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Not-so-good old days
It was 78 years ago when the school bus rolled. The Advertiser-Democrat, Nov. 22, 1935, had this story:
No Serious Injury When the Bus Went Over
There was a slight injury to one passenger when a school bus overturned near the long hill on the Paris Hill road, Thursday noon. The car was a sedan which was used by Nason McAllister for carrying high school students from Paris Hill to school and was driven by Miss Helen McAllister, his daughter, for that trip. The school having been suspended Thursday forenoon by reason of a night session, Wednesday evening, the students were being conveyed to South Paris at mid-day. Either by striking to to soft shoulder of the road, or in some other way which the driver is unable to explain fully, the car left the road and turned over into the ditch.
There were in the care four other passenger students, William Daniels, Phyllis Daniels, Jeannette Clark, Gertrude Curtis and Barbara Scribner. William Scribner had a cut on one hand, but nothing more serious was suffered. The car was completely damaged and had to be dug out.
These kiddos were lucky. But this isn't a column about good things happening in the past. So here's a portion of the Oxford County Superior Court report from that same issue of the paper:
Mrs. Fannie Parisa of Rumford pleaded guilty to assault and battery in Oxford Superior court Thursday after the words "intent to kill" on an indictment against her had been nolprossed by County Attorney E. Walker Abbott. She was released under $1,500 bail until sentenced later in the term. It is reported that Parisa stabbed Rocco Deconzo of Rumford in the back with a spatula. No harm resulted as the knife doubled up. Mrs. Parisa pleaded not guilty to the original indictment several days ago and William Flanagan of Rumford was appointed by Justice Worster to defend her. The case was continued until the next term for sentence.
Ivan Cosmitch was discharged Friday after he retracted a plea or not guilty to threatening to kill. Cosmitch had been in the county jail for four months being unable to furnish bail. He was represented by Arthur Henry.
Allan J. Ford of Rumford retracted a plea of not guilty to driving an automobile while under the influence of intoxicating liquor and pleaded nolo. He was sentenced to four months in the county jail. He was represented by Arthur Henry.
Samuel Snow of Buckfield was sentenced to not less than one year and not more than two in State prison at Oxford County Superior Court, Saturday morning. Snow pleaded guilty to breaking, entering and larceny, Sept. 23 at Sumner. The larceny was of goods and chattels valued at $19.75, the property of Emma Smith.
Henry Perry, 19, of Fryeburg, breaking and entry, was sentenced to the men's reformatory.
Conrad Lucier of Biddeford was sentenced to the men's reformatory for breaking, entering and larceny.
Daniel Arsenault, 23, of Rumford was sentenced to the men's reformatory for breaking and entering.
Raymond MacDonald, Peru, in court on an appeal on the charge of driving while under the influence of intoxicating liquor was fined $100 and cots of $29.50.
Ernest White, Roxbury was fined $100 and costs of $21.48 on the same charge.
Alpha Lizotte of Rumford, received a sentence of 30 days in jail for driving a motorcycle while intoxicated.
Allan J. Ford, Rumford, retracted a plea of not guilty and entered one of guilty to driving while intoxicated and received a sentence of 30 days in jail.
Elwood Blaisdell, 22, Milton Duguay, 23, and William Goodwin, 23, all of Rumford, were sentenced to the Men's Reformatory at South Windham for breaking and entry.
John Stanley, 65, of Mexico, following a plea of nolo to the charge of assault on Arthur Davis, ten year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Davis of Mexico, was sentenced to serve four months in the county jail.
Thomas Kierstead, Porter, pleaded guilty to the illegal possession of 30 quarts of beer and was sentenced to serve two months in jail and pay a fine of $100 and costs with six months additional in default of payment.
It seems that Fannie Parisa wasn't as lucky as the children on the school bus. Imagine being so frustrated with the man that she stabbed him then the humiliation of having the weapon fail. Gee, it just wan't her day.
This was just the build-up, though. Next week, we'll take a look at murder in which the weapon didn't "fold up."
That trial was in the same session.
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