From our Files: Headlines from 100 years of local news

13 years ago

Compiled by Karen Donato
Special to the Pioneer Times

100 Years Ago-Nov. 2, 1910
Aroostook Times

    Local — A soundproof telephone booth was placed in the office of the Lafayette Hotel last week.
    Smyrna Mills — Frank Daggett of Houlton, came to this town hunting and got two nice deer.
    New Limerick — The Drew School opened Monday morning with Mossman G. Reed of Houlton as teacher.
    East Hodgdon — A.P. Stevens is rebuilding his sawmill that was burned last spring.
75 Years Ago-Oct. 31, 1935
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Principal honored — Principal Milton B. Lambert of Houlton High School was elected president of the Maine High School principals division of the Maine Teachers Association at the annual convention.
    Hammond — Some excitement was caused Sunday when a band of gypsies invaded the town, telling fortunes and picking pockets. One man was unlucky and was the loser of 30 dollars.
1947 Houlton Pioneer Times File Photo
bs-fromfiles47-dc-pt-44MASTER FARMER — The state of Maine dairy and potato farm of Herman I. Porter, of Houlton, Aroostook County, is the dominant illustration in the sixth of a series of full-color “Master Farmer” advertisements in national farm publications that the Studebaker Corporation has been running.

    Houlton — The prize winning afghan and matching pillow made by Mrs. Sadie Carpenter and exhibited at the Houlton Grange Fair were recently awarded to Mr. L.W. Estabrook and Mrs. Stratton, the latter a tourist.
    Local — Joseph Dobbins, Edward Cleveland and Roger Bell, Colby College freshmen have recently been pledged to national fraternities, the first two to the Delta Kappa Epsilon, the last named to the Zeta Psi.
50 Years Ago- Nov. 3, 1960
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Voting Day — A record turnout is expected in Houlton by town officials during the 12 hours of voting at the polls. Locally 429 new voters have registered. Robert E. Curtis, town clerk, said he had ordered 5,850 ballots, 1,800 more than requested in 1956. Heading the top of the ballot is Nixon and Lodge opposed by Kennedy and Johnson.
    Plants tree — Battery B Maine National Guard has transplanted a seven foot silver spruce in Pierce Park across from the Madigan Memorial Hospital. This is part of a statewide movement by the Maine Army National Gurad to present living Christmas trees to 26 communities. The tree was planted by Duncan Gilchrist, state forester, assisted by Lieut. Arnold Roach and 1/Sgt. Kenneth Larson.
    HHS majorettes — Selected for the 1960-61 season are Gail Porter, Vicki Harris, Sharon Gartley, Martha Bell, Regina Baker, Barbara Reed, Nancy Lee and Carolyn Lynds. They are coached by Judith Oliver.
25 Years Ago-Oct. 30, 1985
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Open house — Diane Bruso held an open house over the weekend at her new business, The Four Seasons Florist, formerly Boutilier’s Florist on the Calais Road.
    Grand opening — Brook’s Drug Store on Main Street in Houlton presented a 19-inch television to Jeanette Sherman of Island Falls following the grand opening recently of the new prescription department. Manager Joe Carmichael made the presentation.
    Groundwork — Hatfield-Randall Associates is having groundwork on the site located on North Street for installation of utilities, driveways and parking areas in preparation for an April 1 plan for actual construction of a 20-family apartment complex. The owners will be Carvell and Mary Hatfield.