Frances McKnight was born on July 18 1921 in Rumford, Maine to Grace and Harry “Cliff” Rolfe. Her father was a supervisor at the Oxford Paper Company, and had a secure job during the Depression. Frances attended Bates College, graduating in the Class of 1943. She went back to Rumford to teach. After retirement she moved to Auburn, closer to her daughter and son-in- law, Barbara and Dick Trafton.
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