From our Files: Headlines from 100 years of local news.

15 years ago

Compiled by Karen Donato
Staff Writer

100 Years Ago-July 21, 1909
Aroostook Times

    Houlton — Hon. Thos. P. Putnam has had the old piazza on the front of his house removed and a larger and more commodious one is being built.
    Baseball — There will be a red-hot game over on the Tenney Field this afternoon when Houlton faces the strong Dover-Foxcroft team of the Northern Maine League.
    History — William Thibodeau has recently completed a history of the St. Mary’s Catholic Church. The book will not be completed and ready for distribution until January.
    Chadwick — The High Street florist began this week to make an 80-foot addition upon his greenhouse.  

75 Years Ago-July 19, 1934
Houlton Pioneer Times

    World flight — Lieutenant Commander William H. “Bill” Alexander, former Houlton boy, now regarded as one the country’s leading aviators, with his four intrepid companions took off from Chicago on the first leg of the projected globe circling flight.
    Aroostook boys — Three Aroostook boys played for the Eastern Maine All-Stars in their baseball game against the Boston Braves at Bass Park in Bangor. The two Peabody brothers, Arnold and Ralph and Milton MacBride were the Spudland representatives.
    Canning project — A canning project, under the direction of the E.R.A. will be established in Houlton about August 1 with a goal of 15,000 cans of fruit and garden produce from towns within a radius of 30 miles. The object being, to can surplus produce for individual, municipal and state relief.
    New teachers — Superintendent George Cummings has announced the employment of Allston Smith, Cordelia Putnam, Barbara Wilson and Averill Gellerson.
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NEW STAFF — There will be several new faces in the Houlton schools for the fall of 1934. They are, from left, Allston Smith, Cordelia Putnam, Barbara Wilson and Averill Gellerson.

50 Years Ago-July 16, 1959
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Air Fair — Spectators will be exposed to some of the most thrilling aerobatics ever seen in this section of Maine. The Navy’s Blue Angels will display their talent in their jets for 22 minutes over Houlton International Airport.
    Radio station — Houlton radio station to have new call letters, WHOU. Personnel at the station include Nancy Lee Ellis, in charge of the office, Jerry McCarthy and Ralph Bickford as full-time announcers and engineers, Phil Foster, as salesman and part-time salesman, Michael Clark.
    Pheasants — The Houlton Fish and Game Club announced this week that 450 pheasants were distributed in the towns of Houlton, Hodgdon, New Limerick and Littleton. The 6-week-old birds will be raised this summer by co-operating farmers and released in the fall prior to the bird-hunting season.

25 Years Ago-July 18, 1984
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Off to Chicago — Audra Porter of Hodgdon has been a 4-H member for three years and was awarded one of the outstanding 4-Her awards by the Maine Potato Growers at their annual meeting. After submitting several projects and participating in an interview at the University of Maine she has been selected to attend the National Congress to be held in Chicago.
    HRH — Houlton Regional Hospital will become the first hospital in Aroostook County to join the Maine Hospital Satellite Network, an organization of healthcare facilities that utilizes satellite broadcast programs to educate personnel.
    New pastor — The Rev. Ronald Messer, his wife Marilyn, their daughter Rebekah and son Jeremiah have arrived in Houlton where they will assume the pastorate of the United Methodist Church.
    B School reunion — The friends of B School hosted 210 former teachers and students with their families. Former teachers attending were, Mrs. Beatrice Carpenter Harrington, Mrs. Pat Stewart Bragan and Mrs. Mary Carpenter McIver.