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Contributed by: Walker Memorial Library
Date: circa 1930
Contributed by: Greater Rumford Area Historical Society
Date: circa 1940
Father John Bapst, a Jesuit, knew little of America or Maine when he arrived in Old Town in 1853 from Switzerland. He built churches and defended Roman Catholics against Know-Nothing activists, who tarred and feathered the priest in Ellsworth in 1854.
Father Sebastien Rasle, a French Jesuit, ran a mission for Indians at Norridgewock and, many English settlers believed, encouraged Indian resistance to English settlement. He was killed in a raid on the mission in 1724 that resulted in the remaining Indians fleeing for Canada.
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The Native Americans were the first recorded people to have the religious faith of Catholicism in this area.
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… and in some cases convert the native peoples to Catholicism. The religion of the French was more appealing to the natives as opposed to the strict…