The first Sainte Euphemie Church was built in 1886.
Searching for something else today I came across countless articles of brush fires. I wondered if there was a drought and nope, that was in 1891. The worst was the complete destruction of Casselman in 1897.
In 1897, the entire village of Casselman, including the church, was destroyed by fire
In July 1891, St. Euphémie Parish had its first great disaster: fire destroyed part of the village, the Casselman Lumber Co., and millions of feet of woodcut. A large number of workmen had to leave town in order to find work elsewhere. However, the fire transformed lots that had been only partly cleared until then into fertile prairies. Many new settlers came to Casselman to work its highly arable agricultural land.
On October 5, 1897, the Parish faced the greatest tragedy of…
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