1909: Potatoes are selling at $1 per barrel

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100 Years Ago: Oct. 13, 1909

• The residence of A.A. Garden on High Street was wired this week for electric lights.

• Mrs. B.O. Noyes and daughter, Manilva, are in Boston this week, where Mrs. Noyes will select a stock of goods for the holiday trade.

• Miss Sadie Trusty, one of A.V. Gould and Co.’s efficient clerks, started on Monday on a short trip to Boston.

• Miss Oliver Ferguson has accepted a position as clerk in H.O. Spencer’s Jewelry store and will remain until after the holidays.

• George O. Smith and Bruce Watson left last Saturday in the former’s automobile on a hunting trip to Masardis. They returned home Tuesday.

• Potatoes are selling at $1 per barrel.

75 Years Ago: Oct. 10, 1935

• The market is looking more encouraging the past few days. Price today mostly at 65 cents. Price at the starch factories is 20 cents.

• Three Caribou boys have recently been taken into the Theta Chi fraternity at the University of Maine, namely Philip Peterson, Edward Doyle and William Thompson.

• The display of drugs and materials in Havey’s window last week, placed there in remembrance of Pharmacy Week, served a good purpose to remind us that a drug store still sells drugs.

• Four of the five members in the graduating class from the Westmanland school last spring have already entered Stockholm High School — Elan Viberg, Dahlia Johnson, Dorothy Holmquist and Beatrice Wedberg, and it is expected that the fifth one, George Peterson, may soon enroll. John Larsson is also a member of the freshman class there.

• Ten years ago today — Saturday, Oct. 10, 1925 — occurred one of the heaviest early snowstorms every known in Aroostook. Starting in shortly after dinner with a moderate flurry that none believed would amount to much, by dark a blizzard was raging, the snow coming heavy and accompanied by a still gale. Cars in town were fortunate as a shelter of some sort could generally be found for them. Next morning the roads leading into town and the main road as far as Houlton was well populated with abandoned cars and for long stretches every telephone pole was laid over — broken off by the gale. In the gulch just this side of Mars Hill the snow was drifted 40 feet deep. After the storm the weather turned warmer and in a week not a trace of snow was to be seen.

• Two pugilist gentlemen from the northern part of the county honored the town by their presence Saturday evening. After getting their bearing and a supply of, ‘panther sweat,’ they started in to demonstrate their prowess by beating up the village police force. One took on Officer Linwood Collins for a short bout. Mr. Collins’ attention was called to the wayfarer’s presence by having his fist placed forcibly in the officer’s eye. Linwood quickly rallied and gained the round, placing the warrior in the village Bastille. The other warrior sailed into Chief Clifford, who has a swollen arm for remembrance. The Chief also, “got his man” and believing that friends should not be parted, put him in with his pal. Before the evening was over the officers were hosts to 11 intoxicants, two of whom had an additional charge of assault on an officers and one that of driving an automobile while intoxicated.

50 Years Ago: Oct. 13,1960

• Last week while Dr. Philip Turner was attending the Northeastern Fertilizer conference in Hershey, Pa., Mrs. Turner visited with friends in Wilmington, Del. They also attended a “Thurber Festival” in New York.

• Chief of Police Emri Silvasi says he is experiencing trouble keeping his school crossing patrol staff at full strength. He no sooner gets a full crew at work, then one resigns. “This is interesting, part-time work for a woman,” the chief says in inviting applications for the jobs. “Additionally, these women are performing a vital safety service for the town’s children — a service which has its own rewards.” The chief would like to hear from any women interested in becoming uniformed workers at the school crossings.

• State Commander and Mrs. Gordon Dixon, of Stockholm, left for Miami to attend the National American Legion Convention.

• Maurice Plourde, seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Plourde of Caribou is serving aboard the destroyer USS Beatty, operating with the Sixth Fleet in the Mediterranean. The Beatty is scheduled to return to Newport, R.I. in February 1961.

• Caribou still tops Aroostook in state valuations, Sam A. Albair, chairman of the Town council reported Wednesday after receiving tentative two-year figures from the state treasurer. The state valuation for Caribou is $25,200,000. Caribou’s own valuation on which the tax rate is based, is in excess of $40,000,000.

• Richard Hallowell Jr. of Colby and Hayes Gahagan of town were guest speakers at a meeting of the Holy Rosary School Society in the school cafeteria. Mr. Hallowell and Mr. Gahagan presented an informative program on their recent trip to Europe illustrating with colorful slides taken in Russia, Belgium, France, Denmark, Germany, Holland and Poland.