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Executives of Freese’s Department Store in Bangor are shown on May 29, 1961, checking the 32-page tabloid-format supplement that was to appear in that Wednesday’s Bangor Daily News. Not only was it the largest ad ever published by Freese’s, but it also was the largest single newspaper advertisement ever published in the state of Maine at the time. In 1960, Freese’s had run a 28-page tab supplement. Pictured are (from left) Ronald E. Porter, advertising salesman, BDN; Frederick B. McAlary, BDN retail advertising manager; Irving E. Bezanson, general manager, Freese’s Inc.; John D. Freese, merchandise manager; Richard J. Reilly, assistant general manager; A. James Bartlett, advertising manager; and William A. Freese, merchandise manager.
By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff

10 years ago — May 19, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BREWER — The city’s superintendent of schools for the past five years confirmed that he plans to retire this fall. Superintendent Allan Snell, 58, is a 25-year veteran of the Brewer School Department. He has served as superintendent of schools since September 1996, when he was chosen from a field of 20 to 25 candidates from around the country.

Snell is not disappearing from the local education spotlight, however. He said he has been offered a similar part-time post in nearby Union 91, Orrington and Orland.

Before he became superintendent, Snell served in several administrative roles, including principal of Capri Street School and what was then Brewer Junior High School. Before joining the Brewer School Department, Snell served as principal at Orland Consolidated School and Quimby Elementary School in Bingham.

BREWER — Emily McLaughlin’s single in the seventh inning scored Katie Reed as the Brewer softball team came from behind to edge Hampden Academy 4-3 in high school softball action.

Katie Freeman had two singles for the Witches and Sherri Capponi doubled in two runs during the four-run Brewer seventh. Capponi scattered six hits to pick up the win.

Emmy Russell led Hampden with a double, single and two RBIs while Jamie Wells singled twice.

25 years ago — May 19, 1986

BANGOR — A Bangor native who created one of the largest corporations in the world told 230 new Husson College graduates that the key to true progress might be to “turn the clocks back a little.”

Forrest Shumway, 57, told a packed house at Husson graduation ceremonies that today’s progressive society might do well to adopt some of the values and habits displayed by people in “the good old days” of the 1930s and 1940s. Money was tight and living conditions not as plush, but problems with drugs were nonexistent and the crime rate was not a daily topic of conversation. Life was simpler then, he said. Television did not exist  and very few cars were seen around the city. Transportation was costly and with a more than 25 percent unemployment rate due to textile mills shutting down, families did not travel far from their homes. Neighborhoods thrived with social gatherings and team athletics being daily events. If a family decided to purchase a car or a bicycle, it was a topic of neighborhood conversation for months before the purchase and the subject of celebrations afterward.

Shumway, chairman of the executive committee of the Allied-Signal Co. of California, was the keynote speaker at Husson’s 87th graduation. He was responsible for the $5 billion merger of two companies, Allied Corp. and Signal Co.

BANGOR — General Electric workers were able to see some of the fruits of their labors when a turbine-generator containing 4,374 blades manufactured in Bangor stopped at the GE plant on Griffin Road. The generator was en route to a new 15-megawatt wood-fired electrical plant under construction in Chester. Paul Loescher, manager of the GE plant, congratulated Christopher Hutchins of Alternative Energy Inc., developer of the Beaver-Chester plant, and Warren Behrens, GE construction manager at the Chester site.

50 years ago — May 19, 1961

BANGOR — Mayor Carl E. Delano cut the ribbon for the grand opening of a new wholesale-retail tire company, County Tire Inc. The new firm is located at Pine and Hancock streets and will carry the complete line of Goodyear products. The building the company occupies is the former Crosby Buick plant where there is plenty of room for warehousing a large stock.

GLENBURN — The new eight-room consolidated school building under construction will replace six single-room buildings. Built at a cost of $93,000, the new school will be ready for use in the fall. Those touring the site of the new structure were Warren Cookson, chairman of the building committee; S.F. Sawyer of Bangor, architect; James Kenney of Bangor, contractor; Stuart P. Haskell, superintendent of schools; and Mrs. Izetta Nadeau, chairwoman of the school board.

HAMPDEN — Mrs. Joan Tribou of Hampden Center has been engaged as Hampden Correspondent for the Bangor Daily News. Mrs. Tribou, wife of Edward Tribou, will handle social and town news stories of Hampden. Her duties start immediately. Her phone number is Hampden 163-8.

100 years ago — May 19, 1911

CASTINE — A man of great interest and who now is a conspicuous person in the world of events, Castine had the pleasure of receiving Mr. F.J. Cooper, the well known pedestrian. Mr. Copper left New York on Feb. 13, 1909, under the auspices of the New York YMCA. The peculiar conditions which were subjected to him by the officers of that institution were that he should walk 30,000 miles in three years, and during his long sojourn he could beg absolutely nothing. He started out with no money, no clothes, and walked across Brooklyn Bridge to the Broadway Theatre wearing a suit made entirely of newspapers.

Mr. Cooper, who is very tall, and of fine appearance, has covered to date a distance of 21,970 miles and visited every state in the United States.

Mr. Admah Morey caught two large salmon in his weir.

ORRINGTON — Albert G. Dole of Orrington, the town treasurer, was first elected to that office in 1878 and has been re-elected 32 times since, has had no opposition and on nearly every election there has been but one vote cast by the town clerk for him, making the election unanimous. On one or two occasions in early years he also served the town as tax collector as well as treasurer.

GLENBURN — Farmers in this vicinity are busy getting their ground ready for planting. Some have already got their crops nearly all in.

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