10 years ago — Oct. 31, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — After several months of sometimes turbulent negotiations. the city sealed a $30 million development deal with Capital Seven LLC. The Nevada-based company is gearing up to build the state’s first racetrack casino at Bangor Raceway in Bass Park. A 5-3 vote by the council approved the deal.
25 years ago — Oct. 31, 1988
BREWER — A treat for Halloween was the $300 donation from the Isaac E. Clewley VFW Post to the Brewer Parks and Recreation Department for its Halloween Parade. Donald Mattson presented the check to Richard E. Coyne, director of parks and recreation for the city, who was dressed for the occasion as Dracula.
50 years ago — Oct. 31, 1963
BANGOR — Darling Auto Parts held a dinner meeting at Pilots Grill in conjunction with a Perfect Circle Fleet Clinic for the 27 larger truck fleets in eastern and northern Maine.
Covers were laid for 40 at the dinner at which Owen Darling presided. Guest speaker for the evening was William Schuster of Hagerstown, Ind., fleet sales engineer for the Perfect Circle Corporation, manufacturers of pistons. The evening’s discussion revolved around the maintenance problems of engines in trucks. The program closed with the showing of a film on the 1963 Indianapolis 500 race.
BANGOR — Myer Minsky, one of the most influential members of Bangor’s Jewish community, will be honored at a testimonial dinner at the Jewish Community Center on Nov. 10.
Mr. Minsky was born in Kreva, Russia, in 1888, He was the son and grandson of ordained rabbis although they never practiced. His mother ran a small grocery store and his father devoted his time to study.
Mr. MInsky came to Boston in 1904 where he spent a few years with his brother. He came to Bangor because he had four uncles living there. His first employment was in a bakery operated by a cousin. He next became associated with the Sterns Lumber Company. After approximately four years in Bangor, he went to Brownville Junction and opened a store there. He returned to Bangor in 1916 where with the late James A. Cahners he opened the Eastern Furniture Company. He left that business and went into the army in 1918.
His Zionist activities began in Europe as a child of 15 or 16 when he worked with the underground labor Zionist group and it was at this age that he envisioned the Jewish return to Palestine.
ORONO — Mr. and Mrs. John Jesky announced the birth of a son on Oct. 29. Jesky is a biology and general science teacher at Orono High School.
BREWER — Maine, for many years one of the nation’s largest producers of Christmas trees, is gradually being edged out of the industry. Lewis P. Bissell, forestry specialist of the Cooperative Extension Service at the University of Maine, told the Brewer Kiwanis Club that plantation growers in more central areas, growing better trees scientifically, are gradually taking over the Christmas tree market. The Maine farmer, who goes into his woodlot to chop down a tree, is feeling the bite.
100 years ago — Oct. 31, 1913
BANGOR — The 12th annual meeting of the Maine Teachers’ Association opened when the department of superintendence and secondary school administration met in the assembly hall of the high school building.
Previous to the main gathering, a special meeting of the superintendents was held. John O. Connelly of Bangor, state labor commissioner, spoke upon the question of issuance of age and school certificates to children seeking employment.
BANGOR — It has become a time-honored custom in Bangor that whenever there is any unusual event which brings many visitors here — at a time when it would be for the best interests of the city to present as tidy an appearance as possible — for some contractor or building owner to seize upon that time to make repairs and blockade more or less of the streets and sidewalks.
It was always thus. After waiting all summer, it appears that this week when the city is thronged with visitors has been considered the psychological moment to rip up and block one section of the sidewalk which will be most traveled, and force visitors and the people to walk over rough boards in the muddiest of that much abused business section, Central Street.
The sidewalk in front of the Graham building and the post office, the main thoroughfare for the visiting schoolteachers on their way to the new high school building, was torn up and a rickety, toe-stubbing makeshift of planks flung down in the muddy street, with a bridge of sighs leading into the post office and the other business places along the street partially blocked.
BUCKSPORT — Smelt fishing on the Bucksport and Verona bridge has commenced. The past two nights good catches have been made by Hiram Danforth. From appearances now it looks well for a good season.
The schooner Livelihood, Capt. Patterson, is in port. She has a cargo of brick and is chartered to local limber for Tennant’s Harbor from Morse and Co.’s mill.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin