10 years ago — July 25, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
INDIAN ISLAND — After five years of planning, the Penobscot Indian Nation held a groundbreaking on a new wastewater treatment plant and pump station on Indian Island. “We’re very excited about this opportunity,” said Penobscot Indian Nation Chief Barry Dana. “It is going to serve us for the next 20 years.”
The current facility, which serves 300 island residents, went on line June 1, 1976, and has had only minor improvements since.
Dana said the nation is trying to encourage economic development, especially as the island’s only manufacturer, Olamon Industries, shut down two years ago, and the new treatment plant should help.
HERMON — If you live in Hermon, hold off throwing away those plastic milk jugs and detergent bottles. These containers are recyclable again.
Earlier this month, the town had brought back recycling of paper and cardboard after a yearlong hiatus. Recycling No. 2 plastic containers, however, wasn’t going to make a return, at least not this year. That’s because it was going to cost more as it would require Pine Tree Waste Services to make more trips to the town’s transfer station because the containers are so bulky.
But Hermon Town Manager Clint Deschene said that Pine Tree has found a possible way around the problem.
The company is partitioning one of the containers on the collection truck so that both paper and plastic bottles can be recycled.
25 years ago — July 25, 1988
BRADFORD — The town of Bradford Civil War veterans have been memorialized in an honor roll presented to the town by the Bradford Historical Society. Bob Strout made the presentation on behalf of the historical society. Muriel Parker, librarian at John B. Curtis Library and Stan Southern, president of the library association, accepted the honor roll. The roll contains the names of 230 veterans who served the Union cause.
BANGOR — Back in what Mildred A. Sanger calls “the gay old ‘20s and ‘30s” when she held a lot of dinner parties, people did things in a formal way.
“Everybody ‘dressed’ for meals,” said Sanger. “You changed clothes three or four times a day and were always dressed formally for dinner.” She spoke affectionately of the era, although she had mixed feelings about bringing it back.
What Sanger does miss dearly, however, are the sophisticated dinners they used to hold. She used to entertain every week or two and serve entrees such as filet mignon or squab, and complicated desserts such as orange bombe.
Sanger believe today’s era is too nonchalant. When people get together “all they do is cook hotdogs and hamburgers.”
50 years ago — July 25 1963
BANGOR — What does a musician do when he breaks up his band? He keeps some of his instruments so that he can play them for his own pleasure. Or, in the case of Sammy Saliba, 84 Birch St., he makes one of his bass drums into a unique and very beautiful coffee table and two smaller tables into end tables for his den.
Although he had little formal education in music, he received some experience with the Boy Scout Drum and Bugle Corps. He started out with a bugle, then became a drum major. In Bangor in 1940, he tried to get into a band, but couldn’t so he formed his own band.
Mr. Saliba broke up his band on June 8 when he played for the last time for a dance of the Saturday Nighters held at the Penobscot Valley Country Club. He has been playing with this group for the past seven years and for many other groups for 27 years.
BANGOR — Fifteen years ago, Mrs. Alice Coffin, 77, of 34 Thirteenth St., Bangor, started to save threads from the hems of garments that she was altering and hemming. At first this was for the very good purpose of having odd colors on hand when she needed them in her work and it was not always possible to find or keep every color. As a result, her ball of thread now has a circumference of 36 inches.
Mrs. Coffin did alterations for the Rines Company for 15 years until May of this year, and continues to do the same work at home. She went to work during the “new look” of the 1940s when hems plunged toward the ankle. Since then it has been a constant shortening of hemlines to the present years of the short skirt.
100 years ago — July 25, 1913
BANGOR — Although the fact had not been noted, save by residents of the immediate vicinity, many workmen are engaged in transforming a big field in Court Street, owned by Dr. T.U. Coe, into an exceedingly handsome park. It is not improbable that this park, perhaps in the quite near future, may pass into the possession of the city.
The field, which is about two acres in area, extends in a gentle incline from the sidewalk in Court Street to the steep embankment leading to Kenduskeag Stream.
The park will be a beautiful spot — a great lawn, bounded by some of Court Street’s best residences on the west and by the heavily wooded embankment on the east.
More than 800 cartloads of loam will be used in grading the park.
BREWER — Daniel S. Baker of Arlington, Wash., is the guest of his niece, Mrs. Edgar L. Brown in Holyoke Street. Mr. Baker is a veteran of the Civil War and was in some of the most important battles of the Rebellion. He was a Winterport resident when the war broke out and with the first call for troops he enlisted in the 12th Maine Regiment. He was at Little Round Top under General Chamberlain and served on the dispatch boat Minerva. He also served as an orderly for many months. Mr. Baker was 17 years old when he enlisted. After the war, he moved west, took up land and grew up with the thriving city of Arlington, where he has served on its city council and has been interested in all its municipal activities.
Mr. Baker, at age 68, is among the youngest if the Civil War veterans. He is on that account most interesting his talks concerning the great struggle.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN