Caribou area From our Files (week of February 20, 2019)
115 Years Ago – Feb. 23, 1904
Neighborly — V.T. Lundvall of New Sweden says the wolves are getting to be almost too neighborly around his farm. Mr. Lundvall has seen their tracks several times, and the animals have been observed by others. Hunting parties have been organized but have proved unsuccessful.
Apparatus — Caribou can claim the honor of being the first town of the state to have an apparatus for thawing water pipes by electricity. E.E. Haynes, superintendent of the Caribou Water Light and Power Company, installed one of his own make last week.
100 Years Ago – Feb. 26, 1919
Sale — Food sale Saturday afternoon in H.D. Collins’ store.
Entertained — Mr. and Mrs. N.A. Currier recently entertained the clerks and employees in the Pattee Company store at a “Betty Wales Party.”
75 Years Ago – Feb. 23, 1944
Garage/car destroyed — The Caribou Fire Department was called to the home of W.O. Lowney on Page Avenue Sunday night, where a fire, supposedly starting from a stove, completely destroyed a garage and a car belonging to Jerry Smith. Mr. and Mrs. Lowney were awakened by a telephone call from neighbors, who noticed the blaze. Mr. Lowney attempted to get the car out of the garage while the alarm was turned in, but the flames had gained too much headway. Only the flooring of the garage remained after the fire was extinguished.
Zambo-ango — Students of Caribou High will present their 5th annual Zambo-Ango Fair on March 10. A program of games, movies, fortune telling, novelties, dancing and country stock as been planned. A small admission charge is made.
50 Years Ago – Feb. 26, 1969
‘Expected win state title’ — The blaze Caribou Vikings who keep their supporters in a state of hysteria and send their opponents home in clouds of bewilderment with their storybook finishes, could have written anti-climax into the final game of the Eastern Maine LL Basketball Tournament at Bangor Saturday night by carving victory 40 or 45 seconds before the last gun. The Vikings were given a tumultuous welcome home on Friday night as coach Jerry Duffy told a crowd of more than 1,000 listeners ‘we expect to win the state championship on March 8’.
Co-packing contract — The Birds Eye Division of General Foods Corporation and American Kitchen Foods, Inc., announced today that they have reached agreement in principle for an arrangement in principle for an arrangement aimed at “better realizing the attractive grown opportunities in the potato and pea business.” Under terms of the agreement, American Kitchen Foods Inc., will purchase the Birds Eye plant and a substantial part of the processing equipment in Caribou. American Kitchen Foods will supply Birds Eye’s potato and eastern pea requirements under a co-packing contract. The new company will also invest in new equipment.
25 Years Ago – Feb. 23, 1994
New 911 system — A committee has been formed to look into establishing an emergency telephone line in Caribou and some surrounding communities. Roy E. Woods, Caribou fire chief, said Friday that an eight-member committee that has received “the blessing” of the Caribou City Council will begin working toward establishing an Enhanced-911 emergency telephone system. Woods said the project is expected to take three years because of the survey work involved.
Sister act — The women of the Caribou Lioness Club entertained their guests at the 14th annual Ladies ‘Night on the Town’ banquet Thursday, Feb. 17 with a lively musical performance led by member Micheline Patane. Other performing members were Sherry Mockler, Jane Brown, Sue Thibodeau, Tina Wickstrom, Laura Violette, Jackie Mathews, Pam Bell and Carolyn McBreairty. Lioness Joan Dube performed at the keyboard.