Caribou area From our Files – week of March 21, 2018
115 Years Ago – March 24, 1903
Town meeting — The annual town meeting was held in Clark’s hall on Monday, March 23, and was attended by about the usual number. The warrant was read by the Town Clerk, W.B. Hall, and E.A. Holmes was chosen moderator.
100 Years Ago – March 27, 1918
Show — The big automobile show at Reed’s Garage on April 3, 4 and 5 will be a splendid opportunity to inspect many different kinds of automobiles, which will be shown by experts from the factories.
75 Years Ago – March 24, 1943
Resigns — Fire chief Murray Mockler announced this morning that he had resigned his post after eight years of service as chief. Mockler declared that he felt he held the position “long enough” and that “it was time for another man to take over.” His resignation was presented to Town Manager Grover M. Hardison. The chief resigned after 18 years with the Caribou Fire Department, of which eight were spent as chief.
Ration — Beginning Monday morning, the O.P.A. will start rationing meats, edible fats and oils (including butter), cheeses and canned fish by means of red stamps in war Ration Book Two under the point system. All these foods will be rationed with a single set of stamps and will be covered on one table of point values.
50 Years Ago – March 27, 1968
Fire damage — Fire originating in a mattress in an upstairs bedroom caused $500 worth of damage to a Bradley Street home Friday morning. Luckily, no one was home at the time of the fire, which started at around 9:45 a.m. Friday morning.
Festival — Over 400 students, representing 85 Maine schools from Kittery to Fort Kent, were expected to converge on Caribou for the first All State Music Festival ever to be held in Caribou. The festival was to be held over the course of four days, from April 3-6, at Caribou High School.
25 Years Ago – March 24, 1993
Retirement — Eugene D. Picard, central district lead worker at Maine Public Service Company, will retire this month after more than 39 years of employment with the company. Picard began his career as an apprentice serviceman in Ashland on Sept. 21, 1953. He transferred to the Caribou district in January 1955 and was assigned to the Presque Isle department in May 1955. Honored by nearly 150 friends, co-workers, and family members, Picard was the guest of honor at a retirement dinner held Feb. 20 at the company’s operations center.
Recognition dinner — Despite hard economic times and the pending closing of Loring Air Force Base, Caribou experienced a banner year in 1992 with the opening of 35 new businesses, according to Vicki Smith, executive director of the Caribou Chamber of Commerce at its annual recognition dinner held Thursday, March 18, at the Caribou Motor Inn. The Caribou Citizen of the Year was presented to Lee Guerrette. Among her many accomplishments include 6 years on the Caribou City Council serving as deputy mayor for 1 year, 7 years on the planning board serving as chair for 3 years, among other services. Guerette also received a Legislative Sentiment for her company’s service in honor for being Caribou’s Citizen of the Year from Senator Leo Kieffer and Representatives Julie Marie Robichaud and Malachi Anderson.