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One interesting fact is that town inhabitants had to be voted in as citizens. If for any reason, the town was against a new arrival moving to the area, they simply voted against their addition to the town.

The name of Sabattus came from one of the chiefs of the Indian tribe that had lived in this area before the settler’s arrival.


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1886 - Webster
Webster is situated in the south-eastern side of Androscoggin County, and joins Lewiston on the west. Lisbon bounds it on the south, Bowdoin on the east, and Wales and Litchfield on the north. The town is nearly square, and has an area of about 12,000 acres. A portion of Sabattus Pond lies in its northern part, and its outlet bearing the same name runs through the western part of the town. This stream has several falls within the limits of the town, which are improved as water-powers. At Sabattusville near the pond are two woollen-factories, an excelsior-mill, and two lumber-mills. The first mill at this point appears to have been the saw and grist mill built by Robert H. Niles and Robert Ross above eighty years ago. These were rebuilt in 1844, by Messrs. Lombard and Watts.

Sabattusville is the only village, except a small cluster of houses at Webster Post-Office, in the southern part of the town. The Androscoggin division of the Maine Central Railroad runs through Sabattusville... Read MORE...

1895 - Sabattus
Sabat'tus, a post-village of Androscoggin co, Me, on the Androscoggin Railroad, 4 miles N. of South Lewiston. It is on a fine lake (Sabattus Pond), and has a cotton-mill, 2 woollen-mills, 2 churches, and manufactures of lumber and excelsior.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
1898 - FIRST CAR TO SABATIS. It Went Over the Route on Friday Forenoon. Who Were in the Party and Something About the Trip.
The Sabatis line of the Lewiston, Bath and Brunswick electric road is sufficiently completed that a car passed over the road to within two miles of Sabatis Friday forenoon.

At eleven o'clock a gravel car left the head of Lisbon street... Everything was going smoothly and Supt. Farr said, “Boys, do you want a fast ride?” All on board allowed they did, and the superintendent let out another link of the manufactured lightning.

The car fairly flew down some of those long declines. People rushed to the windows to see the first car over the course. At the crossroad which leads to Wales an old gentleman who was riding to Lewiston caught sight of the newly constructed gravel car with its large black feed pipe, which resembles the smoke stack of a Spanish cruiser, coming toward him like the wind. The old gentleman gave one glance at the oddlooking object with its crew, and quickly turned his horse and ran him for life toward the Wales road. He crossed the track, and after driving about... Read MORE...

1898 - From Sabatis by Electrics
SABATIS, Me., Nov. 11 (Special) – When car 18 slid up the main street of Sabatis and finally anchored in the driving rain and slush by the co-operative steps at 6.20, Thursday night, a good number of passengers for Lewiston furled their umbrellas and boarded the car with a rush. Two people bent on seeing Old Kentucky in Music Hall; a number of day laborers 8 miles from home and supper; some Germans who intended to meet their brethren in the Shillerverein in Central Block; and two students were among the party, to say nothing of the dog – a black and white purp with solemn mein and melancholy eyes, whose cognomen “Sport” was as belying as the name Lillian when tacked on a plump brunette. Everyone settled himself for an immediate start, when the motorman grabbed the lever and started for a lunch room, and the conductor, with the remark that he “shouldn't start for fifteen minutes sure,” slumped after him. The student slammed his Latin grammar shut. “Ain't yergoin'?” said somebody.... Read MORE...

1903 - SABATIS CITIZENS Object to Certain Features of the Saturday Night Dances
SABATIS, Me., Feb. 17 (Special). - The public opinion in this section is aroused to a degree.

The Saturday night dances have arrived at the period in their career when the better class of residents call them a nuisance. It is but a very small percentage of the villagers, say the citizens, who attend these dances. The greater part of the crowd comes out from Lewiston by electrics.

“The morality of the town has decreased steadily since the dances were started,” says O. R. Jones.

At 11.30 Saturday evening, it is reported, the dance was closed, and the doors locked. It was about one o'clock before the electric cars arrived from Lewiston, owing to slack power. In this ninety minutes, the crowd of dancers kept things lively up and down the street. Shouting and the singing of ribald songs, say the residents, kept the central portion of the village awake until the car carried the crowd
out of town.

Having considered all these matters, O. R. Jones is circulating a petition... Read MORE...

1904 - SABATTUS ITEMS. There was a large attendance at the dance held in Lombard hall last Tuesday night which many of the townspeople attended.
There will be another one Saturday night and one the following Tuesday. The dances are under the management of Mr. Goodrich and the music is furnished by Drinkwater's orchestra.
The Lewiston Daily Sun
Lewiston, Maine
August 18, 1904
1906
Sabattus, a post-village of Androscoggin co., Me., on the Maine Central R., 4 miles N. of South Lewiston. It is on a fine lake (Sabattus Pond) and has woolen-mills. Pop. about 500.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
1911 - Lake View Park Bathers
SABATIS, Me. - Frank Lombard who has done so much toward making Lake View Park a pleasant spot, is now building a bath house for the benefit of those who may care to take advantage of the fine bathing on the sandy beach near the park. He has several bathing suits ordered, and it is hoped that this may be an incentive to the many who do not seem to realize that the bathers in Sabatis Pond are as conspicuous as in any public place.

Many of the citizens of Sabatis suggest that officers be charged to prohibit bathers going into the water with [sic] suits of some sort, for the lake has become very popular, and this habit is very annoying to those who care to visit the lake...
Lewiston Evening Journal
Lewiston, Maine
July 18, 1911
2023 - Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or just looking for a relaxing getaway, here's a list of places to visit and activities to enjoy in Sabattus:
Sabattus Pond: Sabattus Pond is the town's centerpiece, and it's perfect for outdoor activities like fishing, boating, and swimming. There's a public boat launch at the Sabattus Disc Golf Course, so you can easily access the water. Fishing enthusiasts will find a variety of fish species, including bass and perch.

Sabattus Disc Golf Course: If you're a fan of disc golf, this 18-hole course is a must-visit. It's beautifully maintained and offers a challenging but enjoyable experience. The course winds through the woods and around the pond, providing stunning views along the way.

Sabbatus River: The Sabbatus River flows through the town, offering opportunities for kayaking and canoeing. You can rent equipment from local outfitters or bring your own and enjoy a peaceful paddle along this scenic waterway.

Hiking and Nature Trails: Sabattus has several hiking and nature trails that are perfect for a leisurely stroll or a more rigorous hike. The Androscoggin Land Trust manages the... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Sabattus, Maine, USA

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female ancestorAmy GROVER (1786, , Maine, USA - 1860, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster))
male ancestorRufus King LIBBY (30 September 1788, Scarborough, Maine, USA (Scarboro) - 7 May 1867, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster))
female ancestorRoxanna JONES (17 April 1793, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster) - 10 November 1842, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster))
female ancestorRuth J LIBBY ( 21 January 1813, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster) - , )
female ancestorElisabeth Jane LIBBY (2 April 1816, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster) - 24 August 1885, )
male ancestorRufus LIBBY (30 July 1817, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster) - 21 November 1843, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster))
female ancestorMartha Vaughn GETCHELL (3 September 1820, Litchfield, Maine, USA - 17 February 1901, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster))
male ancestorElias Howard WADSWORTH (19 August 1820, Litchfield, Maine, USA - 10 July 1893, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster))
male ancestorElbridge G LIBBY (16 January 1825, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster) - 8 June 1910, Sabattus, Maine, USA (Webster))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Sabattus, Maine, USA

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male ancestorRufus King LIBBY (30 September 1788 - 7 May 1867) and female ancestorRoxanna JONES (17 April 1793 - 10 November 1842) married 17 November 1812
male ancestorCharles E LIBBY (7 May 1834 - bef. 1910) and female ancestorSarah Elizabeth COLBY (1824 - ) married 28 May 1859
male ancestorHenry Augustus ANNIS (26 March 1850 - 27 January 1932) and female ancestorRoxanna Elbridge LIBBY (11 October 1850 - 24 June 1912) married 14 January 1871
male ancestorJohn S TAPLEY (October 1846 - bef. 1933) and female ancestorAngie Theresa PEASE (27 June 1860 - 4 May 1940) married 28 February 1891
male ancestorEdson Jacob SPOFFORD (28 June 1882 - 16 September 1963) and female ancestorEdith M MAYBERRY (2 June 1879 - 29 January 1970) married 5 November 1902

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