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St. Agatha

Location Map for St. Agatha

Location Map for St. Agatha

Year Population
1970 868
1980 1,035
1990 919
2000 802
2010 747
St. Agatha Population Chart 1900-2010

Population Trend 1900-2010

Geographic Data
N. Latitude 47:14:07
W. Latitude 68:19:12
Maine House District 150
Maine Senate District 1
Congress District 2
Area sq. mi. (total) 34.9
Area sq. mi. (land) 29.5
Population/sq.mi. (land) 25.3
County: Aroostook

Total=land+water; Land=land only

[a-GAT or AG-ah-thah] is a town in Aroostook County, incorporated on March 17, 1899 from a portion of Frenchville. In 1927 it annexed additional land from Frenchville.

The name is variously spelled St. Agatha, Saint Agatha, Ste. Agathe.

Settled by Acadians, the name derives from the parish church that was established in 1890. Agatha was a martyred Sicilian saint of the third century, put to death for her Christian beliefs.

Farmland and the Village at Long Lake (2005)

Farmland and the Village at Long Lake (2005)

Farming and lumbering have been this St. John Valley area town’s historic economic base.

Located on the northwest shore of Long Lake, Maine Route 162 from Frenchville passes through the main village, then hugs the lake shore and continues along nearby Mud Lake.

St Agatha Topo Map 1930's

St Agatha Topo Map 1930’s

According to the town’s “to-do” suggestions for visitors, “Long Lake, a 6,000 acre body of water and the deepest of the Fish River Chain of Lakes, is home to year round world class land-locked salmon fishing. Other species include brown trout, brook trout, lake trout and the more recent European appetite for carp fishing.”

Log house occupied by French-Canadian potato farmer near Saint Agatha (1940)

Log house occupied by French-Canadian potato farmer near Saint Agatha (1940)

Historically, the area was an autonomous parish of the Catholic Church, so designated by Bishop James Healy.  First settled in 1847 on the shore of Long Lake, its population grew as farmers discovered its rich soil. Photo shows the house where George and Rita (Dumond) Cyr lived with their two children.

Form of Government: Town Meeting-Select Board-Manager.

Additional resources

Blesso, Jacqueline Chamberland. La Complainte à Ste. Agathe. Jacqueline Chamberland Blesso, 1992. (Cataloger Note: Thesis (MA)–Montclair State College, 1992.) [University of Maine at Fort Kent. Blake Library]

Centenaire de St. Agatha, Maine, 1899-1999. St. Agatha, Me. Ste. Agathe Historical Society. 1999.

Chassé, Marc. Les Belles Histoires du Couvent de Ste-Agathe. Maine. M. Chassé, 2004?

Delano, Jack. “Log house occupied by French-Canadian potato farmer near Saint Agatha” (1940).  Library of Congress. Reproduction Number: LC-USF34-042041-D at http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2017792370/ (accessed December 10, 2017)

Diamond Jubilee: St. Agatha Parish, 1889-1964. Saint Agatha, Me. The Committee, 1965.

Jorgensen, Erik. Long Lake  photo

Les Filles de la Sagesse, Ste-Agathe, Maine, 1904-2004. Saint Agatha, Me. Ste. Agathe Historical Society. 2004.

Made in Maine [moving image recording]: Aroostook County. Lewiston, Me. Maine Public Broadcasting. c1999. [University of Maine at Presque Isle, Library and Learning Resource Center]

“St. Agatha, Maine.” http://www.stagatha.com/ (accessed March 12, 2012)

University of New Hampshire Dimond Library, Documents Department & Data Center, Historic USGS Maps of New England & New York, from http://http://docs.unh.edu/towns/FrenchvilleMaineMapList.htm (accesses March 12, 2012). Composite image: north section, 1935; south section, 1931.





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One Response to St. Agatha

  1. Odilia Sumner says:

    I am looking for someone in St. Agatha to help with the genealogy of Pea Beaulieu m. Elizabeth Levesque in 1891, had 10 children, my grandmother Melanie (Emelie) being their oldest born 1892 in St. Agatha. Her remaining daughters would like to contact their cousins. Anyone in St. Agatha do Genealogy who could help us? Thank you so much. Any information on this family and their descendants would be very helpful. Am also looking for any Native Americans related to the Beaulieu family.

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