10 years ago: The national Trust for Public Land and the state of Maine were negotiating with Roy Newton to purchase 400 acres in Riley Township.
The Newry Recreation Committee's annual outing to Storyland was enjoyed by 36 youngsters.
A reunion of the scholars who attended the East Bethel School was attended by approximately 80 people including three former teachers.
Births: Hanz Seabrook Berger, Morgan Daniele Reavis.
Deaths: Margaret A. DeLong, Miriam Mayblom, H. Cecil Voter, Agnes D. Porter.
20 years ago: More than 100 golfers took part in a tournament sponsored by the Bethel Inn and Boise Cascade to benefit local scouting programs.
The old wooden grandstand at Harold Perham Field in West Paris had received some much needed repairs and was ready for another season of Pine Tree League baseball.
A 20x120 foot addition was being constructed at Glidden's IGA on Main Street.
Births: Tia Lynn Sprague, Kayla Marie Figueroa, Robin Elizabeth Tuominen, Kimberly Jean Jackson, Ethan Dahl Seckinger, Megan Paige VanDeursen.
Deaths: Katherine (Kay) Francis, Wilma O. Pierce, Florence Fifield.
30 years ago: The Maine Publicity Bureau's Information Center at the Evans Notch Motel in Gilead was in operation.
Maude Harrington conducted a Nutrition Day Camp in Magalloway and Wilsons Mills.
Members of the West Parish Congregational Church Youth Fellowship celebrated the end of the school year with a canoe trip on the Magalloway and Androscoggin rivers.
Deaths: Everett F. Learned, Mrs. Daisie B. Warren.
40 years ago: Due to the unusually low level of the Bethel reservoir and water supply, the Bethel Water District was prohibiting the use of lawn sprinklers and hand hoses.
Betty and John Willard announced the opening of their gift and specialty shop "The Window Box" at the corner of Main and Church streets.
Mrs. Maxine Brown of Bethel was awarded one of the three full-tuition Maine teacher scholarships to the Conservation Education Workshop course at Bryant Pond.
Birth: Jennifer Lynn Buck.
50 years ago: Luce Oil Company purchased the Shell oil distribution business of Ruth Carver Ames.
Five men lost their lives when a KC97 tanker plane from Plattsburg, N.Y., exploded and crashed on Jonathan Smith Mountain in Newry.
The rear wheels and tires from two new cars at Bennett's Garage were stolen.
Births: Everett Edgar Chase, Cynthia Lesa Saucier.
Deaths: Mrs. Mabel Flora Blake, Lawrence A. Sessions, Mrs. Irene Merrow Foster.
60 years ago: There was an attendance of 110 delegates from 27 states, Hawaii and Canada at the fourth National Training Laboratories session at Gould Academy.
Supt. Donald Christie was named county delegate to the annual meeting of the National Education Association at St. Louis, Mo.
Bethel gained 314 in population, according to a preliminary 1950 census report. The new total of 2,348 was the highest since 1860.
The new dump of the Bethel Village Corporation at the town farm was being cleared.
Deaths: Philip H. Rolfe, Prince E. McGinley, John A. Sweeney.
70 years ago: Dartmouth College conferred the degree of Doctor of Divinity upon Rev. Wilbur I. Bull of Waterford.
The Brick End House at Middle Intervale was open to the public with an exhibition of antiques.
80 years ago: Bethel defeated Lovell 3-2 in a 16 inning game here.
Miss Dora L. Colomy became county Home Demonstration Agent, succeeding Mrs. Effie B. Ridley.
A green beryl crystal about 20 feet long and six feet in diameter was uncovered in the Bumpus quarry in Albany.
Death: Levi Bartlett.
90 years ago: The controlling interest in the Merrill, Springer Co, and the Bethel Light Co., was sold to the N. S. Stowell Co. and the J. & P. Coats interests.
A fire started by lightning caused much damage in the home of Horace Annas on Mason Street.
100 years ago: Nearly 400 friends and members of the Maine Music Festival were entertained by Prof. and Mrs. William R. Chapman at their home in Mayville. At the George Chapman place baked beans and coffee supplemented the food brought by the guests, and then all went to the Howard Chapman place where a program and singing were enjoyed. The party arrived by special train and continued by team, auto, and afoot.
At a special town meeting in Bethel it was voted to re-lease the corn shop property to the H. F. Webb Co.
Oxford County Medical Association met at the Prospect Hotel overlooking Bethel Common with an interesting program of music, readings, papers on surgery and a dialogue.
Oxford County Universalist Association held its annual meeting in Andover with nine from Bethel attending.
Ida Hazelton of Grover Hill closed her school in Shelburne, N.H., and returned home.