Autumn Time

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“The cheerful joyous season

The Autumn time is come

With song and shout we welcome

The golden harvest home.”

In keeping with the season, here’s a nice one showing the above verse and a couple of adorable squirrels in an oak tree. The card is addressed to:   “Mrs. M.B. Sanborn, Greene, Maine…?…” 

The sender’s writing is quite difficult to read at the end of their message which is:   “Millie cant you and Milon come over next Sunday. Oct 28 We would very much to have you….?…Nellie?…?”

From the 1920 Federal Census taken in Greene, Androscoggin County, Maine, Mrs. M.B. Sanborn is Mellie J., wife of Milan B. Sanborn. He was born about 1863, and she about 1867. Living with them are their son, Jesse L., born about 1893, his wife Theo B., born about 1898, Jesse and Theo’s daughter Veda M., born about 1919, and Ethel L. Sanborn, single daughter of Milan and Mellie. All are born in Maine. Milan and son Jesse are farming, and Ethel is a schoolteacher.

The 1900 census in Greene shows the Sanborn parents with son Jesse and as of yet unnamed Ethel (one month old) and mother-in-law to Milan, Bethiah Thompson, born May of 1827 in Maine. So, Mellie’s maiden name of Thompson is pretty much confirmed by the marriage record we find for her and Milan. They were married on September 18, 1886, in Wales, Androscoggin, Maine.

Since Jesse’s wife’s name is a little unusual – Theo – we couldn’t resist looking for her as well, in order to confirm the spelling. Other census records and the couple’s marriage record do show the same. They were married on September 1, 1917 in Leeds, Maine. Theo’s maiden name is Buckley. Though census records list Theo’s middle initial as B., her marriage record shows G. The change of the middle initial to one indicating the maiden name is very commonly seen on older census records.

Divided back, embossed, used postcard. Postmarked October 24, 1922 from Lewiston, Maine. Publisher unknown.

Price:  $12.00

Sources:  Year: 1920; Census Place: Greene, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: T625_637; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 15; Image: 467. (

Year: 1900; Census Place: Greene, Androscoggin, Maine; Roll: 587; Page: 10B; Enumeration District: 0010; FHL microfilm: 1240587. (

“Maine, Marriages, 1771-1907,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 Nov 2014), Milan B. Sanborn and Millie J. Thompson, 18 Sep 1886; citing Wales,Androscoggin,Maine, reference ; FHL microfilm 12320.

“Maine, Marriage Index, 1892-1966, 1977-1996,” index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 Nov 2014), Jessie L Sanborn and Theo G Buckley, 01 Sep 1917; citing Marriage, Maine, United States, State Archives, Augusta.