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. 16, 1910
Aroostook Times

    Houlton — Zephariah Park, of this town, 74 years of age planted last Spring 96 barrels of potatoes. He picked the rocks, plowed and harrowed the ground, hauled one hundred loads of manure, hauled the seed and fertilizer to the field. His potatoes were planted with a Robbins planter. He drove the team and helped to tend the planter. The horsehoe and cultivator were both put through four times, he had to walk in doing each. He dug some and helped load them on a wagon and hauled them all to the market. There was a good average crop for this year. All the work was done by himself, except a man one day to haul manure, three days to cut seed, two days to poison bugs and in digging.
75 Years Ago-Nov. 14, 1935
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Movie project — In resolutions adopted at a recent meeting of the Houlton Ministerial Association the proposal to conduct Sunday moving pictures in Houlton was denounced. The resolutions were sent to Manager Ralph Pinkham of the Temple Theatre and also to this newspaper publication. Manager Pinkham announced that the project had been abandoned voluntarily. “There is no desire on the part of this theatre to antagonize any substantial group of citizens who are its regular patrons,” he said.
Houlton Pioneer Times 1960 File Photo
bs-fromfiles60-dc-pt-46A REHEARSAL — Scout members of Troop 17 will serve trays to patients at the Aroostook General Hospital this weekend. Shown from left during a ‘rehearsal’ are Mrs. Ruth Cain, a hospital patient from Littleton and also a Scout leader receiving a tray from Jean Grimm, while Charlotte Stoton and Ann Lambert watch.

    Legion formed — Under the leadership of Rev. Kenneth H. Cassens, pastor of the Baptist churches of Monticello and Littleton, there has been formed an Aroostook League for Decency with the arrowed platform of demanding clean-up of the slot machines, illegal liquor and Sunday moving pictures in the County.
50 Years Ago- Nov. 17, 1960
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Hunter found — A Houlton hunter, father of two children was found Thursday morning near Cut Lake after being lost since late Wednesday afternoon. Gordon P. Benn, 36, was hunting with Carl Hagan, Harold Lycette, Lawrence Callnan and Phil Howe. The five were tenting out for a week. They had left town on Monday morning. Warden Sherwood Howes of Patten and searchers from the Department of Inland Fisheries and Game, together with a plane owned and piloted by Linwood Lawrence participated in the search.
    Sixty-year pin — Aroostook Chapter No. 20 Royal Arch Masons, honored Past High Priest, Alpheus A. Hutchinson of Bowdoin Street, at their State Convocation for his 60 years in Capitular Masonry, three years of which he served as High Priest of his chapter.
    North Store — Someone drove a rock through the window of the rear door of the North Store during the night and helped themselves to cigarettes, beer, an electric razor and an Ansco camera, the Houlton police said this morning. Edmund Beaulieu, owner, reported the break.
25 Years Ago-Nov. 13, 1985
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Hodgdon — Lloyd R. Chase, superintendent of Schools for SAD 70 has been appointed coordinator of the Mobile Graduate Program at the University of Maine at Presque Isle, according to Dr. Richard Cohen, vice president for Academic Affairs.
    Community Center — The opening of the Community Youth Center on Randall Avenue has become a reality. On Friday, students walked down from the high school building to have their first snack at the Center’s canteen and to enjoy games during their noon lunch recess.
    Recognition dinner — Houlton Regional Hospital recognized 18 employees for a combined total of 185 years of service. Elaine O’Donnell, certified registered nurse anesthetist and Mildred Kirlin, certified nurses aide, topped the list of employees with 30 and 25 years of service respectively.
    Opening — The Alley Arcade and Pool Room, operated by Rick Spellman, has recently opened at the location formerly occupied by McLaughlin’s Textile on Broadway.