10 years ago — July 28, 2001
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
HAMPDEN — Bernadine Gibson will be installed as the new postmaster of Hampden on Aug. 8. She began her career 27 years ago as a clerk in Ohio and was a letter carrier for two years. In 1988, she was promoted to supervisor of postal operations and held that position for 13 years before transferring to the Eastern Maine Processing and Distribution Facility as an automation supervisor. Gibson also was appointed to a detail assignment as officer-in-charge at the Hampden Post Office.
Gibson, as postmaster, will be responsible for 16 employees handling the mail for 600 post office box holders, 1,300 city deliveries and 1,700 deliveries on the rural route.
BANGOR — On a sultry summer afternoon, two dozen youngsters gathered on the lawn and playground of Downeast Elementary School, some on blankets, to hear a Bible story; others in the sun singing and signing about God’s plan for them at an outdoor Vacation Bible School.
While many such schools are held outside on church lawns and parking lots, some are in city parks and schoolyards.
Jeff Rose, pastor of the Penobscot Valley Community Church, decided the best way to get to know the Bangor community would be to hold the school where children and families spend much of the summer — the city parks. But after small turnouts, he moved Vacation Bible School to the school in Capehart.
Sisters Elizabeth and Tiffany Whitney attend Glad Tidings Church on Broadway, but liked being able to attend Vacation Bible School within walking distance of their home. They said they enjoyed the songs, arts and crafts offered by the Vacation Bible School.
25 years ago — July 28, 1986
CASTINE — Approximately 170 attended the luncheon and alumni meeting of the Eastern State Normal School at Maine Maritime Academy on July 19. Former faculty members of the normal school sat at the head table where Lloyd Hatfield, class of 1933, was master of ceremonies.
Margaret Hall Hook showed photographs of a large bell which had been found in Castine and is believed to be the old school bell.
Dorothy Holden Smart was the representative of the oldest class attending. Smart was a member of the class of 1915. The class of 1933 had 18 present.
The Eastern State Normal School opened Sept. 7, 1867, with Grenville Fletcher as principal, at the Abbott schoolhouse in Castine, which later became the high school. There were 13 pupils and tuition was free. Room and board with private families could be obtained for $3.50 per week.
BANGOR — Cars and vans with bumper stickers proclaiming “I love bulldogs” crowded the roadside on Milford Street near the corner of Essex Street. In the yard at 442 Essex St., where all the vehicles were parked, humans ate lunch on picnic tables and bulldogs roamed inside pens or on leashes. The second annual bulldog picnic celebrated those wrinkled, sour-mugged pooches that look like Winston Churchill.
Co-host Reuben Lundeen of Brewer, his wife, Miriam, and Harry and Joyce Coombs arranged the event as a way for bulldog owners in eastern Maine to get together.
50 years ago — July 28, 1961
BANGOR — The president of the United States ate a fresh-run, Maine-caught Atlantic salmon with his peas and potatoes on July 4. Apparently, John F. Kennedy is all for keeping to tradition.
The fish was caught by Norman Hathaway of 131 South Main St., Brewer. Hathaway, an expert angler, caught the 10-pound, 10-ounce fish at Stillwater Pool on Washington County’s Narraguagus River.
BANGOR — Liberace, on a tour of Bangor and the surrounding area, was fascinated by the old homes and trees, especially the maples, elms, spruces and pines. The tour was just a part of Liberace’s busy day.
He had a full schedule of rehearsals, television interviewing and last minute details, but this famous and popular virtuoso, “Mr. Showmanship,” wasn’t too busy for the gracious touch. He took precious time out of his busy day to make a personal call to a member of the press to express his thanks for an interview which appeared in the Bangor Daily News.
However, Liberace wasn’t the only busy person who is connected with the show. Dr. Gordon Robinson, his musical arranger, was busy in rehearsal with the 16 Bangor musicians who will compose the orchestra for Liberace’s show this evening. The musicians are Mrs. Bernice Sawyer, viola; Mrs. Marion Horan, cello; Leo Thayer, Alden Goode, Robert Todtman, John Monaghan, saxophone; Merlin Rogers and Oscar Davis, trombone; Lester Nadeau, Nat Diamond and Stanley Ivers, trumpet; Robert Jones, drums; Louis Darling, bass-viol; Gregory Osgood, piano; and Eugene Rice and Harold Doe, violin.
Adding much to the the show will be the fabulous wardrobe which Liberace will wear, and the famous and priceless candelabra which is packed in velvet wraps and always hand-carried by one of his entourage.
100 years ago — July 28, 1911
CASTINE — Miss Margaret Brown, who has been the chief operator in the telephone office during the past year, has resigned her position and returned to Dexter.
Miss Katheryn B. Leen, inspector for the New England Telephone Co., is in town for several days inspecting the Castine office.
BREWER — Mr. Frank Smith, age 108, and Mrs. Frank Smith, more than 80 years of age, who have been living alone on the home farm on the Wiswell Road, running from South Brewer to Holden, since their children married and went away, are not in their usual health this summer.
Mr. Smith, owing to his advanced age, is feeble and prefers to lie down most of the time. Mrs. Smith, though still active and about the house as usual, has experienced what she believes is a stroke of paralysis during the late intensely hot weather. Neither can be called sick, however, just old and easily worried.
BANGOR — Through the kindness of the Bangor Railway and Electric Co., some 700 children from Bangor and Orono enjoyed an excursion to Riverside Park in Hampden. Eight [trolley] cars were needed to transport the little ones. City Missionary Mrs. Johnson was the chaperone and the Orono delegation was in the charge of the Rev. John M. Harrington. Patrolmen Gehigan and Rogan were the guardians of the children and made so much of a hit with the youngsters that they are booked for president — both of them.
Mrs. Johnson expressed thanks to those who contributed: T.R. Savage Co., peanuts; Thurston and Kingsbury, lollipops; Fred Crowell, peanuts; Staples and Griffin, ginger-snaps; D.F. Snow, ginger-snaps; J. Frank Boyd, confectionery; Tea White, confectionery; Helson’s Bakery, cookies; Boston Cooking School, cookies; W.H. Stacy, sandwiches, bananas and cookies; Rice and Miller, bat; O. Crosby Bean, ball; R.B. Dunning and Co., baskets.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN