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Hancock Street, Ellsworth, 1933

Hancock Street, Ellsworth, 1933

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This postcard depicts the devastation left on Hancock Street in the wake of the great Ellsworth fire of 1933. The fire began on Sunday, May 7th, 1933 when it was set by Norman Moore in the Bijou Theater. The fire would ultimately destroy one hundred and thirty buildings, or most of Ellsworth's downtown. The buildings lost on Hancock Street included the Baptist church, the Methodist church, and the homes of the following individuals and families: Earl Grindle, the Patten and Johnson families, Norris Hodgkins, William Pomroy, A. P. Hanson, William Bonsey, Almond Reed, Nettie Fullerton, Osmond Merrill, Captain George Alley, Theodore Smith, and Joseph Morrison. As seen in this image, the fire was so intense, the only rubble remaining was that which could not burn: predominantly brick chimneys and pieces of metal.

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