Sunday’s Obituary – Harry L Shackford of Kennebunk and Biddeford, ME, (1884-1953) (Blog 495)

Birth Record Harry L ShackfordHarry L Shackford, the fourth child of Stephen Frank and Ada Louise (Smith) Shackford was born May 9, 1884 in Freedom, New Hampshire.    By the age of 16 he was working as a day laborer at his brother-in-law’s home in Wakefield, Massachusetts.

Harry married Pauline Fielding, the daughter of Thomas and Mary A (Nedeau) Fielding in Kennebunk, Maine on October 28, 1903 and by 1910 they were raising two children and both working as shoe makers in Exeter, New Hampshire.

Harry Lumon Shackford WWI draft registration clipping

Harry’s September 9, 1918 draft registration seems to show a middle name of Luman (while the writing is decipher, assuming this is correct spelling as this is the middle name of one of the grandchildren).

By 1920, Harry had six children and was working as a fish dealer.  After the birth of his seventh child, Ernest Byron Shackford, he and his wife Pauline and his two daughters and their husbands who also had just had newborns all baptized their children together in one baptismal ceremony at the Methodist Episcopal Church!

Harry continued working in the fish business and purchased the fish business of E.C. Snowden on a wharf in Kennebunk in November 1829.  In the 1930 census he listed his occupation as a fish salesman and as a proprietor of a fish shop in the 1940 census.  Shackford & Gooch Marketing abt 1953We’re not sure when he and his son-in-law opened the famous Shackford & Gooch fish store but we do know it was a very well known and popular local and tourist spot in Kennebunk.

The Shackford’s also hosted many holiday and celebratory events with their eight children in their home in Biddeford and at Sebago Lake.  In  their later years they started to spend their winters in Saint Petersburg, Florida.

Harry died suddenly in Biddeford on July 7, 1953.  His obituary reads:

Kennebunk, Harry L Shackford, The Sanford Tribune (Sanford, Maine), 16 July 1953 Part 1Harry L. Shackford, 69, a res-
ident of the Lower Village, died
suddenly Tuesday evening last
week in a Biddeford hospital.
Born in Freedom, N. H., the son
of Stephen and Ada F. Smith
Shackford, he was a retired
wholesale and retail fish dealer
in Kennebunkport. He was a
member of the Kennebunk
Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Paul-
ine Fielding Shackford five
daughters, Mrs. Mildred Robin-
son, Mrs. Florence Rand, Mrs
Marguerite Hubbard, Mrs Ruth
Twombly and Mrs. Bernice
Gooch, all of Kennebunkport;
three sons Frederick, of Wells,
Harry T of Biddeford and Er-
nest of Berwick; four sisters,
Mrs. Myrtle Dupree, of Wash-
ington D C., Mrs Helen Mairs,
and Mrs. Ethel Arnold, of Dov-
er, N. H., and Mrs Addie Davis,
of Wolfeboro N.H.; two brothers
Roland Shackford of Wells and
William K Shackford of Canal
Point. Fla, and several grand-
Funeral services were held
Friday afternoon from the Ken-
nebunk Methodist Church with
the Rev. William C. Landis of-
ficiating. Internment was in Ever-
green Cemetery, Kennebunk


Florence Viola Shackford (1904-1984) – married Clyde E Rand, lived in Kennebunk, Maine and Lee, Florida

Bernice Viola Shackford (1906-1999) – married Byron Otto Gooch, lived in Kennebunk, Maine

Harry T. Shackford, (1911-1990) – married Eugene Mae Perry, Irene Alice LaPoint, and Viola Patent, worked for electronics company.  Lived in Kennebunk and Brevard, Florida

Mildred Irene Shackford (1913-2008) – married Charles William Robinson, lived in Kennebunk, Maine

Frederick Ellsworth Shackford (1916-1978) – married Margaret Crissell, lived in Kennebunk and Wells, Maine

Marguerite Louise Shackford (1918-2016) – married Charles S Hubbard

Ruth Lillian Shackford (1921-2007) – married George Twombly, lived in Kennebunk, Maine

Ernest Byron Shackford (1925-2006 – married Celestine Farwell and Sally.  Worked as a carpenter.

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1900 United States Federal Census, Carroll County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Wakefield, enumeration district (ED) 163, Sheet No 12, dwelling 266, family 266, Herbert N Fowler; digital image, ( : accessed 19 August 2019).

1910 United States Federal Census, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, population schedule, Exeter, enumeration district (ED) 243, Sheet No 9A, house number 62, dwelling 154, family 138, Harry L Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 19 August 2019).

1920 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Kennebunk, enumeration district (ED) 109, Sheet No 17A, dwelling 437, family 451, Harry S Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 19 August 2019).

1930 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Kennebunk, enumeration district (ED) 16-23, Sheet No 16A, dwelling 391, family 481, Harry L Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 19 August 2019).

1940 United States Federal Census, York County, Maine, population schedule, Kennebunk, enumeration district (ED) 16-36, Sheet No 17A, House No 57, Harrry L Shackford; digital images, ( : accessed 19 August 2019).

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“A joint anniversary, birthday and Mothers Day party was held,” Biddeford Daily Journal (Biddeford, Maine), 12 May 1941

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“Mr and Mrs Harry L. Shackford of Western avenue entertained,” Biddeford Daily Journal (Biddeford, Maine), 29 November 1943; digital image, Newspaper Archive ( : accessed 22 August 2019)

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“REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS IN KENNEBUNK,” Biddeford Weekly Journal (Biddeford, Maine), 8 November 1929; digital images, McArthur Public Library ( : accessed 23 August 2019). Harry Shackford purchased fish business.

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