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Floyd W. Norton

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Prince Memorial Library

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Norton’s Hand-Hewn History of Maine and Its Representative Town of Cumberland was written by Floyd W. Norton (1891-1988), a native of Cumberland. The son of Charles B. and Elizabeth Wilson Norton, he graduated from Greely Institute in 1908 and Bates College in 1918. He was inducted into the U.S. Army in Yarmouth, Maine, on July 25, 1918, served with Headquarters Company of the 73rd Infantry, and received an honorable discharge upon demobilization on Jan. 17, 1919. Floyd taught in high schools in Maine, Colorado and Arizona, and at the Teachers College in Idaho. Throughout his lifetime, he lived and worked in 46 states. In 1926, Norton invented a motorized toboggan that used an aircraft propeller and reached speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Floyd Norton met Ada Odessa Myers in Gosport, Indiana, and the couple was married in Vincennes, Indiana, around 1943. Ada (1894-1997), the daughter of James P. and Elizabeth Goodwin Myers, worked as a public school teacher in the decades leading up to her marriage to Floyd. During World War II, Norton was a civilian aircraft engineer at Chanute Field, south of Rantoul, Illinois. The field was renamed Chanute Air Force Base in 1948, and Norton worked there until retiring in 1957. After his retirement, Floyd and Ida moved to Yarmouth, Maine. Floyd died on May 13, 1988, at the age of 97, and Ada died on June 7, 1997, at the age of 103.

Publication Date

6-8-2017

Publisher

Prince Memorial Library

City

Cumberland, Maine

Language

English

Norton’s Hand-Hewn History of Maine and Its Representative Town of Cumberland


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