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Compiled by Karen Donato
Special to the Pioneer Times

100 Years Ago-Nov. 9, 1910

Aroostook Times

Littleton — Mr. David Adams starts on his moose trip again next Monday. He has been all this month trying to get a moose.

bs-fromfiles55-dc-pt-45SERVICE WITH A SMILE — Molly Brown serves coffee at the annual V.F.W. Hunters’ Breakfast in 1955.

Wedding — Friends in town will be glad to hear of the marriage of Mr. Orville Briggs and Miss Sadie Bell, Monday, October 31, at Houlton by the Rev. Mr. Koon. Mr. Briggs is a young man of sterling character. Miss Bell is a bright, active young lady having made a short trip to Boston and also visited the large cities in the southern part of Maine before her marriage. During the time, Mr. Briggs was calling on friends in Houlton and made a short visit to his home in New Brunswick. When the newly wedded couple arrived on the evening train their friends had gathered and were all ready to salute them with music, horns and the firing of guns. In return they received an ample treat of candy, bananas and pears.

75 Years Ago-Nov. 7, 1935

Houlton Pioneer Times

Farm Bureau — Fred P. Hagan of Houlton was elected president of the Aroostook County Farm Bureau at the annual meeting held at Hussey’s Theatre in Mars Hill.

Houlton — Ransford W. Shaw was the principal guest at a testimonial dinner given in his honor at the Northland. Mr. Shaw, dean of the Aroostook County bar and one of the oldest practicing trial lawyers in Maine, received the well-earned acclamation of his fellow lawyers, the bench and bar of Maine and New Brunswick and leading citizens of this native state on his anniversary of 50 years as a distinguished member of the legal profession.

Sets record — In one of the hardest fought meets in the history of cross-country competition at the State University, the Stinson coached harriers of Houlton High School annexed the State title last Friday afternoon with a score of 52. Ralph Carpenter of the local cluster broke the course record for all time, when he negotiated the three and one-fourth mile run in the extremely fast time of 16 minutes and 56 seconds.

50 Years Ago- Nov. 10, 1960

Houlton Pioneer Times

Houlton — The area’s economy received a boost in the arm this month with the arrival of C.E. Taylor of West Palm Beach, Fla., Christmas buyer in Houlton since 1948. Together he and Louis Newhouse of Houlton will spend $25,000 this month buying balsam firs and some spruce, all destined to make homes brighter this Yuletide season.

Rotary Auction — The storeroom holding thousands of dollars in brand new merchandise of all descriptions was bulging at the seams this week for the fifth annual Rotary Auction. Proceeds are designated to build a swimming pool.

Gift Wagon — This week marks a new service at the Aroostook General Hospital when the Gift Wagon, a project of the hospital’s Free Bed and Aid Association, is being brought to the bedside of patients, so they may purchase small items for their use and amusement. The wagon itself was donated and executed by Harry H. Baulch at the request of the committee chairmen: Mrs. George B. Barnes and Mrs. Harry E. Bass.

25 Years Ago-Nov. 6, 1985

Houlton Pioneer Times

Potato harvest — The annual survey conducted by SAD 29 of student involvement in the annual potato harvest shows a slight increase over the figures of a year ago, but also shows that less than one-third of the District’s 1,500 students took part in the harvest. Total earnings were reported at $108,739.77, an increase over the $94,761.71 of a year ago.

Promoted — Alfred R. Skofield of Oakfield has been promoted to the rank of lieutenant and named commanding officer of Troop F at Houlton within the Maine State Police.

Sherman Mills — Attorney General James E. Tierney has named Brian T. McNally as an Assistant Attorney General who will be assigned to the legal division of the Maine Department of Human Services.

East Hodgdon — A children’s Halloween party was held Friday evening in the barn of Richard Sloat with Mrs. Jean Sloat, Mrs. Sue Lincoln, Mrs. Lynn Tidd, Mrs. Patty Sloat and Mrs. Mim Sloat as entertainers.