Presque Isle area From our Files (week of December 13, 2017)
102 Years Ago – Dec. 16, 1915
Purchasing business — Mr. A. W. Hall, formerly publisher of the Caribou Republican, purchased the plant and business of the North Star Printing Co., Old Town.
Title– The Fort Fairfield Anti-Tuberculosis Association gave an entertainment in the Hacker Theatre celebrating Children’s Health Crusade Day. There was a gathering of about 600 children and as many adults as the hall could accommodate. A very interesting program of songs and recitations appropriate to the occasion was given, among the features being the singing of an Anti-Tuberculosis Battle Hymn, composed by Editor C. C. Harvey, and a Health Talk to the children, by Miss Edith F. Knight Visiting Nurse of the County
75 Years Ago – Dec. 10, 1942
Roberts is director — Melvin P. Roberts, well known Fort Fairfield attorney, was appointed area rent director of the defense area of Aroostook, announced by regional defense area officials in Boston. Other members of the area’s personnel comprise Lawrence Briggs, Houlton, inspector; Mrs. Chrystal S. Gahagan, Caribou, inspector. Mr. Briggs had resigned from his position as manager of the real estate department of J. R. Harvey Co., in Houlton.
State Theatre manager — William H. Luthie of Boston was sent to the county as manager of the State Theatre. He succeeded Chet Johnson, who moved to Dover, NH, to continue in theater work there. Mr. Luthie and Lloyd Bridgham, owner of the theatre, were in Boston and New York so that the people in Presque Isle and vicinity would be assured the best in first run features.
50 Years Ago – Dec. 13, 1967
New post — Richard L. Kelso, 31, formerly of Presque Isle, was named as director of the Industrial Promotion Division of the Department of Economic Development. Commissioner James K. Keefe said Kelso succeeded Lewis R. Doering, who was promoted to assistant commissioner.
Effects of drugs — Bill Campbell, Presque Isle pharmacist, was guest speaker at the Lions Club. His topic was “Amphetamines, Barbiturates and Narcotics,” and their effects on the mind and body of the user. His talk classified caffeine and nicotine as habituating drugs and alcohol as an addictive drug, and alluded to several local cases of drug addiction.
25 Years Ago – Dec. 9, 1992
Published article — Tim McMahon, director of cardiopulmonary services at The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC), had an article published in a reference book published by W. K. Kellogg Foundation. In the book entitled, “Healing Hands: Customizing Your Health Team for Institutional Survival,” McMahon discussed the practical approach to training and employing multi skilled health professionals. McMahon had been a department director since the beginning of his employment at TAMC in 1981.
Program award — The University of Maine at Presque Isle received the National Enrollment Award for outstanding achievement in the Certificate in Management Program. The citation was awarded by the American Management Association (AMA) in Watertown, Mass. In the academic year of July 1991 through June 1992 UMPI ranked number nine in the nation with 249 students enrolled in the AMA Certificate in Management Program.