Helen I. Twombly was born on April 24, 1909 in Munroe, Maine. Her parents were Ethel [Lamson] and Guy Mark Twombly. Her father was a government employee. Her mother was an active Democrat who served on the Democratic State Committee. When Helen’s mother died, her father retired and became active in the Maine Democratic Party, and was a key organizer of Waldo County. Helen attended the University of Maine at Orono for two years, and then worked for the government in the WPA. She also worked at North Yarmouth Academy before retiring. She married Bill McAleney in 1942, and remained an active Democrat. At the time of the interview, she lived in Portland, Maine.
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