Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of May 15, 2019
101 Years Ago – May 16, 1918
National Federation of Women’s Clubs — Mrs. M.L.T. White returned from Hot Springs, Ark., where she attended the National Federation of Women’s Clubs, as State Federation president. At the State Federation event held in Augusta, Mrs. White was nominated for state director for Maine, and was elected to that important office at the National Federation meeting in Hot Springs. She received the distinction of being a member of the National Council. Mrs. White enjoyed the trip very much it being fraught with many pleasing incidents, and left Hot Springs April 29, arriving in Presque Isle May 10.
75 Years Ago – May 18, 1944
Welch re-elected — At an Organization meeting of the Republican County Committee held at Mars Hill, May 17, Harley D. Welch of Chapman was re-elected to serve as treasurer for a third term. Other officers elected for the ensuing two years were: L.D. Bearce of Caribou, chairman; Mrs. Verna Averil, Fort Fairfield, and Mrs. Bessie Dougherty of Houlton, vice chairman, and Miss Marion Longstaff of Crystal, secretary.
50 Years Ago – May 14, 1969
County is ‘prime location’ — “Aroostook County is a prime location for the kind of work the YMCA is really all about,” Bill Cumming observed as he completed his first month as associate state YMCA director and executive director of the Northeast District. Every town has the potential for significant Y-related projects, he predicted, promising attempts to provide recreation that will bring individual families together as units and projects that will unite the county into a community that cares for its people.
Fair winners — Easton’s winners in the second annual Regional Mathematics Fair held at Skyway Industrial Park April 2 were Merton Thompson, Thomasine Henderson, Leonna Ladner, Alan Ladner and Carla Mahany.
25 Years Ago – May 18, 1994
DARE ‘Officer of the Year’ — Being named Officer of the Year at the recent Maine DARE Officers Association state convention in South Portland validated the work Presque isle police officer Tim McCue had done since 1992, to build a drug abuse-resistance program for SAD 1 students from a four-week mini-program to its current 16-week status. To hear McCue tel it, however, the recognition should go to the teachers who helped make the program successful and to the students who treated him like a trusted friend. He gained the reputation of trusted friend and confidante among the district’s students for his easy-going style in teaching them about the dangers of substance abuse and peer pressure, and the positive effects of high self-esteem.
Promoted — Mark R. Boutilier, of Presque Isle, was promoted to personnel manager for the McCain Foods Inc. plant in Easton, according to William Voss, president and CEO of McCain Foods Inc. A graduate of the University of Southern Maine, Boutilier joined McCain Foods in Easton as a management trainee in 1990. For the past two years, he worked at the company’s plant in Othello, Washington, as a production supervisor. Boutilier was born in Jacksonville, FL, and raised in Alfred.
Executive changes — At Maine Public Service Company’s annual organization meeting, held May 10, the board of directors approved three executive changes. Paul R. Cariani of Presque Isle was elected president and chief executive officer. In addition, Larry LaPlante of Presque Isle was elected vice president of finance and treasurer, while Kurt Tornquist of Fort Fairfield was appointed controller. LaPlante was elected by the directors to replace Cariani, as the later took on his new position.