JEROME A. EMERSON
In 1938 Jerome, and his late wife Hazel, moved to his present home on the Pleasant Vale Road where they established a poultry business which lasted until their retirement in 1974. At the age of four Jerome began school in the local one-room school located next to the family farm.
His mother was his first teacher. Jerome entered Corinna Union Academy in the fall of 1928 and served as president of his class during his four years of high school. He graduated as Salutatorian in 1932. In the fall of 1933 Jerome entered the University of Maine at Orono where he studied for two years. Jerome was a self-employed poultry farmer for 36 years. He served as selectman or assessor for the town of Corinna from 1937-1956.
Jerome joined Parian Masonic Lodge #160 in 1942 and served as Master in 1948 and 1949 and received his 55 year membership pin in 2002. Also a member of DeMolay Commandery, he became a member of Anah Shrine in 1954. He was elected to the Board of Trustees of CUA in 1948, Vice-President in 1964 and served as President for 34 of the 57 years he was on the board. In 2006 he was made an honorary member of the CUA Trustees Board.
Jerome represented Corinna on the first Board of Directors of the Maine School Administrative District No. 48 from 1967 to 1969. His legislative service began with his election in 1952 to serve out the term of his father who was elected in the fall of 1951 and because of sickness was unable to serve. He was reelected as a member of the Maine House of Representatives for the 96th session in 1953. In the fall of 1978 he was elected to the Maine Senate and was a member of that body for the next 14 years (109th -115th sessions). During his tenure in Augusta he served under Governors Payne, Cross, Brennan, and McKernan.
Jerome joined Maine Farm Bureau in 1954 and served as president for 11 years beginning in the mid 1950s. He has been a member for 50 plus years. He was elected to Penobscot County Board in 1955, President of the County Board in 1957; member of the Maine Farm Bureau Board in 1958, President of Board in 1960. Jerome served on the Board of American Farm Bureau Federation, and on the Board of Farm Family Insurance Companies. Other civic positions Jerome has served on at various times are the Comprehensive Planning Committee, the Planning Board, and the Board of Appeals for his community.
In 1978, Jerome spent the summer as an Agriculture Missionary in Monrovia, Liberia, West Africa. In the spring of 2000 he was initiated into the Stillwater Society of the University of Maine; in the fall he was elected to the Board of the Page Farm and Home Museum of the University of Maine. On October 20, 2006, Jerome was presented with the Hugh Murphy Volunteer of the Year Award by the Board of Directors of the Page Farm and Home Museum for his dedication to the Museum’s mission of promoting agricultural awareness to school-age children. As an active member of the Corinna United Methodist Church, Jerome has served a lay leader, chairman of the Administrative Board and Finance Committee.
He was been a trustee, choir member and along with his late wife, Hazel, were the first leaders of the Couples Club. Recently Jerome was elected a director of the Sunshine Village Corporation. Jerome was a life member of the Corinna Historical Society.
Surviving are his adopted daughter, Jacqueline A. Emerson of Corinna; brother, Kenneth R. and his wife, Charlene B. Emerson of Corinna; nephews, James P. Emerson and wife, Susan J. and their children, Heather L. Kerstetter and Timothy James “TJ” Emerson; Allen Emerson and his wife Sandra and their sons, Brandon and Kyle; nieces Carleen E. Davis and husband Daniel and their children, James D., Suanne M., Ryan G., Daniel S. II “Dusty”; Terri Lee Murray and husband, James “Butch” and their daughters, Shana Anderson and Michelle Paradis; sisters-in-law, Ethel Hamlin of Etna and Grace Smart of Newport; other family members and many close friends.
He was predeceased by his wife, Hazel, on March 19, 1999.
Visitation with the family will be from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M Friday evening, August 31st, followed by a 7PM Masonic Service at the Crosby & Neal Chapel, 68 Exeter Road, Corinna. A celebration of life will be held 11 A.M., Saturday, September 1st, at the Corinna United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sharon Lovejoy officiating. Interment will be in the Nutter Cemetery, Corinna.
In lieu of flowers, it is requested that memorial funds be made in Jerome’s memory to Stewart Free Library or the Corinna Union Academy Scholarship Fund, c/o Jackie Emerson, 132 Pleasant Vale Road, Corinna, ME 04928-3405. To sign an online guestbook, go to www.CrosbyNeal.com.
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