Harold Burton Clifford (1893 - 1987)
Harold Clifford was born in Winthrop and received his B.A. from Bates College. He was principal of Alfred High School from 1912-13 and 1916-17 and Superintendent of schools, including those in the Boothbay area, from 1917 to 1956. The community playground in Boothbay is named for Clifford, as is the Boothbay Region High School's annual book award. Clifford wrote the history of the Boothbay Harbor Rotary Club from its inception in the 1930s to 1987, with Chip Griffin completing the history to 1999; the history is dedicated to Clifford in appreciation "of the vibrant tone of both his piano playing and his words."
Clifford wrote history books for adults and children about Maine and New England. Books for adults include: Maine and Her People (1958/1963/1968/1976); Boothbay Region 1906 to 1960 (1961); You and Your Job in Maine (1964); and Charlie York: Maine Coast Fisherman (1974), available as a book on tape. Juvenile books include: America, My Home Then and Now (1939/1944/1948/1953); Canada, My Neighbor (1944); Yesterday in America (1949/1953); American Leaders (1953); Exploring New England (1961); Sea Horse: A Shetland Pony Comes to Monhegan (1987); and Clear Sailing (1987). He also wrote My Home State of Maine (date and audience unknown).
Chip Griffin (born 1955)
Carl R. “Chip” Griffin III has owned his own law practice, Griffin Law Offices, in Boothbay Harbor since 1980. He graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Bowdoin College in 1977 and cum laude from the University of Maine School of Law in 1980. He is a 2004 graduate of Leadership Maine.
Chip has been a Rotarian for over 25 years and is involved in numerous community and global projects. He is a director of Rebuilding Together Lincoln County, which renovates houses for local people in need. He has served in volunteer capacities for the local YMCA, the Boothbay Region Land Trust, and the Fishermen’s Memorial Fund. He served for a number of years as Boothbay Harbor’s Town Moderator. He also has been director of Safe Passage, helping the children of the Guatemala City garbage dump combat poverty through education.
Chip has published two books on local history: “Coming of Age on Damariscove Island, Maine, from 1622 to the Present,” and “I’m Different,” a story of the 20th century seen through the eyes of local resident Ethelyn P. Giles. He and his wife, Denise, have two daughters, Emily and Betsy.