Born in the coastal town of Harrington in 1909, [Bruce Farnsworth] was a toddler when his family moved to Orono.
As a young man, Farnsworth wanted a college education. He drove to Earlham College in Indiana in his Model T Ford, but homesickness drew him back to Maine. He attended the state university for a year, but cracking a college text never excited him like the clatter of commerce.
Back in Orono he returned to the ice cream parlor that employed him in high school. It was the Depression, and soon the owner, eager to sell, let Farnsworth have the place for $1,000 plus $50 rent. It was 1931 and Farnsworth was 21.