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Ellsworth, Hancock, Maine, USA
The Ellsworth area was disputed between the English and the French throughout the 17th century and well into the 18th century, occasioning intermittent warfare which was known to the English as the French and Indian Wars. Native American inhabitants may have converted to Roman Catholicism and fought with the French against the British until the fall of Quebec City to the British in 1759. After the 1763 signing of the Treaty of Paris by the governments of the United Kingdom, France, Spain and Portugal, Ellsworth became part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
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In 1773 the first schooner was built at Ellsworth. This was the Susan and Abigail, named after daughters of the two most prominent citizens, Benjamin Milliken and Benjamin Joy.

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(Ellsworth) In 1798 the inhabitants petitioned to be incorporated under the name Sumner.
That name having been already taken by a settlement in present-day Oxford County, Maine, the town...Read MORE...

In 1838, Ellsworth became the county seat of Hancock County, replacing Castine.

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1859
ELLSWORTH, a township in the state of Maine, U.S., 89 ENE of Augusta, on Union river. Pop. 2,253.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
In 1869, Ellsworth was incorporated as a city by the Maine Legislature. The first City Hall was Hancock Hall, which stood at the corner of Main Street and School Street.

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News  1870 - Woman Soldier
The Ellsworth (Maine) American has had a visit from a woman in that vicinity who served in the army ...Read MORE...

In 1888, electricity was introduced into the Ellsworth area.

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1896 (Ellsworth) The disputed city elections in 1896 resulted in the appointment of two separate Ellsworth police forces, each of which threatened to arrest the other.

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1907 - Work on the Ellsworth hydro-electric dam began in 1907, at the site of one of the original Benjamin Milliken Union River dams. This led to the creation of the present Leonard's Lake just north of the city.

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News  1907 - $25,000 FIRE AT ELLSWORTH.
Ellsworth, Me., Jan. 25. - Hampered by frozen hydrants and in a temperature of 25 degrees below...Read MORE...

1916
Ellsworth, a city, port of entry, and the capital of Hancock co., Me., on the navigable Union...Read MORE...

1923 - (Ellsworth) - Great Flood of 1923. A spring freshet rushed over the dam and carried off the metal Union River Bridge, along with many buildings along the river, such as the Dirigo Theater, the Foundry and many wharves and warehouses.
This event marked the end of Ellsworth's prominence as a shipping center.
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News  May 7, 1933 - Great Ellsworth Fire of 1933 destroyed 130 homes and downtown businesses.
FLAMES SWEEP ELLSWORTH, ME.
Most of Town Doomed as 50 Business Buildings and 200 Dwellings...Read MORE...


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