10 years ago — June 6, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — It’s a story that Samuel Nyer still has difficulty telling. The 77-year-old Bangor resident still gets choked up when he talks about serving as a scout in World War II, losing friends to an enemy he would have to face. And though he says those haunting memories will never leave him, he has found at least a little bit of satisfaction in a book turned television documentary on the History Channel.
“Blood from a Stone” draws the past and present together, bringing to light Nyer’s story of hiding a cache of uncut diamonds decades ago and their recent rediscovery by Yaron Svoray, an enterprising Israeli journalist, investigator and lecturer on international terrorism.
BUCKSPORT — Nikki Smith was stellar, the defense was sharp and hits came in timely spots — all hallmarks of the Bucksport softball team, both in the regular season and in the Eastern Maine Class B quarterfinal game against Erskine Academy.
Smith captured four hits and struck out 11 as the number one Golden Bucks eliminated the number nine Eagles of South China with a 4-1 victory in the mist at Wardwell Field.
25 years ago — June 6, 1988
BANGOR — It’s going to be a three-ring circus in Bangor. Asian elephants will provide the power to raise the big top at Bangor International Airport when the Clyde Beatty-Cole Brothers Circus returns in June. Scheduled for the 104th edition of the circus is Josip Marcan, Yugoslavian who trained 16 tigers for his show. Marcan has trained lions, elephants and more than 300 tigers in his career. He has studied veterinary medicine and served as the veterinarian at the Frankfurt Zoo in Germany.
BANGOR — When the Bangor Rams have a pitching problem, the solution is only 64 feet 2½ inches away. Once he gets the call, it only takes starting catcher Tom Hall a minute or so to get ready. He sheds his protective gear and mitt, grabs his glove and trots out to the mound.
Eight warm-up pitches later, Hall is ready to toe the rubber and fulfill this role as Bangor’s relief pitcher. He hasn’t let the Rams down yet.
Hall continued his clutch pitching on Saturday, hurling four innings of one-hit ball to help Bangor earn a 7-5 Eastern Maine Class A quarterfinal victory over Presque Isle at Garland Street Field in Bangor.
50 years ago — June 6, 1963
BANGOR — Ray Fessenden of Hancock Street took his 2-year-old cinnamon ringtail monkey Ginny for a walk on a recent sunny day. Ray has owned Ginny for a year and says she’s happiest when the weather is warm. She must have enjoyed the weather because the high temperature reading for the day was 79 degrees.
OLD TOWN — The Penobscot Indian reservation at Old Town would be eligible to apply for federal loans, grants and other technical assistance through the area redevelopment law, under an amendment approved by the Senate Banking and Currency Committee, Sen. Edmund S. Muskie announced.
Muskie, a committee member, said he offered the amendment to make the state Indian reservations eligible for inclusion in the program. He noted that federal reservations are covered by the original law but not state reservations, unless they are within an entire county designated as a redevelopment area. The limitation has prevented the Penobscot reservation from participating, he explained, since Penobscot County is not classed as a distressed area.
BANGOR — At its recent meeting, the board of managers of the Home for Aged Men in Bangor adopted a new plan intended to make its services attractive to a larger number of men, according to an announcement made by Harold L. Nason, president of the home.
Under the new plan, men who meet the board’s requirements as to personal character, health, length of residence in Bangor or an adjoining community, and other circumstances, may enjoy the services of the home in return for modest monthly payments. This means that it will no longer be necessary for a man who has set aside a small amount of savings to turn these over to the home before he may enter. Mr. Nason emphasizes, however, that the old plan will continue to be available both for men who wish reasonable assurance that they will be taken care of for life and for those whose circumstances might not make monthly payments feasible.
The home, which has operated continuously at 181 State Street since 1905, has provided a comfortable place to live and medical and nursing care to many Bangor men during that period. The board of managers feel the services offered still meet a widespread need in the community and it is their hope that the new plan will make the services more readily available in view of present-day conditions.
100 years ago — June 6 1913
OLD TOWN — Frederick Rodman law of New York, known as Daredevil will attempt a performance of hair-raising terror on the Penobscot River near Old Town, although he has not decided upon the exact time for the attempt. His stunt will be to ride a log over the steepest falls in the vicinity.
Mr. Law is now in the employ of the Reliance Company, a motion picture film concern, and he and his companions are in Old Town for the purpose of providing material for the cameraman.
With Mr. Law are others employed by the Reliance Company, including Miss Beryl Bouton of New York, who is said to be as devoid of fear as is Mr. Law in undertaking perilous and thrilling stunts.
BREWER — The assessors are now on the high road to the completion of the season’s work. They report various changes — one unusual — a falling off of livestock in the city. Permanent improvements are very numerous throughout the city. The state tax this year is more than $3,200 increase over that of last year while the county taxes increased slightly. The general outlook is favorable, and the growth and improvement of the municipality is as a whole satisfactory.
OLD TOWN — Miss Flora Jenkins, daughter of Mrs. Agnes Jenkins of Great Works, and Albert Dunn of Milford were united in marriage at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in the presence of relatives and a few friends. The Rev. James Rice officiated. Miss Delina Cote acted as bridesmaid and Clinton J. Ward was best man. The bride was becomingly attired in lavender silk with a white hat. The bridesmaid wore blue silk and hat to match. The couple will reside in Milford.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN