Boothbay Harbor - General

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Boothbay Harbor - General - Six-Guns Greeted Maine Pastor By Harold L....
Six-Guns Greeted Maine Pastor By Harold L. Anderson Six-guns played a symphony, pulp magazine fashion; on the main street of Telluride, Colo, on July 3, 1913, Father Charles P. Burgoon, retired Episcopal priest of Boothbay Harbor, remembers It well. It was the day the then young clergyman arrived to take charge of the parish in the mountain-walled mining, ranching town. · All the shooting was coinciden U , a three-day celebration, and perhaps it represented little more or lesj than -good, clean fun for the cowboys. Nevertheless. Bur goon and hi.s wife were happy tha the iihcriff was at the ntatlon when they stepped from the narrow narrow gauge Rio Grande Southern passenger coach. They asked the officer directions to their hotel and he went along personally U we that they reached their quar- - ters safely. Father Burgoon was reared hi wealth in Fremont. O., son of a railroad executive. He studied law and had been a practicing attorney attorney for some time when he felt the call to the ministry. Re-education Re-education in divinity school followed so that he was in his late twenties by the time he qualified for the pulpit. Telluride was one of his firs;, charges. There he conducted worship worship in the Masonic Hall for Episcopal Episcopal communicants, who certainly certainly couldn't, have been very numerous. numerous. His misHionary efforts may be assumed to have been .succcfiufu! for within three months he was transferred to St. Mark's parish to larger and at least slightly more sedate Durango. Colo.--about iM miles as the crow flics and aboul 100 as the RGB trains crawl. A generation full of other aa- signmente have dimmed Father Burgeon's recollection of names in Durango--where, incidentally he was ordained a priest by Bishop Bishop Brewster of the Western Colorado Colorado diocese. He is. however, generous in his appraisal of the citizenship there. . "Rarely," he says, "have I encountered encountered people of such genuineness genuineness and hospitality." He even found himself in a structure of mutual admiration with Dave Day, fabulous Durango editor of the early 20th Century. Day's ruthless style M said to have accumulated 42 libel wits igainst his newspaper, and the 'lies of his daily are so, treasured ;hat they now rest in tt Washington Washington museum. ( Burgoon regarded Day ae a giant in the field of frontier ournalism He adds that "I was about the only man of the cloth n those parts whom Day liked, and I suppose liking begets liking." This distinction is heightened heightened by the legend that the edi- or's unending attacks drovfe one ontempoiary minister, of another faith, from the town. Some of Father Burgoon's undertakings undertakings were nothing if not original. One m particular would seem to have been far above and beyond the call of duty. About 1915. he thinks tt was. he received a telegram from a woman in Ohio. Her son, _the message said, was in trouble of a sort in Mexico. Would, Father Burgoon try to extricate him and send him home? Now Mexico was 400 or 500 miles away by the nearest route, and was Itself a land of magnificent magnificent distances. Furthermore, rebel leader Pancho Villa was making it hot along the border for anyone anyone whom he might choose to dislike. But Father Burgoon was not one to disregard the petition of a friend. He went to Juarez, which is just across the Rio Grande from El Paso, Tex. There he was tipped that the man he .sought might be in Tucson, in southern Arizona. : In Tucson he found hi* quarry. The youth had ban leaded himself himself in a hotel room for several days, equipped with two pistols and an extensive supply of liquor. He had been applying himself to the wet ammunition with considerably considerably greater vigor than to the gunpowder. Consequently, Father Father BurKoon WUF able to gain access to the room. The" wayward Ohionn's sins must have been more against sell than society In general, and he got aboard a liomcword bonne train after being ..subjected to the sobering and persuasive influence of the priest. When the Burgeons said goodby to Durango in the Pall of 1915 it' marked the end of his evangelistic evangelistic endeavors in the West The next Sunday, he had beer installed as vicar of a Cleveland parish. / "We were ecclesiastical hobos, reports Burgeon, "nnd alter a time we went to Toledo, thence U Albion. N. Y., lor an extended stay. Afterward. I had a choice between Waterville, and a church in Michigari. I chose Maine, and here we have been ever since. Wan At Oh! Orchard His laot church leadership was in wartime, a* acting priest at Old Orchard Beach. The Burgeon;- live in and operate operate a multi-roomed, three-story summer guest home in the lovely seaside resort village of Boothbay Harbor. The former 1 vicai occupies himself with reading and writing Nut Means... P*e«e - __' a. Mimd. JOOT "Traveling fcj »kn Shop-* plumber, OMB omlj the tost tt took Mid materiak for the amaltmt «· Iar K nt W Jato! V. WILBUR F. BLAKE. Inc. 9 FOREST STREET -- PORTLAND DIAL 2-5948 ·a. fn»b aw Rl.ml.iu «r aeatim fl.lorr or · malrrhl Ibat oo m»T rrwilrr. "Salhfartlon Cnartfntrrd." in spite of defective eyesight He maintains an amazingly voluminous library, in which his books on theology have to dominance with a section of detective stoics. Some day, he says, he may out The Great American "I've been working on the chapter for a matter of he quips. Sunday Telegram Magazine -- May 29, I949 Shirts tVofessionally Laundered ONLY ft Addltionar when twit with Huff Dry Service Bundle FOR A BETTER BUY BETTER TRY FLUFF DRY Laundry Service A Bymbcl W Omltt? for 99 GLOBE LAUNDRY DIAL 2-6501 Page Eleven

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  1. Portland Press Herald,
  2. 31 May 1949, Tue,
  3. Page 13

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