Frank Waldron Rollins (1853 – )

”ROLLINS, Frank Waldron, eldest son of Henry and Frances H. (Morrill) Rollins, was born at East Holden, Maine, January 23, 1853, and raised in Ellsworth in the same state. The Ellsworth schools and the Boston Latin School fitted him for Harvard University, from which institution he graduated in 1877 with the degree of A. B. In the late sixties he learned ‘the art preservative of all arts’ on the Ellsworth American. After graduation he published a newspaper in Abington, Massachusetts, till 1878, when he taught in the high school at North Abington. In 1879-80 he taught in the high school at Great Falls, New Hampshire, and in July, 1880, went on the editorial staff of the Boston Commercial Bulletin. In 1884 he established a newspaper in Abington, relinquishing this in 1885 to return to the Bulletin. In 1887 he was connected with the Daily Commercial Bulletin of New York, the Journal of Commerce and the Evening Post. At about this time he founded the Matnaroneck Paragraph. In 1893 he bought out the Ellsworth, Maine, American, on which he learned his trade, of which he is still proprietor and editor.

He was appointed postmaster of Ellsworth in 1890 by President McKinley, and still retains the appointment.

Mr. Rollins travelled extensively in Europe in 1896.

He is one of the active working Republicans in Maine. He was raised to the master’s degree in the John Cutler Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons of Abington; he is a Chapter Mason and a Knight Templar in Blanquefort Commandery of Ellsworth, and has been received into the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is a musician of accomplished tastes and talents, and a director of the Eastern Maine Musical Association and conductor of the Ellsworth festival chorus. He is a member of the Harvard Club of Bangor, director in the Ellsworth Loan and Building Association, and a member of the Congregational church.

Mr. Rollins is one of the brightest editorial writers in Maine journalism, and wields a trenchant pen in the interests of good government, purity in politics and the industrial development of his native state. The Ellsworth American is one of the leading agencies in the educational and intellectual advancement of its city and the sections of Maine in which it circulates.

Mr. Rollins married, December 25, 1879, Ellen Ware, daughter of Josiah T. King, of Abington, Massachusetts, a leading shoe manufacturer in his day. Children: Helen, born December 22, 1880, and Harriet, March 22, 1883 ; both are graduates of Wellesley College.”

Source:  Genealogical and Family History of the State of Maine, Vol. 1, by Henry Sweetser Burrage and Albert Roscoe Stubbs, Lewis Historical Publishing Co., New York, 1909, pages 64-5


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