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From the Wednesday, June 19, 1912 Bangor Daily Commercial newspaper:

"The biggest carnival parade ever seen in Bangor, probably the longest parade of any sort ever seen here, passed through the city Tuesday. It was a magnificent aggregation of artistic arrangement of decorative material, beautiful women and children and fine rigs.

From where the processions rear rested far down on the Hampden road to the food of Exchange Street, there was almost a continuous line of floats, wagons, carriages, and fire apparatus, the entire horse drawn equipment of the Bangor Fire Department being in parade.

As the procession passed along the music of the two bands, the various floats were loudly applauded as now one, then another, party of friends discovered familiar faces or firm names on the floats."

"Drawn by six beautiful horses the large float of the Besse-Ashworth Co. attracted well deserved attention. It was one of the best floats in the entire parade. On a large platform a Venetian gondola was placed, and beneath a canopy sat four very pretty young women. The gondolier, attired in the correct costume, and standing at his oar, gave the finishing touch and when this float passed through the streets, it was accorded merited applause. The color scheme was blue and yellow, hundreds of large yellow chrysanthemums having been used in gaining an effect that was not surpassed in the whole parade."

The Besse-Ashworth Co. were "outfitters of men, women ... and children" (according to 1912 Bangor city directory). Located at 27 Main Street, owners wer Lyman W. Besse, Charles E. Rolfe, and Arthur Ashworth. Besse-Ashworth appears to have been a chain store. Lyman W. Besse's home address in the city directory is listed as Springfield, Massachusetts.

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Bangor Carnival 1912, Bangor Maine history, Besse-Ashworth Co.

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