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Yesterday, May 26, 2011

10 years ago — May 26, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — Bangor Theological Seminary has been virtually the only Christian institution of higher learning in northern Maine for 182 years. That will change over the next 18 months, when a new seminary and four-year college are expected to begin offering classes with assistance from one of the city’s largest congregations.

There are no students, professors or buildings yet. No plans have been drawn up for classrooms, residence halls, administrative office or library. For now, Grace Evangelical College and Grace Evangelical Seminary are a vision being shaped by a dozen ministers who pastor churches in Penobscot, Hancock and Waldo counties.

The Rev. Jerry Mick Jr., senior pastor of Bangor Baptist Church, identified the college and seminary as part of the long-term vision of the church when Bangor Baptist held a mortgage-burning celebration last year.


BANGOR — The Rev. Dexter B. Rice of Grand Island, Fla., was supposed to have earned a master of divinity degree from Bangor Theological Seminary in 1947, but he didn’t finish his thesis, a requirement at that time. The minister was one of 25 students to receive degrees during the seminary’s 182nd graduation ceremony.

Four years ago, according to the Rev. Dr. Susan E. Davies, academic dean, Rice, now in his 80s, wrote to the seminary and asked what he needed to do to earn his degree. Instead of the usual academic thesis, Rice wrote a memoir about his ministry.

While the ceremony was a first for the graduates, it was the last for BTS President the Rev. Dr. Ansley Coe Throckmorton, who plans to retire in August.

25 years ago — May 26, 1986

BANGOR — Only about half the people needed participated, but organizers of the local answer to Hands Across America called it a success anyway, according to Fred Boyce, who enlisted the support of local churches for Hands Across Bangor-Brewer. Like the larger event, the local effort was aimed at helping the hungry and homeless.

Boyce estimated that some 1,500 people came to hold hands for a minute Sunday — enough to cross both bridges connecting the two cities but not enough to complete the circuit that was to include Main, Exchange and Washington streets in Bangor and Main Street in Brewer.


ORONO — A team of five elementary students from Asa C. Adams Elementary School placed first in the state in this year’s elementary version of the New England Math League competition.

Scoring 171 out of a possible 200 points, the Adams School team edged Scarborough Elementary School for state honors by a single point.

Orono’s Greg Markowsky tied with Jay Putnam of Scarborough for top individual honors in the state. Each answered 37 of 40 problems correctly.


HERMON — Clarence M. Homsted of Hermon celebrated his 82nd birthday at a party at Pilots Grill in Bangor. Joining him for the occasion were his son, grandson and great-grandson, all named Clarence — Clarence A. Homsted of Holden and Clarence A. Homsted Jr. and Clarence A. Homsted III of Carmel.

50 years ago — May 26, 1961

BANGOR — The Rev. Clarice Bowman of High Point, N.C., will become associate professor of Christian education at Bangor Theological Seminary. She will be the first woman appointed to the resident faculty in the 147-year history of the school. The announcement was made by BTS President Frederick W. Whittaker.

Professor Bowman is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church and is widely known as a denominational leader in Christian education work as a teacher and an author. Since 1952, she has been assistant professor of religious education at High Point College, a Methodist school in North Carolina.


EAST HAMPDEN — Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Russell of East Hampden celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a dinner party at Pilots Grill in Bangor. They were married May 24, 1911, in St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Bangor, by the Rev. Jeremiah McCarthy. Mrs. Russell is the former Agnes Valley of Easton.


BANGOR — Memorial gifts totaling $3,900 to establish two units on the first floor of the new St. Joseph Hospital were announced by Harold Robinson, chairman of the memorial gifts committee of the $800,000 building fund campaign.

The information office will be created by a $2,100 subscription of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Caputo, Grandview Avenue.

An $1,800 gift by Caldwell Sweet Drug Co. will build and equip the leg-bath unit in the physical therapy department of the hospital.

100 years ago — May 26, 1911

BANGOR — Among the terrible effects of the fire was a crop of poetry. This one isn’t the worst, and there’s some excuse — the poet, Harold A. Springer, is only 16 years old. Besides, it sticks to the facts. He says he wrote it in three minutes. That’s going some:

“The Bangor Fire”

When the clock struck four some smoke was seen

In a hayshed owned by Frank J. Green;

And when an alarm rang in from box 24

The people saw a fire they as they had never seen before.

The fire was raging at its height,

When across the stream there was seen a light,

This was a fire in a sporting goods store.

And the people stood by to hear the flames roar.

While in the same building it was understood

That the telephone girls should stay as long as they could,

But as it was too hot to do very much work,

They did their best, as many people will assert.

The fire soon ate its way to the Morse-Oliver wall,

And then the heated bricks began to fall.

A telephone call to Portland went,

And a fire department here was sent.

The fire then eating its way up State Street

Had many a fireman there to meet,

Then eating its way to the south again,

The city was left with a deadly stain.

The fire raged all night and into the morn —

Part of the residential section was gone,

With them seven churches went up in smoke,

And many iron rods and stone were broke.


BANGOR — An unusual effort has been made this season to secure a rare lot of “outlaw terrors” to celebrate the old prairie scout Buffalo Bill Cody’s farewell visit to Bangor. One of the many interesting sides of the truly Western type of manhood, the cowboy, is exploited to advantage in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West and Pawnee Bill’s Far West, which comes to Bangor next week. The show will depict the art of bronco busting. It is a performance that only can be appreciated by being witnessed.


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