“Bangor Will Be Headquarters For Machine Gun Company,” the Bangor Daily Commercial announced in a multi-tiered headline March 12, 1915. “The plan is to have a company consisting of 50 men, with a captain and two lieutenants … There will be four machine guns,” the story… Read More
    The Eastern Maine State Fair in Maplewood Park (Bass Park today) was the apex of entertainment a century ago in Bangor. The Queen City of the East had many other popular diversions, from circuses to opera, but for attracting crowds — more than 10,000 people some days —… Read More
    The Bangor area was a great place for celebrity watching a century ago. From Hollywood heart throbs to powerful millionaires to famous babies, one could expect to see them in person or at least read about them in the local news. Throw Bar Harbor into the mix, which… Read More
    A decade and a half after the first automobile appeared in Bangor, hundreds of motor vehicles — autos, trucks, even motorcycles operated by women — were rolling through the streets of the Queen City of the East after the last snow melted each spring. The growing number of… Read More
    Spotters in town for Dr. Berry? A headline in the Bangor Daily News on June 25, 1915, asked that provocative question. The answer was a resounding yes. Dr. Wilber Berry, superintendent of the Christian Civic League of Maine, had asked Gov. Oakley Curtis for a public… Read More
    If you were a young man living in Bangor a century ago, you most likely were familiar with Ernie McIntyre, the Aroostook Demon, and a host of other regional “masters of the mitts” with outrageous monikers. More than McIntyre perhaps during that spring of 1915, you… Read More
    Advocates of “woman suffrage” in Maine were feeling optimistic at the beginning of 1915. “Unless there is some big and unlooked for development, the people of Maine will, before the end of the present year, be given a chance to vote on woman suffrage,” predicted the Bangor Daily… Read More
    Sorting out the deserving from the undeserving poor was a major pastime a century ago, especially when it came to the penniless men who drifted into Bangor and many other cities claiming to be looking for work. In a city flush with money and jobs, which category you… Read More
    Even though the Queen City no longer was the “principal lumber depot on this continent,” as Thoreau famously put it in 1846, Bangor still was a “star on the edge of the night” for thousands of men seeking jobs a century ago. After the ice left… Read More
    In the years leading up to federal prohibition, a great moral reckoning swept the land as states rushed to jump aboard the prohibition bandwagon. In Bangor, outspoken clergymen and activist club women encouraged a new mayor elected on the independent ticket with no obligations to the city’s “wet”… Read More
    Springtime unfolded quickly and methodically in Bangor a century ago. If you followed the flow of annual events covered by the city’s two daily papers, let’s say between ice-out in Bangor harbor and Easter Sunday, you could learn just about everything worth knowing about that short season between… Read More
    Workingmen longed for snow a century ago like kids at Christmas, not so they could go snowmobiling, but so they could go to work. “Snow badly needed,” a headline in the Bangor Daily Commercial said on Jan. 1, 1915. “Lumbermen and Farmers Hope For a Big… Read More
    The First World War had an impact in Maine years before the nation actually entered the fighting in Europe in 1917. Bangor’s two daily newspapers were full of war news generated both abroad and at home, and much of it was about events going on in the Pine… Read More
    World War I had been going on for only three months when this startling headline appeared in the Bangor Daily News: “GERMAN WIRELESS IN MAINE WOODS? Berlin May Be Getting News Via Meddybemps or Seeboomook.” The lead on the wire story that followed made it clear… Read More
    “Bangor is quite a railroad center…” boasted a reporter for the Bangor Daily Commercial on June 24, 1910, before troubles began. The summer timetables for the Maine Central and the Bangor & Aroostook listed 71 passenger trains passing through town every weekday — 36 incoming and… Read More
    Fire traps and eyesores occupied the minds of civic-minded Bangoreans a century ago. Many people still feared another big fire like the one that had destroyed much of the downtown in 1911. Beyond that apprehension was the ever growing desire on the part of progressive boosters… Read More
    Are women qualified to vote? Does it depend on what they are wearing? The West Penobscot Pomona Patrons gathered with members of the Bradford Center Independent Grange to discuss that important question a century ago. The question, as presented by the Bangor Daily Commercial on Nov. Read More