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Source:  Bangor Weekly Register (Bangor, ME) Vol.: IV  Issue: 39  Page: 4
Dated: Sept. 30, 1819
BETWEEN Joseph W. Boynton's, and the Gun-House in Bangor, a small red Morocco POCKET BOOK, containing sundry papers.  The owner may have the same by calling at this Office, proving property, and paying for this Advertisement.
     Bangor, Sept. 22,                                      38

Source:  Gettysburg Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) -  Page 2
Dated:  Wednesday, October 9 1822

Bangor, Sept 12

Rare Case of a Lost Child

   Ruth Ames, born August 14, 1818, daughter of Daniel Ames, of Sangerville, 38 miles from Bangor, in this county (Penobscot)) on the 4th of June last, left home about 10 o’clock A. M.  in company with her mother to go to the house of David Doughty, a neighbor near half a mile distant.  It was a town road, and bordered a part of the way by woods.  The mother turned and left the child after seeing her half the way to Doughty’s.
   As the child did not return as expected, the mother went to Doughty’s to inquire after her; when she was informed little Ruth had not been there.  The father immediately came, and 12 or 15 persons without delay, commenced a thorough search in various directions.  Doughty’s son, 20 years old, upon reflection recollected he saw a child in the field, 60 or 70 rods from his father’s house, about 11 a.m., thought it his brother, and called to it and told it to go back to the house.  The one he saw must have been the lost child, as Doughty’s children had not been there after early in the morning.
     In vain was search made that day (Thursday) by increasing numbers.  Friday at daylight 60 or 70 commenced the hunt; the news spread, and the number increased to nearly 200 persons, and the search was unremittingly continued till Monday; but not the least intelligence of the child could be gained.  On Tuesday the search was recommenced by a great number, from 7 or 8 of the towns in that vicinity, in all not less than 300 persons, and lasted 2 days; after which they retired in despair, supposing her dead and perhaps the food of some wild animal.
     In the fore part of August about two months after the child was lost, a Mr. Haywood of Hallowell, 80 miles from Sangerville having heard the child described, wrote to its father, and informed him of a female child there, apparently between 8 and 4 years old, with Ruth’s features and complextion.  This child at Hallowell was found in the possession of a vagrant or straggler, who called his name Stephen Appleford, between 40 and 50 years of age, poorly clad and moneyless, said he belonged to England, appeared at times strange, or deranged, though many think all appearances of derangement are the effects of intemperance.  He says the child is his own “in flesh, in blood, and bone”; and that he had brought her in his arms and on his back from Lake Ontario; he called her Sally.
     Mr. Ames the father hastened to see the child, but she discovered no particular knowledge or regard for him. He examined the nails on the thumb and little finger of one hand, as those of his own child had been hurt, and had peculiar appearances.  Nothing remarkable was now discovered on this little girl’s nails; he examined it some more and went away, believing it not his lost daughter.  Indeed he thought the whole appearance of this child different from that of his own.
     On his return home, the subject being the perpetual and most interesting topic in that quarter, the select men of Sangerville, about the first of this month, September and and brought the child to town at a house about a mile from Mr. Ames’ where he and his wife and a crowd of others met to see and examine her.  The mother found scars on her hands and sides occasioned by burns, much like those of her lost daughter, and prevailing opinion was, she was her own, but many others doubted much and samples were constantly excited in the minds of both her husband and herself.
     The child was as sprightly, as forward to talk, and as large as children generally are at the same age.  One present asked her “is that your mamms” and the child said “That’s Mamma,” and appeared to be attached to her a good deal.  A circle was formed, its mother o one side, and Mr. Ames with the child in his arms on the other, and Appleford, who had followed, and still was claiming the child, was in the midst, the child immediately reached out its arms toward Mrs. Ames, called “mamma” and seemed inclined to go to her.
     The child was then, by Mr. Ames, carried to his own horse, where his own mother was, the men asked the little girl “who is that” “Grandmamma” was the child’s reply. She answers about equally quick whether called Ruth, Sally, Mary or Sarah.  No one ever saw Appleford in that quarter, except that a little girl 10 or12 years tells him she saw him no far from the day the child was lost.  Such is the state of the case: some are sure the child is the lost one, others continue to doubt, and Appleford insists on having it restored to him, as being his own.
(The foregoing statement of facts is taken September 7, 1822, from the mouth of Mr. Ames, the father of the lost child.)

Source:  The Illinois State Democrat -
Dated:  May 23, 1860


     The brig H. N. Jenkins, of Bangor, Maine, was found in the Gulf Stream on the 1st of May, dismasted and waterlogged.  The captain, mate, and two men were lost, and only two men remained alive on board of her, who were rescued and taken into New London.

Source:  Campaign Atlas and Bee, Boston,
Sat. July 14, 1860

 In Lowell, July 3, by Rev R. W. Clark, Mr Levi Hauver to Laura J. Hall, both of L; 4th; Jere L. Flagg of Grafton to Laura M. Edson of Bangor, Me.
Source:  Lowell Daily Citizen and News (Lowell, MA)  Vol.: XIV  Issue: 2555  Page: 2
Dated: Sept. 1, 1864
     The oldest railroad in Maine, is said to be that from Bangor to Oldtown.  The largest church in Maine - the Catholic Cathedral at Bangor.  The largest sawmill in the warld - one of those at Oronom, Me., ex-Governor Washburn's residence.
Source:  Duluth News-Tribune - (Duluth, MN) Page 1
Dated: July 10, 1907

Bangor (Maine)  Youths Sent to Death When Sudden Squall Overturns Their Boat - One Rescued After Swimming Almost an Hour - All Were Members of Prominent Families.

BANGOR, Maine, July 9. - Six young men of a party of seven were drowned in Penobscot bay late today by the capsizing of the sloop Ruby E. Cumnock, of Brooksville.
     The Victims are: Harry Dugan, aged 18, of Bangor, sophomore in Bowdoin college; Ames Robinson, aged 17, Bangor; Raymond Smith, aged 19, Bangor; Fredrick Ringwall, aged 19, Bangor; William Vague, aged 21, South Brooksville; Royal Palmer, aged 19, Bangor.
     The six Bangor youths recently went to the Hersey Retreat at Sandy Point to spend the summer.  Today they were invited by William D. Vague of South Brooksville to take a sail in his boat to Islesboro.  The sloop had reached the point off Castine when she was struch by a sudden squall and capsized.
     L. D. Hall, of Bangor, succeeded in clearing himself from the craft and after swimming for three quarters of an hour, was rescued by a tug.  The others sank within a few minutes.  The victims were members of prominent families.

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