1981, is the story of her childhood years growing up on John F. Soule’s West Waldoboro farm in the early 1900s. The new edition includes an addendum with photos of Gross’ life as an adult, as well as an overview of her heritage as a descendant of the Mayflower.

The release will include a presentation by Jean Lawrence, president of the society and creator of the addendum. Rights to the book were donated to the society by Gross’ daughter Marjorie Bragg, and its re-publication is a fundraiser for the museum. Cookies and beverages will be shared at 6:45 p.m., and the program, sponsored by the Friends the of Waldoboro Public Library, begins at 7 p.m. Books will be available for purchase by cash or check. The public is welcome; free admission. For more information, call 832-4421.

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