Caribou area From our Files (week of March 6, 2019)
115 Years Ago – Mar. 9, 1904
Telephone line — It is reported that a telephone line will be run from New Sweden to Fort Kent by way of Stockholm during the coming summer.
Out and about — Amos Kelley, one of Caribou’s oldest inhabitants, is able to be out again after his recent illness. Dr. J.W.H. Porter returned on Saturday from Bangor where he had been operated upon at the hospital for a bad swelling in the throat.
100 Years Ago – Mar. 12, 1919
Deep snow — Men who have returned from the woods claim that the snow is five feet deep.
75 Years Ago – Mar. 9, 1944
Over quota — Mr. Clifford Anderson, chairman of the 1944 Red Cross Drive and treasurer of the New Sweden chapter, has announced that the town of New Sweden has gone over its quota of $775.00 in the War Fund Drive which opened last Tuesday. The amount collected to date is $832. Mr. Anderson stated that the returns are still incomplete from the drive.
50 Years Ago – Mar. 12, 1969
The shot heard around the state — Caribou Vikings, riding the crest of the greatest, as well as most demanding, publicity buildup ever leveled at a Maine high school basketball team, carried their history-making heroics right to the end of the last available second Saturday night at the Bangor Auditorium to complete a state championship story that will forever defy attempts at emulation. Vikings, trailing by eight points, uncorked their famous late charge with something over three minutes to play and win the Class LL title from the Westbrook Blue Blazes with a shot from Mike Thurston that sailed from back of midcourt in the last half second. The Caribou side of the auditorium became roaring hysteria as hundreds of Viking followers streamed onto the floor to embrace and overwhelm their heroes with joy. On Westbrook’s side, the Western Maine fans were in shock. Some of them didn’t move for five minutes.
25 Years Ago – Mar. 9, 1994
Last mission — Dawn was just breaking as reporters and photographers arrived at Loring Air Force Base Operations to meet the KC-135 tanker aircraft crew prior to taking their last flight on Loring’s one remaining tanker on Tuesday, Feb. 22. The sole tanker made its final departure from Loring to its new home at Robins Air Force Base in Georgia on Wednesday, March 2. The 1,142-mile flight was the 42nd Air Refueling Squandron’s final aerial refueling training mission from Loring before base closure in September.
Opening in the mall — Dairy Queen/Orange Julius will be opening in the Aroostook Centre Mall on March 14. They encourage everyone to stop by and enter to win a Pepsi Cola Mountain Bike.