Keywords: Parochial Schools
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Contributed by: An individual through Biddeford Historical Society
Date: circa 1940
Media: Photographic print
Contributed by: Franco-American Collection
Date: circa 1964
John Bapst High School was dedicated in September 1928 to meet the expanding needs of Roman Catholic education in the Bangor area. The co-educational school operated until 1980, when the diocese closed it due to decreasing enrollment. Since then, it has been a private school known as John Bapst Memorial High School.
French Canadians who emigrated to the Lewiston-Auburn area faced discrimination as children and adults -- such as living in "Little Canada" tenements and being ridiculed for speaking French -- but also adapted to their new lives and sustained many cultural traditions.
Built in 1892 to entice workers at the Cabot Manufacturing Corporation in Brunswick to move to newly built housing in Topsham, the Androscoggin Pedestrian "Swinging" Bridge or Le Petit Pont quickly became important to many people traveling between the two communities.
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… schools since most Francos sent their kids to parochial schools. By the time he sought re-election to his 16th term as mayor, this ongoing strife…
… public or parochial schools, moving on to public, parochial or private high schools--boys and girls. Many went off to college.
… Rumford Elementary School; Holy Savior School parochial school; the libraries of Buckfield, Dixfield, and Rumford; Dr.