Camp Laughing Loon campers, Little Ossipee Lake, East Waterboro, 1969

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


Camp Laughing Loon, established in 1918, saw several generations of girls over many summers on Little Ossipee Lake in East Waterboro. In 2022, it continues to operate (as of 2022) but as a day camp for both girls and boys.

Camp directors in 1969 were Brad and Jean Leach of Saco. Brad was a coach and athletic director at Thornton Academy while Jean was a former camper and counselor who remained involved in the Camp Laughing Loon alumni association. They are seated in the front row, center of the photograph. Seated next to Jean Leach is Vergn Hewes, a faculty member at the Waynflete School from 1914-1968, who spent summers at Camp Laughing Loon in various capacities, including a lengthy tenure as Camp Director. She was the second woman in the state of Maine to register to vote, in 1920. She passed away in 1992, at the age of 104.

The comments on the back of the photo are for Suzanne (Sue) Freeman, owner of the photograph, who was a camper in the 1960s, and junior counselor and counselor at the camp from 1969 to 1973. She is not present in the photograph.

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  • Title: Camp Laughing Loon campers, Little Ossipee Lake, East Waterboro, 1969
  • Creation Date: 1969
  • Subject Date: 1969
  • Location: Waterboro, York County, ME
  • Media: photographic print
  • Dimensions: 20.3 cm x 41.9 cm
  • Local Code: 2022.038
  • Object Type: Image

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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