Caribou area From Our Files (week of May 16, 2018)
115 Years Ago – May 19, 1903
Around town — Winn McCubrey has been going around this past week with a badly swollen knee caused by tripping and falling down stairs. Harry Mishou has been passing out cigars this week, and Mrs. Lyman Getchell entertained dinner on Wednesday for her sister, Mrs. Moore and Mrs. Norton of Portland.
100 Years Ago – May 22, 1918
Huge crowd — Last Saturday night there was a large crowd in town. The streets were literally lined with hundreds of pedestrians while hundreds of automobiles were parked on all the side streets and on Main Street. It was on a pretty large scale for a town so far removed from the “great outside”.
75 Years Ago – May 19, 1943
Ceremonies — The American Legion Memorial Day Committee has announced that the Annual Memorial Day Parade and ceremonies will be held on Sunday, May 30, this year. The parade will be larger and more colorful this year because of the addition of many new Civil Defense in uniform. The full program will be given next week.
Unique gifts — 350 pairs of worn silk stockings saved over a period of years will shortly go into the making of parachutes for our airmen, thanks to the efforts of Mrs. Dennis Cyr. Mrs. Cyr said her that her original intention was to use the stockings for a scatter rug, but after reading an article about the need of silk for parachutes, she decided to turn in her collection.
50 Years Ago – May 22, 1968
Three-month sabbatical — All the parking meters in the City of Caribou are going (for the time being, that is). That’s the official decision of the City Council following an appeal from the City Trade Bureau to substitute, instead, a two-hour “gentlemen’s agreement” limit on parking slots. The meters will be removed for the three-month period of June, July and August, an action which is expected to draw shoppers to the city’s business district.
Smashing success — An estimated crowd of more than 5,000 persons attended Loring’s Armed Forces Day Open House, a base spokesman announced. The open house was considered a “smashing success” by participating base personnel. The sentry dog demonstration, one of the most popular exhibits, evoked a barrage of applause from the spectators. Some of the most colorful performers were the Pipes and Drums, 2nd Battalion and the Royal Highland Regiment of Canada.
25 Years Ago – May 19, 1993
Contest — Residents of the area are asked to help in the new organization that will be the result of the merger of The Aroostook Medical Center and Cary Medical Center, becoming the sixth largest healthcare organization in the state. The joined facilities will serve the central Aroostook area. The name should be fitting and representative of all the organizations the medical centers encompass as well as the geographic location. A cash prize of $250, provided by area Rotary Clubs, will be awarded to the individual with the winning entry.
Promotion — Caribou Patrolman Ronald Curtis has been promoted to sergeant of the Caribou Police Department, Caribou Police Chief Arthur N. Corney announced Monday, May 17. A Perham native, Curtis, 42, has served the local police department as patrolman since July 28, 1972. He is married to the former Brenda Noyes and the couple reside in Caribou.