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Waterville, Maine, USA

Waterville, Kennebec, Maine, USA

Waterville was so named because of its situation at Ticonic Falls on the Kennebec river, which furnishes the motive power for the factories of the city.
How New England Towns Received Their Names
The Day
New London, Connecticut
October 21, 1914

Rev. Samuel Francis Smith, of Waterville, wrote the words to "America (My Country 'Tis of Thee)."



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  • 1839 - Waterville
    Waterville, Maine
    Kennebec county. This town is situated on the west bank of the Kennebec river, 18 miles N. from Augusta. It was incorporated as a part of Winslow in 1771, and as a separate town in 1802. Population in 1820, 1719; in 1830, 2,216; in 1837, 2,905. It contains 30 square miles, mostly ...Read MORE...


  • News 1849 - Destructive Fire at Waterville, Me.
    A correspondent of the Boston Atlas, writing from Gardiner, Me., states that a large fire occurred at Waterville on Saturday evening.

    "Property to the amount of between fifty and sixty thousand dollars was destroyed on that evening by one conflagration. The loss is severely felt, as the most...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Waterville
    Waterville, a flourishing post-village of Kennebec CO., Maine, on the right bank of the Kennebec river, at the Ticonic falls, (18 feet in height,) and at the northern ter minus of the Androscoggin and Kennebec railroad, 82 miles N. N. E. from Portland. The Kennebec and Penobscot railroad, now in...Read MORE...


  • News 1857 - Shocking Affair - Four Young Ladies Drowned in Waterville, Me.
    On Thursday evening of last week, seven young ladies, residing in Waterville, Me., went into what is called Crummett's Stream, about one-fourth of a mile from Waterille Village, for the purpose of bathing, and in a very few moments four of the seven found a watery grave. Their ages varied from...Read MORE...


  • News 1882 - Boiler Explosion
    WATERVILLE, Me., Jan. 28. - The boiler in the steam mill of the Kennebec Framing Company at Fairfield exploded this morning with terrific force. A son of ex-Warden Rice was killed, and John Avery, the engineer, were buried in the ruins. George McKeown and John Smith, a foreman, were wounded, and...Read MORE...


  • News 1884 - BURNED TO DEATH IN A LOCK-UP.
    WATERVILLE, Me., April 3. - PETER VIGNE, a young man from Fairfield, Me., who was put in the lock-up last night, set the building on fire and perished in the flames.
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    April 4, 1884

  • 1886 - Waterville
    Waterville lies on the western bank of the Kennebec River, adjoining Fairfield, in Somerset County, on the north. Winslow lies opposite on the east side of the river, Sidney forms the southern boundary, and West Waterville, the western. The town is 6 miles long, and about 2 in width. West...Read MORE...


  • News 1889 - EXPLOSION. Gas Works Destroyed in Maine. A FATAL EXPLOSION. A Gashouse Explodes at Waterville, Maine, This Morning.
    WATERVILLE (Me.), Oct. 24. - At 7 o'clock this morning the gashouse of the Lockwood Cotton Mills exploded lifting the roof from the building, which took fire.

    Henry E. Washburn, aged 30 years, a workman in charge, perished in the flames.
    The Evening News
    San Jose, California
    October 24, 1889

  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Leading Business Men of LEWISTON, AUGUSTA and VICINITY, BOSTON, MERCANTILE PUBLISHING COMPANY
    1889
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Otten's Wholesale and Retail Bakery
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Main Street
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Haines Theatre
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  • 1906
    Waterville, a city of Kennebec co., Me., on the Kennebec River and on the Maine Central R., 81 miles NNE. of Portland. The ticonic Falls, in the Kennebec River, afford magnificent water-power. The city is the seat of Colby College (Baptist) - established in 1820 as Waterville College - and of the...Read MORE...


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    Main Street, 1907
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Maine Central Railroad Depot, 1907
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  • News 1908 - C. O. JONES KILLED, HIS AIRSHIP BURNED - Aeronaut Dropped 500 Feet at Waterville, Me.
    WIFE AND CHILD PRESENT
    Bag of Dirigible Caught Fire and Machinery and Inventor Shot to Earth Before Crowd - Spark of Motor Caused Disaster.

    Waterville, Me. - In full view of 25,000 spectators on the Maine fair grounds CHARLES OLIVER JONES, the well known aeronaut, of Hammondsport, N. Y., fell a ...Read MORE...


  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    City Hall
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Union Gas and Electric Co., Power Station, 1909
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Waterville, Maine, Foot Bridge
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Taconnet Club House, Hollingsworth & Whitney Co. Waterville and Winslow, Me.
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    The Edith Building and Savings Bank Block, Waterville, Me.
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Grand Stand, Central Maine, Park, Waterville, Me.
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    Main Street, 1911
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    Public Square, 1911
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    Entrance to Central Maine Fair, 1912
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Foss Hall, Colby College
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  • News 1917 - SPECTACULAR FIRE THREATENS WHOLE NORTH END WATERVILLE
    900 Canoes and Two Large Ice Houses Burn Two Dwellings Damaged by Flames Two Alarms Sounded and Firemen Have Hard Fight

    Waterville, Me., Oct 23. – Fire which was discovered at 4:25 Tuesday afternoon completely destroyed two large ice houses on Hillside avenue owned by Robert L. Ervin and Roscoe...Read MORE...


  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    High School
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Lockwood Cotton Mills, Kennebec River
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Main Street, Looking North
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  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Hollingsworth & Whitney Paper Mills, Kennebec River
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  • News 1936 - $35,000 BLAZE AT WATERVILLE.
    Waterville, Me., Jan. 24. - Damage of about $35,000 was done to the two-story brick HAINES building on Silver street early Thursday by a fire which threatened to spread to the adjoining MORRISON block, a general alarm being sounded, because of the menace of a wind of gale velocity.

    Starting...Read MORE...


  • News 1939 - 26 in Blazing Hospital Wing Removed Safely. Nine Infants Rescued with Other Patients in Early Morning Fire at Waterville.
    Waterville, Me., April 6. - (AP) - Nine new-born babies had a baptism of smoke and fire today in a blaze with forced evacuation of 26 patients from a maternity and children's wing of Sisters' Hospital here.

    Deterring combat with the flames until rescues were effected, firemen in smoke masks,...Read MORE...


  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Main Street, 1940
    Postcard
  • News 1942 - $200,000 FIRE RAZES WATERVILLE BUILDING.
    Waterville, Me. - Fire destroyed the four story SAMUEL BARRON brick building and damaged two adjoining business blocks early last night.
    Damages were estimated to have reached $200,000. Walls of the BARRON building collapsed but no one was hurt. The combined effort of five fire departments from...Read MORE...


  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Elmwood Hotel, 1944
    Postcard
  • Waterville, Maine, USA
    Public Library, 1944
    Postcard
  • News 1945 - 2 WOMEN MEET DEATH IN MAINE HOTEL FIRE.
    Waterville, Me., Feb. 19 (AP) - Two women were numbered as victims today of the fire which swept the 32-room Jefferson hotel and an adjoining residence yesterday.

    One of the victims, MRS. YVONNE SAUCIER, 27, was the widowed mother of two children. The second victim remained unidentified.

    Fire ...Read MORE...




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Leading Business Men of LEWISTON, AUGUSTA and VICINITY, BOSTON, MERCANTILE PUBLISHING COMPANY
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Otten's Wholesale and Retail Bakery

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Main Street

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Haines Theatre

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Main Street, 1907

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Maine Central Railroad Depot, 1907

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City Hall

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Union Gas and Electric Co., Power Station, 1909

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Grand Stand, Central Maine, Park, Waterville, Me.

Waterville, Maine, USA

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Waterville, Maine, Foot Bridge

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Taconnet Club House, Hollingsworth & Whitney Co. Waterville and Winslow, Me.

Waterville, Maine, USA

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The Edith Building and Savings Bank Block, Waterville, Me.

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Main Street, 1911

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Public Square, 1911

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Entrance to Central Maine Fair, 1912

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Foss Hall, Colby College

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High School

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Lockwood Cotton Mills, Kennebec River

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Main Street, Looking North

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Hollingsworth & Whitney Paper Mills, Kennebec River

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Main Street, 1940

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Elmwood Hotel, 1944

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Public Library, 1944

History, News and Stories of Waterville, Maine, USA

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  • 1839 - Waterville
    Waterville, Maine
    Kennebec county. This town is situated on the west bank of the Kennebec river, 18 miles N. from Augusta. It was incorporated as a part of Winslow in 1771, and as a separate town in 1802. Population in 1820, 1719; in 1830, 2,216; in 1837, 2,905. It contains 30 square miles, mostly ... Read MORE...

  • News  1849 - Destructive Fire at Waterville, Me.
    A correspondent of the Boston Atlas, writing from Gardiner, Me., states that a large fire occurred at Waterville on Saturday evening.

    "Property to the amount of between fifty and sixty thousand dollars was destroyed on that evening by one conflagration. The loss is severely felt, as the most... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Waterville
    Waterville, a flourishing post-village of Kennebec CO., Maine, on the right bank of the Kennebec river, at the Ticonic falls, (18 feet in height,) and at the northern ter minus of the Androscoggin and Kennebec railroad, 82 miles N. N. E. from Portland. The Kennebec and Penobscot railroad, now in... Read MORE...

  • News  1857 - Shocking Affair - Four Young Ladies Drowned in Waterville, Me.
    On Thursday evening of last week, seven young ladies, residing in Waterville, Me., went into what is called Crummett's Stream, about one-fourth of a mile from Waterille Village, for the purpose of bathing, and in a very few moments four of the seven found a watery grave. Their ages varied from... Read MORE...

  • News  1882 - Boiler Explosion
    WATERVILLE, Me., Jan. 28. - The boiler in the steam mill of the Kennebec Framing Company at Fairfield exploded this morning with terrific force. A son of ex-Warden Rice was killed, and John Avery, the engineer, were buried in the ruins. George McKeown and John Smith, a foreman, were wounded, and... Read MORE...

  • News  1884 - BURNED TO DEATH IN A LOCK-UP.
    WATERVILLE, Me., April 3. - PETER VIGNE, a young man from Fairfield, Me., who was put in the lock-up last night, set the building on fire and perished in the flames.
    The New York Times
    New York, New York
    April 4, 1884
  • 1886 - Waterville
    Waterville lies on the western bank of the Kennebec River, adjoining Fairfield, in Somerset County, on the north. Winslow lies opposite on the east side of the river, Sidney forms the southern boundary, and West Waterville, the western. The town is 6 miles long, and about 2 in width. West... Read MORE...

  • News  1889 - EXPLOSION. Gas Works Destroyed in Maine. A FATAL EXPLOSION. A Gashouse Explodes at Waterville, Maine, This Morning.
    WATERVILLE (Me.), Oct. 24. - At 7 o'clock this morning the gashouse of the Lockwood Cotton Mills exploded lifting the roof from the building, which took fire.

    Henry E. Washburn, aged 30 years, a workman in charge, perished in the flames.
    The Evening News
    San Jose, California
    October 24, 1889
  • 1906
    Waterville, a city of Kennebec co., Me., on the Kennebec River and on the Maine Central R., 81 miles NNE. of Portland. The ticonic Falls, in the Kennebec River, afford magnificent water-power. The city is the seat of Colby College (Baptist) - established in 1820 as Waterville College - and of the... Read MORE...

  • News  1908 - C. O. JONES KILLED, HIS AIRSHIP BURNED - Aeronaut Dropped 500 Feet at Waterville, Me.
    WIFE AND CHILD PRESENT
    Bag of Dirigible Caught Fire and Machinery and Inventor Shot to Earth Before Crowd - Spark of Motor Caused Disaster.

    Waterville, Me. - In full view of 25,000 spectators on the Maine fair grounds CHARLES OLIVER JONES, the well known aeronaut, of Hammondsport, N. Y., fell a ... Read MORE...

  • News  1917 - SPECTACULAR FIRE THREATENS WHOLE NORTH END WATERVILLE
    900 Canoes and Two Large Ice Houses Burn Two Dwellings Damaged by Flames Two Alarms Sounded and Firemen Have Hard Fight

    Waterville, Me., Oct 23. – Fire which was discovered at 4:25 Tuesday afternoon completely destroyed two large ice houses on Hillside avenue owned by Robert L. Ervin and Roscoe... Read MORE...

  • News  1936 - $35,000 BLAZE AT WATERVILLE.
    Waterville, Me., Jan. 24. - Damage of about $35,000 was done to the two-story brick HAINES building on Silver street early Thursday by a fire which threatened to spread to the adjoining MORRISON block, a general alarm being sounded, because of the menace of a wind of gale velocity.

    Starting... Read MORE...

  • News  1939 - 26 in Blazing Hospital Wing Removed Safely. Nine Infants Rescued with Other Patients in Early Morning Fire at Waterville.
    Waterville, Me., April 6. - (AP) - Nine new-born babies had a baptism of smoke and fire today in a blaze with forced evacuation of 26 patients from a maternity and children's wing of Sisters' Hospital here.

    Deterring combat with the flames until rescues were effected, firemen in smoke masks,... Read MORE...

  • News  1942 - $200,000 FIRE RAZES WATERVILLE BUILDING.
    Waterville, Me. - Fire destroyed the four story SAMUEL BARRON brick building and damaged two adjoining business blocks early last night.
    Damages were estimated to have reached $200,000. Walls of the BARRON building collapsed but no one was hurt. The combined effort of five fire departments from... Read MORE...

  • News  1945 - 2 WOMEN MEET DEATH IN MAINE HOTEL FIRE.
    Waterville, Me., Feb. 19 (AP) - Two women were numbered as victims today of the fire which swept the 32-room Jefferson hotel and an adjoining residence yesterday.

    One of the victims, MRS. YVONNE SAUCIER, 27, was the widowed mother of two children. The second victim remained unidentified.

    Fire ... Read MORE...



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