Presque Isle area From our Files (week of October 31, 2018)
101 Years Ago – Nov. 1, 1917
Gathering land value — Aubrey G. Haven, Senior Land Appraiser of the Division of Valuation Interstate Commerce, had been in this section, gathering information concerning the land values along the Canadian Pac. Ry., between Fort Fairfield and Presque Isle. It seemed that the government was getting ready for eventualities, whether they were of a government ownership nature, or requisitioned for war purposes.
75 Years Ago – Nov. 4, 1943
MPG Machinery Dept. — Frank W. Hussey, president of Maine Potato Growers Inc., announced that the local cooperative established a machinery department. This department to handle Massey Harris farm equipment along with other types of machinery and equipment. Israel Kinney of Mars Hill, formerly employed by the Massey Harris Company, had been employed to take charge of the department.
Officers’ Club — Lt. Colonel Guy W. Walker, Base Executive Officer, was elected president of the Officers’ Club at Presque Isle Army Air Field, Maine, at a meeting held at the Post Theater to elect new officers for the coming year. Elected to the post of vice-president was Capt. Frederick W. Weitzel, officer in charge of administrative planning fo the operations division.
50 Years Ago – Oct. 23, 1968
New center opened — A Senior Citizen’s Center sponsored by the Central Aroostook Action Program (CAAP) opened. Weekly meetings were scheduled for 10 a.m. each Wednesday in the American Legion Building. More than 25 senior citizens turned out to hear an explanation of the amendments to the Social Security law presented by E. Leroy Lawritsen, field representative for the Presque Isle Social Security Office.
National job — Aubrey Briggs, executive manager of the Presque Isle manager of the Presque Isle Chamber of Commerce, was appointed to the Senior Counsels of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE), at the organization’s 54th annual conference in Portland, Ore.
25 Years Ago – Nov. 3, 1993
Dynamic Duo — Presque Isle senior Sara Richard and freshman Danielle Donovan were the first two runners to cross the finish line at Saturday’s Class A State Cross-Country Championships held at Augusta. Donovan finished with a time of 19:34, while Richard was only 10 seconds behind at 19:44. The two Lady Wildcat runners were the first two from the school to ever finish higher that eighth in a state competition.
Excellence award — Sara Dyer, news director at WAGM-TV in Presque Isle, received an award for outstanding contributions to improving public understanding of health care issues. The James Russell Wiggins award for excellence in Health Care Journalism was presented by the Maine Hospital Association’s (MHA) past president Kenneth Hughes. Dyer was nominated for the award by The Aroostook Medical Center.