Keywords: Belle Isle
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Contributed by: Presque Isle Historical Society
Date: circa 1922
Location: Presque Isle
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum and Arctic Studies Center
Location: Strait of Belle Isle
Media: Photo negative
After traveling to the Arctic with Robert E. Peary, Donald B. MacMillan (1874-1970), an explorer, researcher, and lecturer, helped design his own vessel for Arctic exploration, the schooner Bowdoin, which he named after his alma mater. The schooner remains on the seas.
Vacationers, "rusticators," or tourists began flooding into Maine in the last quarter of the 19th century. Many arrived by train or steamer. Eventually, automobiles expanded and changed the tourist trade, and some vacationers bought their own "cottages."
The Sanitary Commission, formed soon after the Civil War began in the spring of 1861, dealt with the health, relief needs, and morale of soldiers and their families. The Maine Agency helped families and soldiers with everything from furloughs to getting new socks.
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They paid $400 to purchase and install the bell. Today the official name is the Presque Isle Congregational Church. Sources: Vance, Melissa.
The Unitarian Church bell was purchased by a local person during the razing and given to the Methodist Church, which exhibited the bell at the front…
In 1856, Phair and his mother moved to Presque Isle. He built his house in Presque Isle in the 1890s on the corner of Chapman and Main Streets.