Poetry Raises Money for Junkins Association

From JFA Newsletter no. 3, Winter 1990

President Alan Junkins' first role was auctioneer. Minutes after being elected president of the Junkins Family Association, president Alan raised $515 at the York Harbor Inn with seven out-of-print books of poems by Donald Junkins. In old-fashioned auctioneer style, president Alan offered four limited edition hardbound copies of The Graves of Scotland Parish (1968) featuring poems about the battle of Dunbar in 1650 where ancestor Robert Junkins was captured by Oliver Cromwell, and poems about several Junkins cousins, raising $425. Three out-of-print paperback copies of The Agamenticus Poems: Voices from York, Maine (1984), featuring poems about Junkins neighbor Handkerchief Moody, a long sequence of poems in the voice of Olive Williams Junkins and husband Samuel who were imprisoned in the Alfred jail for being Cochranites (1825), and other York historical personalities, raised $90. This money will offset the cost of the archaeological dig (August 21-23, 1990) by professional Kathleen Wheeler and amateurs Alan Junkins, Roland Junkins and Donald Junkins at the Alexander cemetery in the front yard of the Robert Junkins Garrison House in York.

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