As times goes on, there will be more and more yearbooks online, I’m sure. It is so interesting to find old yearbooks in libraries and other places — isn’t there always someone we know?
One of the aspects about older yearbooks I always liked was lists of alumni of recent years and what they were doing, whether attending college, working or serving in the military. This is especially true of communities that are so large that it isn’t feasible to list all veterans on a monument.
Bangor is one of those larger communities. The June 1944 Oracle for Bangor High School listed 60 members of the 1944 class known to be in service in World War II:
Adams, James; Allen, Eugene
Black, Lloyd E.; Black, Ora; Brown, Wallace E.; Burnham, Robert
Cardin, Robert; Catell, Stanley; Chapman, Clifton; Colburn, Paul; Comer, George; Cyr, Bernard
Drew, Perry A.
Farnsworth, Charles; Fish, Franklin J. Jr.; Fleming, Robert
Gustafson, Warren A.
Harding, Frank R. Jr.; Hawkes, Donald; Herlihy, Edward L. Jr.; Hogan, Terrance; Holmes, Donald C.; Horr, William
Keenan, John L.; Kennett, Raymond H.; Kenney, Edward
Lambert, Donald E.; Lee, Perley J.; Lee, William D.
McDermott, William R.; McDonald, Richard R.; McKay, George A.; McLeod, Edwin C.; Maxsimic, Russell D.; Monaghan, John; Morrill, Christopher; Mower, Ralph; Moulton, Gardner
Nichols, Raymond D.
Plant, Arnold O. Jr.; Poole, Walter; Potter, George
Reynolds, Donald; Rogan, Edward J.
Shorey, Walter; Smith, Nathan; Soloby, Daniel; Sprague, Philip; Stevens, Adrian R.; Stewart, E. Donald; Stewart, William R.
Townsend, Frank; Treworgy, W. Stuart
Upton, Calvin R.
Wagman, Harold; Whitney, Philip; Wilbur, Paul; Wiseman, Goodwin; Wood, Donald E.
Killed in action in Italy on Jan. 4, 1944, was W. Stuart Treworgy, according to the Oracle.
The list was compiled by Miss Rachel Connor and Student Council members.
The Book of Honor at Bangor Public Library, which has a page with photo and information for more than 110 Bangor men killed during World War II, lists Treworgy’s date of death as Jan. 26, 1944. It also lists Bernard Cyr as being killed Jan. 14, 1945.
Many more people from Bangor High joined the war effort after graduating in 1944, as well.
Can you believe that genealogy is on TV in prime time twice a week now? I continue to watch “Who Do You Think You Are?” at 8 p.m. Fridays on NBC. Episodes from previous seasons are available on the NBC website.
PBS is offering “Finding Your Roots” with Henry Louis Gates, Harvard professor, at 8 p.m. Sundays. Gates is African American, and we know from previous series that he also has Irish roots. His subjects have a variety of heritages, as do the viewers.
Speaking of PBS, I watched an outstanding “Nova” program on March 28, “Cracking Your Genetic Code.”
The episode focused on the use of genetic testing to help people with a variety of illnesses, including melanoma and cystic fibrosis.
Studies showed that some patients with melanoma, the deadliest skin cancer, gained between two and 18 months in life expectancy with the help of genetic testing and treatment.
One youngster with cystic fibrosis was able to play football, his health was so improved after treatment.
Obviously, these are the short versions of stories. The episode also looked at the future and brought up the concern that some of this testing could lead to a slippery slope in many arenas. Who would be born? What will people be tested for? What about breast cancer genes and other diseases? Geneticist James Watson told scientists not to ever check his genome for a type of Alzheimer’s.
The questions aren’t easy, and some of them are already a factor in our lives. The Nova episode is available through pbs.org.
For information on researching family history in Maine, see Genealogy Resources under Family Ties at bangordailynews.com/browse/family-ties. Send genealogy queries to Family Ties, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.