Life at Tilton’s Dairy

Ronnie Richardson Recalls life at Tilton’s Dairy 1945-1965

A little history of the milk delivery business coupled with lots of laughs, personal mistakes, and examples of family life in the Harbor 60 years ago will be among Ronnie Richardson’s recollections at the Boothbay Region Historical Society on Thursday, July 31 at 4 p.m. His talk at the society’s museum, 72 Oak Street, Boothbay Harbor, is open to the public and free of charge. Light refreshments will be served after the program.

Ride with Ronnie in the milk truck as he drives over the cesspool, mixes and bottles light cream, delivers milk on a toboggan, shares life with “Ritchie” and “Evie,” and answers the phone when people call the dairy at “Boothbay Harbor 99.”

Ronnie grew up in the Harbor, graduated in 1955 in the last class at the old high school building on School Street, and then graduated from the University of Maine. After two years of Army life in Berlin, Germany, he went to Turkey where he met his wife Lorrie. Then he was off to Guam in the Pacific where he was stationed at the NASA tracking station during the lunar missions. Finally he moved into a somewhat typical work career as a telephone engineer, ending up with Deutsche Telecom in Bonn, Germany for 4 years before retirement. Since then it’s been a busy time renovating houses in Florida in the winter and sailing the coast of Maine in summer.

Because seating is limited, those wishing to attend should call the museum, 633-0820, to reserve seats. If leaving a message, please give name, how many, and phone number. Reserved seats will be held until 15 minutes before Ronnie’s talk.

Should be fun – please come and enjoy some good memories of Harbor life a few years back!

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Open All Year

  • Thu-Sat: 10am-2pm

Admission is free.

Local historian available:

  • Wednesdays 1-3, by appt only
  • Saturdays 10-2, no appt necessary

Donations Appreciated

Contact Us:

P.O.Box 272
72 Oak Street
Boothbay Harbor,
Maine 04538
Phone: (207)633-0820
Email: brhs@gwi.net