A "Random Fact"... that, in May 1969, the 10.7 mile section of Route 236 that runs from the Kittery, Maine Traffic Circle to Route 4 in South Berwick was named for my Great-Uncle, Harold L. Dow.
The bill was introduced to the State Legislature in February '69 (see article below), and was made official with a ceremony in May, and the placement of signs on both ends of the stretch of highway. Uncle Harold and his wife Lora were in attendance [see article and photo in the 14 May 1969 Portsmouth Herald, page 20] for the event.
HAROLD LEROY DOW was born in New Castle, NH on 3 June 1894, the son of John T and Dorothy (Yeaton) Dow. He died on 20 Sept 1974 in the Portsmouth Hospital, aged 80.
He moved from Portsmouth, NH to Eliot in 1917, where he held many positions of office, including assessor, overseer of the poor, and was selectman for some thirty years. He was also a State Rep for several terms (in 1939, '45, and '51), and held various positions within the local Republican committees.
His wife was LORA M COLE of Eliot, whom he married in 1917. She passed away in 1991.
For work, he first ran the "Dow Oil Supply Co." in the 1950's, then had a bottled gas company. He afterwards had a gas station on Main Street in Eliot, near where he lived in town.