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Caribou area From Our Files (week of June 27, 2018)

115 Years Ago – June 30,  1903

Strike epidemic Caribou has had a mild visitation of the strike epidemic.  The farms who were hauling milk to the cheese factor demanded $1.00 per 100 pounds.  Mr. Gould could not afford to pay this amount and closed his factory. It was opened again today, however, enough farmers agreeing to furnished enough milk to warrant the factory being run.

Around town A.E. Warren is building a house on Washburn Street.  The house will be either for sale or rent. Also, George Clary caught his second salmon at the Caribou pool on Saturday.  The fish weighed 12 pounds.

100 Years Ago – July 3, 1918

Fire protection All citizens of Caribou who are interested in securing better fire protection for the village are requested to meet at the selectmen’s office at 8:00 on Saturday night.  The question was brought up for discussion at a recent meeting of the Caribou Chamber of Commerce, but nothing definite was done, except the appointment of committees.

Tread lightly — Under the new government tailoring regulations, no man need fear that anyway, in the words of an old college song, will tread on the tail of his coat.

75 Years Ago – June  30, 1943

Services — Services were held here early this week for Lieut. Bertrand Robertson, 29, of Greenville  Junction and Eloise Newton, 19 and Ann Theriault, 25 both of Caribou, victims of the bomber crash at Carl Rasmussen farm on Saturday morning that took at total of nine lives.  The accident occurred less than one-half mile from the spot of a bomber wreck last September. The farm is in the Green Ridge section near the town line, five miles from town.

Special edition — The Republican intends publishing a special service edition late in the summer.  The edition plans to carry the name and picture of every Caribou resident in the armed forces.  Since such an edition will involve much extra work and the staff has been curtailed by the war, the cooperation of townspeople is urged to make this edition as complete as possible.  

25 Years Ago – June  30, 1993

City razes teacher’s home The city of Caribou last Wednesday demolished the Bennett Drive home of Ruth Rouse, a retired schoolteacher, as part of a federal and state clean-up project.  The city’s Office of Economic and Development authorized Larry’s Construction to backhoe the 1 1/2 -story home into a pile of demolition debris, which then was carried in seven truckloads to the Tri-Community landfill in Fort Fairfield.  The demolition is part of the community development office’s target area along Bennett Drive, supported by a 1991 community development block grant to rehabilitate the neighborhood.

Huntress chosen Returning to Limestone Sunday at 9:30, Josette Huntress, the new Miss Maine, was met at the municipal line and escorted into town by a motorcade led by Limestone police cruisers.  The motorcade was made up of several well-wishers and followed by the Fire Department.

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