Nicolet, Québec, Canada
People, Pictures and News From the Past
Nicolet is a town with a great deal of religious history, and is currently home to the rather striking Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, as well as the Musée des Religions, which focuses on the historical and ethnographic context of religion. It is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Nicolet.
The residents of the town pronounce the final "t" in Nicolet, however people outside of the region do not.
It also boasts an ecological park, L'Anse du Port, featuring an observatory offering an excellent view of the Lac Saint-Pierre. As well, Nicolet is home to Sogetel, a major independent telephone company.
One of the most infamous features of the town of Nicolet is its geology. The town was established upon the sandy, unstable soil at the mouth of the Nicolet River, which makes it prone to landslides. On November 12, 1955, eight months after a violent fire gutted its downtown area—destroying 35 commercial buildings and displacing 75 families—a landslide carried 7 acres of earth and six buildings crashing down into the river, killing three people, injuring six and causing $10 million in damages. The event was later the subject of a book by author Louis Caron entitled Le Bonhomme Sept-Heures. Wikipedia
Add YOUR Ancestor To This Page
1672 - Seigniory (Nicolet) - Granted Oct. 29th, 1672, to Sieur de Laubia
1716 - Parish of St. Jean Baptiste de Nicole is established
Guide to Quebec Catholic Parishes and Published Parish Marriage Records, Compiled Jeanne Sauve White
1831 - Cathédrale Saint-Jean-Baptiste established at Nicolet
1855 - August 17, 1855 - First Sisters of the Assumption (Soeurs de l'Assomption) arrive at Nicolet; one year later, on this date, they found la Communauté des Soeurs de l'Assomption. Nicolet, Québec
canadachannel.ca/ todayincanadianhistory/ index.php/ August_17
1873 - Nicolet Quebec, has a hog ninety-eight years old. He is an Iroquois Indian, and his name is Jean Cochon.
District of Columbia
August 4, 1873
1883 - Diptheria is prevalent at Nicolet, near Quebec.
New York Herald
New York, New York
March 27, 1883
1894 - Four men of Nicolet, Quebec were drowned in the St. Lawrence yesterday.
The Washington Gazette
Washington, North Carolina
May 17, 1894
1906 - Cathedral and Convent Burn
Ecclesiastical Buildings at Nicolet, Que., Destroyed - Loss About $600,000.
Special to The Tribune.
Nicolet, Que., June 22 - A disastrous conflagration broke out here last evening which soon got beyond the control of the local fire brigade and utterly destroyed the magnificent new cathedral, the old parish church, the convent of the Sisters of L'Assomption, the residence of Mgr. Suzor, retired Bishop of Nicolet. The local fire brigade, assisted by the St. Hyacinthe brigade which came here ... Read MORE...