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

15 years ago

Compiled by Karen Donato
Staff Writer

100 Years Ago-Dec. 22, 1909
Aroostook Times

    Hodgdon — Ira Royal and Wm. N. Haskell returned last week from a very successful hunting trip. They got so much game that they were unable to get it from the woods, so gave it to a lumberman in exchange for their hotel bill.
    Houlton — Housekeepers in different parts of the town had an experience last week with a man who had the nerve to ring the front door bell, call for the maid and then endeavor to hire her, an act which deserved the services of a Johnson or Jeffries, although fortunately for him he did not meet with such. One lady informs us that a teakettle of boiling water awaits him if he favors her with a call.


75 Years Ago-Dec. 20, 1934

Houlton Pioneer Times

    Streets closed — The Houlton Board of Selectmen announced that the following streets would be closed during the weekdays of Christmas vacation, Saturdays and holidays during the winter term for the children to slide. The streets are Columbia Street hill, Green Street hill, Weeks Street hill and River Street hill.
    Sale of wood — As of December 24 all trucks and teams loaded with wood for sale must park in the rear of the Snell House rather than on Main Street. The trucks and teams have become a menace to motorists.


50 Years Ago- Dec. 17, 1959
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Search under way — Members of the Maine State Police, Troop F and area game wardens took part in a search Monday and Tuesday evening for two missing Air Force officers who bailed out of their B-52 about 30 miles southwest of Houlton in an area covering hundreds of square miles of wilderness. They were found in good condition on the Medway-Molunkus Road, seven miles east of the East Millinocket.
    Close call — A Houlton Fire Department truck nearly fell into the Meduxnekeag River when firemen responded to a chimney fire on the Porter Settlement Road. The truck slid and snapped off a cable, knocked down one of the guardrails before it came to a stop.
    Double anniversary celebrated — A double wedding anniversary party was held December 10 in honor of Mr. and Mrs. George Wiggins who were celebrating their 40th anniversary and Mr. and Mrs. John Wiggins who were celebrating their sixth anniversary at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Malone.
    Lions Club — The Houlton Lions Club celebrated their Silver Anniversary with 150 Lions and their wives attending a dinner dance at the Northland Hotel.  


25 Years Ago-Dec. 19, 1984
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Lady Shires — The Houlton High girls are at the top of the ratings with a 6-0 record.
    President-elect — Dr. Robert Ellis of Houlton was elected as president-elect of the Maine Optometric Association during their annual meeting in Bangor. Elected as treasurer of the association was Dr. Richard Goodwin, also of Houlton.
    WHOU — Both WHOU AM and FM stereo were operating on full power throughout the broadcast day as of Saturday, after receiving approval from the Federal Communication Commission.
    Early admission — Two Southern Aroostook Community High School seniors, Margaret Smith and Heather Newman have been accepted at the University of Maine at Orono under the Early Admissions program.
    Happy in Amity — Arthur Howell and his wife moved with their six children to Amity four years ago from New Hampshire and are happy with their decision. Living on 75 acres and establishing the Arthur E. Howell Wildlife Educational Foundation, they strive to preserve the land and care for the wildlife.
ImageHoulton Pioneer Times File Photo 1984
ALL-STARS — Members of the Houlton High School soccer teams who received special recognition are from left, Caroline Holden and Lisa Astle, honorable mention; Tony Degenhardt, first team; Mary Harrigan and Amanda Dunphy, Eastern Maine All-State teams.