Houlton area From our Files – Week of January 6, 2020
100 Years Ago – Jan. 14, 1920
Houlton daily makes appearance — The first regular edition of the Aroostook Daily News made its appearance on Monday and is the first daily paper to be published in Aroostook County.
The edition consists of 12 pages, six of which contain telegraph and local news from a number of towns in the county, while six pages contain miscellaneous news, all well gotten up. But in all the enthusiasm of their mission the News should not forget that in 1857 W. S. Gilman of the Aroostook Pioneer and in 1860 Theodore Cary of the Aroostook Times started on the same mission and their work is being continued today, but the hardships and difficulties which they encountered with the machinery of that time, are things which the newspapers of today are entirely ignorant of, but with all these obstacles they were successful and the results of their labors were known all over the United States.
Sold business — Chas. W. Starkey has sold his Grocery and Meat business to Mercier Grocery Co., and the business will have the personal supervision of Mr. Albert Mercier, while Mr. Edmund Mercier will continue to manage the Cafe on Court Street.
75 Years Ago – Jan. 11, 1945
Reelected — Frank A. Peabody was re-elected president of the Houlton Trust Company at the recent annual meeting. Other officers included Philip D. Tingley, vice president; Edward C. Joy, treasurer and Stanley D. McElwee, assistant treasurer.
Buying trip — Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Green have left on a buying trip to the Boston and New York markets.
50 Years Ago – Jan. 14, 1970
Received plaque — Henry McBride of Littleton, chairman of the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District, presented Robert Mayberry of Smyrna Mills with a plaque of distinguished service as a supervisor of the Southern Aroostook Soil and Water Conservation District from 1964 to 1969. Mr. Mayberry retired from the Board in November after serving five years.
50th anniversary— Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Robinson of Sherman Mills were guests of honor at an open house held at their home in honor of their 50th wedding anniversary. The party was arranged by their friends and over 60 relatives and friends attended.
25 Years Ago – Jan. 11, 1995
Accepts post — Jim Skehan, a detective with the Houlton Police Department, was hired as an investigator in the state attorney general’s office. Skehan worked for the HPD for nearly 10 years, including three years as the DARE officer.
Houlton office opened — Sherwood Moody will staff the branch office at Kieffer Real Estate in Houlton. An associate broker, Moody will help expand the Caribou-based Representation Plan for local property sales.