FERNALD D. SAWYER, former town official at Gray, former deputy sheriff and court crier, who died today at his home after a long illness.
GRAY, May 25 (Special) Fernald D. Sawyer, about 68, former town official, trial justice, deputy sheriff and court crier, died at his home here today after a long illness
Mr. Sawyer began his career as a teacher in the Philippine Islands, being one of the first group of teachers sent there from the United States. He returned to this Country because of ill health.
For 30 years, until his retirement two years ago, Mr. Sawyer was trial Justice in Gray, and in that time he served also as selectman, town clerk, town treasurer and as a member of the school board.
He became a civil deputy under the late Sheriff Gilbert A. Powers, and for several years was crier in the Cumberland County Superior Court.
Born at Otisfield Gore, he was the son of Fernald Jr., and Mary Gilman Sawyer. He was graduated from Norway High School and from Colby College in 1900. He married Miss Susie Hall of this town, whom he met at Colby.
Always actively interested in Republican politics Mr. Sawyer had served many years as chairman of the town committee and as a member of the county committee. He attended the Congregational Church and was a member of the Grange, Knights of Pythias, Masons, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.
Surviving are his wife and three children, Miss Mary Sawyer. R. N., of Gray; Roscoe of Greenville, Del., a research director in the DuPont laboratories and Eugene of Washington, D.C.
FERNALD SAWYER DIES AT GRAY
GRAY, Me., May 25
Fernald D. Sawyer, 66, former town official, deputy sheriff and trial justice, died today at his home. When he retired two years ago he had been the local trial justice more than 30 years.
Born at Otisfield, he was graduated from Norway High School and from Colby College in 1900. He was one of the first teachers sent to the Philippines from the United States but returned to this country because of ill health.
He had been Republican town committee chairman, a member of the Republican county committee and was a member of the Grange, Knights of Pythias, Masons, Odd Fellows and Rebekahs.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Susie Hall Sawyer, two sons, Roscoe Sawyer of Greenville, Del., and Eugene Sawyer of Washington, and a daughter, Miss Mary Sawyer, R.N., of Gray.
[Boston Herald, 26 May 1944]
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