Herman Clifford Ramsdell (1908 - 2001)



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in Portsmouth, Rockingham County, New Hampshire United States


on at Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation, South Main Street, in Ogunquit, York County, Maine United States
Cause of death: Long Illness

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at First Parish Cemetery, Section: F, Row: K, Lot: 159S, Stone: 6, in York, York County, Maine United States


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Ogunquit, York County, Maine United States

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Partner: Velma Louise (Traves) Ramsdell
Children with Velma: Sheldon Herman Ramsdell, Shirley Ann Suglia, Donald A. Ramsdell, and Glenn C. Ramsdell


Ogunquit and Wells schools


He was employed for 35 years with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a planner and estimator, the last seven years with the Groton, Conn., Navy yard. After his retirement, he worked summers for the town of Ogunquit at the Footbridge and Perkins Cove parking lots. He was a life member of the Ogunquit Fire Co., having served for 76 years, and was a past member of the Ocean Lodge No, 142 AF & AM in Wells.


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1908 - In the year that Herman Clifford Ramsdell was born, the Federal Bureau of Investigation was established as the domestic intelligence and security service of the United States; it simultaneously served as the nation's prime federal law enforcement agency. Stanley Finch was the first Chief (now called Director).

1913 - Herbert was merely 5 years old when the Philippine–American War ended for good in June. While the official end of the war was in 1902, fighting continued for several years. An estimated 200,000 to 250,000 total Filipino civilians died and although the U.S. viewed its role as a colonial presence as one of preparing the Philippines for independence, American colonization drastically changed the character off the culture. The Catholic Church was no longer the state religion and English became the primary language of the government.

1925 - At the age of 17 years old, Herbert was alive when gangster Al "Scarface" Capone took over the Chicago bootlegging racket at age 26. Previously right hand man to boss Johnny Torrio, Capone took over when Torrio was shot and severely injured and decided to resign. The bootlegging and brothel organization was massive and when asked what he did, Capone often replied "I am just a businessman, giving the people what they want".

1960 - At the age of 52 years old, Herbert was alive when on May 1st, an American CIA U-2 spy plane, piloted by Francis Gary Powers, was shot down by a surface-to-air missile over the Soviet Union. Powers ejected and survived but was captured. The U.S. claimed that the U-2 was a "weather plane" but Powers was convicted in the Soviet Union of espionage. He was released in 1962 after 1 year, 9 months and 10 days in prison.

1967 - By the time he was 59 years old, on October 2nd, Thurgood Marshall was sworn in as the first black US Supreme Court justice. Marshall was the great-grandson of a slave and graduated first in his class at Howard University Law School. His nomination to the Supreme Court was approved by the Senate, 69 to 11.

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OGUNQUIT, Maine — Herman C. Ramsdell, 92, resident of South Main Street, died Thursday, April 12, 2001, at Kennebunk Nursing and Rehabilitation after a long illness. He was the husband of Velma Louise (Traves) Ramsdell.

He was born Dec. 3, 1908, in Portsmouth, N.H., a son of Albert and Abby Welch Ramsdell, and attended Ogunquit and Wells schools.

He was employed for 35 years with the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard as a planner and estimator, the last seven years with the Groton, Conn., Navy yard. After his retirement, he worked summers for the town of Ogunquit at the Footbridge and Perkins Cove parking lots.

He and his wife Louise wintered for 17 years in Florida.

He was a life member of the Ogunquit Fire Co., having served for 76 years, and was a past member of the Ocean Lodge No, 142 AF & AM in Wells.

He was predeceased by a son, Sheldon Ramsdell, and a daughter, Shirley Suglia.

In addition to his wife of 69 years, survivors include two sons, Donald A. Ramsdell of South Yarmouth, Mass., and Glen C. Ramsdell of Wells; five grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

RAMSDELL — Herman C. Ramsdell, 92, of South Main Street, Ogunquit, Maine, husband of Velma Louise Traves Ramsdell, died on April 12, 2001. A graveside service will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, April 23, 2001, at First Parish Cemetery in York, with Al Davis, Kennebunk Fire Department chaplain, officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Ogunquit Fire Co., P.O. Box 1558, Ogunquit, ME 03907. Arrangements by Bibber Memorial Chapel, 111 Chapel Road, Wells, Maine.

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Birth: Dec. 3, 1908, USA
Death: Apr. 12, 2001, USA

Son of Clifford and Jennie L. Ramsdell.
Husband of Velma Louise (Traves) Ramsdell

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Clifford Ramsdell (1882 - 1953), [external link]

Jennie L. Ramsdell (1880 - 1952), [external link]

First Parish Cemetery
York Village
York County
Maine, USA
Plot: Section: F, Row: K, Lot: 159S, Stone: 6

Created by: Bernadette
Record added: Feb 10, 2014
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