Portland history to be observed at 2 events

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PORTLAND — The deaths of notable Mainers will be commemorated in two events this week.

The centennial of the death of Harold T. Andrews will be observed at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, at the Wilde Chapel at Evergreen Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave. Andrews died Nov. 30, 1917, in combat near Cambrai, France; he was the first person from Maine to die in World War I combat.

Herb Adams, a local historian and former state representative from Portland, will talk about Andrews’ life and legacy in the program sponsored by the Friends of Evergreen and Harold T. Andrews Post No. 17 of the American Legion.

At 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1, the 192 victims of the U.S.S. Portland, which sank off the coast of Massachusetts on Nov. 26, 1898, will be remembered at a Maine Historical Society event at 489 Congress St. The ship was on its way to Portland from Boston when it sank in a violent storm.

Adams and others, including Southern Maine Community College President Ronald Cantor, will read names of the victims. Each name will be followed by ringing a mariner’s bell.