PIKE Blanche Hazel "Bunch\Bunny"

PIKE Blanche Hazel "Bunch\Bunny"[1]

Female 1889 - 1964  (74 years)

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  • Name PIKE Blanche Hazel "Bunch\Bunny" 
    Born 27 Apr 1889  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    • (Noble Farm: Bailey Mitchell Bridge over Caribou Stream at Lyons Picnic Grounds. Gravestone says 1888.)
    Blanche Hazel Pike birth certificate
    Blanche Hazel Pike birth certificate
    Gender Female 
    Census 1 Jun 1900  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    • Age 11; at school.)
    Baptism Feb 1906  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Address:
    Free Baptist Church 
    Census 16 Apr 1910  Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    • (Age 20; stitcher for underwear manufacturer; lodging in the household of William A. Fisher on Stevens Street.)
    Marriage Intent 17 Oct 1910  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Clyde Sylvester Morgan of Presque Isle 
    Occupation 1911  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    housewife and mother 
    Census 12 Feb 1920  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    • (Age 30.)
    Census 18 Apr 1930  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    • (Age 40; married at age 21.)
    _UID EC5B0D38EB9ED5118A06444553540000BB0F 
    Died 6 Apr 1964  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 12, 13
    • Funeral services were conducted at the chapel of the Morgan Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Blanche P. Morgan, lifelong resident of the community and for many years a director of the New England Home For Little Wanderers. Mrs. Morgan's death occurred at a local hospital [Cary Memorial] after a long illness. She was in her 75th year.

      A member of the United Baptist Church here for more than 50 years, she was active in church work and was a past member of the Eastern Star and of Philander Rebekah Lodge. She was an honorary member of the Caribou Garden Club.

      Mrs. Morgan was born here April 27, 1889, the daughter of Hiram and Clara (Merritt) Pike. She was married to Clyde S. Morgan in 1910. Mr. Morgan died in 1962.

      Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Regina Todd, Mrs. Arlene Hemingway, Mrs. Dorothy Barnes, Mrs. Ruth Noyes and Mrs. Marjorie Wyman all of Caribou; a brother, William of Fort Fairfield; a sister, Jennie Farley of Washburn; also 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

      The Rev. Newell J. Smith, pastor of the United Baptist Church officiated at funeral services.

      Pallbearers were Elmer Todd, Everet Westin, Dana Cushman, Douglas Hallett, Jessie Russell and Harold Tournquist.

      Interment will be in Evergreen Cemetery.
    Buried Aft 6 Apr 1964  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 14
    Address:
    Evergreen Cemetery 
    • (lot 481-5. See Clyde for location.)
    Blanche (Pike) Morgan gravestone
    Blanche (Pike) Morgan gravestone

    BLANCHE H.
    1889-1964


    Plot: 481-5
    G. M. Morgan family monument
    G. M. Morgan family monument
    Blanche Hazel (Pike) Morgan
    Plot: 481
    G.M. Morgan family (back) lot 481
    G.M. Morgan family (back) lot 481
    481-5 Blanche Hazel (Pike) Morgan
    Plot: 481 1-6
    Notes 
    • BLANCHE HAZEL (PIKE) MORGAN
      1889-1964
      by Dorothy Hazel (Morgan) Barnes
      Blanche Hazel Pike was born 27 April 1889, the tenth child of Hiram Pike, Jr., and the fourth child by his second wife, Clara Alice (Merritt) Pike.
      She was nicknamed "Bunch" and "Bunny" by her family and friends while growing up, although in my lifetime I only heard her called "Blanche". She grew to be 5'5" tall and must have been very slim at the time of her marriage since she had a waist measurement of twenty-one inches. By the time she reached her late forties she weighed approximately 170 pounds.
      From hearing my mother, Blanche Pike Morgan reminisce through the years, I'm sure life was hard for the whole family from childhood. She told of winters when the snow sifted through cracks around the windows and onto the beds as they slept in the home on the Washburn Road (Noble Farm). She also told of how they carried water in pails from the Caribou Stream, some one hundred yards from the house, , to be heated on the cook stove in a "boiler" or tub for washing clothes, cooking baths and all other purposes. She told how they walked from that home to school in what is now the Sincock School--probably two and one-half to three miles, sometimes arriving with sodden clothes. She told of having to stand in the corner by the stove for being late for school and feeling so sick from the heat and the smell of wet clothes.
      My heart always aches a little for a little girl of 13 years left with the responsibility of cooking and cleaning for a family. She told me of scrubbing bare pine floors until they came white and clean and how bad she always felt when "the boys would come in with muddy feet" getting them dirty again. She told us of her inexperienced cooking and of how her father coming home from his work tasted and seasoned the food, and of doing the family wash by hand.
      Apparently theirs was always an industrious family, because Mother told of their digging dandelion greens, a spring delicacy in this area, and selling them from door to door to the townspeople. She always chuckled when she told us of how they would wash them well in the Caribou Stream, thus keeping them crisp and filling their containers which would have held more greans if they had wilted. They also picked wild berries and she told of asking her father to "make Jennie help pick" but that Jennie was the baby and wasn't required to help. When Uncle Charles Pike came to visit our home in 1937 after being gone for many years, he remarked upon that fact and said how unfair they had been in giving all their loving attention to the baby without appreciation for Blanche's heavy burden. Knowing her sweet and loving nature, I cannot believe that my Mother ever showed or even felt any jealousy over that fact although she surely must have been very discouraged at times.
      I suppose her school days ended when she took over as homemaker because her formal education ended with the eighth grade. However, her education never stopped. She was a prodigious reader and very interested in what was going on in the world.
      I'm sure they must have been a loving family, because as they all grew older we could feel their affection and concern for one another. I also think they were happy people although their amusements were simple. Mother always took part in church activities and probably that is where most of their social life was spent although she did tell of skating on the Aroostook River and of having "box socials", probably in a schoolhouse.
      After her father Hiram died, Blanche went to Lowell, Massachusetts to work in a garment factory making underwear. The hours were from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and she told of how tiring the days were spent at the sewing machine. During this time she lived with a family named Fisher with whom Annie her sister had also lived.Apparently she was treated as one of the family because she always spoke of them all as close and loved friends. She also worshiped with them at their church.
      After about a year spent in Lowell, Blanche returned to Caribou and married Clyde Morgan on 26 October 1910. Clyde worked for his father, George Melvin Morgan, in the furniture store and as an embalmer and undertaker. They lived with Clyde's parents on Sweden Street in Caribou for the first two years of their married life and produced Regna Louise on 11 June 1911. They then built a house on Washburn Street with the Aroostook Valley Railroad tracks running nearly parallel with the house. Arline Blanche was born in that house on 13 June 1913. It was from that fenced-in yard on 24 May 1915, that Arline either walked through an unclosed gate or under a gap in the fence and onto those railroad tracks to be run over by the train and maimed for life. There followed a terrifying and anxious time spent tending a small paralyzed body at home and finally in Children's Hospital in Portland, Maine before they brought their baby home to learn again to walk in high laced shoes--the left one stuffed with padding in place of toes and a left hand with only one finger and thumb. After this trying time, they brought suit against the Aroostook Valley Railroad and after hearing that the brakeman and the engineer had been angry at each other and not speaking so the brakeman didn't tell the engineer he could see something on the track, they received judgement--the princely sum of $4,500.
      Washburn Street was no home for them now so they built another house on Page Avenue which was home to all of us until her death. In that house I was born, Dorothy Hazel on 8 June 1919; Ruth Avis on 22 August 1921 and Marjorie Lillian on 24 January 1925.
      I believe that where my mother was, was also home to her brothers and sisters and why wouldn't it have been, since she had been like a mother to them most of her life. My earliest memories were of Aunt Annie Pike Jacobs being in our home and when Aunt Annie died it really became home for Hollis Jacobs who at the age of 11 came to live with us. He lived with us the next five or six years sharing our life as the brother we never had through the lean depression years when another child to feed and clothe must have made things a little harder for my parents. I'm sure they never begrudged anything they gave to anyone. I remember the summer months through the 1930's when men and boys from all parts of the country followed the harvest hoping for work. Many times Mother fed them on the back porch of our home, sometimes as payment for odd jobs but more often because they were hungary. She would say, "I feel so sorry for that boy, so far from home and with nothing to eat."
      Alda and Clara Jacobs also considered our home their home after their mother's death since they no longer had a home of their own. They would find work for awhile or spend time with Uncle William Pike's family or Aunt Jennie Farley's or some of the Jacobs family but seemed to gravitate toward our home.
      Through our growing years we had many who stayed with us. Some girls from New Sweden who boarded with us while they went to high school (one paid board--$3 per week). Earl Robinson also stayed with us and went to school one year although I do not know the circumstances that brought him.
      It seems there was love enough to go around because through the years they all came back to visit and were always greeted with joy and affection.
      Mother's sincere religious beliefs showed in her daily life and the love she had for her family and friends flowed back to her. To me it shows in one little way--her neices, Alda Blanche Jacobs, Shirley Blanche Pike, Blanche Lillian Pike, my sister Arline Blanche (surely my father's doing), and her granddaughter, Coralie Blanche Todd.
      Blanche and Clyde Morgan were members of the Free Baptist Church and when that church united with the First Baptist Church they became members of Caribou's United Baptist Church. Blanche was one of the members honored during the laying of the Cornerstone of their new edifice on High Street in Caribou during the 1950s. Many times I walked past her bedroom door as she knelt by her bed to pray before retiring. I can still see her in her long nightgown and her dark hair in a long braid down her back.
      Blanche suffered her first heart attack in 1943 but recovered after a long period of tender nursing by her daughter Ruth, to carry on a fairly active life for the next ten or fifteen years. Through the late 1950s and until her death she had several smaller attacks and a slight stroke. Her indomitable spirit survived her loss of many loved ones through those years but when she lost her beloved Clyde on 22 November 1962, she seemed to lose interest in living. I joined her for lunch nearly every work day since my work as Clerk of Court is almost across the street in the County Courthouse. It seemed to me that as I ate with her in hopes to encourage her to eat, I gained weight and she got thinner. We, her daughters, asked her if she ever thought we'd call her "Littla Mama". Another heart attack came in March of 1964. Seemingly, she had recovered and her doctor had told her she could be discharged from the hospital on 6 April 1964, which was a Sunday. Thoughtful of others as she always was, she told him she would wait until Monday when her housekeeper would be back and we, her children, would not have to leave our homes to spend the night with her. She died that night while still in the hospital--6 April 1964.
    Person ID I432  Noyes Family Genealogy
    Last Modified 14 Dec 2011 

    Father PIKE Hiram "Hi", Jr.,   b. 4 Jul 1834, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Jan 1908, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother MERRITT Clara Alice,   b. 12 Mar 1861, Grand Falls, Victoria, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1900, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 39 years) 
    Married 2 May 1881  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [15
    Hiram & Clara (Merritt) Pike marriage certificate
    Hiram & Clara (Merritt) Pike marriage certificate
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    Hiram & Clara (Merritt) Pike marriage certificate
    Hiram & Clara (Merritt) Pike marriage certificate
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    Family ID F244  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family MORGAN Clyde Sylvester,   b. 1 Sep 1888, Presque Isle, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Nov 1962, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 26 Oct 1910  Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 5, 9
    • (married by Rev. R.W. Fergeson)
    Children 
     1. MORGAN Regna Louise,   b. 11 Jun 1911, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Feb 1990, Lake Park, Palm Beach, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     2. MORGAN Arline Blanche,   b. 13 Jun 1913, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1984, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
     3. MORGAN Dorothy Hazel,   b. 8 Jun 1919, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1988, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     4. MORGAN Ruth Avis,   b. 22 Aug 1921, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 2008, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     5. MORGAN Marjorie Lillian,   b. 24 Jan 1925, Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Aug 1994, Bangor, Penobscot, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2018 
    Family ID F169  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 27 Apr 1889 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Jun 1900 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - Address:
    Free Baptist Church - Feb 1906 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine
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    Link to Google MapsCensus - 16 Apr 1910 - Lowell, Middlesex, Massachusetts Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarriage Intent - Clyde Sylvester Morgan of Presque Isle - 17 Oct 1910 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 26 Oct 1910 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - housewife and mother - 1911 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 12 Feb 1920 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 18 Apr 1930 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 6 Apr 1964 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - Address:
    Evergreen Cemetery - Aft 6 Apr 1964 - Caribou, Aroostook, Maine
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  • Photos
    Blanche Hazel (Pike) Morgan
    Blanche Hazel (Pike) Morgan
    ca. 1914 (25)
    New Church Dedication 1955 - Blanche (66)
    New Church Dedication 1955 - Blanche (66)
    Blanche Hazel (PIKE) Morgan
    Blanche Hazel (PIKE) Morgan
    1960 (71)
    Blanche Hazel (Pike) Morgan
    Blanche Hazel (Pike) Morgan

    Documents
    Clyde & Blanche (Pike) Morgan marriage certificate
    Clyde & Blanche (Pike) Morgan marriage certificate
    Blanche Hazel (Pike) Morgan

  • Sources 
    1. [S68] Book-John Pike of Newbury, Mass., p.497.

    2. [S1] Birth-certificate, Reported by Emily M. Clark - Aunt 8/12/1940.

    3. [S413] Pamphlet-Rideouts In America, p.11.

    4. [S87] Birth-gravestone, Evergreen Cemetery on South Main St.

    5. [S68] Book-John Pike of Newbury, Mass., p.496.

    6. [S1775] Census-1900-ME-Aroostook-Caribou, Roll: T623 588; Page: 1A; Enumeration District: 10.

    7. [S54] Person-Noyes, Ruth (Morgan), Daughter.

    8. [S2394] Census-1910-MA-Middlesex-Lowell, Series: T624 Roll: 601 Part: 1 Page: 3B.

    9. [S36] Marriage Certificate, Filed in Caribou by H.R. Hall, Deputy; Oct. 1910.

    10. [S1852] Census-1920-ME-Aroostook-Caribou.
      Roll: T625_638 Page: 2A ED: 9 Image: 0607

    11. [S1739] Census-1930-ME-Aroostook-Caribou, Roll: 828; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 8; Image: 608.0.

    12. [S86] Death-gravestone.

    13. [S82] Death-obit, Aroostook Republican 8 Apr 1964.

    14. [S86] Death-gravestone, Evergreen Cemetery on South Main St.

    15. [S36] Marriage Certificate, Signed by Elisha Skinner, M.E. Pastor.