Houlton area From our Files (week of August 29, 2018)
100 Years Ago – Aug. 28, 1918
Taken a position — Fred Bither, who has been employed at A. J. Fogg Co. for the past month, has taken a position with the Post Office Dept. and is driving the Parcel Post Delivery.
Cars for customers — H. G. Dibblee left Friday for Boston to bring back a couple of Oldsmobile cars for customers who are waiting. Mr. Dibblee has had a most satisfactory season with this popular car.
75 Years Ago – Sept. 2, 1943
Attend convention — Manager Francis J. Gooch of the Houlton and Temple Theaters returned Wednesday morning from Boston where he attended a one-day convention of M and P theater managers from Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Work trip — Mrs. Leroy French is attending the cosmetic and gift show at the Statler Hotel in Boston. She was accompanied by her sister, Mrs. Stephen Beckett of Calais.
50 Years Ago – Aug. 28, 1968
Receive award — Aroostook Milling Company of Houlton was honored on July 16 for over 10 years of service as a dealer by the H. K. Webster Company of Lawrence, Mass., manufacturer of Blue Seal Feeds. The presentation of an inscribed plaque was made after a banquet held at the Steer House in Winthrop to honor Blue Seal dealers in Maine on the occasion of the Company’s 100th anniversary. Over 70 guests attended. Blue Seal co-chairman of the board Walter N. Webster, presented the award to Robert and Gerald Callnan.
Attended meet — Mr. and Mrs. Ruel Crawford spent the weekend in Ogunquit where they attended the Ogunquit meet of the Maine Obsolete Auto League.
25 Years Ago – Sept. 1, 1993
Fond memories — ‘Baldy’ and Codelia Inman got a chance to stand next to the restored 1937 Chevrolet that was purchased new by Mrs. Inman’s mother, Molly Putnam, and delivered to Houlton by the B&A Railroad. According to son Joe Inman, Mrs. Putnam drove the car for many years, winering it on blocks. Later, Mrs. Inman drove the car and then passed it on to Joe during his high school years. In college, with the car needing repairs, Joe sold it and after it passed on again to another owner, Greg Roderick bought the car in 1988 and began an extensive restoration project. The Chevy is a national champion now, garnering trophies at shows around the country. It was in Houlton over the weekend as part of the Potato Feast car display and ‘cruise.’
Special recognition — Roy Thomas was recognized with a Legislative sentiment on the occasion of his 100th birthday last March. Thomas was involved with the Soil and Water Conservation and introduced the agricultural courses into the high school curriculum. Thomas is a special friend to the staff of the Elm Tree Diner and gathered around him to celebrate.