Lincoln F. Ladd


Selectboard Honors Lincoln F. Ladd with Wayne Cane
The now-defunct Boston Post newspaper distributed walking canes to over 700 New England towns.  There is no historical record that the Town of Wayne ever had a Boston Post Cane to be awarded to the Town's eldest citizen. The Jennings family donated the Wayne Cane for that purpose.
Whereas, Lincoln F. Ladd, is the eldest living resident in Wayne.
Whereas, Lincoln was born to George and Helen Ladd of Brooklyn, New York, on May 22, 1926.
Whereas, Lincoln's father and grandfather purchased land on Wilson Pond in 1926 to eventually become "Camp Ladd." Lincoln and his family, which included his brothers George and Robert, came to Wayne every summer while he grew up and enjoyed camp life with his grandparents, uncles, aunts, and fourteen cousins. His four children – John, Sarah, Gillian, and Sharon – continue to visit Camp Ladd every summer with their families.
Whereas, Lincoln served in the Navy during WWII; he was a fire controlman on LSM 201; Lincoln and his LSM 201 were present at Iwo Jima.
Whereas, Lincoln graduated from Brown University and has graduate degrees from the University of Virginia and Duke University.
Whereas, Lincoln's parents, George and Helen Ladd, moved to Wayne permanently in 1955. Lincoln later followed his parent's move to Wayne. He purchased the house built on Morrison Heights Road by George Richardson for Thaddeus Hyatt, and he named it "Sunshine Hill." He lives there with his wife, Gloria.
Whereas, Lincoln, in his role as the coordinator of the English and Foreign Language Department, hired many of the original teachers of Maranacook High School. He retired from teaching high school English in 1987. After his retirement at Maranacook High School, he continued to teach English literature at the University of Maine Farmington and at the University of Maine Augusta Senior College, where he was a founding member.

Whereas, Lincoln, an exemplary citizen has served and continues to serve on numerous local community organizations committees, including the Library Board of Trustees, the Ladd Recreation Center Board, Kennebec Land Trust Advisory Board, and Wayne Community Church. Also, he is a Trustee Emeritus of Bates College and Maine Public Broadcasting.

Whereas, Lincoln is the Director and past President of the Helen and George Ladd Charitable Corporation, which has funded many worthwhile projects throughout the community. Most significantly, it is the Ladd Recreation Center established by his parents and the Wayne Elementary School –Local History and Natural History Program. Lincoln and his brothers George and Robert donated the Gott Pasture to the Kennebec Land Trust. Both Lincoln and Gloria are big supporters of the Land Trust programs, including Lyceums and Annual Stewards’ meetings.

Thereforebe it Resolved by the Selectboard of the Town of Wayne, in sincere gratitude and appreciation, that Lincoln F. Ladd is hereby recognized with the Wayne Cane.

ADOPTED this 15th day of December 2020.