10 years ago — July 10, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Making its first visit of the year to its summer port, the American Cruise Lines ship American Glory was welcomed with open arms by city officials, who presented the key to the city to a representative of the cruise company.
City Councilor Jerry , presented the official gift to Kim Bebe, American Cruise Lines director of marketing, a small ceremony on the Bangor waterfront.
The ceremony marked the start of the second season for American Cruise Lines to operate out of the Bangor harbor.
The ship will restock supplies using goods from Bangor businesses, and local hotels and inns will benefit from the ship’s use of Bangor as its home port as well, Palmer said.
The 168 foot ship will take passengers from Bangor throughout the Penobscot Bay area, stopping in Bar Harbor, Rockland, Bath, Camden, Belfast and Bucksport before returning to Bangor.
The ship holds a total of 49 passengers and nearly 20 employees.
25 years ago — July 10, 1989
BANGOR — As president of N.H. Bragg and Sons, chairman of the board of Eastern Maine Medical Center, and chairman of the board of Bangor Savings Bank, G. Clifton Eames is one of the more titled men in Bangor.
But Eames is no stuffed shirt. Friendly and easy to talk with, he is at home with anyone who likes to discuss Bangor and its economy.
At N.H. Bragg, Eames carries on a 135-year-old tradition. He represents the fifth generation at the family-owned supplier of automotive parts and industrial and welding supplies.
But 135 years ago, the business obviously wasn’t selling auto parts. Norris Hubbard Bragg and a partner, Sumner Basford, started the company in 1854, when it was known as Bragg and Basford. Bragg bought out his partner in 1863, and the business has been in the family ever since.
The Bragg business started by supplying items for horse carriages, specifically tires, bolts, whiffletree ferrules, tailboard springs, and other metal parts which went into the finished assemblies of carriages.
Eames explained that with the advent of the automobile, the town blacksmith shop became the town garage. Welding and machine shop trades soon followed. N.H. Bragg and Sons changed with the times and now supplies a full line of automotive, industrial and welding supplies.
HUDSON — Twin Pines Feeds recently opened on Route 221 in Hudson. The shop, offering a complete line of animal feeds, is operated by the Butcher family, including Bill, Robbie, Billy and Bobby.
BANGOR — Reconstruction of the ceiling of the Fairmount School gymnasium in Bangor was likely put a little ahead of schedule after a part of the ceiling collapsed onto the gym floor.
Frank Dinsmore, assistant chief of the Bangor Fire Department, said that the ceiling collapsed while contractors were working on the project, taking with it three pipes feeding the sprinkler system. No one was injured in the incident.
Bangor superintendent of schools James Doughty. said that he was uncertain about the cost of the damage to halls from the sprinkler water and to the gym floor from the falling debris, but that costs would be worked out.
50 years ago — July 10, 1964
OLD TOWN — Construction on the proposed North Main Street project, a solution to a chronic traffic problem in the city, could begin within three weeks.
City Manager Leroy Picard told the NEWS that the project is tentatively scheduled to go before the Governor’s Council this week.Picard also disclosed that the state Highway commission engineer Ralph Dunbar has indicated to him that the project should have little difficulty in obtaining authorization from the council.
Traffic congestion on the street was a major topic of discussion at last Monday’s city Council meeting. The plan calls for widening and moving about 600 feet of the highway toward the Penobscot River, eliminating a good deal of two sharp turns on the road there.
Total cost of the proposal was originally estimated at $2,500, of which the state will pay half. The city has a $$12,000 appropriation for state aid projects this year to finance both the North Main Street and Stillwater Avenue reconstruction jobs
Picard said the project, when completed, will provide a much better means of traffic control, as well as illuminate a serious pedestrian safety hazard in the area.
ORONO — An Orono boy and a Bangor girl have captured top honors in the North American safe driving sport car competition in Montreal, Quebec.
The main highway safety committee said that the Maine team of Miss Betty Jo Stoekler, 17, Bangor, and Ellsworth T. Rundlett III, 18, Orono, won third place. in team competition in the 1964 Summer National Sportscar Roadeo.
Miss Stoekler also received a gold watch for winning first place in the women’s division, and Rundlett received a fourth place plaque in the overall competition.
Miss Stoekler and Mr. Rundlett, driving new MGB sports cars with four-speed manual shifts, were supervised by top Canadian racing drivers, and were coached by Rundlett’s brother, George Rundlett, Penobscot County chairman of the Maine Highway Safety Committee. Rundlett, a sports car competitor himself, is also vice president of the Penobscot Valley Motor Club.
EAST ORLAND — Miss Loreen McAllian, 16, Senior Miss Maine Baton Twirling champion, announced that she will be a contestant in the Grand National finals in August in Philadelphia.
Miss McAllian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John McAllian of East Orland was chosen state champion last month in competition with girls from all parts of Maine ranging in age from 15 to 21. As winner of the the event she received a banner, a bouquet of roses, a crown and a trophy.
The Bucksport High School junior, who has been twirling baton for more than three years, will be accompanied on the trip by her mother. The national event will be judged similar to the state event on poise, beauty, personality and talent.
100 years ago — July 10, 1914
BANGOR — One of the prettiest of the season’s wedding was held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Galen M. Woodcock, 17 Adams St., when their daughter, Miss Gail Frances Woodcock, was united in marriage to Robert Sedgewick Hull of Portland, Oregon.
The bride was gowned in heavy silk crepe, trimmed with point appliqué; she wore a point d’esprit bridal veil and carried a shower bouquet of lilies of the valley.
The decorations were exceptionally handsome, white and yellow being the floral scheme, relieved by ferns and other greens.
The bride is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and since graduation has been teaching in Bangor. Her fine mind and sincere, agreeable personality have endeared her to a very wide circle of friends, whose good wishes will follow her across the continent. Mr. Hull, after graduating from the schools of Bath, studied law and is now an expert public accountant.
EAST ORRINGTON —On the evening of July 4 the house and grounds of the summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mutty were ablaze with electric lights and people from all parts of the town and from towns adjoining, accepted their cordial invitation to witness the brilliant display of fireworks and afterwards to partake of iced drinks and listened to several musical selections played on the beautiful electric piano that Mr. Mutty has had installed in his home this summer.
Altogether it was the most brilliant scene with Japanese lanterns and strings of electric lights stretched far up and down the street, the gay crowd and music making it seem like a second carnival with nothing lacking but confetti and one and all joined in extending thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Mutty for their kindness and hospitality.
BREWER — Joseph Pooler in Hardy Street has launched recently a 23-foot motor boat. He constructed the boat during the winter and spring months and it is a great addition to the large fleet of boats owned on this side of the river.
BREWER — Fred Gibbons, 33, of Brewer an electrician in the employee of the Bangor Railway and Electric Co., fell from the portico of the Bangor House and sustained a fracture of two bones in the leg. He was taken to the Eastern Maine General Hospital.
Gibbons was engaged in removing the wires that had been strung around the hotel for the recent electrical illumination, and in mounting to the portico on the Main Street side used a long stepladder. He had completed his work and was descending when he grasped the balustrade. The wood gave way and Gibbons dropped, striking the ladder and then dropping to the brick sidewalk upon his face. He was carried into the hotel and then taken to the hospital.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin