SOUTH THOMASTON, Maine — A former curator-director of the Hardin County Historical Museums and a one-time Hardin County Citizen of the Year was found dead last week in the Maine wilderness.
Charles Matthew Jacobs, 62, died July 18, several days after his vehicle was found stuck in a road by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine Warden Service. Authorities said Jacobs had not been heard from for several days.
Jacobs was the former curator-director of the Hardin County Historical Museums, and, according to his obituary, considered Kenton his true home. His greatest source of pride was being named Hardin County Citizen of the Year. He authored the book “Kenton Toys: The Real Thing in Everything But Size” during his time in that position.
After leaving Hardin County, Jacobs served as director of the Wolcott House Museum in Maumee and the Joel Lane House in Raleigh, North Carolina. He had worked for the Huddleston Farmhouse and National Road Interpretive Center in Cambridge City, Indiana, and the Morris-Butler House in Indianapolis.
In recent years, Jacobs lived on the coast of Maine, where he was an author and a purveyor of “dirigibilia,” a term he coined to refer to the dirigible memorabilia he had collected all his life.
“The best way to honor Chuck’s memory is to be kind to one another,” his memorial stated.