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The farm was originally built in 1885 by my Great Grandfather and always remained in the family until...the State of Maine in 1959 put I-95 in and it went throught the middle of the farm and the apple orchard that was behind it. The main structure was moved further back and is owned by my cousin. The attached buildings were torn down.
The journaling from a newspaper article reads:
Rancourts Operate Farm
Just Outside City Limits
A 50 acre farm almost within the city limits in Waterville, is that of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Rancourt on Upper Main Street. It has been in the Rancourt family for a long time. It was first owned by Abraham Rancourt who was an early settler in the southern part of the city, then by John Rancourt, father of the present owner.
Norbert Rancourt declares that he doesn’t do much farming, since he is the owner of the Exchange Hotel on Front Street and managing that hostelry keeps him busy.
He does however keep a herd of a dozen young stock which he is raising for the market. At one time, before he went into the hotel business, Rancourt had a milking herd. The farm and home are quite attractive. The fields stretch from Main Street easterly to Drummond Avenue. There are elm and maple shade trees along the front of the house and scattered through the pastures. On one side are a number of apple trees.
Norbert, born and educated in Waterville, was one of a family of seven children. At the death of his father, he purchased the interests of the other heirs and has since occupied the place, more as a home than as a farm.
“It is my home and we are happy here and I would not dispose of it for any amount,” he declares.
At present Mr. and Mrs. Rancourt and a son occupy the place. There are 12 Rancourt children, one living in New York City, one in Wakefield, Mass., two in Vassalboro and eight in Waterville.
Mrs. Rancourt is the former Grace Ames of this city. Mr. Rancourt went into the hotel business in 1910 as a clerk in the Exchange Hotel. He purchased the hotel in 1938 from William Bolduc.
The Rancourt home, with its rural like surroundings, catches the attention of all who pass by. The buildings are kept in neat repair and a well kept lawn and the large shade trees make the home doubly attractive.