10 years ago: The North American Wife Carrying Contest at Sunday River Ski Resort drew 45 teams.
Numerous instances of bears raiding Bethel area birdfeeders were reported.
State officials were warning that the illegal introduction of small-mouth bass into the Rapid River could ruin some of the greatest brook trout fishing in the continental U.S.
Birth: Jordan Ryan Scott.
Deaths: Muriel Thompson, Herbert E. Whitman, Gerald Seeley, Edith M. Coolidge, Frances E. Gunther.
20 years ago: A skim-coat of hot top was laid on the sidewalk in front of Prim’s Pharmacy and Skidder’s Deli.
Firefighters from Greenwood and Woodstock quickly extinguished a late-morning fire in duct work at the Gilbert Manufacturing wood products plant.
Scores of hungry folks turned out for the annual Strawberry Festival at the Locke Mills Union Church.
Birth: Victoria Louise Jackson.
Deaths: Urfred J. Tucker, David W. Halacy.
30 years ago: Thirty-eight members of the Bethel Senior Citizens enjoyed a bus trip to Washburn Norlands in Livermore.
Ground was broken in West Bethel for the construction of a church building for the Pleasant Valley Bible Church.
Telstar Regional High School’s Class of 1970 held their 10th reunion at Lone Pine Camping Area in Newry.
Birth: Alexander Ojeda.
Deaths: Clayton L. Barnett, Walter E. Maxim, Richard N. Pratt, Charles Errol Heywood, Arthur R. Cutler, George F. Powers.
40 years ago: Hugh H. Stoddard of Burlington, Vt., suffered a fatal coronary while driving a Merrill Transport tractor trailer truck on Route 26 in Skillingston.
The Maine Fish and Game Department reported that three dog-like animals shot in the vicinity of Upton had been identified as Eastern Coyotes.
The Greater Bethel Chamber of Commerce had a display on exhibit at The Maine Information Center in Kittery from July 15-22.
Birth: Andrea Michelle Gilbert.
Death: Mrs. Velma Spencer Bendler.
50 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Timberlake and two sons moved into the Jordan rent on Main Street in Bethel. Mr. Timberlake was employed at Bryant Pond as an electrical engineer.
An estimated 1,000 gallons of crude oil was lost when an 18-inch pipe broke near the Portland Pipe Line Corporation’s North Waterford pumping station.
Owen M. Taylor & Son, Inc. of Winthrop was the successful bidder on the Brooks Hill road construction in Grafton and Upton, with a bid of $121,765.10 for the 1.555 mile project.
Birth: Peter Edward York.
Death: Dr. Gard W. Twaddle.
60 years ago: Paul Kailey and Harry Meile were announced as new teachers at Gould Academy.
Thirty-one Bethel boys attended a Red Sox-White Sox game at Boston. The trip was made in one of Roderick McMillin’s buses.
Death: John A. MacKenzie.
70 years ago: Former members of Greenwood City School enjoyed a reunion and program with 114 present.
Edward Lowell was badly bruised and suffered a cracked elbow when his motorcycle left the road at West Bethel.
Nearly 50 men, employed by Barr & Lane, were working on the alterations of the Hamlin property and preparing to build the Gould Academy field house.
Deaths: Mrs. Delia Noyes, Mrs. Mildred Rice, Ithial Keniston.
80 years ago: Jesse Chapman bought the Roland Annis property at the corner of Railroad and Elm streets.
The Bethel ball team lost to West Paris 7-6 when West Paris got four runs in the ninth inning.
90 years ago: The Skillingston Community Sunday School held their annual picnic on Anderson’s hill.
Herbert I. Bean was remodeling his store at Hunt’s Corner into a bungalow.
Deaths: N. S. Howard, Mrs. F. L. Howe, Erlon Abbott.
100 years ago: There were no freight trains, and passenger trains were running late since a strike of 3,500 Grand Trunk trainmen was called.
Miss Jane Addams of Hull House, Chicago, was spending the summer at Gilbert Tuell’s, Broad Street.
The home of J. P. Swett, West Bethel, was burned in a midnight fire. Only a little clothing was saved.
The Brown Post Women’s Relief Corps gave a reception for the organization’s new president Carrie Arno.
The Masonic Hall (now the Hastings Block, corner of Main and Church streets) was being wired for electricity.
Gould Academy’s Holden Hall was being used to house summer boarders.
Death: Morris Pratt, Margaret Cummings.
150 years ago: (From the Bethel Courier)
The Bethel village musicians organized a brass band.
There was a frost on low grounds July 5, and much damage was done in Grafton and other places towards the lakes.
Dr. Barker moved his dental office to the rooms fitted up for him in Chapman’s new building.