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Reid Hand in "Deacon" costume

Reid Hand was born 1907 and grew up in Houlton. He moved to the Carmel in his teens and then to Bangor when he was twenty-five. He was a musician, band leader, emcee, traveling salesman, dance hall owner, dance caller, and radio personality on WLBZ and WABI for many years. As a performer, he was part of a very active country music scene in Maine during the mid-twentieth century. He traveled and performed all over Maine and as a regular featured performer at the Auto Rest Park in Carmel.


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