Jude Lamb is a storyteller who delights in portraying historic Maine women. Her story performance of her fourth-great-grandmother, Eunice Lakeman Hoar, is based on a true family story passed down orally, then recorded in several small publications. She has taken the story to the next level by researching and fleshing out the people and the times, and performing their story while dressed in period clothing. This is part of Jude’s growing series of performances featuring historic Maine women, and is told through the eyes of Eunice.
Luther and Eunice Lakeman Hoar, and their children, were the first permanent settlers on what became Rangeley Lake. Jude first heard this story at the annual Lamb Family Reunions, as a child in the mid-1950s.
In 1817 Eunice and Luther walked the 20 miles, with their nine children (ages one to fourteen), from the valley below Rangeley, to what became Rangeley Lake. They hauled all their worldly possessions on moose sleds, up over the mountains, on the late winter snow. In the process the baby, who was bundled into the large family dough bowl and tied to the top of a loaded moose sled, went missing. They had crossed wolf tracks, and the journey would have been at night to take advantage of the frozen crust to haul their sleds. One can only imagine their frantic search!
Jude hopes that her story may inspire others to share their own family stories in creative ways. She holds a degree in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, and lives with her husband in an old Maine farmhouse in Lamoine.