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Caribou area From our Files (week of July 25, 2018)

115 Years Ago – Jul. 28,  1903

Hay A large quantity of hay was housed on Sunday, many farmers taking advantage of about the only hay day we have had lately.  In view of the showery weather we have been having, who is there to blame then?

Normal School opening The Normal School in Presque Isle will open for the first time on Sept. 10.

100 Years Ago – Jul. 31, 1918

Move The building recently built by Dr. G.C. Upham on High Street, and which was purchased by the town for the purpose of widening High Street, has been sold to A.E. Wight, who is having it moved to Limestone Street, where it will be fitted for a tenement house.

Ouch — Fred Ellis accidentally got his foot caught in the planer knives while working in Collins Mill on Monday.  He was at once taken to the Caribou Hospital.

75 Years Ago – Jul. 28, 1943

Nylander passes — Professor Olof Nylander, internationally known geologist and naturalist, curator of the local Nylander Museum, died suddenly early this morning en route to the Cary Memorial Hospital.  He was 79. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at the Gray Memorial Methodist Church with the Rev. Mallard Nelson officiating. Following his return last spring from Bangor where he was engaged for research for the University of Maine, Mr. Nylander lived with his daughter, Mrs. George L. Ketch of Woodland until Tuesday, when he moved into a room at the Vaughan House.  

Methods — More than 50 firemen from the Caribou area, including Limestone, Washburn, Woodland, New Sweden and Stockholm, attended the two-day session of the fire-fighting school at Caribou last Wednesday and Thursday. The school was presented by the state in an effort to promote uniform training and firefighting methods throughout Maine.

50 Years Ago – Jul. 31, 1968

Drill slated — Don’t panic Thursday at noon when you hear a steady siren blast for three to  five minutes from the area of the fire department, followed by wavering, or short blasts of approximately the same duration.  They will be Civil Defense Warning Signals conducted by the Caribou Defense office to test its warning equipment. The sole purpose of the national warning system is to assure that knowledge of a dangerous or threatening situation reaches the general public.

Quite satisfactory A 17-year-old Caribou youth, Kurt Gregory, escaped serious injury in a one-car crash Sunday morning between Cross and Madawaska lakes.  The son of Dr. and Mrs. Frederick J. Gregory, he was reported in “quite satisfactory condition” at Cary Memorial Hospital. The youth was alone in a Jeep wagon which reportedly left the road when traveling south on Route 161.  The vehicle was demolished.

25 Years Ago – Jul. 28, 1993

Lyndon Center School The grand opening of the new Lyndon Center School was attended by many people including school, city representatives and members of the Caribou Historical Society last Saturday morning at its location on the Presque Isle Road.  The new one-room schoolhouse museum, built in memory of society member, Mildred B. Hatch, is furnished with her collection of related articles she donated to the society. Funds of the construction were contributed from the estate of former Caribou resident Norma Parsons Erb.

Council update City Councilors Monday night voted 4-3 in favor of the airport committee’s recommendation to establish a department of the city to manage the municipal airport.  The Council also amended the city’s sign ordinance, granted permission for a “kids’ parade” and teenagers’ street dance, and opened bids for the 1993-94 heating season.

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