Compiled by Danna Brown Nickerson
10 years ago: The Bethel Water District’s reservoir on Paradise Hill was inspected and no structural problems were detected.
The Recreation Committee announced that Red Cross Swim Lessons would be held at the Bethel Inn Beach Club with Ellie Kingsbury as the instructor.
The Greenwood Town Hall Committee awarded contracts to Vertran Co. for installation of a chair lift to the second floor ($22,450) and Gerald Broomhall for scraping and painting the exterior of the hall ($6,400).
Birth: Kaleb Perrin Cedroni.
Deaths: Doris C. Hayes, John H. Stevens, Sr., Geraldine M. A. Brown.
20 years ago: The Bethel Ambulance Service staged a simulated school bus accident to help prepare the emergency crews for the real thing.
Sunday River Ski Resort closed its 189-day season on May 12 with a 10 percent increase in skier visits.
Gould Academy students and faculty honored Pauline Davis on her retirement, after 31 years of service to the school.
Births: Trinisa L. Cobb, Terrance George Gordon.
Deaths: Clarence C. Cummings, Basil C. Hutchins, Beatrice Jackson, Reginald C. Pelletier, Violet E. Veinott, Alfred Waterhouse.
30 years ago: Over 100 parents, children and friends enjoyed the Spring Open House at Ethel Bisbee School.
Farm team baseball and Red Sox tryouts were held at the Little League field behind Crescent Park School.
First-grade students at Andover Elementary School entertained their mothers at a Mother’s Day Party.
Births: Amanda Eslyn Annis, Martha Helen Grover, Darren Edward Dingley.
Deaths: Elizabeth Schneider Foster, Irel B. Caton.
40 years ago: Winners in the annual poppy poster contest for grades four, five, and six were Cheryl Sessions, Kurt Brown, and Nancy Brown.
Miss Alice Ballard and Mrs. Libbie Kneeland were guests at a reception honoring their retirement from SAD. 44 schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Davis were living in their new home on the Flat Road in West Bethel.
Births: Matthew Stevens White, Michael Gary Marston, Michael William Young.
Deaths: 1st Lt. Ronald O. Smiley, Elmer R. Briggs.
50 years ago: Mr. and Mrs. John Tebbets, Ruth and Gene, left for a two-year stay in Japan.
The eighth graders at Crescent Park School stayed overnight at the Conservation Education Foundation on Christopher Lake in Bryant Pond. Kenneth Hodgton of the Research Game Management Division of the Fish and Game Department instructed the class.
Alder River Grange sponsored a baked bean supper and card party at the Grange Hall.
60 years ago: A large audience enjoyed the operetta “The Land of Dreams Come True” presented by the pupils of the Bethel Primary School at the Bethel Theater.
The Annis nursing home at Gilead was totally destroyed by a fire, which followed an oil burner explosion. The nearby house of Fred Goodnow was badly damaged.
Edward P. Lyon, Harry Kuzyk, Warren Bean, and Clayton Bane enjoyed a fishing trip to Mooselookmeguntic Lake.
Births: Robert Carroll Gilbert, James Young.
Deaths: Mrs. Eldora H. Brown, Edward N. Holder, Elmer K. Cole, Mrs. Adelaide Lister.
70 years ago: A defective section in the roadway on the Androscoggin bridge was being replaced.
Oxford County farmers received 2,531 tons of ground limestone and 456 tons of superphosphate under the conservation program.
Deaths: Florence C. Tibbetts, Mary E. Hall.
80 years ago: Rev. D. S. Brooks was the new pastor of the Bryant Pond Baptist Church.
The Bethel Lions Club enjoyed a chicken supper at Harry King’s, Hanover, followed by their meeting.
90 years ago: Prof. W. R. Chapman purchased the Moses Hastings house at the head of Main Street.
Recent purchasers of cars at Herrick Bros. Co. included Howard Bailey, A. I. Bennett, Charles Cross, John Eagle, Zenas Merrill.
A woods fire near the home of William G. Holt, East Bethel, was controlled by 50 neighbors.
The Grand Trunk quarry at Bryant Pond was opened, to continue through the summer. The Grand Trunk gravel pit at West Bethel was named Stockton and a daytime telegraph operator stationed there.
100 years ago: Frank Cummings purchased the R. J. Virgin mill at South Bethel.
Edgar Andrews of Albany shot a hawk measuring five feet from tip to tip.
A horse, valued at $350, died suddenly while hitched in front of Irving Carver’s store (now the Opera House condos).
Children’s Sunday was observed at the Universalist Church.
A herd of western horses were brought to Bethel and quickly sold despite the growing popularity of the auto.
Deaths: Samuel Whitney, Calvin Chapman.