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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Maine Woman Dies at 108

Pearl M. Hamlin died Sunday at Dover-Foxcroft, three weeks shy of her 109th birthday. She was probably the oldest person in the state, though there is no easy way to confirm this.
Hamlin was born in Willimantic on Feb. 14, 1897, weeks before William McKinley succeeded Grover Cleveland as president. Aside from a few years spent in Holyoke, Mass., and Bangor, she lived her entire life in Piscataquis County.

Her son, Robert Hamlin, of Milo, said he suspected for some time that his mother was the oldest Mainer but could never find out for sure.

"We asked our legislators, but they don't keep records in Augusta on people's ages," he said. [Link]
The 1900 census shows young Pearl J. Morrill living in Willimantic with her parents, George W. and Julia A. Morrill. In 1917, she married Oscar L. Hamlin of Milo, who died in 1968 at the tender age of 72.
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