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Yesterday: News events from 10, 25, 50 and 100 years ago

By Ardeana Hamlin, BDN Staff


10 years ago — June 23, 2001

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

VEAZIE — Gabrieal Babin carefully turned the rich, dark soil. The sixth-grader’s classmates soon would follow her to plant beans just inside the fencing. The 12-year-old bent down to examine the earthworms and other bugs wriggling through the overturned earth. She fingered what appeared to a small, round seed.

“What’s this?” she inquired Claire Ackroyd, the master gardener overseeing the work.

“Oh, that’s just a bit of hops,” Ackroyd said. She turned to several other pupils from the Veazie Community School, who pursued her like ducks chasing after their mother. She ripped open a package and doled out seeds, rattling off instructions. The novice gardeners oohed and aahed as Ackroyd placed the large, colorful beans in their upturned, dirt-stained palms.

Ackroyd’s dream of a community garden came alive last month as pupils from Lauree Gott’s sixth-grade science class, Bangor firefighters, Bangor Garden Club members, graduates of the master gardeners’ program at the University of Maine’s Cooperative Extension and community members planted the first crop.

BANGOR — Summer in England isn’t that different from summer in Maine. Urbanites leave the cities for the countryside and the seashore, the choirs in most of the Anglican cathedrals and churches go on holiday and instead of song, the magnificent edifices are filled with silence.

This year the choirs of St. John’s Episcopal Church will spend three weeks in England exploring the roots of their faith tradition and filling in for vacationing English singers on its “Sing With Joy” tour. This will be the fourth time in 20 years the choir has traveled to the British Isles.

25 years ago — June 23, 1986

BANGOR — Lawrence D. Pinkham, 59, a Bangor native, has been selected by the Board of Foreign Scholarships and the U.S. Information Agency for the Fulbright Award to lecture in the People’s Republic of China in the 1986-87 academic year. Pinkham attended Bangor schools, graduated from the University of Maine and Columbia University.

ORONO — Herbert Leonard of Veazie, professor emeritus of animal science at the University of Maine, has been presented the annual Pine Tree Award in recognition of outstanding service to the university through the UMO General Alumni Association.

The award was presented by Henry Schmelzer, GAA president.

A supporter of GAA since 1939 and now a President’s Club member, Leonard served on both the Alumni Council and the Executive Committee during the 1960s and 1970s. In 1981, Leonard initiated the Herbert A. and Eleanor L. Leonard Scholarship in Animal and Veterinary Science.

Leonard, professor of animal science for four decades, is president of the UMaine class of 1939.

50 years ago — June 23, 1961

BREWER — The city of Brewer is in the process of installing a new traffic light system at the intersection of State and North Main streets, according to Police Chief Ralph W. Willoughby.

The new three-way traffic light will replace the blinker system now in use. It will be synchronized with lights at Main and Center streets and State Street and Penobscot Square to facilitate a smooth flow of traffic.

In addition to increased convenience and efficiency, Chief Willoughby said, the new system is expected to eliminate the city’s major traffic hazard. During the past year, he said, more than one-half of all Brewer’s  traffic accidents have occurred at the single intersection.

The danger was reduced with the recent reconstruction of a concrete retaining wall at the intersection, providing westbound motorists on North Main Street with a better view of oncoming traffic. The control imposed by the new traffic light is expected to eliminate remaining hazards.

OLD TOWN — Dr. Gleason A. Rand Jr., Old Town optometrist, was guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Old Town Rotary Club at the Anchorage Hotel. Dr. Rand spoke on his profession, describing the difference between the optometrist, a school of optometry graduate skilled in the testing of eyes and prescribing for defects; the ophthalmologist, a medical man specializing in the anatomy, functions and diseases of the eye; an oculist, a medical man skilled in the examination and treatment of the eye; and optician, one who makes glasses and optical equipment.

Dr. Rand explained the use of contact lenses, explaining they were known and manufactured by Germans about 50 years ago, but in an unperfected condition. He said some 75 percent of persons needing glasses probably could wear contact lenses.

Roswell P. Averill, vice president of the club, presided at the meeting and introduced Dr. Rand, a fellow Rotarian.

100 years ago — June 23, 1911

BANGOR — The State Library is sending back to the Bangor Public Library two tons of unbound magazines, which were sent several years ago from Bangor to the State Library, but which the former institution now desires back to replace bound volumes, which were destroyed by the fire that demolished much of downtown, including the library. These unbound magazines were sent from Bangor to the State Library a few years ago for the purpose of distributing to the public libraries of the state. The former librarian was unable to make this distribution to advantage and the magazines have remained since the remodeling of the State House in the Capital Case Co. building.

A short time ago the librarian was informed that the books must be removed as the building was needed for another purpose and Librarian Prince had begun to make preparations for the sending of the large quantity of magazines to lumber camps, hospitals and state institutions when word was received from Bangor, where it had been learned that these unbound magazines were still in storage, that they were very much desired by the Bangor Public Library, which had lost practically all its bound volumes of magazines by the fire of April 30. The magazines are being sent by freight and the work of shipping them already has begun.

EDDINGTON — The Ladies’ Aid of district No. 3 is planning a sale of aprons, stockings, mittens and other fancy articles at the schoolhouse. They also will sell ice cream, cake and homemade candy. Games, music and songs will be enjoyed.

HAMPDEN — There certainly is a new regime at Riverside Park, as was somewhat strikingly illustrated last night by the numerous automobile parties entertained. Big touring cars, filled with happy young society people — and maybe a few older ones, too — rolled over the new automobile road leading to the park and added to the picture a distinctly metropolitan touch.

Now, Riverside had long been popular, but never before has been adopted by a society fad. The big touring cars last night added a new chapter to the park’s history.

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