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Caribou area From our Files – Week of April 24, 2019

115 Years Ago – April 27,  1904

New store — The opening of the Fox Clothing Company’s new store in the Bartlett block occurred last Saturday. The store has been thoroughly renovated with counters and new glass showcases. The store will be under the management of Howard Fox, while Ansel Anderson has been engaged as clerk.

Horse — R.R. Cameron of Caribou has imported a fine young Hackney stallion, Lord Woodsley, rising three years old and weighing over 1,200 pounds.

                                                                         75 Years Ago – April 27, 1944

Girl tractor classes — In spite of the cold rain and snow Tuesday, girls’ tractor-driving classes continued their outdoor practice at the high school with Instructor Harry Richardson. A class of approximately 12 girls had already completed an indoor class in safety and tractor driving and were outdoors applying the principles. Most of the girls will drive tractors on their own farms during the planting season.

Southern growers — Of interest to Caribou growers will be the disclosure in Charleston, N.C., on April 21, that potatoes are doing so poorly in the Carolinas and Georgia, as a result of lengthy rains and the cold spell during the first week of April, that growers and shippers are in a depressed state.

50 Years Ago – April 30, 1969

Store sold — Milton Joy has sold his variety store to Federick Anderson and has purchased the service station and store known as Bob’s Place on the New Sweden-Caribou road. He plans to move there in the near future.

Shrine Circus — Seven brawny and unpredictable bears will match their wits with an eighteen-year-old girl making her first public appearance as a wild-animal-trainer at the Annual Shrine Circus in Caribou Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.

25 Years Ago – April 27,1994

New hotel — What is currently an empty field on North Main Street, laden with mud and grass, may soon be the site of a proposed $3 million Crown Park Inn hotel. Hoping to begin construction in the early part of May, developers of the project ran into a slight snag Thursday when the Presque Isle Planning Board failed to gather a quorum. The board was  meeting to discuss the project’s access/egress and parking lot blueprints before any construction on the project begins.

State suts — The school funding plan adopted by the Legislature to soften the impact of next year’s state aid has put pressure on the Caribou school budget.  Although the state’s cut of $135,000 to Caribou is less then it might have been under other plans proposed, it means that one or two teachers might receive pink slips, according to Irving Belanger, superintendent of Caribou schools. He plans to propose the cuts to the Caribou Board of Education Wednesday night.

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