L to R: Gertrude Percival, Warren Percival,
Merton Fox, Hazel Fox. Sign painted by Bill French - 1936.
For many years people came from all over to attend these
annual winter Carnivals that were followed by a formal Carnival
Ball and award ceremonies and were really well done and
attended. I remember dressing up and attending at least one when
I was a kid and participating in the events as a child. Also
attending the weekly Pineland Ski Club meetings. I believe you
had to belong to the Ski Club to participate in the events. Some
more pictures of past carnivals are shown below.
First Carnival Queen 1928
Queen- Dorothy Bemis, Uncle Sam- Harry
Poor, Behind- Henry Hutchins, Hazel Fox.
Carnival Queens from the Past 1976.
Front L to R - Eda
Roberts, Marjorie Campbell, Roberta Thurston, Queen
Leslie Mills, Mary Abbott. Sylvia Poor,
Frances Delong. Back L to R - Hean Peaslee, Dotty Jean
Learned, Barbara Glover, Elaine Gammon, Norma White,
Cynthia Bell, Gloria Howard, Virginia Bell, Juliette
White, Helen Lang, Barbara Pratt
The Grange Apple Princess - Lone Mountain
Grange. Apple Princess - Anna Thurston.
L to R - Lucy Mailloux, Violet Fraser, Etta Perkins, Lillian
Webster, Lily Thurston, Vivian Bemis, Aorence Hall,
Nina Clark, Emily Thurston, Evelyn Stevens, Sadie Bailey, Marge
L-R sitting _Janet Hewey, Trudy
Learned, Maxine Dresser, Outgoing Queen - Philena
Crooker, Ruth Chenery, Sharon Fitzherhert, Avis Perkins.
2nd. row L-R _Wayne Anair, Mike Feener, King _ Jim
Bodwell, Queen - Dorothy Merrill, Billy Crooker, Tommy
Learned, standing - Donald Mailloux
Carnival Ball - 1927.
L to R: Eunice Hawley, Dot. Campbell, Eva
Roberts, May Hall, Dr. Stanwood, Hazel Fox,
Marie Morgan (Queen), Grace Glines, Margaret Hall, Carrie
Morton, Mary MacNeil.
Front Row: Neil Bodwell, Doris French, Eda Perkins, Stan Fox,
Kathy Glines, Jean Glines.
Children Participating in Pineland Ski Club
Corination Ball 1979 ?
Front L-R Tom Morton, A.J. Milligan, Kelly Cronin
Back L-R Kathy Cronin, Kristie Clement, Stephanie Percival,
Here's a few in color from the late 50's or early 60's
Kids dressed in their ski outfits waiting to
participate in the ceremonies.
The kids marching in to create the lane with ski
poles for the queen to walk up to the stage. All the kids would wear
their ski outfits for this part of the ceremony.
Carnival Ball ceremonies, kids would
hold ski poles up to form a corridor that the queen and escort would walk
through on their way to the stage and queens throne. Not sure what year this was.
I'm not sure what part of the ceremonies this was. As you can see it
was quite a formal occasion. I believe at some point all the kids
changed clothes into their dressed up attire.
I believe these Carnival Princesses were pulling the new queen behind
them toward the stage. At some point I think the past years queen would
present the new queen with her crown. I remember at the awards ceremony
is where the athletes who won awards
were presented their award by the Carnival Queen and got a nice kiss on
the cheek as part of their prize.
This must be part of the awards ceremony as you can see the what I
believe are ski trophies in the back on a table.
Well this shows a guy placing the crown on the new queens head so
maybe I was mistaken about the role of the past queen. I do think that
the past and present queens were both on stage and the crown was removed
from the past queen and placed on the new queens head.
The Remmington Clan Pineland Ski Club faithfuls.
L to R: Clarence, Sonny, Robert, Tommy, Alan.
All active members of the Pineland Ski Club.
An alpine slalom event
held on the hill of Spidell's house across from the old
picnic area. I think this is Vicky Meisner on the course
The old ski jump located behind the Town Hall
where we spent hours & hours. It was lighted so you could even ski
at night. Boys competitions were held on this.
The bigger 40 meter ski jump hill was located
down on airport road where even before my time they used to have
horse races and a sort of Fair in the summer. There was also a 20
meter jump located next to the 40 meter one where a lot of High
School events were held. Ski Jumping was still quite popular back
then. This 40 meter hill was more for the adult competition. This
usually drew quite a crowd too if the weather was good. The little
hut you see in the picture sold food and drinks.
A cross country skiing event.
I think this is Becky Simmons Nickerson on the skis.
Just before a competition....
Vicky Simmons Meisner on the left. Richie Davidson the tall one. I believe
Billy Simmons next to Richie and myself on the far right.
Look at the size of these alpine skis then as compared to today's
skis and the size of us kids. I think back then the way you would
tell what size ski you should use was determined by you reaching up
over your head and when you bent your hand at the wrist the tips of
your skis should touch the palm of your hand. Nowadays many would use a much
smaller length ski and length is more determined by your skill
level. Back then most of us only had 1 set of skis and today's
may have several different skis depending on the event and ski conditions.
Misc. Old Time Winter Photos
Not a good picture but I'm sure this is Junior Poor on what was one of
the earlier model Ski Doos I think.
Old Time Snow
A sliding party. This is what our sleds looked
like then. Today there are many designs and styles of sleds. I think
we also had what we called "Flying Saucers" (metal aluminum discs)
and toboggans. I believe the kids in the picture are from left to
right- Tommy Remmington, Becky Simmons (Nickerson), and Peter Poor.
The pictures below will give you an idea of
what I remember how much snow we used to get on an average every
year during the winter. This years snow fall is close to what I
remember it usually being. I remember a couple of years at least
where the snow fall was much more than this. I don't know if this
was because I was a child and it just seemed like it was more or
that it really was a lot more snow fell in the winter back in the
50's and 60's.
David & Lorena Simmons House. (Clarence, Sonny, Robert, Alan, & Tom Remmington)
on a warm spring day in March I think.
Dads Pride & Joy black Chevy
A. H. S. SKI TEAM 1959
Left - Right: Frank Morgan, Arthur Hutchins,
Hugh Morton, Jack Ladd, Mike Feener,
Wayne Morton, Tommy Learned
Actually Ski Jumps- plural. I'm
not sure what size they were. The one closest looks
like it may have been about a 20 meter jump?? I
don't remember these growing up. They must have been
before my time.
Jumping a dying sport? or
It seems like skiing has died away in the
town of Andover. There used to be several ski jumps and many
cross country trails. The ski jumps have gone away. Certainly
you would have to say ski jumping in the U.S. has died for the
The cross country trails are still there but they are
not used much anymore. At one time there was a small ski area up
by East B Hill with a rope tow and several runs. The annual ski
carnival was held every year.
Back then I think skiing was about
the only thing we had to occupy some of our time in the winter
months. Now everyone has a snowmobile and video games etc. It
seems that Snowboarding has captured the interests of the younger crowd
more so than skiing. It really isn't just Andover. I see it all
I want to
thank Elliot Lang for sending this old
Christmas Card that was from my Grandmother
Florena Cole (Florena Cushing) to Marie
Elliott (Marie Lang) about 100
years ago. I'm told they were good friends. I'm not sure of the exact date,
the post mark is hard to read, but it was
sent with a 2 cent stamp. I went online and
it showed that the 2 cent stamp was used by
the post office from 1885 to 1917. So
needless to say it is old and from somewhere
in that period I guess. Obviously Santa was
a popular figure even back then.
also like to thank the Andover
Historical Society for many of the pictures above.
Do you have any old
pictures you would like me to add to these? If so just mail a
copy of them attn. Bruce Simmons P.O. box 176 Andover, Maine
04216, or email them to me at