100 Years Ago: 1923

The members of the YWCA. are busily engaged at present getting their various committees organized in preparation for the long looked for “Kathleen,” a romantic musical comedy, which is to be staged under their auspices.

The cast of “Kathleen” will be composed of local talent and is expected to be one of the big events of the year in amateur theatricals, owing to the fact that the production will be staged under the direction of the John B. Rogers Producing Co. of Fostoria, Ohio, who have produced this play throughout the United States and Canada. It comes highly recommended. The play will be staged at the Empire theater on Nov. 14-15. The organization expects to make this one of the biggest affairs that it has ever attempted, as it is expected that the cast will contain more than 200.

“Kathleen” is said to contain some very pretty music which was  written by Clayton Hotchkiss, who is now head of the music department of Harvard University, while the book and lyrics were written by Luther A. Yantis, now under the direction of Oliver Morosco. It is said that the story of the play is unusually interesting.

50 Years Ago: 1973

Vice president Spiro Agnew resigned today, his secretary said.


The word came from a secretary who said Agnew’s staff had been informed of the decision at a midday meeting. The vice president himself was in Baltimore at the federal courthouse, the purpose of his visit there unannounced.

Agnew has been under federal investigation in connection with alleged kickbacks in Maryland, where he served as governor before becoming vice president.

Mrs. Lisa Brown, the Agnew secretary, told The Associated Press of the resignation. She said she was speaking on behalf of J. Marsh Thomson, press secretary to Agnew. She was in tears. Secretaries at Agnew’s office in the Executive Office Building said there would be no further comment immediately.

Mrs. Brown said only: “The Agnew staff has just returned from a meeting in which we were informed that the vice president has resigned as of 2 o’clock this afternoon.”

At the time word of Agnew’s resignation swept through the capital, President Nixon was in his Oval Office. The White House had no comment, with Press Secretary Ronald L. Ziegler unavailable to newsmen. But grim-faced White House aides gathered around news service printers, watching as the machines ticked off word of Agnew’s decision.

25 Years Ago: 1998

(Sun Journal photo) GLUED TO THE TUBE: Brendan Kelly, 5, of Georgetown, plays a video game on one of the Apple I Mac computers with Bill Johnson of Northern Computers at the Northeast Computer and Education Expo at Central Maine Technical College in Auburn Saturday.

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