W.W. Jewett, Sons of Veterans Leader and Philatelist, Dies
Was Manager of Stamp News
William W. Jewett, 72, past commander of the Maine Division, Sons of Union Veterans, owner of the Jewett Printing Company and treasurer and business manager of Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp News, and international publication, died Monday evening in his home, 52 Glenwood Avenue. He suffered a shock Monday noon in the Bosworth Post Home, Free Street.
Mr. Jewett became a member of Shapley Camp, Sons of Union Veterans in 1888 and served in many offices, including that of trustee 20 years. He headed the Maine Division in 1923.
Born March 30, 1869, at Bridgton, he came to this city in 1880 and published his first stamp periodical, the Portland Philatelic Herald, in October 1, 1884, while still a pupil of the Butler Grammar School.
He was still a schoolboy when he associated himself with Frederick W. Pickard, later the donor of Pickard Field at Bowdoin, and Carroll Eustis, in bringing out the Philatelic Era. Later he bought out their interests and published the paper 17 years until he sold out to the Mekeel Company in 1903. When the Era was consolidated with the Mekeel paper he withdrew. He continued to publish and later bought back into the company.
In 1915, two years after the death of Mr. Mekeel, he associated with Willard O. Wylie, managing editor, and Charles A. Severn in acquiring a controlling interest in the paper and became business manager and treasurer.
In 1907 Mr. Jewett became owner of the Jewett Printing Company and combining it with his other plant, move to 225-232 Federal Street.
He derived his membership in the Sons of Veterans from his father, William Henry Jewett, who served in the Civil War as a member of the 12th and 30th Maine Regiments of infantry.
In 1937 he was elected chairmen of the GAR Memorial Commission of Portland. He had served as treasurer of the New England Order of Protection here 20 years and also was a member of the Masons and Red Men. He attended the Church of the Messiah.
Two daughters, Mrs. Annie M. Turner and Mrs. Galen A. Wheeler; a son, William K.; and four grandchildren, all of this city, survive.
Burial at Evergreen Cemetery, Portland, Cumberland, Maine