Houlton area From our Files – Week of November 14, 2018
100 Years Ago – Nov. 13, 1918
Changes hands — Mr. L. L. Scott of Adams, Mass., became proprietor of the Snell House, having leased the property from the owner, J. J. Marriott, who has been the proprietor for the past seven years. Mr. Scott is well known as a former hotel man in North Adams, and has also been a traveling man for a number of years, so that he is ideally fitted for conducting a hotel which will cater to the traveling public. It is safe to say that Houlton will regain her prestige as a hotel town where the travelers make it a point to reach, with anticipations of a glad hand on arrival and a hospitable stay.
75 Years Ago – Nov. 18, 1943
$2,000 needed — The Houlton Woman’s Club has volunteered to undertake the house-to-house canvass to complete the raising of Houlton’s quota in the Aroostook County War Chest campaign, it was announced here this morning by the co-chairmen of the committee. Under the direction of the president, Mrs. Edna Arnold, the women expect to organize in time to begin their town-wide solicitation as soon after the first of the week as possible.
50 Years Ago – Nov. 13, 1968
Honored — Three charter members of the Senior Extension Group of Houlton were honored with a special decorated cake at the regular meeting of the organization Thursday at the Gentle Memorial Building. The Extension Service in Aroostook County is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and existing charter members, who joined the original group in 1924, are Mrs. Rowena Hagan, club treasurer since 1943, Mrs. Lillian Hovey and Mrs. Sarah Bradley.
New name — Telephone information became Directory Assistance in the Houlton area starting Nov. 1. Stuart MacKinnon, local New England Telephone manager, said, ‘We hope the use of Directory Assistance will reduce the increasing volume of questions directed at information operators. These include such requests as asking instructions, weather, sports and street directions.
25 Years Ago – Nov. 17, 1993
Celebrates birthday — Richard John Lerzo will celebrate his 101st birthday Nov. 22. Born in 1892, he came here fromPopli, Italy, to America by boat with his mother and sister and remembers Ellis Island, N.Y. and the Statue of Liberty in 1900 at the age of 8. Richard is married to Pauline Brayall.
Top volunteers — Three of Houlton Regional Hospital’s volunteer were presented with awards during the hospital’s ninth volunteer recognition coffee. The awards went to; Jane Hughes, who donated 2,300 hours to HRH during 1993, Ida Bradley, who donated 1,800 hours and Mary Fauk, who volunteered 2,200 hours, according to Patrice Hipsley, volunteer coordinator.