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Caribou area From Our Files (week of April 4, 2018)

115 Years Ago – April 7,  1903

Walton death William Walton died last Thursday night after a short illness at the Madawaska church.  He was born in Fort Fairfield and was a veteran of the Civil War.

Bank The new bank building to be erected next summer will be built of brick.  The structure will be two stories high with a central heating plant. The flooring of the basement will be concrete.  There was general satisfaction expressed at the decision of the bank officials to build of brick, for the new block will be a decided improvement to the town.

100 Years Ago – April 10, 1918

Ouch Fred Forbes accidentally dropped a barrel of coal on his left foot one day last week, injuring it quite badly.  He is about to be around, but is quite lame. And John F. Harmon had the misfortune to fall from a windmill on Monday, fracturing two ribs.

Soldiers Monument — The new Soldiers Monument, which has been purchased by the Women’s Relief Corps of Caribou and which is to be placed in Monument Park, is expected to arrive this week.

75 Years Ago – April 7, 1943

Service cut — Virtually half the telephones in town were out of commission from late Saturday afternoon until late Monday following trouble in the section of underground cable between the bank and the Powers Theatre.  Telephone officials and repair crews began “shooting” the trouble at once and have worked day and night on the line since Saturday. The trouble was ascribed to electrolysis, but it was not isolated until almost the entire section between two manholes was laid bare.

DeMerchant named chief — Ellery DeMerchant, a member of the Caribou Fire Department for 14 years, was named chief by the Municipal Council at a meeting on Monday night, following the resignation of Murray Mockler.  Chief Mockler resigned two weeks ago after serving as chief for eight years.

25 Years Ago – April 7, 1993

New librarian The city of Caribou has a new head librarian.  Marilyn King, head librarian at the Robert A. Frost Memorial Library in Limestone, was selected from a field of 29 applicants for the position of head librarian, said Lloyd Bragdon, chairman of the CPL Board of Trustees.  At her Limestone job, she supervised one assistant librarian and several volunteers. At Caribou, she will have a staff of 10, including two work full time.

Recognize Lister Knowlton VFW Post and Auxiliary 9389 members honored the organization’s local winner of the Voice of Democracy (VOD) program and representatives for the Caribou school system for the promotion of Americanism in the schools at a roast turkey banquet held Thursday, April 1, at the Caribou post home.  Caribou High School student Andrea Peterson delivered her winning essay based on the theme, “My Voice in America’s Future.” She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elwood Peterson of Stockholm.

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