Caribou area From our Files (week of January 30, 2019)

115 Years Ago – Feb. 2,  1904

Testing H. L. Cates was in Sprague’s Mills last week where he has been putting in several new telephone instruments.

Trip Several people in Caribou are contemplating a trip to the World’s Fair at St. Louis sometime this summer.

100 Years Ago – Feb. 5, 1919

New parlor Dr. R.A. Boone, son of Dr. Boone of Presque Isle, one of the leading surgeons of Eastern Maine, has opened dental parlors in the new Hackett Block.

75 Years Ago – Feb. 2, 1944

Versus Washburn — On the next two Friday nights, Feb. 4 and 11, CHS’s varsity basketball team will exhibit their skill on their home floor. This Friday, Caribou will meet Washburn High in a return league game.  At the previous meeting of the two teams in Washburn, Caribou edged a one-point, 25-24 victory.

Cadet program — On Friday morning, Feb. 11, at Bangor High School, there will be a meeting called by the Naval Aviation Cadet Selection Board.  At this meeting, the naval officials will discuss the setup and naval aviation opportunities and will administer the tests for the Navy V-5 or naval aviation cadet program.  All eligible boys from the high school who are interested should attend.

50 Years Ago – Feb. 5, 1969

Development — Assurance of a multimillion-dollar shopping complex by early fall of 1969, the establishment of an additional 75-slot parking area, and the banishment of the parking meter were cited as the major accomplishments of 1968 at the first combined annual business meeting of the Caribou Chamber of Commerce, City Trade Bureau and Caribou Development Corporation.  President Philip Brown said the new W.T. Grant store will be in excess of 50,000 square feet and expected to employ about 75 full-time personnel. The all-in-all outlook for employment potential would exceed 200 full-time employees. He predicted that Caribou woulc now become the largest consumer shopping area in The County with a large influx of everyday shoppers.

Honored Alton Bridges, who has been vocational-agriculture teacher at CHS since 1948, was honored by the faculty at the school Thursday afternoon.  Bridges has accepted a position as agriculture education consultant in Augusta. Mrs. Donna Hurley and Mrs. Natalie Currier of the Home Economics Department were in charge of arrangements for the farewell party.

25 Years Ago – Feb. 2, 1994

Citizen of the year Former Limestone librarian Marilyn King was selected as the town’s 1993 Citizen of the Year by the Limestone Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club at the 51st annual banquet of the two groups Saturday night.  Former Limestone Jr.-Sr. High School principal Al Watt presented a plaque to King recognizing her selection. Watt said that people writing the recommendations described King as “always doing something for the town.”  He called King one of the town’s “unsung heroes.”

Seeking crown There will be a “Sweet Magical Evening” surrounded by a stage setting of lollipops and cotton candy and five 7-9 Caribou girls will participate as contestants in the annual Little Miss Caribou Contestant Friday, Feb. 11.  Lori Grant, Christina Warner, Krista Cummings, Brandi Makepeace, Nicole R. Thibodeau will all vye for the title. The pageant’s proceeds will benefit the VFW auxiliary cancer project.

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