1934: Holy Rosary Catholic Church ruined by fire

15 years ago
100 Years Ago: July 29,1909
• Arden Hale Jr. arrived home Saturday from Bay City, Michigan.
• Miss Ethel currier is spending a two weeks’ vacation in Boston and Lowell, Mass.

• Warren Ellingwood and family arrived home Tuesday from Fairfield and other places.
• Charles and Walter Bishop and the Misses Elsie Berce and Margaret Shaw spent Sunday at Madawaska Lake.
• Miss Maud Scott, who has a fine position in the Singer Sewing Machine Company’s office in Boston, has arrived home for the summer.
• Mrs. J.A. Clark came down from Madawaska Lake Wednesday, leaving this morning for a visit with friends in Bangor and Boston.
• H.D. Collins was in Millinocket this week in attendance at the meeting of the representatives of the four towns in the Northern Maine League for the purpose of arranging a schedule of games, and also to agree upon salary limit, etc.
• In a decidedly fast game of ball Saturday at Teague Park, Houlton took a game from Caribou by the score of 1 to 0. It was a good game to watch and no disgrace to lose. It was an exhibition game and it does not count in the schedule.
• A party consisting of the Misses Sophia Armstrong, Mabel Belyea, Christine Nelson, Clara Ouillette, Lina Faulkner and Grace Denton, chaperoned by Mr. and Mrs. Robert McLellan, enjoyed a picnic supper up Caribou Stream Wednesday evening.
• Mr. and Mrs. R.L. McLellan expect to leave Friday for Portland where they will be joined by Mr. McLellan’s brother, B.D. McLellan, with his automobile and the party will proceed to  Boston and New York where Mr. McLellan goes to buy new fall and winter good for the L.J. Sherwood Co.
75 Years Ago: July 26, 1934

• Fire of an undetermined origin broke out in the Holy Rosary Catholic Church about 8:30 p.m. Thursday evening and before flames could be subdued the entire church was in ruins.
• A large throng of residents and visitors gathered at Thomas Park Sunday afternoon to witness the exercise commemorating the 64th anniversary of the founding of the New Sweden Colony by a band of pioneers from the old country.
• Patrick St. Peter, plumber at the Briggs Hardware Co., is enjoying a week’s vacation.
• Irvine Gammon has received notice that he has been awarded a scholarship at Colby College which will be the equivalent to a year’s tuition.
• Daniel Daniels is having installed in his Sweden St. market this week, one of the most up-to-date meat display cases that is possible to obtain.
• Antone Wakem is substituting for Miss Shevia Solman in the law office of David Solman while Miss Solman is enjoying a vacation at Old Orchard Beach.
•  Following an investigation made by the Boy’s Work Committee of the Caribou Rotary Club and Town Agent Grover M. Hardison, a crew of men was set to work this week at the swimming pool at the A.V.R. trestle on the Caribou Stream. Submerged logs and other debris will be removed from the pool and a dam  will be built to raise the water about two feet.
50 Years Ago: July 3, 1959
• Linda Fogg, daughter of Mrs. Eula Fogg was hostess Saturday to a group of her friends in honor of her ninth birthday. Guests included Lisa Warren, Linda Rae Susee, Bonnie Sturgeon, Helen Snowman and Kiersten Bell.
• Honored at the pre-pageant ceremonies of the “Oxen to Jets” spectacle last night were the oldest continuous residents of Caribou, Elbridge Dempsey, a Caribou resident for 92 years and Mrs. John Green, a resident for 82 years.
• Mr. and Mrs. Melbourne Moir motored to Lincolnville over the weekend to take their daughter, Faith Ellen to Camp Tanglewood for a month’s stay.
• Pvt. Justin Peterson, U.S. Marine Corps, son of Dr. Burnham Peterson is a guest at the home of Mrs. Mabel Flora.
• Lt. and Mrs. Hugh Pierson met his cousin Pamela Pierson in Switzerland recently. Pamela, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Pierson is on a months trip to Europe with her aunt and uncle, Rev. and Mrs. Stanley Rawson of Portland.

Image    1934 — Top view, shows the interior of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church looking from the altar to the front entrance. Bottom photo shows the church from the front. The vestry, where the fire started is shown at the right in back.

Image 1959 — The driver of Caribou’s famous covered wagon, Carroll Nason, is greeted upon arriving in Caribou by councilor Sam Albair, left ,and chairman of the town council, Paris Snow at right.

Image Carroll Nason, driver of the covered wagon heads up Main Street following the arrival ceremony at the Prestile Hotel.

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    1959 — Top left, Queen Judy Hanley and members of her court assemble at the start of the Centennial Pageant, “Oxen to Jets.”

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 The entire cast, consisting of more than 400 members participate in the grand finale, “wheel.” Caribou’s centennial pageant was professionally produced.