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Arthur J. Connell, national commander of the American Legion, addressed the James W. Williams Post, American Legion, in Bangor on Wednesday, April 7, 1954. Shown at the Bangor House (from left) Robert Merrill of Newport, department commander; Connell; Sumner Shafmaster, commander of the host Williams post; Peter Thaanum of Winthrop, national committeeman; and Roy Burton, chairman of the banquet.


10 years ago — Nov. 7, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BREWER — Howie Day, headliner. That has a nice ring to it, as does Howie Day, major-label artist. But the Brewer native hasn’t had much time to savor his new status. He’s too busy with his first national tour as a headliner, supporting his first original major-label album, “Stop All the World Right Now.”

Day has spent the last two years almost in training for this day, opening for such artists as Tori Amos, John Mayer, Cheryl Crow and Sting.

BANGOR — Seaman Apprentice Timothy Glick, 19, spent last winter cruising the Penobscot River breaking ice. This winter, he’ll be cruising the Persian Gulf, keeping the peace.

Glick leaves next month to help protect the harbors and infrastructure in the Persian Gulf region about a 110-foot Coast Guard cutter with a 22-person crew. He will spend a year there.

The 2002 Bangor HIgh School graduate enlisted shortly after graduation.


25 years ago — Nov. 7, 1988

BANGOR — The American Heart Association’s Celebrity Waiter event held Oct. 27 at Pilots Grill, raised “$7,400 toward Maine’s fight against premature death and disability from heart disease and stroke. Approximately 200 guests attended.

Jack Quirk of Ben and Conquest Inc. was the winner of the favorite waiter contest, receiving the most money in tips.

William Zoidis, owner of Pilots Grill, received a plaque in recognition of his support of the association.

Dr. George Chase served as auctioneer for the celebrity auction.

Other notable waiters were Marshall Frankel, chairman, Bangor City Council; Sister Mary Norberta, St. Joseph Hospital; Jon Dawson, Dawson Realty; and John Baldacci, Maine Senate.

BANGOR — It’s a tradition that goes all the way back to Moses. Not the Moses who parted the Red Sea — Moses Brooks of Rumford, who founded an optometry practice there in 1906.

Walter Brooks, his son, began to practice in Bangor in 1951. Daniel Brooks, the third generation of the family to provide eye care, bought his father’s business in 1980.

When Brooks bought his practice, there were eight optometrists in Bangor. Now there are 13. IN addition there are seven opthalmologists, medical doctors who trained in eye care and specialize in treatment of eye disease by drugs or surgery, and six opticians, who are primarily involved in providing eyeglasses.


50 years ago — Nov. 7, 1963

ORONO — Many parents today are too frightened to follow their own instincts and use a little authority, a Clergyman’s Institute was told at the University of Maine by Linwood Brown, director of the Sweetser Children’s Home in Saco.

“We parents have done several things to our children to mature them too rapidly,” Brown said, “and by the age of 15 they have very little to look forward to.” Some of these things are too early dancing classes, junior high school graduation ceremonies and dances, and too early dating, he said.

Parents add to the confusion of their children by their inability to make consistent decisions, he said, warning that discipline, which should be a family affair, has broken down in this country.

Brown questioned the wisdom of special classes for gifted students, as well as “segregated classes” in which students are place according to ability.

BANGOR — A new $150,000 Salvation Army building has been proposed for the corner of South Park and French streets.

That Bangor Salvation Army unit is planning construction of a single-story sturcture, 62 by 118 feet in size, of concrete block and brick facing on the former D.O. O’Connell Construction Company.

The structure will be used as a family and youth center.


100 years ago — Nov. 7, 1913

BANGOR — Orono and Bangor are to be favored by a visit from one of the most extraordinary of modern men, the famous Dan Crawford. Driven by imperfect health, he made for the interior of Africa, without special organization or any special preparation behind him, and there, catching the spirit of David Livingstone, the renowned missionary explorer, he plunged into service.

Lantern slides of the heart of Africa will be shown at Hammond Street church.

Crawford has been in Africa for 23 years; for 10 years he saw not other white man. For years he spoke English to himself daily in order not to forget the language. The language the natives with whom he has worked is considered one of the most wonderful in the world. Oxford University professors to whom Mr. Crawford has described the language — the Luba language of the Bantu tongue — said there was no other like it known.

A few months ago, Mr. and Mrs. Crawford  returned home to England. For the first time they saw modern engines, electric motors, aeroplanes, etc.

Mr. Crawford’s book, “Thinking Black,” won him instant fame. In it he describes the black men of central Africa, showing their poetic nature, their instinctive belief in God and their high development of morality. He tells about the suffrage organizations of African women, which probably are as fully developed as in other countries.

BANGOR — An audience that filled every seat below the gallery seemed deeply interested and much impressed by the Cines photo-drama, “Quo Vadis,” at the Bangor Opera House. In fact, there has never been so much attention paid here to the coming of a moving picture.

It may be said without exaggeration, however, that “Quo Vadis” is so far removed from ordinary moving pictures that there is no comparison. It is, unquestionably, motions photography’s crowning achievement.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin

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