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218. Lewis Joseph5 Preney (Joseph Peter4 Prunier, Georges3, Antoine2, Martin1, Jean CharlesA, MartinB, ClaudeC) (#46) was born in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME 10 Sep 1885.(690) age 13y in 1900 USC; age 24y in 1910 USC; age 43y in 1930 USC, Brunswick, Cumberland, ME Lewis died 19 Jan 1931 in Brunswick, Cumberland, ME, at 45 years of age.(691) copy of death certificate in possession of Arlene L. Brown Ackermann

Obit (Bath Daily Times, Tuesday, 20 Jan 1931) states that Lewis moved to Bath 1909, that he was employed by Phelps Publishing Company, Springfield, MA in 1906, and that he also lived in New Haven, CT and East Brunswick, ME. Obit also states marriage took place in Salem, MA [NOTE: this is an error; he and his only wife, Hilda, were married in Springfield, MA]. Copy of obit in possession of Arlene L. Brown Ackermann His body was interred aft 19 Jan 1931 in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME, Oak Grove Cemetery.(692) Oak Grove Cemetery Records (photocopied June 1991)

Section 2 South, Lot 12: Owner: Edward J. Perry; transferred to Hilda A. Preney, August 16, 1932

Date of Death Grave Name Age Month Day Year 1931 1N Louis J. Preney 45 Jan 19 1931 1990 2N Hilda A. Preney 101 2 19 1990 (buried 5/12/90) 1986 3N Arthur J. Preney 76 7 24 1986

He married Hilda Augusta Peterson (Johnson) in Springfield, Hampden, MA, 1908.(693) (Hilda Augusta Peterson (Johnson) is #47.) Hilda was born 12 Jun 1888 in New London, New London, CT.(694) age 12y in 1900 USC (enumerated w/stepfather John L. Johnson); age 21y in 1910 USC; age 41y in 1930 USC (fr b Belgium, mthr b Sweden), Brunswick, Cumberland, ME

NOTE: 1900 census says b Jun 1887; birth certificate refutes this (copy of birth certificate in possession of Arlene L. Brown Ackermann); Hilda used her stepfather's (John Johnson) last name for most of her life, but it legally remained Peterson as adoption papers have not been found Hilda was the daughter of August Peterson (Petreson) and Anna (Annie) M. Eric(k)son.

Hilda died 19 Feb 1990 in Brunswick, Cumberland, ME, at 101 years of age.(695) obit, copy of death certificate in possession of Arlene L. Brown Ackermann. Hilda died at 101+ yrs.

Her body was interred 12 May 1990 in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME, Oak Grove Cemetery.(696) see Oak Grove Cemetery records of Louis J. Preney Attended New London schools

Moved back to Bath in 1931 when husband, Lewis died

Abstract from e-mail msg of Johanna Rudelt Horadan dtd 13 Jan 1998:

About Nana, I've always been given to understand that her Mother was in New London (I don't know if born there) and married a "Swen Johnson or Johntson". Her mother was in domestic service at the time and met this man who was a sailor. He was killed at sea and than she married someone else who adopted Nana and then had the other stepsiblings. Now that I think abut it I'm not sure if Johnson (or Johntson) was her father or stepfather. This is about the only information that I was told by my mother and that was not always reliable. ...

He resided. lived Highwood, CT; Springfield, MA; Brunswick, ME; Bath, ME

Lewis was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME.(697) 1910 Census Bath, Sagadahoc, ME Ward 2, ED 209 Sht 14A

2 Deering Street 42/48 Preney, Lewis J. head 24 m1/2 ME FrCan FrCan Hilda A. wife 21 m1/2 2/2 CT France Sweden E. Louise d 1 s MA ME CT Arthur s 6/12 s ME ME CT

NOTE: Lewis is listed as being a printer for a newspaper; birthplace of Hilda's father notated as France; however, her natural father was born in Antwerp, Belgium as per his death certificate; her stepfather, John Johnson was born in Sweden

Lewis was enumerated 5 Apr 1930 in Brunswick, Cumberland, ME.(698) Abstract from 1910 USC, Ward 2, Bath, Sagadahoc, ME (ED 210 Sht 4A ):

2 Deering Street 42/48 Preney, Lewis J. head 24 m1/2 ME FrCan FrCan Hilda A. wife 21 m1/2 2/2 CT France Sweden E. Louise d 1 s MA ME CT Arthur s 6/12 s ME ME CT

NOTE: Lewis is listed as being a printer for a newspaper; birthplace of Hilda's father notated as France; however, her natural father was born in Antwerp, Belgium as per his death certificate; her stepfather, John Johnson was born in Sweden

Abstract from 1930 USC, T626, Roll 830, ED6, p 5a, Brunswick, Cumberland, ME:

5/97/104 Preney, Lewis J. head 43 M21 ME FrCan FrCan pressman prinths " Hilda A. wife 41 M18 CT Belg Swe " Arthur J. son 20 S ME ME CT timekeeper Iron Works " Amy K. dtr 16 S CT ME CT " Joseph J. son 14 S CT ME CT " Arlene H. dtr 13 S ME ME CT " John J. son 9 S ME ME CT " Virginia M. dtr 8 S ME ME CT " Bara A. dtr 1y6m S ME ME CT

NOTE: Joseph J. is actually Lewis J. Jr; Bara A. is actually Barbara A.

Lewis Joseph Preney and Hilda Augusta Peterson (Johnson) had the following children:

child 398 i. Ella Louise6 Preney (#290) was born in Springfield, Hampden, MA 8 Oct 1909.(699) age 1y in 1910 census

birthplace is Rushville, Hampden, MA (a suburb of Springfield) according to family bible of Hilda A. Peterson Preney Ella died 16 Oct 2002 in Northbridge, Worcester, MA, at 93 years of age. age 94y; 23 Nov 2002 from telephone conversation w/Barbara Preney Hughes: Louise died Wednesday 16 Oct 2002; funeral at Carr Funeral Home, Whitinsville, 1:00 pm Tuesday 22 Oct 2002 Her body was interred 22 Oct 2002 in Whitinsville, Worcester, MA, Pine Grove Cemetery. She married Harry Bedford in Millbury, Worcester, MA, 8 Feb 1930. Second Congregational Church parsonage; Joe Johnston best man; Dorothy MacLennan maid of honor. (Harry Bedford is #291.)

Harry was born 17 Jul 1907.(700) Harry died 9 Jul 1992 in Whitinsville, Worcester, MA, at 84 years of age.(701) from telephone conversation w/Barbara Preney Hughes: Harry died Friday 9 Jul 1992; funeral at Carr Funeral Home, Whitinsville, 10:00 am Monday, 13 Jul 1992; wife Louise in nursing home - doesn't know anyone.

NOTE: SSI says died 10 Jul 1992

His body was interred 10 Jul 1992 in Whitinsville, Worcester, MA, Pine Grove Cemetery. He resided in Whitinsville, Worcester, MA 1930, 25 Whitin Avenue.

Newspaper Article: The Evening Gazette, Worcester, MA, Monday 4 Feb 1980 - East Winds by Alice M. Anderson (w/picture of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Bedford)

Back in 1942, Harry and Louise Bedford went off to the Boston Recruiting station, bent on enlistment. The Second World War was on, and "we didn't want to stay home." Patriotic dedication was just as simple as that for the couple, then just barely into their 12th year of marriage. "Well, I got in (the Army) - but he didn't," Louise remembers. "And there I was, off to the wars." She came home 47 months later. It was for them, as it was for all homecoming veterans, a honeymoon period. "But it's always been a honeymoon for us," the couple agreed Thursday afternoon. The ups have been great, the downs have meant that the up times would be even better, they say. It is obvious when you sit in the couple's pleasant, neat livingroom there on Whitin Avenue in Whitinsville that the past 50 years have been good to them. Each has been a best friend to the other, a listener, a sidekick, a straightperson, a supporter, a lover, a companion - a corporator in the business of living. They're a couple that has survived. They've chalked up 50 yars, handled it, shaped it, picked it up, made a run with it. And they've brought in a winning touchdown. Folks around town look to them as evidence of what's right in the institution of marriage. Marriage, one friend observed, has made the Bedford's younger, brought them joy, put a light step to their walk.

Fifty-years - It all began back in '29 when Harry held a summer job at the Asquam Hotel in Holderness, N.H. The then Louise Preney of Brunswick, Maine, held a summer position, too, for a couple vacationing "down the hill" from the Asquam. Harry's best friend, Joe Johnston, brought them together on a blind date. The following Feb. 8, Harry and Louise said their "I dos" at the Second Congregational Church parsonage in Millbury. Joe, of course, was best man, and his girlfriend, Dorothy MacLennan, was the maid of honor.

There was no honeymoon, they said, because Harry was still a student at the University of Massachusetts. Louise was working as a housemaid for the George Young family in Sutton. "We just went home to Linwood [Avenue]," Louise said. "Nobody knew till two weeks later we were married." Fighting and making up isn't always all that bad, they agree. In fact it can be kind of nice. They give for-instances: like the time Harry bought Louise a great, big heart lollipop one Valentine Day [crossed out and "it was summer" inked in]. They squabbled. Louise tossed the lollipop over a stone wall. "After we made up, I went searching for that lollipop. Well, it was all covered with ants." Another time, she said, Harry said something she didn't like. "I told him 'Don't say that to me again or I'll throw this at you!' I was holding a pitcher of milk. And he had on his good suit. Well, he said it again and I threw the pitcher at him - and then I spent all night trying to get the milk out of his suit." Their stories are told with love, with a chuckle, and glances between them that give evidence that even in their independence they're hardly ever been more than a gentle touch away.

Once college was behind him, Harry went to work for the old Worcester Suburban Power Company. He retired in 1972 from the New England Power Service Co as a supervisor in accounting. It wasn't in him to stop business activity so he joined SCORE (Service Corps of Retired Executives), a division of the Small Business Administration. Retired workers like himself meet with people who want to begin small businesses but need assistance and leadership at the beginning. He's just been elected the group's secretary for the second year. He was secretary for the Northbridge selectmen, Health Board and Water Commission for 15 years. He's a member of Granite Lodge of Mason, Whitinsville, the Orion Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and a Past Patron of Decamus Chapter, OES. He's with the Meadowview Gun Club.

Louise? Wel,, she's a veteran. Remember? It gave her a good background for contribution tot he Veterans Service Division of the Whitinsville Woman's Club and she moved up with it to become chairman four years of the Veterans' Service Division of the Public Affairs Department, Massachusetts State Federation of Women's Clubs. She held various and sundry other positions with the Woman's Club, but Harry chuckles and keeps the list short. "All you have to say is that she's past-everything in the club." She says Woman's Club members have never forgotten a little faux pas she committed on her way up through the club's ranks onher way off to the war. "I rode my bicycle to the go-awaying party, with all the Woman's Club records in the basket on the front."

Louise's tenure with the Women's Auxiliary Army Corps (which became the WACs), was with the Air Warning Service, plotting aircraft schedules and spotting unidentified planes. She was sent to Louisiana, then New York City where she was named chief clerk of personnel and security at the Army Post Office. After completing Officer's Candidate School, she became an ammunition supply officer (the only female at the time) and ultimately traveled in 40 states on special assignment regarding personnel matters. Her enlistment held her until the war was over. But Harry even has a theory about that: "My father always said that the day Louise graduated from OCS, Japan quit." She came out a lieutenent and went to work for Dupont as secretary to the chief engineer. She said the Army gave her a chance to "find myself in business - I loved it." Afterward, she went with Whitin Machine Works which eventually became teh ATFDavidson Division of White Consolidated Industries. She was secretary to Robert J. McConnell, a vice-president. She retired in 1969.

The Bedord's plan a quiet evening together Friday. That's what they PLAN ... "but Doris Papetti called us up and told us to save the night."

Ella served in the military c1940. Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA)

E. Louise Bedford, 94 October 17, 2002 Section: DEATHS Page: B8

NORTHBRIDGE -- E. Louise (Preney) Bedford, 94, formerly of 25 Whitin Ave., Whitinsville, a World War II veteran and a retired secretary, died Wednesday, Oct. 16, in Beaumont Skilled Nursing & Rehabilitation Center.

Her husband, Harry Bedford, died in 1992. She leaves a sister, Barbara Ann Hughes of Lincolnton, N.C. She was born in Springfield, daughter of Lewis and Hilda (Johnson) Preney, and was raised in Brunswick, Maine, before moving to Whitinsville in 1930. She graduated from Brunswick High School and Worcester Junior College. She was a World War II veteran, serving as a captain in the Women's Army Corps. Mrs. Bedford was a secretary at Whitin Machine Works, Whitinsville, for 23 years, retiring in 1971. She was a member of Village Congregational Church, Whitinsville; a member and past president of Whitinsville Women's Club; a member of Dekamus Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star; and a trustee and officer of Whitinsville Hospital. She was active in the Northbridge Nursing Association.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, in Pine Grove Cemetery, Linwood Avenue, Whitinsville. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Whitinsville Social Library, Church Street, Whitinsville, MA, 01588. Carr Funeral Home, 24 Hill St., Whitinsville (, is directing arrangements.

child 399 ii. Arthur Joseph Preney (#292) was born in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME 5 Oct 1910.(702) age 6m in 1910 USC; age 20y (timekeeper at Iron Works) in 1930 USC, Brunswick, Cumberland, ME

NOTE: extract from family bible of Hilda A. Peterson Preney says born October 5, 1909 (crossed out and replaced with 1910) at 222 North Street, Bath, Maine - unmarried Artie died 24 Jul 1986 in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME, at 75 years of age.(703) extract from family bible of Hilda A. Peterson Preney says he died 22 Jul 1986 in Bath; however, cemetery records say 24 Jul 1986 His body was interred aft 24 Jul 1986 in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME, Oak Grove Cemetery. see Oak Grove Cemetery records for Louis J. Preney

He made a will in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME, 23 Oct 1973. Artie's will was probated in Bath, Sagadahoc, ME, 3 Nov 1986.

child + 400 iii. Doris Marie Preney was born 30 Apr 1911.

child + 401 iv. Amy Kathryn Preney was born 20 Jul 1913.

child + 402 v. Lewis Joseph Preney Jr was born 15 Aug 1915.

child + 403 vi. Hilda Arlene Preney (still alive).

child + 404 vii. John Joseph Preney was born 11 Apr 1920.

child + 405 viii. Virginia May Preney was born 19 Jun 1921.

child + 406 ix. Barbara Ann Preney (still alive).

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