1933: A New Sweden first settler turns 88

16 years ago
100 Years Ago: May 28, 1908

• Roscoe Upham returned recently from Baltimore where he graduated from the medical college after a four year course.
• W.L. Collins has had his residence on Collins St. newly painted.
• B.P. Webb has sold his home to Donald Griffin.
• G.M. Morgan has been making some improvements in the interior of his furniture store, building on a wide shelf or extension giving him 270 more square feet which was much needed on account of his large stock of goods.
• Teams representing Main and Sweden Streets, played a friendly game of baseball recently with the Main Street team winning 8-5. Team line-ups were, for Sweden St.: John Trusty, Ralph Roberts, Bert Rogers, Sidney Chandler, Otto Currier, Beecher Currier, Ralph Hendrix and Wilbur Roberts. Playing for the Main St. team were: Frank McNeal, James Michaud, Ray Gary, Tom Dionne, Robert Currier,  Phillip McNelly, Fred Dionne, Mark Emery and Dr. O. W. H. Porter.
• The potato market is given today as $1.50 per barrel.

75 Years Ago: May25, 1933

• Both of Caribou’s entrants in the annual County Speaking Contest won honors with Miss Alyce Disy  taking third place for the girls and Irvine Gammon second place for boys.
• Escaping death by a miracle three Fort Fairfield youths in a Chevrolet roadster went through the fence and over the bank into the Caribou Stream early Monday morning. The car dropped at least 50 feet, turning over and over before finally coming to rest right side up.
• The potato house at Hanford Siding, owned by Robert Wardwell burned last week.
• Mrs. Maria Sandstrom, one of the original settlers of New Sweden, arriving there July 23, 1870, has celebrated her 88th birthday. Mrs.Sandstrom still lives on the same family farm that her family received from the state upon their arrival from Europe.
• Miss Madaline Peterson of Stockholm, received slight injuries from being thrown from a truck recently.
• Among the first to finish farming this spring is Mrs. Cora Todd; having put in 50 acres of potatoes and 50 acres of grain in 11 days

50 Years Ago: May 22, 1958

• School committees of five towns in this area are studying the possibility of forming an administrative district as outlined by the State of Maine Department of Education.
• Timothy Currier motored to Bangor to attend the dinner meting of the Harvard Club of Eastern Maine, held at the Bangor House. Currier was one of the 18 high school students from Maine who were the 1957 Harvard Book Club winners invited to the dinner.
• Clifford Longley expects to finish planting in a day and a-half. He is planting 110 acres which he and his son Gilbert, have done alone except for the help of a younger son, Kenneth who drives the tractor after school.
• Carole Allen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Allen of Caribou and a sophomore at the University of Maine, was awarded a “red apple” recently for her performance as “Mad Margaret” in the Maine Masque production of “King Richard”. This is the second highest award given to a student of the UMO theater.
• The third annual law enforcement training school sponsored by the Caribou Police Department and conducted by FBI agents from the Boston office was completed late last week with a total of 372 men attending the classes.
• The plan of action for the Caribou Centennial which is being planned for 1959, will be the subject of discussion of a meeting of the Civic Round Table to be held at the Hotel Caribou.

25 Years Ago: May 25, 1983

• Raymond Blanchette received a 15-year membership award at the annual Caribou Police Reserve meeting. Clarence McLaughlin, chief of the reserve, accepted a special recognition plaque on behalf of the organization from Cary Medical Center for the reserves’ efforts in connection with the hospital’s annual health fair.
• The third annual Madawaska River Canoe Race drew 41 entrants. Sam Collins and Dave Wakana placed third in the open division for canoes up to 17 and on-half feet, traveling the 5.3-mile distance in 1:06:43. William Pike Sr., and William Pike Jr., of Washburn won this division with a time of 1:06:24, with Bob Anderson of New Sweden and Tom Campbell of Stockholm placing second with a time of 1:06:29. In the division for canoes over 17 and one half feet , the winners were Tim Cushman and Mark Jones of Caribou with a time of 58:35.
• Margaret Anderson and Larina Anderson of the Stockholm Extension and Natalie Lagerstrom of the Caribou Day Extension were invited by Gov. Joseph Brennen to attend a Silver Tea for the benefit of Maine Extension Homemakers Council at the Blaine House in Augusta.
• Sgt. 1st Class Bruce R. Brissette was selected by the Association of the U.S. Army as the State of Maine Recruiter.
• Debbie Vincent, Vikki Vincent and Angela Jackson were the three top finishers from the VFW Jr. Girls Unit to complete the 2-mile St. Jude Bike-A-Thon.
• With a victory in a rain-shortened match, the Caribou girl’s tennis team clinched a berth in the state team championship.