Houlton area From our Files (week of June 13, 2018)
100 Years Ago – June 12, 1918
Accepted position — Mildred Taylor has accepted a position as messenger for the Northern Telegraph Co., a job always held by a boy, but from her adaptability to the work will make a very great improvement over a boy.
Woodstock-Houlton road — The Carleton Sentinel says that Hon. P. J. Venist, minister of public works, accompanied by Chief Road Engineer, P. M. Hill, were in Woodstock last week for the purpose of inspecting the roads of the county. He expressed himself well pleased with the work done last year on the Houlton-Woodstock road, and said that if labor could be procured further work could be done building up the low places with rock foundation and if possible would improve the hills. This is good news as traffic on this road is large during the summer and if the roads are put in first class shape many tourists would surely visit Woodstock and points along the St. John river which is said to be one of the most beautiful trips in this country.
75 Years Ago – June 17, 1943
Receives honors — Among the most coveted honors awarded at the close of the school year in the Junior Division at Houlton High School are the Good Citizenship medals sponsored by the Chester L. Briggs Post of the American Legion. Annually at the closing assembly some boy and girl of the eighth grade are recognized as eligible to have their names inscribed upon the Good Citizenship Plaque and also receive the American Legion medals emblematical of outstanding school citizenship, service and cooperation. This year the honor went to Donna Marie Beals and to Joseph Frederick Greaves.
Farewell party given — The employees of the J. C. Penney Co., held a farewell party for their assistant manager, Stanley Foulke at the home of H. C. Stieler. Supper was served after which a social evening was enjoyed. Mr. Foulke, who left for Fort Devens this week, was presented with an identification bracelet.
50 Years Ago – June 12, 1968
Awarded — Among those honored at the commencement exercises of Washington State College of the University of Maine, Machias, was Miss Jane M. LaCroix. At the alumni banquet she was presented with the Gold Watch Award for recognition of service to the college during her four years of studies. This award is one of the two highest awards given by the college. She was also presented a citation of recognition from Who’s Who Among Students of American Colleges and Universities. She was graduated with distinction, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Education.
Honored at retirement — Mrs. Lois Vose, a second grade teacher at the Longfellow School, was honored at a retirement party Thursday evening by members of the PTA. A gift of luggage was presented to the guest of honor and during the social hour refreshments were served, including a decorated cake. At the party were Arnold Ellis, president of the PTA, Mrs. Vose, and Mrs. John R. Faulkner and Mrs. Leland O. Ludwig III, co-chairmen of the party, to name a few.
25 Years Ago – June 16, 1993
Volunteer effort — Members of the Houlton Garden Club volunteer their time each year to plant flowers around the Boy and the Boot statue in Pierce Park. The flowers beautify the park and working on the flowers were; Justina Longstaff, Mildred Madigan, Faye McCue, Dot Wilde, Joyce Saunders and Priscilla Bubar.
Supports community — Dianna Betschner, resenting the National Starch and Chemical Company of Island Falls, presents David Carter, Director of Close Up at Southern Aroostook Community School, with a check of $1,000. National Starch has supported the Close Up Program at SACS for several years. Close up is a program that sends students to Washington, D. C., for a week where students discuss issues with their national leaders, policy makers, political experts and journalists.