James L. Pete

1911 Lincoln, Maine – 1986 Rome, Maine



Continuation of tree (9th child of Joseph Pitre/Catherine Paradis); all known surname descendants:

                   8           James L. Pete  b: 22 March 1911  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME; d: 17 March 1986  Rome, Kennebec, ME

                                       +June Louise Byers  b: 16 April 1914  Danforth, Washington, ME; m: 16 October 1930  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME [Chester/Myrtle Moody]; d: 26 April 2006  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME

                            9               Lois P. Pete  b: Abt. 1931  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME; d: Bef. December 2017  Florida

                                                +Francis J. Trial    m: 4 June 1950  Howland, Penobscot, ME

                            9               Reta Mae Pete  b: 17 December 1933  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME; d: 18 December 2017  Southington, Hartford, CT

                                                +Garry E. Michaud   b: 28 December 1932  Millinocket, Penobscot, ME; m: 16 February 1951  Howland, Penobscot, ME [Emile/Cecilie Ayotte]; d: 11 April 2009  Southington, Hartford, CT

                            9               Rose Marie Pete  b: Abt. 1935  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME; d: Bef. December 2017  New Hampshire

                                                +Wilfred J. Deschaine    m: 22 March 1951  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME

                                               *2nd Husband of Rose Marie Pete:

                                                +--- Brennan

                            9               Pearl J. Pete  b: Abt. 1936  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME; d: Aft. December 2017  Presque Isle

                                                +Earl Hitchcock

                            9               Katherine M. Pete  b: Abt. 1938  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME; d: Aft. December 2017  Presque Isle

                                                +Phil Guerrette


                               *2nd Wife of James L. Pete:

                                       +Madolyn Margaret Violette  b: 18 September 1914  Bradley, Penobscot, ME; m: 12 October 1940  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME [Edward/Prudence Merrill]; d: 5 June 2011  Orono, Penobscot, ME


                               *3rd Wife of James L. Pete:

                                       +Anita M. Whitten  b: 12 August 1921; m: 15 March 1947  Lincoln, Penobscot, ME; d: 4 January 1999  Houlton, Aroostook, ME



Notes for James L. Pete:


- 1940 Lincoln, Penobscot, Maine:  James L. Pete 29 laborer/const., Madeline P. Weston 24 housekeeper/private family.  As a separate household: June L. Pete 24, Lois P. 9, Reta M. 6, Rose M. 5, Pearle J. 4, Katherine M. 2, boarders Vinal A. Trott 20 trapper & Reginal J. Trott 18 trapper.


Misc.:  The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Monday, 13 April 1931:  James L. Pete of Lincoln was brought to Bangor Saturday by Deputy Sheriff Frank O. Thomas for arraignment in the Bangor municipal court on a charge of breaking and entering and larceny March 25 at the Lincoln Public Library.  He was charged with larceny of a watch valued at $25, the property of Sadie Adams, and $37.50 in cash from the library.  He entered a plea of guilty and was held by Judge Quinn in bonds of $1000 for his appearance at the June term of superior court.  In default of bail he was committed to jail.  The respondent who is said to be 19 years old has a wife and they have been supported recently by the town.  When his wife appeared with a new coat it led to suspicion and Deputy Sheriff Thomas said he secured a confession from Pete of breaking into the library by a rear window.  The watch was recovered.

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Thursday, 26 September 1940:  (Women allowed to resume maiden name following divorce) June L. from James L. Pete, both of Lincoln

- Enlisted in the Army 27 Oct 1943.

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Wednesday, 12 December 1945:  Notice - From this date I will no longer be responsible for any debts contracted by my wife, Madelyn P. Pete.  James L. Pete

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Friday, 26 April 1946:  Divorce - James L. Pete, Lincoln, from Madelyn P. Pete, Lincoln, cruel and abusive treatment.

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Tuesday, 9 March 1948:  Lincoln, March 8 - James L. Pete of this town was arraigned in Lincoln municipal court today before Judge Dwight E. DeWitt on a charge of statutory rape.  Probable cause was found and he was bound over to the next term of superior court in Bangor in April.  In default of bond, set at $2,500, he was committed to Penobscot county jail, Bangor.  Arresting officer was Chief of Police William Brinson.

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Thursday, 25 March 1948:  Lincoln, March 24 - Alton Cook of Enfield was arraigned in Lincoln municipal court, Monday before Judge Dwight E. DeWitt on a charge of assault and battery on James L. Pete who was the complainant.  Cook pleaded guilty and paid fine and costs totaling $33.

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Monday, 26 April 1948:  The heaviest sentence was imposed on James L. Pete of Lincoln, convicted by a jury on a charge of rape.  He will serve five years in State's prison.  The verdict in this case was returned Saturday forenoon.  Trial was begun on Friday.

- The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Saturday, 29 October 1949:  Augusta, Oct. 28 - A Lincoln man convicted in 1948 of a morals charge filed a pardon petition with the secretary of state today.  James L. Pete, serving 5 years in state prison, was convicted in superior court, Bangor, April 6, 1948, on a morals charge involving a 12-year-old girl.  The pardon plea has been scheduled for hearing by the governor and council on December 7.  Pete claims his health has been impaired.  He maintains his innocence and adds he feels he has already served sufficient sentence to pay his debt to society.


Tombstone Inscriptions, St. Marys Cemetery, Houlton, Aroostook, ME:  PETE / Anita M. / Aug. 12, 1921 / Jan. 1, 1999 / James L. / Mar. 22, 1911 / Mar. 17, 1986   ///   (separate stone): James L. Pete / PFC US Army / World War II / Mar. 22, 1911 - Mar. 17, 1986


Notes for June L. Byers:

- June married Vinal A. Trott on 5 October 1940.

Obituary:  Lincoln – June Trott, wife of the late Vinal Trott, died April 26, 2006, at a Lincoln healthcare facility.  She was born April 16, 1914, in Danforth, the daughter of Chester and Myrtle (Moody) Byers.  June had a great sense of humor.  It was not uncommon for her to sit up all night laughing with family visiting for the holidays.  She had many hobbies, enjoyed crafting and frequenting restaurants with friends, but her passion was bowling.  She is survived by five daughters from her first husband, Lois Trial and friend, Walt, of Florida, Reta Michaud and husband, Gerry, of Connecticut, Rose Marie Brennan and husband, Fred, of New Hampshire, Pearl Hitchcock and husband, Earl, of Presque Isle, Kay Guerrette and husband, Phil, of Presque Isle; a daughter from her second husband, Cherry Nash and husband, Allan, of Lincoln; a brother, Chester Byers; 23 grandchildren, 27 great-grand-children, 24 great-great-grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter at birth, Beatrice Pete; a brother, Lawrence Byers; and three sisters, Lois Murchison, Gayla Goodwin, and Lillian Brown.  Graveside services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln Cemetery, with the Rev. Dr. Bruce Young officiating.  In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Penobscot Valley Humane Society, P.O. Box 73, Lincoln, ME 04457.  Arrangements with Clay Funeral Home, 7 Lee Rd., Lincoln. 

Tombstone Inscription, West Broadway Cemetery, Lincoln, ME:  TROTT / Vinal A. / June 28, 1919 / Apr. 21, 1993 / June L. / Apr. 16, 1914 / Apr. 26, 2006


Notes for Madolyn Margaret Violette:

- Madolyn married Linwood Hollis in 1953.

Obituary:  The Bangor Daily News (Bangor, ME), Wednesday, 8 June 2011:  (photo) Madolyn Margaret Hollis.  Brewer - Madolyn Margaret Hollis, 96, went to be with the Lord June 5, 2011, at an Orono nursing home.  She was born Sept. 18, 1914, in Bradley, daughter of Edward and Prudence (Merrill) Violette.  She was a graduate of Old Town High School.  In her early years, she worked alongside the 'cussing' parrot at the Anchorage, Old Town, helping her aunt, Myrtle Hutchinson, and the Captain.  She then became a private practical nurse at Taylor Hospital and Workman's Hospital, Lincoln.  Madolyn belonged to Brewer Eagles Club and was an active member of St. John's Catholic Church, Bangor.  She loved to go 'out,' whether to wrestling matches with 'Peachie' at Dino's, go shopping or just having coffee with her health aides.  She was predeceased by her husband, Linwood M. Hollis, April 26, 1960; and also a long-time companion, Eldon E. 'Jim' Carr.  She is survived by niece, Cindy Chabre and her husband, Ron, of Windsor Locks, Conn.  She will be sadly missed by many dear friends, Peachie, Pauline, Donna, Rose, Terry and Geraldine, and so many others who enjoyed the privilege of her company.  Many thanks go to the staff at Orono Commons and New Hope Hospice whose care gently guided her to the next step of her journey.  A burial service will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, June 9, at Mount Hope Cemetery.  All friends are asked to meet at the Superintendent's Lodge 15 minutes prior to the service.  Any contributions in her memory may be made to Animal Orphanage.


Obituaries for the children:

Reta Mae Pete:  Record Journal (Meriden, CT), Friday, 22 December 2017:  Reta M. (Pete) Michaud, 84, of the Plantsville section of Southington, died Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at The Summit of Plantsville.  She was predeceased by her husband Garry who passed in 2009.  Born on December 17, 1933 in Lincoln, Maine to the late James Pete and June (Byers) Trott, she had been a longtime Southington resident.  Reta was a retiree of Pratt & Whitney in Southington where she worked as a machinist.  She is survived by her son Garry “Butch” Michaud Jr. of Southington and her daughter Monica Doyle and her husband Jim of Torrington; three sisters: Pearl Hitchcock and husband Earl; Kay Guerrette and husband Phil; Cherry Nash and husband Alan, all of Maine; five grandchildren: Ian Steele and his wife Carrie, Nicole Bielecki and her husband Mark, Kaila LaJoie, Michael Stokes Jr. and Josh Gerwatowski; four great-grandchildren, Kailyn and Madalyne Bielecki, Kegan Michaud and Dreah LaJoie. She was predeceased by her 3 sisters, Beatrice Trott; Rose Brennan and Lois Trial and daughter-in-law, Dorothy (Wheeler) Michaud.  Reta's passions were bowling, going to the casino, and her regular trips to see her family in Maine.  She cherished her family and friends and will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.  A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 27, at the Plantsville Funeral Home, Plantsville.  Burial will follow in South End Cemetery, Southington.  Calling hours will be held before the service from 9 to 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

Tombstone Inscription, South End Burying Ground, Southington, Hartford, CT:  MICHAUD / Feb. 16, 1951 / Garry / 1932 - 2009 / Reta / 1933 - (blank)


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