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Caribou area From Our Files – Week of June 3, 2019

115 Years Ago – June 8,  1904

Telephone The number of subscribers to the rural telephone in Aroostook County has now increased to over 500.

100 Years Ago – June 11, 1919

Teacher — Mrs. Ralph Roberts is engaged in teaching one of the grades in the Sincock School, taking the place of Mrs. McGuire, who resigned.

75 Years Ago – June 8, 1944

Restaurant to reopen — The Victory Restaurant, which has remained closed for repairs since extensive damage by a fire a few weeks ago, will reopen to the public this coming Saturday, Edward T. Corey and Sam Sullivan, proprietors, announced Saturday. Completely renovated inside, the restaurant has also been enlarged by the removal of a staircase at the right side of the room. It will accommodate 26 more customers than before.

50 Years Ago – June 11, 1969

Retiring teacher honored — Evertt Cunningham was honored by the Washburn Teachers Club at a testimonial dinner in Mapleton. Mr. Cunningham is retiring after 46 years as a vocational teacher at Washburn District High School. Jeff Wark, president of the Washburn Teachers Club, presented Cunningham with a plaque and gift of  money.

Scholarship is Awarded Aroostook Cosmetologists Association held an open house for hairdressers at the home of the president, Mrs. Lauretta Blackstone, in Caribou. A movie, “A Preview of the World Hairstyle Olympics,” preceded the meeting. An announcement was made on the recipient of the $100 scholarship, a Presque Isle High School graduate, who plans to enroll at hairdressing school.

25 Years Ago – June 8, 1994

Food for America Nearly 200 Caribou, Stockholm, New Sweden, Woodland, Connor, and Westmanland third-graders had the opportunity to learn about the source of their food as a result of Caribou FFA’s Food for America project on May 18-19 at Caribou High School. Despite threatening weather, area third-graders learned about pigs, dairy animals, chickens, agriculture equipment, sheep and potatoes. The day also featured “Spuddy” from the Maine Potato Board. According to Caribou FFA Chapter President Emily Smith, “Many young people today have a limited exposure to the actual source of much of their food. Fewer and fewer kids are living on farms even in Aroostook County.” This project gives them a chance to go right to the farm here at Caribou High School, said Smith. FFA chapters throughout Maine and the United States are actively involved in educating the younger generation about the industry of agriculture, agribusiness, and agriscience. In the process of doing so, they are also learning a great deal about leadership and the industry as well.  

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