10 years ago — Sept. 15, 2001
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
ORONO — Hundreds on the University of Maine campus joined Americans from coast to coast who paused at noon Friday, a day set aside by President Bush as a national day of mourning to reflect on the victims of Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.
While Sister Mary Feeney of the university’s Newman Center led an estimated 500 students and faculty in a brief interdenominational prayer service in front of Fogler Library, members of the university’s Muslim community gathered for their regular weekly worship service in Drummond Chapel on the third floor of the Memorial Union.
The themes of both services — peace, healing and unity — were essentially the same.
BANGOR — The MAINEIACS Charities regrets to inform the public that due to the current crisis faced by our nation, the eighth annual MAINEIACS Charities Golf Tournament at Bangor Municipal Golf Course has been canceled.
OLD TOWN — “Whaaa Jawl Son!” screams a clay figure of an American Indian man as the birch bark canoe he is portaging catches the wind and lifts him skyward. According to Penobscot legend, Wijalson is the wind-bird that sits atop a mountain and makes the breezes that travel the earth. And the whole tale about how Wijalson is subdued into less forceful wind-making is brought to life in an 18-minute film created under the direction of Old Town students Tiana Vermette, Peter McDermott and Shane Smith.
25 years ago — Sept. 15, 1986
BANGOR — Balloons and laughter were everywhere as hundreds of children — young and old — toured the new home of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network.
Although the staffs of the radio and television divisions of MPBN have been working at the Texas Avenue address in Bangor for the past few months, the open house was the first opportunity for many people to see inside a broadcasting station.
Mr. McFeeley, the Speedy Delivery Man from the Public Broadcasting System’s “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood,” served as the magnet that attracted throngs of children to the brightly polished Studio B.
HAMPDEN — A shifting load of logs caused the trailer on a truck driven by Laurence Cole, 43, of Troy to flip over in Hampden. The truck was headed west on Route 69 between Route 202 and the Kennebec Road when the accident occurred, pitching the logs into the woods. The cab of the 1978 White semi-tractor belonging to G&L Transport of Troy, stayed upright. The logs were loaded onto a second pulp trick which had been traveling empty behind the truck driven by Cole. The accident restricted travel on the road to one lane for several hours. Hampden Police Officer Paul Colley investigated the accident.
BREWER — Still active after turning 98 on Sept. 9 is James Riley of Brewer. Born in 1888 in Wessnango, N.Y., he lived for 25 years in St. Petersburg, Fla., and now lives on Sylvan Road with his wife and niece. He is in perfect health and says he doesn’t even take aspirin. A chauffeur in New York City for many years during the 1920s and 1930s, he continued to drive until age 93. After moving to Maine, he operated the former Texaco service station in Orono, retiring at age 70.
50 years ago — Sept. 15, 1961
ORONO — The president of the University of Maine said the threat of the 100-megaton bomb does not alter the basic purpose of a college education, but makes such preparation for citizenship far more urgent.
Speaking to some 1,200 freshmen who had just arrived on the State University campus, Dr. Lloyd H. Elliott said it is this urgency which constitutes the newness in education today.
BANGOR — The Zayre Corp. announced that it will open its 21st store, and the third in Maine, at Bangor on Oct. 12.
The modern, one-story, customer-designed department store is located at 615 Broadway in the Broadway Shopping Center. The store has more than 85 departments covering 60,000 square feet of selling space.
Construction crews at the Bangor Shopping Center are working full tilt to complete the project. The immense parking area is approximately one-half paved.
ORONO — The new owners of an Orono landmark, “The Elms,” familiar to many throughout the state as the University of Maine girls’ cooperative dormitory, said they had no immediate plans for the structure.
The 33-room building, once the property of one of Orono’s original founding families, the Websters, was sold by the University of Maine to a group incorporated as the Orono Associates. John P. Russell, Orono, said the group members besides himself are Cornelius Russel III, Bangor, and Thomas M. Walsh, Bangor.
Since 1939, the huge wooden structure beside the Stillwater River has been utilized as a girls’ cooperative dormitory, providing some 55 female students economical living quarters.
100 years ago — Sept. 15, 1911
WINTERPORT — A gold and white luncheon was given by Miss Marian Philbrook for two of the season’s bride-elects, Miss Elizabeth L. Treat, who is engaged to George W. Nash of Rockland, and Miss Ethel H. Baker, who is engaged to C. Harold Berry of Brooklyn, N.Y.
In the dining room, which was decorated in goldenrod, Miss Margaret Thayer and Miss Winifred Nealley in white gowns, and wearing wreaths of goldenrod, very prettily assisted the hostess.
While the ices were being served two decorated cakes were cut, one by Miss Treat and one by Miss Baker, in which a ring, dime and thimble were concealed. The ring was found by Miss Harriet Moody, the dime by Miss Rose Eaton and the thimble by Miss Philbrook.
BUCKSPORT — An alarm of fire was sounded for a blaze on the roof of a building on Main Street owned by Capt. T.M. Nicholson and occupied by him and T.M. Mooney on the ground floor, and by Judge Cunningham and others on the second floor. By prompt work of the captain and his large crew of men, the fire was confined to the roof. They formed a bucket brigade and kept the fire down. The fire department was quickly on hand. Their services were not required, but the new gasoline engine was started up and a line of hose laid to the rear of the building and a stream of water was put on the roof which did good work.
BREWER — One of the Harlow Brothers’ delivery wagon horses was seized suddenly by an attack of brainstorm or suffered from some mental disturbance, presumably caused by temperamental telepathy message from the driver, or was celebrating either the No or Yes victory [Prohibition vote], and from a peaceful stand in front of the store darted up the street over Bridge Hill, scattering major portions of the wagon and contents until he disappeared. The noon whistle at the mill brought the animal sauntering unconcernedly back to the store with three wagon wheels missing.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN