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Caribou area From our Files – Week of December 30, 2019

115 Years Ago – Jan. 5, 1905

Ice Large numbers of teams are now busy hauling ice from the Aroostook River and Collins Pond.

100 Years Ago – Jan. 1, 1920

Cold drive Notwithstanding the intense cold of Saturday last, Mrs. Lillie Moody drove from Perham twelve miles away, to Caribou. It takes more than zero weather to chill the enthusiasm of Aroostook women.

75 Years Ago – Jan. 5, 1945

New fire truck coming in February — The new American LaFrance fire truck, ordered some months ago by the Caribou Fire Department, has been promised for delivery in February, Chief DeMerchant said this week. Company officials said delivery had been held up by priority orders and difficulty obtaining material, but they expected to deliver the truck sometime during the month of February. The truck is an all purpose machine, and will carry both pumper and ladders.

Caribou Dry Cleaners open for business –The Record Dry Cleaners will henceforth operate under the new name of Caribou Dry Cleaners, the new owners Harry Parks and Harold Buchanan announced today.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 1, 1970

Cary Medical Accepts Donation — Claytoon Harrington, administrator of Cary Memorial Hospital accepts a $100.00 check from Elbert Fowler, treasurer of Sno-Drifters Inc., the club’s donation towards a battery operated external pacemaker. The unit supplements heart monitoring equipment usually operated on 110 volts. Making it possible to move heart patients anywhere in the hospital for tests or x-rays without losing the valuable support of the monitor. The Sno-Drifters invite other local clubs to contribute, that the total cost of about $575 may be met.

St.Francis Supports Airport St. Francis Plantation became the fifth community to put its shoulder to the task of creating a modern regional airport facility for the upper St. John Valley. Roger Harvey was moderator of the special town meeting in which the participation of Saint Francis was approved by ballot. While the vote was close, the $1,978 requested of St. Francis was an important step forward toward building the $580,000 airport in the upper St. John Valley.

25 Years Ago – Jan. 4, 1995

He taught them to put out fires safely Arnold Gaghan Sr., many years ago knew something was wrong with the way firefighters were trained in Maine. At one time, those who fought fires in communities throughout the state were ill equipped and poorly trained. Today, as a result of the efforts of individuals like Gaghan, 77, retired Caribou Fire Chief and pioneer in the State’s Fire ands Training Education Program. Maine has one of the best firefighting safety laws on the books.

Katahdin Trust announces expansion in Caribou. A northern Maine based bank officer said Friday  that his company’s branch opening in Caribou will create five new jobs. Katahdin purchased the property of the former Paul Bates Subaru agency on Bennett Drive in Caribou at auction two weeks earlier. The bank wants to open its branch by mid 1995.

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