A Present from Emilie Loring

Present from Emilie Loring

Under this year’s Christmas tree was an intriguing present: “To Patti from Emilie Loring.” That would be some trick! Of course, I knew it was from my husband, but what had he discovered? A hardback I don’t have yet? Something from a Boston or Blue Hill gift shop?

Excitedly, I opened the gift bag… and exclaimed with delight when I found The Vital Records of Blue Hill, Maine, the brand-new, 2018 edition.

Vital Records of Blue Hill
The Vital Records of Blue Hill, Maine by Richard Sawyer

This is the sort of thing the husband of a biographer learns to buy for Christmas presents. When the morning hubbub had died down, and wrapping had been cleared away, I perused my new book.

On a page of Candages, I quickly located local historian and genealogist Rufus George Frederic “R.G.F.” Candage. I read through the other names, wondering at the marriages that united a Candage with a Parker, Jewett, or Roundy.

Emilie Loring Stone House resident Blagden
Part of Stone House history

On page 20, I found Eli Blagden who served in the Civil War and then ran a store in the basement of Stone House. His family–wife Hannah and at least five children– lived in the ell of the house, where the Lorings’ summer maid later stayed. Young Charles Blagden’s initials, “CB,” can still be seen carved into a boulder outside the ell door.

Emilie Loring characters in Blue Hill, Maine
Names from Emilie Loring stories

On I paged, past names shared by characters in Emilie Loring’s books. “Cheever,” Jim Trafford’s political opponent in Here Comes the Sun!  Bill Hewins, the boy from back home in Stars in Your Eyes, Boris Stetson from A Certain Crossroad, and vain Lila Tenney from Beyond the Sound of Guns.

Emilie Loring character Minna Dodge
Hilltops Clear

Did “Mina Dodge” become Minna Dodge in Hilltops Clear? Were Sally and Reuben the first names of the Puffers? (Check for me; I’m away from home and don’t have my books.)  UPDATE: Thanks to Eileen for identifying Sally and Reuben as “the ministerial couple that Nancy turns to when she is in danger in Keepers of the Faith. Subsequently, she and Bill decide to go to them to get married.” I love our community! (And it’s Si Puffer.) 

Emilie Loring character Saunders

“Harry Saunders” reminded me of Linda Bourne’s real estate boss, the one that Gregory Merton ousts from her attentions, in There Is Always Love. His name was actually Keith Sanders, but I’m still nagged by a wraith of memory associated with Harry. I’ll have to look that up when I get back home.

A special gift from my husband jogged another memory from There Is Always Love. My new pendant is really an infinity symbol, but it could also look like an “8.” Remember Skidmore “Skid” Grant seeing his mother’s stolen jewels in a nightclub and describing his mother’s habit of having an “8” worked in diamonds in each piece of her jewelry? Maybe she shopped at Tiffany’s, too. We know that Chris Bradford did; he bought Beth Gilbert one of their famous yellow diamonds in My Dearest Love.

My husband was right; these are gifts from Emilie Loring. Her many stories have created memories and associations I can enjoy with the slightest provocation–even when they drift into invention from time to time. 🙂

I’m in Oregon, on the first leg of a five-state swing. I photographed the holly below in the woods not far from here. I’ll write next from Colorado, and in the meantime, I hope you are enjoying a warm-hearted holiday season.

Happy Landings!

Oregon holly
Oregon holly

If you want your own copy of The Vital Records of Blue Hill, Maine by Richard Sawyer, it’s available from the Blue Hill Historical Society or online here.


15 thoughts on “A Present from Emilie Loring

  1. Speaking of character names in EL books, I just saw on TCM a Bette Davis film (Old Acquaintance, 1943) in which her character was a famed author named Kit Marlowe, probably a nod to Elizabethan playwright Christopher (Kit) Marlowe.

    And Kit Marlowe is EL’s heroine in “Beyond the Sound of Guns.”

    Happy New Year!

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  2. What wonderful presents! All of the connections to EL characters are neat. I agree there is a Saunders somewhere. I can’t place it at this time either.

    Enjoy your travels.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks, Peggy. We’ll come up with it. (Who was the other fellow in To Love and to Honor, with Ken Stewart and Cindy Clinton?) Hope you had a good Christmas, and all the best to you for a Happy New Year!


      1. The name Kitty Saunders jumps out at me. I’ve checked a few books I knew had Kitty’s. No Saunders last name. The other thought is a secretary in one of the books known as “Saunders.” One of those tough cookies. (Like Vera Skinner from “..Great World”:.)

        I have the benefit of not being on the road, and my books are displayed in the open in our rec room. To Love and To Honor has a Hal Harding and a Tom Slade as “stag line” members.

        We had a lovely Christmas. Looking forward to a Happy New Year as well. All the best to you and yours.

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  3. Aloha! Welcome to Oregon. I happen to live here. Maybe you will understand why I have my library search for Emily’s books throughout the rainy season to have a cheery and exciting read. When it is dreary outside, I need good thoughts to dispel the gloom. I always enjoy your comments and sharing more information about my favorite author. Unfortunately, some of her books have been discontinued from the consortium in the area and are in some storage area for the winter. No one can look for them so I have to take a chance for the spring unpacking to find the discards. Sad. Enjoy your travels, and keep warm in Colorado. Aloha, Pam

    Sent from my iPad


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  4. Hi Patti, I believe that Sally and Reuben are the ministerial couple that Nancy Turns to when she is in danger in Keepers of the Faith. Subsequently she and Bill decide to go to them to get married.

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