Houlton area From Our Files (week of June 6, 2018)
100 Years Ago — June 5, 1918
Gives to Red Cross — Miss Estelle Neuhaus, a Houlton girl who has made her mark in the musical world and is today the foremost pianist in America, has in the last two years given $10,000 to the Edith Wharton Ambulance Corps of the Red Cross. Miss Neuhaus has done this by giving a percentage of her receipts from recitals in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and other cities, where she always draws large audiences composed of society and musical people, who take advantage of hearing this remarkable pianist. Miss Neuhaus lives with her mother in New York City and always has an interest in her old hometown and its people, who in turn are justly proud of her, in her chosen profession.
Welcomed home — Mr. Perley Stevens, who has been in Presque Isle for the past year managing a motion picture house, it is learned, will return to Houlton to live. Mr. Stevens and family are musicians of rare ability and will be gladly welcomed back.
75 Years Ago — June 10, 1943
Award for sales — Principal Milton B. Lambert of Houlton High School received from Frank A. Peabody, War Bond and stamp sales chairman for Houlton, a certificate awarded the school for selling war bonds enough to purchase 11 ‘jeeps’ and the Minute Man Flag for outstanding performance in the sale of war bonds and stamps. Francis J. Gooch, manager of the Houlton Theater, who works closely with the high school in the sale of bonds and stamps, Prin. Lambert and Frank A. Peabody were at the presentation last Wednesday afternoon.
Receives award — Miss Maria Louise Putnam, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Aaron A. Putnam of Houlton, was graduated Sunday afternoon at the commencement exercises of the Lesley School in Cambridge, Mass., where she has completed the two-year course in teacher training, specializing in nursery school, Kindergarten and the primary grades. Miss Putnam was the recipient of the Edith Lesley Wolfard Award, an award established by the Trustees to be given each year to the graduating student who not only ranks high in scholarship but also has proved to be outstanding in school citizenship.
50 Years Ago — June 5, 1968
Sorority donates — Psi chapter of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority recently made their annual donations to the Aroostook General Hospital and the Madigan Memorial Hospital. Dorothy Fitzpatrick signed the check as Sister Corrine, administrator of the Madigan Memorial, Gail Scovill, Beta Sigma Phi sorority, and Helen Turney, superintendent, Aroostook General Hospital, looked on.
Tree planting ceremony — St. Mary’s School held its annual Sodality reception, installation of officers and May Crowning ceremony at St. Mary’s Church May 28. Those participating in the crowning ceremony were Karen McNally, Donna Dobbins, Elizabeth Paradis, Norma Marshall, Mary Folsom, Teresa Watson, attendants to the queen, Joleen Fitzpatrick, and Brian Fitzpatrick, crown bearer.
25 Years Ago — June 9, 1993
Improvement with repairs — After 24 years, the wood frame windows at Cary Library’s wing on Broadway Street are being replaced, and the only ones unhappy about it are the ants which used to live in them. The windows came along with the library’s 1969 expansion and taking their place are metal windows which do not need to be painted and are more energy efficient, according to Head Librarian Betty Fraser.
Benefit yard sale — Associates of Shop ‘n Save are planning a yard sale to benefit the Battered Women’s Shelter. A wide variety of donated items will be for sale in the Shop ‘n Save parking lot. A sunbeam grill and Funk and Wagnalls Encyclopedia set will be raffled off. The tickets are $1. Prepare for the sale are; Linda Day, assistant deli manager; Skip Keegan, assistant manager of Shop ‘n Save; Will Wedge, store manager; Baxter Oliver, produce manager and Patricia Holley, children’s program coordinator of the Battered Women’s Shelter.