In Memoriam: Charlie Chaplin gets honor plaque at historic Waterville Golf Club

With a population of less than 200, Waterville Golf Club always seemed a bit under-the-radar – until a short video of club officials got posted on YouTube. The video shows a member of the…

In Memoriam: Charlie Chaplin gets honor plaque at historic Waterville Golf Club

With a population of less than 200, Waterville Golf Club always seemed a bit under-the-radar – until a short video of club officials got posted on YouTube.

The video shows a member of the club – who goes by the alias of Charlie Chaplin – pushing to get the in memoriam plaques of the famous actor and newsman John Murrow placed in the clubhouse.

A member of the audience, a Canadian, takes the request to another level by going through his slides and photographs to see the connection between Murrow and the Waterville Golf Club. He brings up the old Chaplin film “The Kid” and points out that at the conclusion of the film, Chaplin runs off-camera and into the crowd and sits down on a local lawn.

Does that story sound familiar?

In fact, Chaplin actually visited Waterville a lot in the summer of 1941. According to a story in the Waterville Daily Sun of Maine, Chaplin attended games between the town and Ellsworth High School and would watch them play from his personal golf cart.

In the story, Chaplin recalled:

“I recall the day being a very hot one – one of the most humid days on record for June – and getting a head start early in the morning with my son. I said to my little boy, ‘Come here, kid – will you play a little golf with me?’”

“I can see the sea gulls flying back and forth all over the place – the suction fan sounds come bouncing off the rocks down there at the water. When we get back home, my wife would say – her face would light up – that this bird had been picked up in the trees and had landed under a branch.”

After dropping the car in the driveway, Chaplin would get up, put on his usual fedora and coat, and ride to the golf course. He then played a round with a number of children from the town.

The Sun also reported on the completion of the still-unsolved statue of the actor and now-proposed plaque in the clubhouse which would pay tribute to Chaplin’s career, but some commenters on the video seem to think the piece would be inappropriate.

In 2010, The Augusta Chronicle reported that the Postmark Theatre in Waterville hosted a tour of Chaplin’s place of residence and a screening of “The Kid” and noted that the tour was led by Waterville restaurant owner Bob Burton.

Burton told the Chronicle that he picked up Chaplin in his car and drove him around to places that he had visited as a child, including the “Poppy Plantation” and Ellsworth’s docks.

“I would tell him all the stories that have happened here and if he enjoyed them, then we all shared the stories,” Burton told the Chronicle.

In any case, it appears there’s a strong connection between Waterville and the actor.

Waterville Golf Club did not immediately respond to FoxNews.com’s request for comment Monday.

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