Catherine Frances (Kincaid) Rines was born November 17, 1915 on her mother’s family farm in Leeds, Maine. Her father was a Baptist minister, and she spent her younger years living in various locations in the United States and Canada. She attended Houlton College in New York, majoring in vocal music and performance. Her education was interrupted by her father’s illness, as well as meeting her husband, Fred Rines. They married in 1940, and settled in Gardiner and had two children, Brian and Kincaid Rines. Catherine was Jane Muskie’s social secretary during Ed Muskie’s governorship from 1955 to 1958.
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