Caribou area From our Files – Week of October 3, 2018
115 Years Ago – Oct. 3, 1903
Freak potato — On Monday of this week, W.F. Jeffs sent a “freak” potato to the Republican office. This potato had grown into an iron ring, evidently dropped from some harness. Mr. Jeffs says the only way he could get any small potatoes this year was to put iron bands around them to prevent their growing.
Cold — The mercury went down below freezing on Friday night as a half inch of ice formed in some places.
100 Years Ago – Oct. 9, 1918
Money — Don’t hesitate to accept the new $1 and $2 Federal Reserve Bank notes — the $1 note with the portrait of George Washington and on the reverse an eagle in full flight, and the $2 with Jefferson on the front and the picture of a battleship on the back.
75 Years Ago – Oct. 3, 1943
Sudden death — The community was saddened Tuesday by the sudden of Hazelton A. Currier, which occured at noon at the Caribou Woolen mill, where has been employed for the past several weeks as foreman. Mr. Currier was born in Littleton on March 10, 1872. For several years he was a valued employee of the Caribou Grange, later entering the grocery business in partnership with his brother Otto, retiring a few years ago because of his ill health.
Old age insurance — A representative of the Bureau of Old Age and Survivors Insurance of the Social Security board will be in Caribou at the post office on Wednesday, Oct. 13, at 9 a.m. Anyone wishing to consult him on matters pertaining to old-age and survivors insurance would be welcome at that time.
50 Years Ago – Oct. 9, 1968
Station Wagon prize — The Caribou Jaycees’ 15th Annual Hunters Breakfast, which will be held at the V.F.W. Hall in Caribou on Oct. 15, will feature a 1959 station wagon hunting car as a door prize to be given away after the meal. The meal will feature ham, eggs, home fries, baked beans, homemade bread and lots of hot coffee.
Kitty causes crack-up — A 49-year-old Easton woman, Mrs. Etta McKay, escaped with minor injuries about 4:20 Saturday afternoon when she attempted to avoid hitting a cat which was crossing the road on Route 1 near what is known as Pine Tree, Easton. Swerving her car to avoid hitting the cat, Mrs. McKay went to the east side of the road, striking and knocking down a utility pole and traveling 264 feet off the road into a club of alder bushes. Power lines were knocked out by the impact and service to several telephones in the area was lost.
25 Years Ago – Oct. 3, 1993
Passing grades — The water and sewer systems at Loring Air Force Base have received passing grades, despite the bad news that both utilities will fall below acceptable use levels after the base closes. LRC directors unanimously approved the draft version of the engineering firm to the Loring Readjustment Committee Sept. 24 at its meeting at The Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle. The report took 60 days at a cost of $69,472.
Steak and Seafood — Joe Hackett’s Steak and Seafood Restaurant will officially open its doors for business on Wednesday, Oct. 6. Hackett, who owned and operated Yusef’s Restaurant on Bennett Drive in Caribou for 19 years, will employ 40 people in this new Caribou establishment. About 20 of his employees from his prior operation will join him in his new endeavor.