Houlton area From our Files – Week of July 8, 2019
115 Years Ago – July 8, 1904
Extending lines — Houlton and Danforth can soon say ‘Hello’ as M. L. Porter is rapidly extending his telephone between the two towns and it is only a matter of a few days before they will be connected. He is also to have his cottage at Grand Lake soon connected to the central office at Danforth.
Work ongoing — Work on the large storehouse of the A. H. Fogg. Co. is progressing rapidly. The superstructure is already finished and work will soon begin on the main building.
100 Years Ago – July 5, 1919
Big show for Houlton — John Robinson’s circus is coming to Houlton July 12 and will take possession of the old show grounds early on the morning of the exhibition day to prepare for the parade and two performances. The first section of the mile-long circus train will reach town about daylight and the work of unloading will be commenced at the peep of dawn.
Reorganized — The Palmer Kandy Kitchen has recently reorganized as the Palmer Ice Cream Co., with Sergt. Burleigh Hinch as a member of the new concern.
75 Years Ago – July 13, 1944
Cafe bought — Jack D. Champeon of Presque Isle, formerly of Houlton, this week purchased from Cyril Hogan the Heywood Cafe, located in the Heywood Apartment block on Court Street, and took possession yesterday as active proprietor of the establishment. The sale was made through the J.R. Harvey Agency. Mr. Hogan, former proprietor, last week purchased the lunch room known as Blondie’s Lunch on Main Street, next to the Dunn Furniture store, and is now operating that establishment.
Named to Housing Authority — Donald McLaughlin has been named by the Town Council to membership on the Houlton Housing Authority to replace J. R. Harvey who resigned following his election to the Council.
50 Years Ago – July 9, 1969
New pharmacist — Robert Lester arrived here this week to assume his duties as manager and pharmacist of the Houlton Drug Company, formerly French’s. Mr. Lester has been working as a registered pharmacist in Boston for the past two years.
Happy Anniversary— Mr. and Mrs. Louis P. Cyr celebrated their golden wedding anniversary at their home.Isabelle DeMerchant was united in marriage with Louis P. Cyr in Houlton on January 18, 1919. The couple celebrated their 50th anniversary six months late so that the family could all be home to attend.
25 Years Ago – July 13, 1994
New business — Richard Silliboy has opened a new business, Three Feathers, in the Fishman Mall. The shop features Native American handmade baskets, jewelry and blankets. Attending the ribbon-cutting ceremony were: Michael McLaughlin, Town Council chairman; Mildred McIntosh, representing the Retail Trade Board; Silliboy, Robert Reece, representing Chamber of Commerce, and Nancy Ketch, executive director, Chamber of Commerce.