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Caribou area From Our Files (week of February 14, 2018)

115 Years Ago – Feb. 17,  1903

Canoe talk There is some talk about owners of canoes in this place of building a boat house just above the dam this spring.  Such an arrangement would prove very advantageous to those who like to canoe.

Extreme cold This morning was the coldest of the winter, it being forty degrees below zero at 7:00.

100 Years Ago – Feb. 21, 1918

Such — We may not know anything about such matters, but as a common layman it would seem as if the use of an automobile fire truck should be dispensed with during the winter months, when our streets are covered with so much snow.

Alien enemies During the nation-wide registration of alien enemies which has been taking place during the past week or ten days, no registrations were made in Caribou.

75 Years Ago – Feb. 17, 1943

Shortage looms — A representative of the local dealers advised today that there is a possible milk shortage in prospect during the next three weeks.  Farmers in the Caribou area with surplus milk for sale are requested to get in touch with any of the Caribou milk dealers at once, to prevent a milk shortage. A neighboring city has already felt the shortage, with one dealer reported limiting customers to one quart per day.

Potato houses destroyed — Two potato houses and approximately 10,000 barrels of potatoes were destroyed early on Tuesday when fire broke out in the potato house owned by B.O. Hatch on Dow Siding, south of town on the B and A.  The other house destroyed was owned by G.B. Buck and Son.  Damage was estimated at more than $40,000, partially covered by insurance.

50 Years Ago – Feb. 21, 1968

Mill rate — The 1967 tax mill rate of .35 mills will be unchanged in 1968 as a result of decisions by the Caribou City Council Monday evening during the council’s last analysis of a gross budget of $2,685,712 before it is presented to the public for consideration in its entirety.  The gross budget figure, as it now stands after adjustment in various departments, represents the school gross of $1,634,805 plus city gross costs of $1,050,906.

Accepted position Dr. Taj A. Khan, general surgeon, has accepted a post with the staff of Caribou Memorial Hospital and expected to arrive in Caribou in June. Khan is a native of Hyderabad, India.  The 35-year-old surgeon studied medicine at Osmania University Medical College there, graduating in 1955 and interning at the same institution for a year thereafter.

25 Years Ago – Feb. 17, 1993

Extension County citizens had the opportunity last week to hear the latest about a highway study during a series of public informational hearings with representatives of Leaders Encouraging Aroostook Development (LEAD) and the consultant firm Wilbur Smith Associates, which is conducting an economic feasibility study of the proposed project.  The route options are being proposed for the 100-mile highway; all routes begin in Houlton, but the road could end either in Van Buren or Madawaska.

Local winner Reginald Nadeau of Caribou was the winner of a 10-speed bicycle featured as a prize in conjunction with the S.W. Collins Lumber Company’s recent three-day open house promotion.  The prize was presented Feb. 10 by Gregg Collins, store manager.

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