Read more about Nov. 1, 1922, in the archives.

100 Years Ago: 1922

At Sabatis and Wood Streets, a large hole in the roadway has been formed by the repeated rains of the last month and is causing motorists and teams much trouble. Last week one horse stepped in the hole and caused the driver and others much trouble to extradite him without breaking a leg.

50 Years Ago: 1972

Read more about Nov. 1, 1972, in the archives.

“Don’t I look frail and feeble?” said the candidate.


From the back of the room come the hushed comments: “She doesn’t look that old.” “I hope I’m in that good a shape when I’m her age.” “She looks good.”

The scene is Republican headquarters in this suburban town where young and old alike have gathered to meet the candidate, Margaret Chase Smith.

This is the year when the 74- year old Mrs. Smith finds her chief campaign task that of being seen — in an effort to help dispel rumors that she is too old and lacks the health to be given a fifth six-year term on Capitol Hill.

“You know,” she tells the crowd with a twinkle in her blue eyes, “they call me the Popeye candidate now, because of what he used to say. ‘I am what I am, what I am.’ Well, you know Popeye was the strong man too, so I take that as a compliment.”

Maine’s senior senator — who has been the most popular state candidate at the polls in Maine’s 152-history — stands primarily on her record and seniority as she faces a vigorous challenge from US Rep. William D. Hathaway, a democrat, who has represented the 2nd District for eight years.

Until Congress adjourned, Mrs. Smith conducted her campaign on weekends only making 24 trips home since March.

25 Years Ago: 1997

The Turner Center Extension will meet at 11 a.m. Monday when Doris Irish, Kay Shaw will be co-hostesses. A dinner will be served, Jane and Robert Hamlin wall talk on their trip to Salt Lake City and surrounding areas. Members are reminded of the collections to be taken, including items for Thanksgiving food baskets.

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