Presque Isle area From Our Files (week of May 30, 2018)
101 Years Ago – May 31, 1917
Mooseleuk wins — The Mooseleuk Club beat the Presque Isle Rafflers 12 to 7 at the Park. The feature of the game was the perfect fielding of the Mooseleuk boys after being so many years out of the game especially that of Messrs. Nickerson and McKinley. Batteries, G. White and J. Whiter, Johnson and Graves.
Hedrich warehouse — U. J. Hedrich purchased the F.J. Fowler property at Main and Church Streets. His plan was to put up a big warehouse for his wholesale tobacco and candy business. The house on the lot had been moved to another site.
75 Years Ago – June 3, 1943
Weather handicap — To encourage maximum food production in the face of the weather handicaps of a late and wet spring, the War Food Administration relaxed the provisions of the Agricultural Conservation program, which prescribed deductions in AAA payments to farmers who failed to plant at least 90 percent of their war crop goals.
Parsons in Washington — Mrs. Charles Parsons, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Allen, employed in the FBI office in Washington, D.C., while her husband, S/Sgt. Parsons, stationed in Fort Belvoir, Va., was given a linen shower at the home by her friend, Miss Phyllis Clark of Presque Isle.
50 Years Ago – May 29, 1968
Zippel honored — Four alumni of Aroostook State College were honored by the college at Alumni Day ceremonies. They were cited for their “outstanding contributions of education, their integrity of purpose and devotion to the highest ideals of their profession.” Among those honored was Mrs. Eva Hoyt Zippel of Presque Isle, who graduated from Aroostook State Normal School in 1921 with a two-year diploma. She received a three-year diploma from there in 1949 and her BS in elementary education in 1956 from Aroostook State Teachers College.
Perry speaks — Larry Perry won first prize when the Northern District Farmers of America held its annual public speaking contest May 27 in the Presque Isle High School Auditorium. Judges were Mr. Donald Smith, Mrs. Donald Smith and Wayne Knight. Speakers were Perry, speaking on education strength of agriculture. Wayne Smith of Caribou gave his talk on feeding the hungry world with the title “Who Cares.” Blair Bubar gave his talk “Conservation and You,” while Gregg Grass, also of Mars Hill talked on “The World Food Crisis.” Thomas Gagnon of Limestone gave a speech on “The Best Insurance Practice Safety.” Wayne Smith won second and Blair Bubar third.
25 Years Ago – June 2, 1993
Youth awards — Two Presque Isle High School seniors were honored as Northeast region finalists in the Seiko Youth Challenge, a high school science competition in which students around the nation were asked to identify, investigate, analyze and propose a solution to a local environmental problem. Jason Millhouse and Jason Johnston, guided by adviser Richard Lord, PIHS biology instructor, prepared their project on “How Does Agricultural Land Use Affect Stream Water Quality?” At the finalists’ awards presentation held at the school, Millhouse and Johnston received certificates and special-edition Seiko watches.
Missionaries — Ben and Charles (Chuck) Humphrey, sons of Donna and Earl Humphrey of Mapleton, both 1992 graduates of Presque Isle High School and members of the Caribou ward of their church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, went to Utah for their church’s missionary training. They both left on two-year missions, Ben serving in Salt Lake City, Utah, while his brother was assigned to the mission in Las Vegas, Nevada. Both had planned on missionary service throughout their lives.