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Caribou area From our Files (week of August 29, 2018)

115 Years Ago – Sept. 1,  1903

Large quantities Aroostook County will harvest 10 million bushels of potatoes this fall, a quantity as large as the average crop in Ireland, the chosen home of the potato.

Excursion Miss Ruby Ward, age 12, rode to Presque Isle on her bicycle last Friday, covering the distance in about an hour and a half.

100 Years Ago – Sept. 4, 1918

Progressing Work on George Ritchie’s new brick building is progressing rapidly.  This block will be a decided addition to Caribou’s business section.

Crowd — The P. of H. Opera House was crowded to capacity last Tuesday evening.  Governor Carl E. Miliken was the speaker.

75 Years Ago – Sept. 1, 1943

Labor Day closure — The Merchants Committee of the Caribou Chamber of Commerce are announcing that local stores will be closed all day Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6.  The same committee announced from action taken at a recently held local meeting that a group of local stores will remain open Tuesday and Thursday evening for the convenience of farmers and potato pickers.  

Flower festival — The annual Flower Festival of the Stockholm Lutheran Church will be held this Friday evening at 8 when an interesting program will be presented.

50 Years Ago – Sept. 4, 1968

Enrollment — Enrollment in the Caribou schools this year totaled 3,348 at the opening of the fall session, the local school department has revealed.  The figure stands about the same as last year, when 3,200 were enrolled. The figure may be expected to fluctuate a little because of transfers, or dropouts, as the year advances, it was said.  The high school accommodates the largest number of students with a total of 859 registered. Caribou Junior High School accommodates 802 students of Grades 7 through 9. A total of 388 students are registered at the Intermediate School, Grades 5 through 7, 91 students at the High Street Elementary School, Grades 1 through 4.

Sellout crowd The Caribou Kiwanis Club sees a dual benefit in its sponsoring of the Sunday, Sept. 22, appearance in the county of General Platoff Don Cossack Chorus and Dancers, a world-touring contingent of cultural music exponents.  Patrons of the concert at 2:30 in the afternoon at the Caribou Junior High School should derive much pleasure from the program of liturgical music, folk songs, Cossack melodies, battle songs, American music and more.

25 Years Ago – Sept. 1, 1993

Resigns The city’s development officer has resigned, citing chain of command problems as part of the reason.  Kristin Perrow, director of the Caribou Office of Economic and Development and executive director of the Caribou Development Corp., said Tuesday afternoon that early unofficial reports of her resignation are right.  A Caribou native, Perrow was hired in August 1990 to fill the position vacated by Robert Clark, who had resigned to become executive director of the then-Northern Maine Regional Planning Commission. She was selected for the position out of 16 applicants.

Realistic date A small crowd gathered Thursday in the Limestone Jr.-Sr. High School auditorium to hear what the Loring Air Force Base reuse consultants had to say about the base’s future.  According, to Dick Starr of Economics Research Associates (ERA), the consulting firm hired by the Loring Readjustment Committee, the year 2000 is the most optimistic date for the Air Force to have completed the environmental cleanup to be able to transfer the base to a new entity.  

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