Yesterday: News from 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago

Posted Sept. 27, 2011, at 9:09 p.m.

Editor’s Note: These items should be from the Sept. 29 issues of the Bangor Daily News, but we got ahead of ourselves.

10 years ago — Sept. 30, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

OLD TOWN — It’s hard to believe, given the number of manufacturers in Maine that have been forced to shut down because of foreign competition in recent years, that one of the world’s best-selling women’s shoes still comes from here.

What’s also hard to believe is that The Daniel Green Co. — formerly Penobscot Shoe Co. — in Old Town is experiencing double-digit profit margins while operating its headquarters in a state that its chief operating officer says isn’t as business-friendly as other states.

But after buying Penobscot Shoe for $17.8 million in April 2000, The Daniel Green Co. moved all of its New York-based operations to Old Town and, with the help of local employees, has grown the merged firms into a $50 million a year business.

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LEVANT — Wendy Shepard of Levant was only looking for a hunting dog in 1991 when she got her Chesapeake retriever, known to his family as “Rudy.” When the large puppy proved too much dog to have around the house with two small children, Shepard sent it to Dave Mosher’s training ground in Texas. Mosher, who spends the summer and fall in Burnham, is among the top trainers of field trial retrievers in the country.

When Rudy started running derbies, or field trials for novices, he made the national derby list. The dog was only 2 when he placed as an amateur field champion in Idaho. In 1995, he finished as an amateur show champion at a show in Boston. And on Aug. 19, Rudy added to his show champion title the distinction of amateur field trial champion when he gained enough points in the Michigan Field Trial Championship at the Flat River Retriever Club.

25 years ago — Sept. 30, 1986

OLD TOWN — Robert Thomas of the Old Town Rotary Club accepted a medal and citation naming him a Paul Harris Fellow, one of the highest awards made by the international organization. Recipients are selected for their contributions of time and energy to Rotary causes over an extended period of time. Making the award were Joseph Hann, district governor, and Bruce Brockway, club president.

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BANGOR — Work has begun on the construction and renovation project at Penobscot County Jail, although the official ground-breaking ceremony will not be held until Oct. 14. The Brewer construction firm of Nickerson and O’Day will handle the work for the $4.9 million project. Workers began digging up the former jail recreation area last week.

50 years ago — Sept. 30, 1961

BANGOR — Miss Mary-Louise Rowe, 93, for many years one of Bangor’s civic leaders, died at her home, 57 Penobscot St.

Miss Rowe was born in Bangor on June 2, 1868, the daughter of Frank M. and Mary Bishop Rowe. After graduating from the Bangor schools she went to California where she resided in San Francisco and San Mateo for 25 years. Here, she continued her studies in music, languages and the arts. She was an accomplished pianist and spoke French fluently.

Miss Rowe returned to Bangor in 1908 and from then on for many years was highly active in all movements for the betterment of the city. She was secretary of the Bangor-Brewer Tuberculosis and Health Association for 30 years, was an honorary member of the YWCA where for many years she served as adviser to the Business Girls Club. She served in the Penobscot Chapter of the American Red Cross over a long period of years and during World War I was chairman of the surgical dressings group. She also served for many years as secretary of the Bangor Children’s Home.

Most people remember Miss Rowe as a vibrant personality, a person of untiring energy and one with a fund of information on a wide scope of subjects. She had the charm and grace that one associated with her era.

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BANGOR — A strikingly new concert entertainment that has occupied that master, Fred Waring, for more than a year, “Let Freedom Sing,” will come to Bangor Oct. 26 under the auspices of the Bangor News Charities Inc. Waring and all the Pennsylvanians will be starred in this ambitious undertaking, which Waring concedes is the major effort of his almost 50 years of showmanship.

“Let Freedom Sing” has been described as a portrait in sound and color of the American scene from the rivers, mountains and ships to the farms and cities — a musical chronicle of our history and traditions. It tells the story of our nation in the words of its greatest poets — Longfellow, Holmes, Emerson, Whittier and others. First performed in June 1950 on Waring’s weekly TV program, it has come to be recognized by nationally regarded authorities as the most important work of its kind ever produced.

100 years ago — Sept. 30, 1911

BUCKSPORT — Freshman Maurice Gould broke a finger in football practice yesterday afternoon. Although he did it early in practice he continued playing the remainder of the scrimmage. He was attended by Dr. Towle who says Gould will be unable to play for some time. Although Gould’s loss will be felt, Homer will make good in his place.

Tennis this fall has not been played as much as usual. Perhaps this is because of the keen interest of all in football.

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BREWER — Brewer Odd Fellows have closed a lease for a long term of the entire third floor of the new Carter building on North Main Street and will occupy all the space for lodge purposes, giving them very fine and commodious quarters.

The large room known as Society Hall will be used as the main lodge room; the rooms formerly used by the Amicitia club will be a banquet hall and arrangements will be made by partitions for the paraphernalia and anterooms.

New furniture has been ordered and the lodge, completely rehabilitated in every way, expects to be ready to receive friends at something of a celebration to be held in December.

The closing of the lease marks the settling in permanent quarters of the Brewer Odd Fellows, who have been homeless since their hall was burned last spring.

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CARMEL — The apple crop is good in this vicinity this year. Mr. A.T. McGown, the village cooper, has already sold hundreds of barrels to pack apples in and cannot supply the demand.

COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN

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