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Caribou area From our Files (week of January 2, 2018)

115 Years Ago – Jan. 5,  1904

Opened The high school opened for its winter term on Monday with ninety-five pupils which is about as large an attendance as the school has ever had.

Resigned Heber Whitney, who has been employed as clerk in Fred L. Oaks shoe store for several years has resigned his position and is now working in L.N. Berce’s furniture store.

100 Years Ago – Jan. 1, 1919

Site The site offered from the Aroostook Sanitorium, on the Sutter farm, on the Aroostook River at Presque Isle, has been accepted by the Governor and Council and every prospect is flattering for the building of the institution next summer.

75 Years Ago – Jan. 5, 1944

Survives sinking — Kenneth Broad, Warrant Officer in the U.S. Maritime Service, who recently returned from England to visit his mother after being torpedoed on an oil tanker in the Mediterranean Sea.  Broad spent 18 hours in the water before being picked up by a trawler and taken to England, later receiving a medal from the New Zealand Government for saving the life of one of its sailors.

Saddened — The community was saddened last week by the passing of Mrs. Erena Currier, who died on Tuesday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Waldo Lowney, Page Avenue, after a brief illness.  She was 86 years old.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 1, 1969

Malt liquor by the glass — New Year’s Eve in Caribou was as wet as anyone wanted to make it, in some ways, as it might have been.  There was not available, for instance, any malt liquor unless it was carried home from the store. Malt, spirtous and vinous liquor licenses for drinking on the premises have been granted by the Maine State Liquor Commission for 1969 to four establishments here, and malt liquore licenses to three others.  In all cases, the malt liquor applications were new ones, as brought about by the recent “wet” vote in Caribou, and they were not effective until today.

Candy for kiddies Candy, fruit, peanuts and what you reached more than 1,300 children of Caribou courtesy of the Caribou Police Department and VFW.  Police said 1,385 bags of candy were packed. Ten of them were not claimed.

25 Years Ago – Jan. 5, 1994

McMahan elected During its organizational meeting Monday night, the Caribou City Council elected a new mayor, deputy mayor and secretary and appointed representatives and committees for the new year, as required by the city charter.  Robert McMahan was elected mayor, Richard Fortier, deputy mayor and Sylvia Akeley, secretary.

New Year’s baby Becca Lynn Chapman was the first baby born to Cary Medical Center in at 1:55 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 2 weighing 5 pounds and 5 ounces.  Parents are Roger and Shelly Chapman of Caribou, paternal grandparents are Dolores and Donald Jandreau and Roger and Darle Chapman Sr.  Maternal grandparents are Elwin and Patsy Gamblin. The baby girl has an older sister, 3 year old Brittan Lynn.

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