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Page 8 THE QUODDY TIDES 9 February, 2018 ONE OF THE DORMITORIES at Quoddy Village when it was the Navy Seabee base Camp Lee-Stephenson during Worm War II. One of the possibilities for its use after the war was for the village to become the site of Baltic University. Quoddy Village once eyed for university by Marie Jones Holmes In 1945, when Nazi Germany capitulat- A large headline in the Portland Press ed, Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian stu- Herald dated August 19, 1947, states, dents and professors who found "Refugee College at Quoddy Likely, Says themselves outside their homeland, their Senator Bridges." The article goes on to university studies interrupted by the war, say: "Senator Styles Bridges (R-NH) ex- were eager to continue university studies. pressed the opinion here today that transfer The Baltic University was established in of the million-dollar Quoddy Village to the Hamburg, but problems soon appeared, as use of Baltic University of Hamburg, Ger- not everyone liked the idea of a college many, was a distinct possibility." for students from the Baltic countries. In Although the university never was set February 1947 the university was moved up in Quoddy Village, it was one of the to nearby Pinneberg, but the struggle to proposals that was considered after the keep the university open was difficult. The end of World War II. The model village idea of then moving the entire university called Quoddy was constructed in 1935 as to the United States was considered, and temporary housing for Passamaquoddy Quoddy Village appeared to be a perfect Tidal Power Project workers and included fit. However, the War Assets Administra- over 100 houses, three large dormitories tion did not accept the bid, as the universi- with dining rooms, a fire station, hospital ty had no funds, and the project was soon and school. After the dam project ended dropped. in 1936, the National Youth Administra- Another proposal considered in 1947 tion taught vocational trades there from was to turn Quoddy Village into a voca- l938 to 1943, and then the village served tional training school for Jewish displaced as a Navy Seabee base during World War persons from Europe. That plan, which II. After the war, the War Assets Adminis- was conceived by Philadelphia industrial tration declared Quoddy Village surplus Frank Cohen, also failed, not because of property, with the administration's ap- xenophobia or anti-Semitism but because praisers valuing it at less than $400,000. of bureaucratic obstacles put in place by Two years later, Senator Bridges made the War Assets Administration. the statement about the Baltic University Then in 1952 Louis Grossman pur- plan as he departed for Concord, N.H chased the entire Quoddy Village, and his after a visit with his mother at the family company hired Wes Matthews to sell land home at West Pembroke. The German uni- and building lots. Grossman's then opened versity had shown interest in acquiring its large retail store in one of the former Quoddy Village for a new location of the dormitories in 1960: That building burned institution, to theground in November 2017. LAND ROBERT G. 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THE QUODDY TIDES Celebrating 50 years 11 Chamber to host chocolate lover's feast Kitchens all over Eastport are heating the same time." up in preparation for Love Chocolate, According to Peacock, the event is a Love Eastport - an event featuring a smor- first step in expanding efforts to promote gasbord of chocolate confections taking Eastport not only as a tourist destination place on Saturday, February 10, from 2 to but as a great place to live and do busi- 4 p.m. at the Landmark 1887 Grill & Ale ness. House. Funds raised from the event will While EACC is officially sponsoring be used to promote advertising for the Love Chocolate, Love Eastport, it is the Eastport area. volunteer chefs who are making it hap- Along with chocolate creations from pen, Peacock adds. Those volunteers are: cake to mousse and more, guitarist Art Joanne Carney, Chris Cox, Jackie Davis, Lindemanis and Duane Ingalls will sing Mary Davis, Claudia Deflllipo, Helen Ear- love songs. 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Everybody has his take Storm damage at Deer Island of the storm we call The wind screamed like a banshee the famous Ground Hog Gale. through the rigging of the boats of fisher- (chorus) men, as they stayed near or aboard them This bad storm was the worst in recent years, throughout the gale and accompanying high Its destruction brought some sorrow and sea which lashed the southern coast of New some tears. Brunswick and Maine on February 2.We remember the fate of Wadsworth's store, Twenty-four-foot tides, pushed several When it floundered on the battered ocean feet higher by the storm, covered wharves, floor. washed out roads, smashed fish houses (chorus) and threatened everything within its reach. The whole day, it was windy as could be, Older residents say it was the worst storm If outside, you had to dodge flying debris. in their memory, and many believe it For some heat it was hard to fmd a spark, equaled or surpassed the force of the Sax- In the evening, all the homes stayed very by Gale. dark. At Deer Island, a lobster pound owned (chorus) by Arthur and Dale Barteau, located at The southeast wind and the tide were in a Chocolate Cove, was badly damaged, re- rage, suiting in the loss of tens of thousand of Roofs were lifted from some barns and pounds of live lobsters. Tiger Cage. The public wharf at Fairhaven was Some old-timers haven't had so much to damaged by the high sea, and another say, small fishermen's wharf in the same vii- Since old Eastport had its famous Yellow lage was smashed along with a number of Day. lobster traps belonging to Allison Pendle- Dale C. Lincoln ton. Perry