10 years ago — June 20, 2003
(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)
BANGOR — Staring at the worn nose of the life-sized wooden sheep, one can almost picture a 19th century Bangorian walking under the symbol of Irish clothier Patrick Walls’ store, The Golden Fleece at West Market Square. Perched above the entrance to the drygoods business during the mid-1800s, the carved wooden animal symbolized the woolens sold to lumbermen.
In recent weeks, the sheep returned to its old grazing grounds downtown in the newly inaugurated Bangor Museum and Center for History, housed on the first floor of the Eastern Trust building at 6 State St. The Golden Fleece clothier’s emblem and other relics from Bangor’s rich past have found a new more visible home there.
BANGOR — Adelphia cable subscribers can celebrate Canada Day with a new television channel highlighting the culture of our neighbors to the north.
CBMT, an English-speaking channel offered by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., will be available to most Greater Bangor Adelphia cable subscribers on July 1. Similar to PBS, the channel is partially funded by the Canadian public and provides an array of programming including 24-hour news, comedy and documentaries, according to Adelphia area manager Gary Crosby.
25 years ago — June 20, 1988
BREWER — More than 230 graduating Brewer High School seniors were told to use the opportunities that freedom of choice allows them. The graduates, dressed in black and silver gray, listened to Anne Pooler, assistant dean for academic services at the University of Maine, a former Brewer High School teacher and a 1960 Brewer High School graduate.
Class President Derik V. Goodine said in the opening address that the class members were nervous and frightened because they were about to enter a harder school — the school of hard knocks.
BANGOR — Baseball is, indeed, a game of inches as evidenced by Brewer’s 7-5 win over Bangor at Garland Street Field in the Zone 1 American Legion opener.
In the eighth inning, with Bangor holding a 5-2 lead, Brewer’s Chad White ripped a line drive high and deep to left field. There were two outs and a man on base.
Bangor left fielder Shawnn Doll went back as far as he could, and reached as high as he could. The ball touched the glove, Doll crashed into the fence and everyone waited a split second before the home run call was made.
50 years ago — June 20, 1963
BANGOR — Penobscot County Deputy Sheriff Atwell D. Berry reviewed the techniques of fingerprinting and discussed the duties of the sheriff’s department. at the Brewer Kiwanis Club meeting in the Plaza Motel.
The Penobscot County Jail is built to hold 140 men and 12 women, he told the Kiwanians. At present, the jail holds only about 43 men — the lowest number for this time of year in a long time. Built in 1870, the Penobscot the jail is one of the oldest in the state.
Berry showed a number of different cameras used in fingerprinting and demonstrated their use.
BREWER — A director’s meeting of the Brewer Public Library Association discussed new library possibilities with Mrs. Edward Ames presiding.
Randolph Adams, chairman of the site committee, presented a preliminary report. He said that a city the size of Brewer should have a 4,000-square-feet library space to provide for growth over a 20-year period. He said there is several possible locations. He also said that the new building would cost an estimated $90,000 with an additional $40,000 for equipment.
100 years ago — June 20, 1913
BREWER — The grounds of the Brewer carnival were thronged last night, for probably 2,000 were present from Bangor. They found plenty to entertain them, too, for there isn’t a square foot off Rowlands Park that doesn’t contain something of interest. One of the features was an excellent concert by the Brewer Band. Friday will be confetti night, when there will be lots of fun.
BANGOR — The exhibit of Foto-Craft at the E.C. Nichols Co. is attracting much attention. This is a showing by some of the best photographers of the city and contains many beautiful and artistic studies.
Foto-Craft is the club of local photographers for mutual benefit and anyone interested is cordially invited to become a member. C.E. Page at The Page, Union Street, is the secretary and will receive applications.
• OLD TOWN — The Velie Express automobile driven by J. Edward Jordan of Orono and John Chase on a motorcycle collided at the corner of Center and Bosworth streets on Treats and Webster Island. Mr. Jordan was coming down the hill and Mr. Chase came over the bridge and in turning the corner ran into the automobile. He was thrown from his cycle but was uninjured. The cycle was thrown against a large tree, burst into flames and burned. The automobile was slightly damaged and Mr. Chase had a very narrow escape.
VERONA — Verona Park is fast filling up and putting on the summer gaieties. On Saturday evening there will be a dance in the pavilion and music will be by Whitney’s orchestra.
COMPILED BY ARDEANA HAMLIN