Articles by Wayne E. Reilly

 
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The first sidewalk gas pump in Bangor appeared in front of L.P. Swett's automobile dealership at 106 Harlow St. Swett offered to sell gasoline at 20 cents a gallon to every customer who bought one of his Reo or Hudson autos between April 24 and Oct. 24, 1916.

Joy riders and just plain terrible ‘autoists’ fueled mayhem on Queen City streets

By Wayne E. Reilly on Sept. 25, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
To many people, automobiles were a nuisance, belching clouds of smoke, noisier even than horse-drawn wagons and dangerous. And a species of drivers simply called “road hogs” were causing a great deal of irritation among polite folks.
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20 wealthy men supported Bangor soldiers’ families during Mexican expedition of 1916

By Wayne E. Reilly on Sept. 11, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
City officials were still trying to decide how to support the soldiers’ wives and children who had depended on their husband’s wages.
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A trolley strike closed Bangor’s 112 saloons — at least, temporarily — a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Aug. 28, 2016, at 1:23 p.m.
Few people in Bangor thought a temporary solution to all its drunken mayhem would be a trolley strike.
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A mission to Texas gave Maine troops a taste of Army life before WWI

By Wayne E. Reilly on Aug. 14, 2016, at 12:29 p.m.
Perhaps there would be a war, some thought, but tensions cooled off quickly. It would definitely help prepare them for The Great War raging in Europe, where many would be shipped the following year.
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Summer of doom and gloom afflicted Bangor a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on July 31, 2016, at 12:09 p.m.
“Let somebody be cheerful in this year of gloom,” a reporter concluded in 1916.
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Chautauqua tent show visited Bangor in 1916

By Wayne E. Reilly on July 17, 2016, at 7:27 a.m.
A century ago Bangor offered a wide variety of entertainment ranging from movies, vaudeville, opera and live drama to circuses, concerts, sports events and the ever popular Eastern Maine State Fair. Was there room in 1916 for any more — like a five-day Chautauqua tent show?
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Inside the open-air theater at Riverside Park

Gypsy wagons, cannon crackers marked start of summer in 1916

By Wayne E. Reilly on July 03, 2016, at 9:12 a.m.
Wayne Reilly: In order to get ready for all these new folks and attractions, many people thought Bangor should clean up its rough hewn image as a lumbering town.
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Bangor soldiers decorated their train with graffiti on their way to Texas in 1916.

Bangor boys stepped up to fight as US, Mexico came close to war

By Wayne E. Reilly on June 19, 2016, at 9:14 a.m.
Bangor boys were itching to fight in a war a century ago. They soon would have their opportunity.
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A century ago, Bangor was a ‘Modern Babylon’ on the Penobscot

By Wayne E. Reilly on June 05, 2016, at 11:52 a.m.
Public intoxication remained one of Bangor’s biggest crime a century ago.
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Police nab college men looking for a taste of hobo life

By Wayne E. Reilly on May 22, 2016, at 9:42 a.m.
Warm weather meant hoboes would soon be riding the rails into eastern and northern Maine a century ago. But not all the hoboes were for real like those described by Jack London.
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If you bought an automobile in Bangor a century ago, some dealers offered cheap gasoline as well.

A century ago, Bangor faced a traffic mess

By Wayne E. Reilly on May 08, 2016, at 2:33 p.m.
A growing battle for control of the streets of Bangor pitted autos against trolleys and horses a century ago.
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Bangoreans made big profits shipping rum, coal, wood during WWI

By Wayne E. Reilly on April 24, 2016, at 1 p.m.
Bangoreans lamented the decline of their harbor as a lumber port a century ago. But anyone who owned a sailing vessel still was making plenty of money.
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The Windsor Hotel in Bangor before the fire of 1911.

Wealthy Bangor snowbirds missed the glory of spring a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on April 10, 2016, at 11:05 a.m.
A trip to Bangor in the spring enabled one to witness ice-out on the Penobscot River and all that came after.
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Booze, brawls enlivened old Bangor in Springtime

By Wayne E. Reilly on March 27, 2016, at 2:55 p.m.
First, the loggers began arriving from the woods. Then the mayhem picked up in the days ahead.
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Bangor laundrymen prosecuted under Chinese Exclusion Act

By Wayne E. Reilly on March 13, 2016, at 11:43 a.m.
They were merely laborers — victims of one of the most racially charged laws in U.S. history — trying to support themselves in Bangor’s Chinese laundries.
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Bangor police cleaned up ‘trenches of Satan’ on Harlow Street

By Wayne E. Reilly on Feb. 28, 2016, at 11:41 a.m.
Their target was “bad resorts,” also known as disorderly houses, houses of ill repute, public nuisances, bad road houses and other euphemistic jargon of the time.
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Ice house fire marked the end of Maine ice export industry

By Wayne E. Reilly on Feb. 14, 2016, at 8:57 a.m.
The public grew increasingly skeptical of ice taken from the Penobscot River rivers as pollution from paper company waste, sewage and the residue of sawmills fouled the water.
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Escaped German POWs visited Bangor in 1916

By Wayne E. Reilly on Jan. 31, 2016, at 10:27 a.m.
Newspaper stories about escaped German POWs and Canadian trains loaded with guns and ammunition in Maine’s North Woods fanned the flames of war fever in the early weeks of 1916 more than a year before the United States entered the Great War in Europe.
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Mainers joined WWI effort long before US declared war

By Wayne E. Reilly on Jan. 17, 2016, at 10:11 a.m.
Much of the idealism and enthusiasm initially felt by Mainers who became involved early in World War I quickly evaporated after the United States entered the fray.
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Ice on Penobscot River transformed Bangor a century ago

By Wayne E. Reilly on Jan. 03, 2016, at 9:25 a.m.
There was nothing quite like the arrival of the ice on the Penobscot River each winter to spark excitement in Bangor.