George Edward CONSTABLE

George Edward CONSTABLE

Male 1902 - 1990

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  • Name  George Edward CONSTABLE  [1
    Born  28 Oct 1902  Moncton, New Brunswick. Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender  Male 
    Buried  1990  Quaker Hill Cemetery, Unity, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died  16 Oct 1990  Waterville, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID  I0006  WillIam CONSTABLE
    Last Modified  13 Sep 2006 

    Father  Horace CONSTABLE,   b. 12 Jul 1869, 7 Ingrave Road, Wandsworth Battersea, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Dec 1950, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Amy Elizabeth SEARLE,   b. 30 Jun 1871, Belgrave, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Dec 1945, Sunny Brae, New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  23 Sep 1889  Parish Church, Isleworth, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F0004  Group Sheet

    Family  Florine Marguerite LANG,   b. 10 Dec 1903, Boston, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Sep 1986, Waterville, Maine Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  20 Sep 1930  Somerville, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Children 
    >1. Living
    >2. Living
    >3. Living
    Family ID  F0003  Group Sheet

  • Photos
    George 'Eddie' CONSTABLE
    Eddie CONSTABLE

    Headstones
    Headstone Florine LANG and George E. CONSTABLE
    Headstone Florine LANG and George E. CONSTABLE

  • Notes 
    • George Edward Constable:

      George was the first of the Constable children to be born in Canada. He grew up in a household full of brothers and sisters and a very loving mother. His father, Horace worked for the CNR ( Canadian National Railroad ) as a brakeman and as a bridge inspector and was gone much of the time. "Eddie" loved to fish. When Eddie and Fred where in about Fourth and Third grade their teacher called at the home and asked about the health of the 2 boys, as they had not been in school for weeks- but their mother had been sending them everyday. Apparently they went fishing every day instead of going to school.

      Eddie decided to quit school when he was in 5th grade because of the long bus ride to a consolidated school in Nova Scotia near Greenville, and Sunny Brea. I do not know what he did for those years before he was 15, except to hunt and fish and help earn money for the family as best as he could.

      At the age of 15 he lied about his age and joined the Royal North-West Mounted Police from Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada on June 13, 1919 saying he was already seventeen. After basic training at Regina, Saskatchewan he was posted to "E" division at Vancouver, his Regimental Number was 7926. He told me that his job was drug enforcement because many Chinese ships docked in Vancouver and they smuggled opium into Canada and into the United States. He left the force sometime after 1922.

      He then went to The Pas, near Flin Flon, Manitoba and joined his brother,Fred, in working for the civil service commission of Canada- he had a seasonal appointment in the Interior Department as a Fire Ranger in the summer and they trapped in the winter, selling the hides so that they would have enough money to live on. He and Fred had dog teams and bred and trained these dogs. Around 1927 Eddie went to NH to help breed and train dogs for someone and was hired to race the team. Eddie did not have enough money to get back to Canada and just enough for a stamp to write home and tell them he had to stay until he got enough money to get home. He never went back to live in Canada.

      He stayed, getting a job in Boston as a car salesman for the Fuller Family Cadillac dealership. Later becoming a chauffeur when Mr.Fuller became Governor of Massachusetts. Gov. Fuller had a residence in Massachusetts and also a retreat at Rye Beach, NH. It was on one of the trips for Gov. Fuller that Eddie met his bride to be. He was returning Minnie Lang to her residence at 13 Windsor Road, Somerville, Massachusetts from a function at the Fullers- and he saw this lovely lady walking up the front steps and noticed that she had beautiful legs!!! and he asked who that lovely thing was and Minnie introduced him to her daughter , Florine Lang.

      They were married on Sept 20, 1930 and Florine worked as a $17.00 a week secretary for the SSPiece Co. in Boston, Massachusetts. Eddie continued to work for Gov. Fuller- spending time between Massachusetts and N
      Around 1932 they decided to buy a farm in Unity, Maine-- they would drive Route 9 on their way to Canada to visit Eddies family and found a farm for sale. Eddie left his job with Gov. Fuller and moved to Maine , Florine stayed in Boston and worked so that they would have income. She moved to Maine in Spring of 1933.

      The farm that they bought had been a chicken farm and in cleaning up the place Eddie found an old incubator. Being very mechanical he fixed it up and bought some eggs form a framer, a Mr. Mitchell and hatched his first batch of chickens. He also bought some breeder stock from Sears and Roebuck and had them mailed to him in Unity. Florine continued to send him weekly funds of about 3 to 5 dollars a week to buy food and supplies. He would write to her for seeds and to check on how to do things in the nearby Boston Library. That is how they started out in the chicken business.

      When Florine moved to Maine in Spring of 1933 she opened a coffee shop and they had a little gas station by the side of the road. They were just half way on the main route between Augusta and Bangor and it was an ideal place to stop for gas and goodies. This little extra income helped the farm and made conditions better for them. Florine continued to run the coffee shop until Oct. 1934 when she had her first child, Robert Norman Constable. After the coffee shop was closed , Eddie turned it into a chicken coop! and the business continued to grow.

      His nephew, Butch, (George Edward II) came to live with him about 1940 and help out. A few years later another nephew, Donald joined them. Soon, the two nephews had to leave to fight in World War II. Eddie was in the Maine State Guard, but was granted an Honorable Discharge from CO."D" 3rd Bn. 1st Regt Inf on Dec 24, 1945 because of business interference.

      The poultry business continued to grow and after the war the two nephews came back and continued to work for the growing Constable Hatchery. A second farm was purchased and the hatching increased. The family moved to the farm on Quaker Hill Road and Butch moved into the old farm by Bither Brook. Don, built a home and chicken barn on the Albion Road on a piece of property that Eddie gave him.

      By 1950, the hatchery was delivering over a million baby chicks to local growers.
      The Portland Canning Factory in Unity was bought by Constable, Inc in 1950's and the production of chickens grew in Waldo County. It was the poultry capital of the state and New England. The poultry business was sold in 1958 as Eddie never gave up his love for fishing .
      They began to spend winters in Marathon, Florida and summers at their camp in Unity, Maine In 1965, the Constables donated the farm land on Quaker Hill to what is now known as Unity College.

  • Sources 
    1. [S17973] Maine Death Index, 1960-97.

    2. [S34407] Birth cert. on file.

    3. [S27024] Death cert on file.

    4. [S17929] Marriage cert.on file.