Author Archives: Viv Walden

Small town Christmas

It was 1987 and a young boy named Phil was coming to Greenville for Christmas. He had lived with his family far away in the south Pacific for four years. From this island country of extreme heat, palm trees, sandy … Continue reading

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Gramps Gets Promoted

Gramps had only one regret about his military service; he was not promoted to Captain. He tried a few times to get his rank changed  and even called Susan Collins to see if she would hear his case. Some of … Continue reading

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Gramps Edwin Schuyler Walden 1922-2017

Many of you have come to know Gramps through facebook and our blog; here is a little more about his ordinary extraordinary life. Edwin Schuyler Walden was born in Greenville, Maine July 20, 1922, hand delivered by the famous Doc Pritham.  … Continue reading

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Gramps Hitchhikes to Town in his Wheelchair

We came home the other day and Gramps told us nonchalantly that he had hitchhiked to town. Well, he said, I was alone and I wanted to go to breakfast at the Legion Hall because I was hoping to see … Continue reading

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The Whiffletree – Sign of Spring

The winter of 1929 was markedly cold, snowy and long. It began unusually early and snowed more than it had in quite a few years. My bedroom window had snow on the sill most days and all winter I had … Continue reading

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East Road Excitement circa 1938

Dave Curtis was at times a bus driver, piano player, photographer, dog owner and generally well-liked East Roader. When he had to get off airport land because of eminent domain, Dave decided to take just his photography studio to live … Continue reading

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How an 8 Party Line, Hatbox Car and 2 Farm Kids Saved the Elliot House

A Walden Farm Tale – Gramps and Viv Walden One five, ring twelve was our number at Walden Farm. It rang one long ring and two short. Sometimes my sister Lambie and I would pick up when other people were … Continue reading

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He Raised the Roof for Her – an Everyday Valentine

She was a fine looking New England woman and he was a quiet man with a mustache.     It was a marriage made in Maine and from all reports a long and happy union. Abby was one of the famous … Continue reading

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Planning the Garden with Gramps

We are in the thick of winter so yesterday I handed Johnny’s Seed Catalog to Gramps as a nod to spring and the large garden we hope to plant. We began our work on the garden in the fall because … Continue reading

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First Lieutenant Edwin Schuyler Walden, 93, Reports for Duty

Last night First Lieutenant Edwin Schuyler Walden aka Gramps returned home from his trip to Washington, DC with Honor Flight Maine. Forty-five WW2 veterans made up this fall’s group. I like to think they represented all the men (including my … Continue reading

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