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

Posted Oct. 06, 2011, at 1:02 p.m.

10 years ago — Oct. 6, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — Just yards away from three soldiers carrying automatic rifles, Gregory Flores read a novel while waiting for his flight to leave Bangor International Airport for Boston. He was among the travelers at a busy BIA — the first day Maine National Guard troops were deployed there and at five other commercial airports in Maine to provide additional security.

In the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, the Maine soldiers were called upon by Gov. Angus King at the request of the Bush administration to bolster security at the state’s airports, which already are operating under a higher alert after last month’s hijackings that killed thousands.

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BANGOR — Morning commuters on Hammond Street found quite a surprise when they spotted a moose running amok on the city’s West Side.

Originally reported around 7:30 a.m., the bull moose eventually was subdued three hours later, although not before giving the run-around to a number of police officers and wildlife officials.

25 years ago — Oct. 6, 1986

ORONO — Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of fiction and children’s books, will speak at the University of Maine to kick off the 1986-1987 Distinguished Lecture Series.

Brooks, who became the first black writer to receive the Pulitzer Prize with the publication of “Annie Allen” in 1950, will speak in Hauck Auditorium. She succeeded Carl Sandburg as poet laureate of Illinois.

Brooks also succeeded Reed Whittemore as the poetry consultant to the Library of Congress, becoming the 29th consultant and the first black woman to hold the post.

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INDIAN ISLAND — Several hundred people wandered down the carpeted corridors of the new Indian Island School, talking to teachers, looking at displayed school work and admiring all they saw.

Indeed, there was much to admire. With its decorated brick facade, low clean lines, an airy library pavilion with skylights and a unique interior courtyard-amphitheater, the new building is one of the most attractive in the area to open its doors in recent months.

The new school houses 107 pupils ranging from early childhood and kindergarten to seventh grade. By the 1988-1989 school year, eighth- and ninth-graders also will be at the school. The facility has 27 lay and religious staff members and 14 classrooms, including a resource room, remedial-reading room, and industrial arts and home economic rooms.

In the Penobscot Indian Culture room, the smell of sweet grass used for basket making filled the air, and a clamp for splitting ash wood was set up as a demonstration. Later this year, pupils will work on making snowshoes and a canoe under the direction of teachers Barry Dana and Kurt Hoffman.

50 years ago — Oct. 6, 1961

BANGOR — Dr. Warren G. Hill, Maine Commissioner of Education, called upon teachers to set their own standards before “others set them for us,” speaking at a meeting of the Eastern Teachers Convention at Bangor Municipal Auditorium. Dr. Hill spoke to approximately 700 teachers after a smorgasbord attended by 400.

Dr. Hill called for the setting of higher standards for the teachers who follow this year. He pictured the time when perhaps 10 to 15 years of preparation might be necessary in the teaching field.

Dr. Hill urged the teachers to support the referendum for the bond issue to provide dormitories for the teachers’ colleges, and to support TV education, which he termed “one of the most efficient teaching techniques ever devised.”

He admonished his audience not to judge boys and girls by the newspapers and pointed out that “some newspapers are not mirrors, but magnifying glasses that use the sensational on their pages.”

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BREWER — The appointment of Ivan Q. Tuell, 22, as a regular member of the Brewer Police Department was announced by Chief Ralph W. Willoughby. Tuell will fill a vacancy in the department. He is a native of Princeton and a graduate of Princeton High School. He currently is employed as a service man for the M.L. Coffin Co. He is married and lives at 25 Elm St.

Chief Willoughby also announced the appointment of two special police officers. They are Kenneth H. Connelly and Roy F. Ashey.

100 years ago — Oct. 6, 1911

DIXMONT — Everybody is busy harvesting these beautiful autumn days.

A company of revivalists, led by John A. Ferguson, held a meeting at the Christian church in the evening. Their singing was much enjoyed by all.

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BANGOR — Six hundred people attended the annual fair and entertainment of Bangor Grange on Ohio Street and every one of them had a good time and said so. “Among the Breakers” was presented by members of Mystic Tie Grange of Kenduskeag. The famous little play was in good hands, too, for Mystic Tie people are no mean actors.

Daley’s buckboards and barges will leave the terminus of the Ohio Street car line to convey Bangor people to the fair for the low fare of 10 cents. Admission to the fair, including supper, is 25 cents.

COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN

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