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Bangor Daily News Staff Photo by Danny Maher Landing in Bangor at noon Friday, April 16, 1954, after more than four years as a prisoner of the Chinese communists and later in an Army hospital for treatment, is Maj. Ronald Alley of Salisbury Cove, holding his daughter, Evelyn, 5, and standing beside his wife and son, Gary, 4. Picture from the Past


10 years ago — Nov. 28, 2003

(As reported in the Bangor Daily News)

BANGOR — It’s early on a Thursday morning, the day of the Great American Smokeout. At Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor former pack-and-a-half smoker Rosemary Hallsey, 75, already is hard at work — a brisk turn on the stationary bike, 80 repetitions on the lateral pulldown machine, 60 leg curls.

She moves from one piece of equipment to the next with the ease of an athlete in training, adjusting each to fit her small physique and adding the right combination of weights to challenge her growing strength and stamina.

HERMON — On a holiday filled with tradition, a truck stop isn’t the first place most would think of having Thanksgiving dinner. But quite a few think otherwise and turn off I-95 at Exit 44 knowing a savory meal with all the fixings awaits them at Dysart’s in Hermon.

Dwayne Nason and his wife, Nancy, have been coming to Dysart’s for Thanksgiving for five years.

Mary Hartt, daughter of the truck stop’s late patriarch David Dysart, says others have made it a tradition to eat their Thanksgiving dinner at Dysart’s. She has worked at the restaurant as long as she can remember and was there for Thanksgiving when the truck stop opened in 1967.


25 years ago —Nov. 28, 1988

BANGOR — While other 12-year-old boys were pursuing the fun and and folly of adolescence, Peter Lekouses was starting a long career in retail sales running errands and doing odd jobs at Day’s Jewelry in Portland.

But there were a few stops between Lekouses’ Portland job and his current position as manager of the Sears store at the Bangor Mall.

After obtaining a degree in business administration at the University of Maine, the Portland native applied for a job with Sears. Sears offered the young graduate a position as a trainee in Hartford, Conn. He climbed the career ladder at Sears until in 1973 he became manager of Sears’ Bangor outlet, which then was located downtown. Fifteen years later, he holds the same job.

ORONO — The developer of a $1.2 million housing project for the elderly on Marsh Lane said the facility would benefit the young and the old. It’s a new idea, at least to this area, and Darrell Cooper of Property Investments Inc. in Bangor and officials at the University of Maine are excited about it.

Cooper, president of Property Investments, is the project’s developer. He said that with the help of the university and the Eastern Area Agency on Aging, the development will provide convenient, congregate care to low-income elderly people.

The unique aspect of Cooper’s project is that he plans to utilize the university’s School of Nursing to provide assistance to the tenants.


50 years ago — Nov. 28, 1963

A pair of Maine marines from Holden and Old Town were part of the honor guard for the late president, John F. Kennedy, during the three-day death watch and funeral service.

Pfc. Delvin White, son of Mr. and Mrs. Elwin White of Holden, and Lance Corporal Donald J. Burke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Burke of 95 Prentiss St., Old Town, joined the U.S. Marine Corps contingent assigned to the guard duty.

Stationed at Quantico, Va., Cpl. Burke spent four days duty in Washington, including the funeral Monday. He joined the Marine Corps nearly two years ago.

Pvt. White was at the White House and later participated in the round of guards at the Capitol Building Rotunda. He also took part in the Arlington Cemetery rites.

BANGOR — There’s something enjoyable for all members of the family in the new Elvis Presley musical, “Fun in Acapulco,” which opened at the Bijou Theatre. This colorful film boasts 11 songs by Elvis, scores of beautiful girls, an intriguing plot and some truly breathtaking scenes of Acapulco.

It’s not hard to see why so many young people adore Elvis, or why he is gaining fans among older and more mature people.


100 years ago — Nov. 28, 1913

BANGOR — It is safe to say that few people in Bangor went without a Thanksgiving dinner for the want of it.

The Salvation Army, although making no special effort as at Christmas to supply the needy poor of the city, responded to every call upon them for dinners, which were sent out to the applicants.

A roast turkey dinner, with vegetables, soups and appropriate entrees, good old fashioned pumpkin pie, ice cream and cake were served at the Good Samaritan Home.

At the St. Vincent Orphanage the usual Thanksgiving dinner was served and the children revelled in an abundance of good things. The pupils from State Street school came down Wednesday with baskets of good things for everybody which were especially enjoyed.

As usual, many poor families were remembered by individuals and a number of business concerns followed their usual custom of presenting turkeys to their employees.

BUCKSPORT — The Torrent Engine Co. kept open house at their engine house on Thursday in the afternoon and there were a large number who took the opportunity to visit the new engine house and to inspect the fine quarters of the engines, and also to inspect the new steam engine which the town has just purchased within the past few years.

The company took out the two engines, the old hand engine and the steamer, and they were taken to Main Street where they were tried out. The new engine was drawn by a handsome pair of horses.

The new engine won out in the tryout, sending a stream of water 175 feet, against a stream of 148 feet which the old engine sent.

Compiled by Ardeana Hamlin

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