Born: December 15, 1918
Died: May 14, 2007
In 1947 Mary Maxine Summers purchased the Merrill House, one of the oldest inns in the Adirondacks. Built by John R. Merrill in 1831 and operated as an inn from 1832 to 1865, the inn was used for many years as a stagecoach stop on the historic Port Kent to Hopkinton turnpike. It served in 1837 as the first post office in the town and hosted town meetings for many years.
Adirondack Daily Enterprise, May 16, 2007
Mary Maxine Summers
WARRENTON, Va. - Mary Maxine Summers, 88, of Merrillsville, died Monday, May 14, 2007.
Born Dec. 15, 1918 in Poplar, Mont., she was the daughter of Arthur B. and Louise (Schmitz) Summers. She was a historian, intellect, advocate for the humane treatment of animals and an avid reader. Mary Maxine spent her youth in the beautiful open plains of Montana and endured the Great Depression there.
She joined the Navy to serve her country during World War II. While enlisted, she was stationed in Washington D.C and lived in the. Washington area for two years.
Mary Maxine always loved the Adirondacks; in 1947 she purchased The Merrill House, one of the oldest inns in the Adirondacks and still stands to this date. Built by John Merrill in 1831 and operated as an inn from 1832 to 1865, the inn was used for many years as a stagecoach stop on the historic Port Kent to Hopkinton turnpike. It served in 1837 as the first post office in the town and hosted town meetings for many years.
Mary Maxine was a respected antique dealer and collector, and many people knew of her near and far. She was one of the people who helped the area be named after Merrill and today it is known as Merrillsville. The paper picked up the historic landmark and Mary Maxine was interviewed for her historical knowledge of the area.
Mary Maxine was a philanthropist. She adored animals and supported organizations for the health and well-being of animals. She supported organizations that helped those in need and suffering either through birth defects or war. She supported children's organizations both here and abroad whose needs were great, and supported organizations for world peace. She supported historical organizations to continue to help preserve historic sites for our future generations and contributed to the education of children.
Mary Maxine an American, historian and patriot, maternally related to the Founding Fathers of the First Continental Congress, has passed forth to join her parents and all of her siblings.