10 years ago — July 17, 2004
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — The new owner of the hotel in West Market Square is looking to the East for more business — the Far East.
The South Korean born lawyer who purchased the Charles Inn last month already is advertising the Bangor hotel in newspapers in his native country, according to hotel staff members.
In addition, Dong Sung Lim of New York City wants to hire tour guides who are fluent in Korean and know the Bangor area.
The hotel staff is noticing a big interest in the 37-room inn from potential visitors from overseas who are looking for a Maine getaway.
BANGOR — Alice Inness has been around long enough to know that self-directed praise makes about as much sense as wearing sandals in a snowstorm. The recently retired executive vice president of Bangor Savings Bank prefers to let compliments come from others.
But when compliments come — and they do come — be prepared. She’s likely to deflect the commendation or quickly change the subject.
Though McInness remains humble about her professional success, others who know her understand just how much the 43-year banking veteran has meant to the Bangor business community. Sifting through a list of names of those willing to sing her praises reads like a who’s who directory of Bangor.
25 years ago — July 17, 1989
CASTINE — The Trinitarian Parish Church on Main Street in Castine is 160 years old this year, and the congregation has begun a renovation project they hope will ensure that the building remains standing for another 160 years.
According to the Rev. Sandra Reed, the minister of the church, the congregation was gathered in 1820 but for the first several years met — without a minister — in the old courthouse building, which no longer exists.
In 1829, the congregation opened the doors of its own building, but the church looked a little different than it does today. Instead of the present center door in the front there were two doors, one on either side of the front of the building. The sanctuary was at ground level rather than up a flight of stairs, and there was no steeple, just a small cupola-like structure.
ORONO — Pat Farnsworth, 79, says it wearily. It is obvious that the frustrations of the restaurant business are finally overtaking the pleasures.
Bruce Farnsworth, 42, says it casually. For him, the statement is a business decision rather than the end of a lifetime’s work.
For area residents and alumni of the University of Maine, though, what the Farnsworths are saying borders on blasphemy.
If the price is right, Pat’s Pizza is for sale.
The 58-year-old restaurant is Orono’s version of Dorian Gray. While profound changes may have appeared on the canvas of eastern Maine, Pat’s Pizza has remained the same.
50 years ago — July 17, 1964
BANGOR — Retirement for Mrs. Doris C. Rosen, 85 Norway Road, merely means the continuation of an active life. Included in her plans are a lot of horseback riding, a tour of Europe with her husband, Dr. Samuel J. Rosen, and more participation in politics.
Mrs. Rosen started her railroad career as a stenographer and became the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad’s superintendent of Dining Car Service. She was the only woman to hold such a post on an American railroad at that time.
A veteran employee of the railroad, Mrs. Rosen has given more than 40 years of service. She was chief clerk to the manager of operations at the time of her recent retirement.
Mrs. Rosen believes that women definitely belong in business and that there is a place for them in politics too.
BANGOR — Sally Cahill is a secretary who never smokes a pipe or wears newsworthy bathing suits, so she doesn’t make the front page.
But Sally, secretary for Bangor’s city manager, was queen for a day around city hall. After 14 years as right-hand girl for the city’s top municipal administrators, she is leaving to become a housewife.
One of her extra curricular duties the past decade has been organizer of the lighter life of municipal employment.
Sally, just beyond 29, is a well-liked, fast quipping, sport minded outdoorsy type. An avid golfer, she is trying to keep her latest accomplishment quiet to avoid embarrassment. She finished nine holes last week on the new municipal course with 46. It took her boss, the city manager, 56 strokes a day earlier.
BREWER — The children exclaimed, “Who ever heard of Christmas in July,” and they were amazed when Santa arrived at the three Brewer playgrounds as Christmas was observed under the direction of Mrs. Martha Perkins.
Nearly 500 boys and girls sang Christmas carols and decorated a tree at each playground. Games associated with Christmas were played and gifts were distributed by Santa from around the trees.
Next week, singing, tap dancing, baton twirling and almost any talent will be seen and heard on the three playgrounds as talent day will be observed.
100 years ago — July 17, 1914
BANGOR — The benefit to be held on the streets of Bangor, Saturday, Aug. 22, for Andrew Sockalexis [who is ill], the Old Town Indian runner, will be one of the largest ever held in New England.
The stars from the different athletic associations are willing and anxious to help one of the gamest men who ever participated in a long distance run.
A match for the 10-mile New England championship between James Hannigan, who came in first in the Orono to Bangor run, June 28, Carnival Day, and former champion, and A.V. Roth, the New England champion will be one of the features.
The events are 25-mile, 12-mile, 6-mile, 100 yards, 75 yards, shot put, one-mile, hammer throw, pole vault, running and standing high jump, running and standing broad jumps, canoe races, and log race. Some of the men who represented the United States at Sweden in the Olympic Games will be here to take part.
It also is planned to have some boxing and wrestling bouts that night.
CASTINE — Many Bangor automobile parties who have been inquiring for a tea room in Castine will be interested to know that Tarratine Tea Room and Gift Shop is being conducted at the corner of Main and Court streets by Miss Harriet S. Devereaux, formally of Bangor. Several Bucksport and Bangor parties have already visited the shop and automobiles coming into town cannot miss the place.
This shop is run in connection with the Toru Shop at Dices Head, conducted by Mrs. Kneedson and Miss Appleton, who make trips every year to the Orient and select their stock which consists principally of Japanese articles in exclusive designs but also include some other foreign and some domestic articles. Two specialties for the summer are the newest purses created by the Japanese people themselves this year, and the small cutlery sets for auto parties which are manufactured in Japan solely for the Toru Shop.
EAST CORINTH — Along party was given July 10 under the shady maples at Dr. H.D. Worth residence by the young ladies of the Teacher Training Class of the Methodists Episcopal Sunday school.
The spacious grounds were gay with Japanese lanterns and the several booths were specially attractive.
To add to the enjoyment of the occasion, the Corinth band played the latest music. Besides this, Z.R. Duran gave several selections on the phonograph.
Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin