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Richard Turcotte: Remembering Pownal State School

Richard Turcotte, Lewiston, ca. 1970

Richard Turcotte, Lewiston, ca. 1970

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Richard Turcotte was about 30 years old and living at the Pownal State School in New Gloucester in 1944 when an editorial writer described the institution as "The Compassionate Heart of Maine" and a place for the state's "perpetual children."

Within a decade of that editorial, Turcotte was living on his own in Lewiston, working to support himself.