Caribou area From our Files (week of January 16, 2019)

115 Years Ago – Jan. 19,  1904

Social Russell Ryder and Nathan Currier gave a social dance in Odd Fellows’ hall last Friday evening, about 40 guests being present.  Music was furnished by Miss Washburn. Refreshments were served in the banquet hall.

Lyceum The high school lyceum has been organized for the winter term.  Grover Hardison has been elected president and Sarah Trusty, secretary.

100 Years Ago – Jan. 22, 1919

Odd Fellows The Odd Fellows have purchased the old frame schoolhouse that stood on South Main Street and have started to move it on to Collins Street, where they propose to convert it into a hall, anteroom, dining hall, etc.

75 Years Ago – Jan. 19, 1944

Retirement — Frank E.W. King of Caribou, a motor vehicle driver for Socony-Vacuum Oil Company Inc. for 19 years, was honored Tuesday by a group of his associate workers and state executives of Socony-Vacuum. Tuesday night at the Vaughan House a large group of drivers and agents in Aroostook County gave a party for Mr. King to mark his retirement from active service with Socony-Vacuum on January 1, 1944.  

Banquet — The Caribou Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual banquet at the Vaughan House at 7:30 tonight, Irvine E. Peterson, president, announced yesterday.  There will be a lobster supper. J.J. Howlett is chairman of the program committee, while Clarence White is in charge of the tickets.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 22, 1969

All rise — The City of Caribou has every right to be proud of its high school band, the young people from the from the northeasternmost city in the nation put on a great show in the 1969 inaugural parade on Monday afternoon.  WIth snap precision, the band, decked out in maroon and white, marched from a point just below Capitol Hill down Pennsylvania Avenue past the presidential reviewing stand in front of the White House.

License The beer license application of Joe Sullivan to sell on the premises at the Log Cabin was signed by members of the Caribou City Council following a 3-1 vote.  There were objections, however, even though no citizens appeared to protest. Councilman Roy A. Barton, who has previously taken a stand against the approval of consumption of beer on the premises, asked the companion members if this move would set a precedent; in other words, is no application to be questioned?

25 Years Ago – Jan. 19, 1994

19 inches Schools were closed Tuesday and many area businesses and municipal agencies either shut down or were delayed as a record snowfall of 19 inches of snow was recorded at the NWS office in Caribou Tuesday morning.  The record broke a previous 5.6 inch snowfall record for that date in 1958.

Candidacy Susan Collins announced her candidacy for the Republican nomination for Governor on Monday, Jan. 17, at a press conference in the State Room of the Senator Inn, Augusta.  Collins is also a trustee of Bridgton Academy, a post-graduate school in North Bridgeton. She began an exploratory campaign in early October 1993 and has been campaigning throughout the state since that time.

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