Houlton area From Our Files (week of April 4, 2018)
100 Years Ago – April 3, 1918
Books for the soldiers — The Cary Library reports that the people of Houlton have contributed over twelve hundred books during the past week, for the use of our soldiers and sailors, and that more books are still coming in. Hodgdon sent in a collection of more than one hundred books. Through the efforts of Mrs. C. S. Hussey of Blaine, a shipment of three hundred books was sent from that town. The books are a splendid collection, carefully selected and all new or nearly new, representing the best authors, and are a tribute to the good taste and judgment of the people who selected them.
Gone to Boston — L. L. McLeod left Tuesday morning for Boston and New York garment markets, where he will study the styles and purchase goods.
75 Years Ago – April 8, 1943
New Immigration head — Clifford Doughty has been named head of the U. S. Immigration office, filling the vacancy caused by the death of Edward Van Keuren. Mr. Doughty comes to Houlton from Saint John, New Brunswick, where he was in charge of the Immigration Office there, which has been closed.
Starts 15th term — At the regular annual meeting of the Aroostook County Bar Association held yesterday at the County Court House here, Hon. Ransford W. Shaw, dean of county lawyers, was elected to his 15th consecutive term as president. He was first elected to the office in 1928. Carl R. Weick of Presque Isle was elected vice president, Miss Sigrid Tompkins of Houlton was elected secretary and James C. Madigan of Houlton was re-elected treasurer.
50 Years Ago – April 3, 1968
Spelling champ — Norma Marshall, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Stairs of Houlton, won the Aroostook County Spelling Bee championship.
Retired — H. Carlyle Stieler retired as manager of the JCPenney Company. He had been with the Penney Company for 30 years.
25 Years Ago – April 7, 1993
Foundation donates equipment — A pediatric immobilization device was donated to the Island Falls Ambulance Service by the Houlton Regional Health Services Foundation. The device ensures safe transport for infants and small children. Patty Hartin, director of the ambulance service said, “Being a rural area, and not having our own hospital, we need to transport patients considerable distances under sometimes, adverse conditions. The immobilization device will be invaluable to prevent further injury to pediatric trauma victims.”
Visits students — The sixth grade social studies classes at Lambert School have been studying about Africa. Beth Roberts, originally of Washburn, has spent 12 years in Africa as a missionary and nurse. She showed the classes slides of the village of Baranama, Guinea, located in western Africa.