MAINE’S MYSTERY Caribou Have Disappeared But No One Knows the Reason NUMEROUS 15 YEARS AGO Perhaps Their Feed Has Grown Scarcer and Perhaps It’s Wanderlust — But They’ve Gone. With chilling accuracy, Maine newspapers annually marked the demise of the… Read More
    Confidence men, bunko artists, grifters and the like seemed to be everywhere a century ago, waiting to prey on the unsuspecting. Con men gained your confidence and then took your money. They were particularly active in rural hubs such as Bangor, where large groups of itinerant workers, farm… Read More
    “The Phantom Trolley” sounds like a good title for a ghost story, and undoubtedly there are a few on the subject. Bangor’s tale by that title, however, was more of a joke, savored a century or so ago by the employees of the Bangor Railway and Electric Company… Read More
    Americans were fascinated with new technology a century ago just as they are today. The telephone, the wireless, the electric light bulb and most certainly the gasoline-powered engine and its progeny were among the modern marvels of the moment. Here are a few items from Bangor’s two daily… Read More
    A century ago, prohibitionists in Eastern Maine succeeded in ousting three Penobscot County sheriffs for not doing enough to stop liquor sales. Between 1913 and 1918, two years before federal prohibition, the battle over booze escalated rapidly, especially in Bangor, the hub of the area’s liquor supply. Read More
    The sudden onset of World War I a century ago left most Americans shocked and confused. Which countries were to blame? Could the United States maintain its neutrality? Would American boys be sent off to settle the ancient feuds of European royalty? Would the fighting in far off… Read More
    When the Anti-Tuberculosis Society of Bangor met a century ago this summer, there was good news and bad news in the battle to end the Great White Plague. First, the good news: Public drinking cups had been banned, noted Miss Madeline C. Mosher, the city’s… Read More
    By Aug. 3, 1914, the summer season was “humming” at Bar Harbor’s storied resort. The new European war, however, had become the principal topic of conversation among the rich and famous summer folks, wrote a Bangor newspaper correspondent. Heavy rain and thunder that day washed out… Read More
    “Immigrant Question of Great Concern to the City,” said a headline in the Bangor Daily Commercial on April 16, 1914. Long used to the thousands of loggers who passed through the city each year on their way to the woods, the Queen City had a new concern. Hundreds… Read More
    The automobile season a century ago in eastern Maine started with a round of fantasizing long before the snow melted. While most autos were still stored for the winter, hundreds of people from all over the region gathered at the Bangor Auditorium, the cavernous wooden structure at the… Read More
    War fever swept the nation a century ago. Civil war raged in Mexico. American sailors were arrested in Tampico on April 10, 1914. The U.S. Navy invaded Vera Cruz later that month. Some Americans were killed or wounded. Many civilians fled the country. American newspapers predicted war and… Read More
    Hundreds of men looking for river-driving jobs were stranded penniless in Bangor a century ago after a mixup in the work schedule — Mother Nature’s work schedule, that is. City officials interceded quickly to keep order and protect the Queen City’s reputation as a logging employment mecca. They… Read More
    The opening of the Penobscot River to navigation each spring was a magnificent drama that affected both the mood and the pocketbooks of Bangoreans. Longtime river observers even placed bets on when the great event would occur. The river was a more important place in the… Read More
    Bangor boosters, or “boomers,” as they were known a century ago, turned out in force at City Hall for the Chamber of Commerce’s first “suggestion night,” a time set aside to collect ideas for promoting the city’s economic development. Bangor had rebounded after the Great Fire… Read More
    Fashion fads swept through the Queen City every spring just like the annual freshets in the Penobscot River after buyers from local department stores visited New York shows, bringing back the latest styles “direct from Paris.” One store that was good at attracting attention was, in… Read More
    “TWO SAVED FROM WHITE SLAVERY,” reported a headline on March 19, 1910, in the Bangor Daily News. The story’s lead summed up the shocking situation. “The Boston police have detained Edith Marshman and Ruth Dowling, two Bangor girls about 15 years old who are believed to… Read More
    A “scientific baby contest” was among the novelties used to attract shoppers to the Queen City of the East a century ago during the worst days of winter. Portland and Lewiston both claimed to be the convention centers of Maine, but might not Bangor be the top contender… Read More