Doris E. Hedblom
Wife of Byron Hedblom. The "Doris E." tourist vessel on Lake Winnipesaukee is named for her
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A Fruitful Partnership

Soon after General Ship & Engine Works began operations, Hedblom spotted the woman he determined he would marry - the beautiful Doris Eileen Larkin who was working as a waitress near the shipyard. The portrait photos on this page are the engagement photos of the young couple.

The wedding took place on August 6th, 1933 in Woburn, MA, and the couple spent a short honeymoon in New York City traveling there on the SS Boston, and staying at the Hotel Lexington. They returned by car via Niagara Falls.

The early years of their marriage were focused on building their business and raising their three daughters. Later they would find the leisure time for their favorite pursuit: traveling. Running a summer tourism based business left them up to three months a year to explore the world, and over the course of four decades they visited every continent and almost every country on the planet.

At the time of Byron's death, the couple who had traveled the world together were just a few months short of their 75th Wedding Anniversary. Their union had produced three daughters, nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.


Descendants of
Doris & Byron Hedblom

Circa 1942: The Three Hedblom Daughters Janet, Dory and Carol (left to right) at Christmas time in Woburn, Massachusetts.


Doris Hayden
Janet Dodge
Carol Schwegler


Wendy Lubetkin
Kim Stein
Lisa Hayden Espenschade
Byron Miner
Steven Hayden
Cathleen Backley
Sean Larmand
Michael Dodge
Kelly Dodge

Great Grandchildren

Nicquole Larmand
Olivia Backley
Madeleine Stein
Miles Stein

Byron Hedblom stands proudly with a Dollhouse he built for his great granddaughter Maddy