100 Years Ago: 1923

Lace and white embroidered collars and cuffs have by no means gone out of fashion. They are here with a strength that was never before accorded them and the news from Paris is that they are growing stronger in popularity and favor. They do wonders with a frock that is otherwise too dark and dull looking and they always do help to give that well groomed look without which a woman of today is totally at a loss.

50 Years Ago: 1973

Nineteen cars in a 170-car Maine Central Railroad train were derailed here Sunday morning. At least two of the derailed hopper-type H cars plunged into Cochnewagon Lake. Five of the 19 derailed cars were loaded, one with household appliances, two with canned milk and two with salt, according to Bradley Peters, public relations officer for the Maine Central Railroad.

It is expected to be several days before the wreckage is cleared from the area with the aid of large cranes sent to the scene. An estimate of loss will not be available for several days, according to Peters. He said that several hundred feet of track also was damaged. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Four locomotives were hauling the 170 cars from Rigby Yard to Bangor at the time of the 9:45 a.m. incident. The 93 cars ahead of the wreck were sent on to Bangor and an extra train was sent from Rigby Yard to take the cars at the rear of the derailment on to Bangor by the so-called “lower road.”


The train involved in the derailment was traveling the “upper road” which will be out of action for several days. The “lower road” will be used in the meantime.

Crews were still at the scene Sunday night. No injuries were reported in the derailment.

25 Years Ago: 1998

Bar Harbor Harbor Master Eddie Monat is preparing for his busiest day ever Wednesday, when four cruise ships arrive carrying more than 7,000 passengers and crew members. The biggest challenge for Monat will be to keep all the harbor traffic moving and avoid accidents.

Each of the ships is likely to launch six tenders, which can each shuttle up to 100 passengers to shore, Monat said. Meanwhile, the usual mix of fishing craft, kayaks, yachts and whale-watching boats will be crisscrossing the harbor.

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