People & Places


Ada Herrick (1885-1962)

Ada Herrick spent her life in Brooklin teaching in the elementary schools around town.  She started in 1914 at the No. 7 School (River Road) and earned a salary of $8.50 per week.  The next year she was at the West Brooklin School, and for a while at Haven.  By 1918, Ada’s salary was $220 for the year plus $3.50 for her services as janitor at the North Brooklin School.  Her last year of teaching was at the Little Red School House in Grades 1 and 2 in 1956.  She taught for 49 years.  The Little Red School house is now our local Town Offices.  Ada lived on Old County Road, and later, in Center Harbor in the Nevell’s house. She graduated in the first class from Brooklin High School in 1907. Her post high school education included Castine Normal School, Washington State Normal School, Gorham State Teacher’s College and U of Maine.


Joel White (1930-1997)

Joel McCoun White (December 21, 1930 – December 5, 1997) was an American naval architect.  For lovers of traditional wooden boats and yachts, for lovers of the spruce-clad islands, bays and thoroughfares of mid-coat Maine, and for Brooklin, Maine, the world is a different place without Joel White. Joel died of lung cancer on Friday, December 5, 1997, just two weeks before his 67th birthday.  He was born in New York City in 1930, the son of writer, E.B. White and editor,  Katherine Sergeant (Angell) White, who were both employed by the New Yorker magazine. By Joel’s 6th summer, his family had moved to the coast of Maine and by the 16th summer, Joel had acquired his first classic wooden sailboat called Shadow, still owned at the time of his death.  Joel attending grade school in Brooklin, graduated from Exeter Academy in 1947, and attended Cornell University for 2 years and transferred to M.I.T. where he graduated in 1953 with a B.S. in Naval Architecture.  He served in the Army in Germany and after his discharge, he moved his family to Maine where he worked as a partner

with Arno Day at the Brooklin Boat Shop.  Joel later became the sole owner and established the Brooklin Boat Yard.  There he designed and built both yachts and lobster boats until 1987, when he turned the operation over to his oldest son, J. Steven White, where he continued designing as long as his health permitted.



West Brooklin School around 1921, Teacher was Miss Gaynell Bridges


This school was also known as #5.  This was located across from Rockbound Chapel.  Sold to Rockbound Chapel in 1947 for $50.00.



Louise Allen Rockwell (1923-2005)

BROOKLIN – Louise W. Rockwell died at her home Jan. 10, 2005. She was born May 5, 1923, at the Allen homestead in Brooklin, the daughter of John W. and Effie (Ryan) Allen. Louise graduated from Brooklin High School in 1941 and worked in various jobs in Brooklin until 1963. At that time, she and her family moved to Columbus, Ind., where she worked until returning to her home in Brooklin in 1974. Louise and her husband were awarded the 2001 Alumni Citizenship Award for the couple’s constant willingness to give of their time and possessions whether to neighbors in need or to the town in general. Louise was also well known for her work at the Brooklin General Store which she owned with her family from 1986 to 2003. Surviving in addition to her loving husband of 60 years, Wallace “Rocky”; are three children, seven grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, a son, Townsend A. Rockwell and his wife, Florence, of Columbus, Ind. and their two sons, Thomas and Ronnie, also of Columbus; daughter, Lorna Grant of Brooklin and her two sons, Tony Bryant of Blue Hill, Tim Bryant of Brooklin; daughter, Vauna Haza of Bangor and her three children, Stephanie Vetne of South Bend, Ind., Jeff Haza of Roseland, N.J., and Chris Haza of Alexandria, Va.; a brother, George L. Allen of North Brooklin and a special friend and neighbor, Sharron Ellis. She was predeceased by two brothers, Stanley and John Allen; and one sister, Rachel Allen. Calling hours will be held from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13, 2005, at Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill. Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 14, 2005, at the Brooklin Baptist Church with Pastor Jim Lufkin officiating. Memorial contributions in Louise’s name may be made to the Brooklin Volunteer Fire Dept, PO Box 17, Brooklin, ME 04616 or First Baptist Church, PO Box 76, Brooklin, ME 04616. Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 141 South St., Blue Hill.