10 years ago — Feb. 20, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
HAMPDEN — When the Bangor Masons lost their temple in a January fire, the flames destroyed irreplaceable relics and memorabilia.
But when Cindy Boudreau of Hampden and her son, Travis, 19, heard about the treasures that were lost, they knew they had something that would help.
While cleaning her parents’ attic in their Bangor house in 1966, Boudreau, now 53, came across a Masonic sword, which had belonged to Walter Mills, a Mason who used the sword for ceremonial purposes.
Boudreau had the sword cleaned and buffed so the Masonic emblem and gold-plated lettering shone clear on the blade.
When the fire destroyed the Masonic temple, Travis suggested they donate the sword to the organization. Boudreau made some calls and discovered that Bill Mansur, one of the local Masons, lost his sword in the fire. Boudreau presented the sword to Mansur at the site of the former temple
BANGOR — Target Corp. will open its Bangor location in March to coincide with the opening of 28 other stores nationwide. The new stores will use the chain’s latest floor design, complete with an expanded food section and Starbucks cafe. It will be the first Starbucks in Bangor.
Chris Rose, executive team leader at the Bangor Target, said 225 team members, nearly all local employees are on board to keep pace with expected heavy traffic when the store opens.
25 years ago — Feb. 20, 1989
BREWER — Lynn Dow and Ronnie Hewes, seniors, were elected king and queen to rule over festivities of Winter Carnival Week at Brewer High School.
ORONO — Esther Eayres Chapter, DAR, announced the Good Citizen winners.
Representing Orono High School is John Trefethen, son of Mr. and Mrs. David Trefethen of Orono; Old Town HIgh School, Julie Spohrer, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Spohrer of Old Town; and Penobscot Valley High School, Stacie Alley, daughter of Beverly and Brian Mace of Howland.
The winners will receive a certificate of award, DAR Good Citizen pin and the book, “Landmarks of Washington.”
ORONO — Kevin Dolan and 30 other members of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at the University of Maine, helped in a demolition project at the Bangor Area Shelter on Main Street in Bangor. They helped prepare the second story of the building for renovation.
50 years ago — Feb. 20, 1964
ORONO — A comprehensive survey of the opinions of the parents of University of Maine students has revealed that the majority of dads and moms favor, among other things: Present state and university social regulations, including those forbidding the use of liquor on campus; federal aid to education and increased state support for the university; and the offering of a course in the fundamentals of etiquette.
In summarizing the parents’ responses, the report, in part, noted:
Sixty-six percent are opposed to student marriages.
Sixty-five percent hope their children will belong to fraternities and sororities.
Eighty-seven percent support the university’s nightly curfew policy for women students.
Fifty-six percent are against having a controversial speaker on campus if sponsored by a student group. Forty-two percent are opposed to university sponsorship, even if “clearances have been made.”
Eighty-eight percent desire compulsory chaperones at all social functions.
Sixty-two percent are opposed to athletic scholarships (not now offered by the university).
BANGOR — Victor A. Runtz, cartoonist for the NEWS for the past six years had won his fourth Freedom Foundation award for a cartoon and will receive a prize of $100 and a Freedom Foundation Medal.
Runtz’ prize was awarded for a cartoon carried in the NEWS on Memorial Day, titled “Purchased on the Installment Plan.” In it a man pays his respects to a field of crosses, depicting various wars — the installments paid for the freedoms and rights we enjoy.
100 years ago — Feb. 20, 1914
BANGOR — All the district between Fruit, Birch, Garland and State streets was flooded by water from a 20-inch force main at the corner of Birch and Garland streets. The break was discovered by a little girl at the corner of the two streets.
Down Garland Street, over the hill along the car [trolley] tracks, the water flowed as far as Fruit Street, and making the turn there, went down this street in a volume large enough to float an ordinary rowboat.
Over in State Street the Old Town car was stopped by the volume of water flowing across the tracks.
Mr. Wilshire of Fruit Street had just time enough to rescue two fine hogs from their pen as the water was close up to their snouts.
BANGOR — St. John’s annual reunion for the parish closed the third and last day with record breaking attendance.
The feature of Thursday’s entertainment was a very pretty sketch, “On the Campus,” introducing the College Seven from the University of Maine.
The opening number by the whole company was “Gee! I Wish I had my Old Girl Back Again, rendered in a very pleasing manner. After this song, “Diddy” Doyle gave a very good monologue, much enjoyed by the audience. “Dick” Dolan sang in a very fine tenor voice “The Song That Stole my Heart Away.” Toby McDonough sang “Love Me While the Lovin’ is Good.” Phil Sheridan, in his solo, “Down in Monkeyland,” showed himself to be the same singing comedian that Bangor people never get tired of hearing.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin