Yesterday …

Posted July 18, 2011, at 6:19 p.m.

YESTERDAY …

10 years ago — July 21, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

CASTINE — Cemeteries hold a wealth of information for researchers, and volunteers working with the Wilson Museum hope to make that information more readily available.

The small group began this week to gather information from the headstones in the Castine Cemetery off Court Street, confirming, correcting and adding to the information previously compiled. The grave detectives have focused on one small section of the cemetery to begin with, an area that includes about 65 of the more-than-750 lots in the cemetery. They will work from information initially collected by Virginia Koffman and supplemented by the Castine Cemetery Association.

There is often a great deal of information to be gained from a gravestone, said Brian Adams, assistant to the curator at the museum. Beyond names and dates, there also can be information about relationships, place of death and other inscriptions that add to knowledge about the deceased.

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NEWBURGH — Newburgh’s Ricky Craven didn’t qualify as well as he usually does at his “home” track, the New Hampshire International Speedway. But his qualifying time of 130.22 miles an hour, which will put his Tide Ford Taurus No. 32 car in the 20th spot on the starting grid for the New England 300 NASCAR Winston Cup race, wasn’t bad considering his ordeal earlier in the day when his car’s engine failed.

25 years ago — July 21, 1986

BANGOR — A ribbon cutting ceremony will mark the completion of a hotel built by Eastern Maine Healthcare in the former nursing school dormitory on the hospital grounds. The Riverside Inn is intended to provide a place for outpatients who might not immediately wish to make the trip back to their homes, and for families of those in the acute-care units. Also, patients undergoing cancer treatments or removal of cataracts will be able to relax at the inn after treatment.

The Riverside Inn is one of just a few like it in the country, possibly the only one built with private funding. Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony will be Robert H. Brandow, president of EMH and EMMC; Dr. Alan Boone, president of EMMC’s medical staff; Kim Averill, manager of Riverside Inn; and two of the project’s developers.

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BANGOR — Their mission is to chart the unknown, but their universe is the inner space familiar to all who watched “Star Trek” in the 1970s.

John Supranovich of Bangor said he didn’t know what he was getting into when he and about 40 other “Star Trek” fans became involved two years ago in a project to re-create the USS Enterprise command and control center, renamed the USS Kasimar.

Hearing Helen Klocko, another Kasimar member, and Supranovich discuss the command center, it is easy to believe that starships exist and the the Kasimar is bound for deep space on a mission to discover new worlds and new life. Except for the bridge, of course, the rest of the ship exists only in the minds of Kasimar crew members.

50 years ago — July 21, 1961

BANGOR — A 16-year-old John Bapst High School senior was named governor of the 14th annual Dirigo Boys State during elections at the University of Maine. Robert J. Barrett III, son of Dr. and Mrs. Robert Barrett of Bangor, won the post when he defeated Daniel S. Walker, 17, of Auburn 243-176.

The new governor, who just completed his junior year in high school, hopes to attend Harvard University where he plans to study in a pre-law course.

Governor Barrett is the Maine State American Legion Oratorial Champion of 1961 and was the Maine State Speech Festival winner in 1960.

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BANGOR — U.S. Sen. Barry Goldwater of Arizona will be in Bangor on Aug. 25 to attend a $25 a plate dinner in the Rococo Room at Pilots Grill, sponsored by the Bangor-Brewer Young Republicans Club.

Senator Goldwater is expected to deliver a speech after the dinner. The Young Republicans appointed Bradford Wellman to be in charge of arrangements for the senator’s Bangor appearance.

100 years ago — July 21, 1911

BANGOR — Gen. Joseph S. Smith, who at the time of the battle of Bull Run was a lieutenant, sends to the NEWS the names of several Bangor men who were at the battle. Fifty years ago today the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Maine Regiments were battling for the preservation of the Union, as part of the United States army, at Bull Run, Va.

Col. Charles D. Jameson of Bangor was in command of the 2nd Maine; Charles W. Roberts was lieutenant colonel and George Varney, major. Charles V. Lord was the quartermaster.

Many Bangor men were in that battle, though a mere handful are living today. Those of the 2nd are Col. A.B. Farnham, Capt. Frank A. Guernsey, Lt. S. Dean Benson, Lt. Frank S. Trickey, John F. Foster, W.H. Thompson, William Patterson, Edwin P. Mayo, Henry A. Harlow, John Davis, John H. Neal, John Clifford, William L. Seavey, Thomas Toomey, Alfred D. Rand, David Reavil, Alfonso E. Martin, Michael Kelley, Charles H. Landon, Sumner L. Warner, John P. Drummond and Joshua S. Marshall. Charles G. Randall was with the 4th Maine. Those of the 3rd Maine are Henry N. Fairbanks, Frank D. Pullen, William R. Raymond, Stephen Silk and Joseph S. Smith, who was a lieutenant and aide-de-camp on the staff of Gen. Oliver O. Howard, commanding the brigade.

Bangor and Brewer men not included in General Smith’s comprehensive list were E. Currier, Co. C, 2nd Maine; Charles B. Randlett, Co. G, 3rd Maine, and Charles L. Ware, Co. K, 3rd Maine.

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BANGOR — The new All Soul’s church will be designed by a firm of architects famous all over the country: Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson of Boston and New York. This firm has received some important commissions including the military academy building at West Point, the cathedral at Halifax, the St. Thomas church on Fifth Avenue, the South church in New York and many others.

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ORONO — A crew of men was engaged recently in installing a new frog and switch at the entrance of the bridge across the Stillwater on the Webster Avenue side.

COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN

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