Presque Isle area From Our Files (week of March 14, 2018)
101 Years Ago – March 15, 1917
Last of the season — Presque Isle High School won by a score of 38 to 20 in the last league game of the season, which was played with Caribou High at Caribou. It was by no means a tame game although Presque Isle had the game in hand from start to finish, practically. Although the Caribou five was outclassed by the Presque Isle boys, yet they put up a game fight which made the game interesting.
Pine Tree Camp — The Pine Tree Camp, R. N. of A. initiated six candidates at the regular meeting after which a social after which a social hour was spent and refreshments were served.
75 Years Ago – March 18, 1943
Fraternities — Orono, March 16, nine students from northern Aroostook County, members of the freshman class at the University of Maine, were among the 151 freshmen pledged to the 16 fraternity houses on the campus at the close of the annual fraternity rushing period. Students from northern Aroostook were: Storer S. Parsons of Presque Isle pledged to Alpha Tau Omega fraternity; Malcolm H. Tuck of Presque Isle, Donald Blackstone and Charles E. Cunningham both of Washburn, and Ronald E. Stewart of Madawaska, all four pledged to Phi Eta Kappa fraternity; Philip H. Albair, Roland J. Bouchard and Keith M. McKay, all of Caribou, all three pledged to Delta Tau Delta fraternity; and Herman F. Levesque of Van Buren pledged to Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity.
Barber shop — Donald L. Demerchant of Fort Fairfield opened a barber shop in the Bakery block on Main Street, the new concern known as Don’s Barber Shop.
50 Years Ago – March 13, 1968
Title– Willard Ricker of Mapleton, a member of Presque Isle Chapter No. 10 Disabled American Veterans, was appointed to the office of National Deputy Chief of Staff during September of previous year. He was appointed to serve the S.A.V. in this office. His appointment was made by National Commander Francis J. Beaton.
Superintendent — Burt A. Tompkins Jr. was selected by the officials of the Presque Isle Recreation and Parks Board to permanently fill the position of superintendent of Recreation. Besides assisting the director in the duties of the Recreation and Parks Department, his primary duties were the administration and the continued development of recreation activities, as well as working with officials of the Community Recreation Association and with the Junior City Council and their Community Center Program.
First gift — Camille Albert from the Future Teachers Club of Washburn High School presented the first contribution of $25 to the Citizen’s Scholarship Foundation of the greater Washburn Area. President Melvin White of Crouseville accepted the donation.
25 Years Ago – March 17, 1993
Honoring firefighters — Leland and Terry Paradis were honored at a firemen’s banquet. Leland Paradis was made an honorary member of the Washburn Fire Department after 15-years of service to the department as a volunteer firefighter. He was presented with a plaque and jacket from the department, and the ladies’ auxiliary presented him with a clock. Terry Paradis was also made an honorary member of the Washburn Ladies Auxiliary. She was presented with a 15-year plaque and jewelry from the auxiliary.
Bank employee promoted — Richard A. Molyneux, president chairman and chief executive officer of Key Bank of Maine announced the promotion of Tanya LaPointe to management associate at Key Bank of Maine’s State Street office in Presque Isle.
Despres wins Bee — An eighth-grade student at Ashland Community High School, Dane Despres, won the school-level competition of the National Geography Bee in January and a change at $25,000 college scholarship. The school-level bee, at which students answered oral questions on geography, was the first round in the fifth annual National Geography Bee, sponsored by National Geographic WORLD, the Society’s magazine for children and Amtrak.