1912: Dow openes blacksmith shop in New Sweden

12 years ago

115 Years Ago: March 18, 1897

• Caribou will soon be connected to New Sweden by telephone.

• Arthur Pike just completed a handsome and rich-toned guitar. Every part of this musical instrument was put together by this young man, who is a natural woodworking artist.

• Miss Evelyn Fisher, the milliner, is in Boston educating herself in the latest styles in millinery. She will be away several weeks and her shop is in charge of Mrs. L. J. Sherwood.

• Potatoes have dropped in price a trifle since last week, and 50 cents a barrel is what the buyers are paying today.

• There are 122 pupils registered at the Caribou High School this term.

100 Years Ago: March 21, 1912

• Steven Dow has now opened up a blacksmith shop at the center in New Sweden and is ready now to accommodate all customers in general blacksmithing and horseshoeing.

• Potatoes are a good price this year. It will help a lot of the farmers; some of them have got so much money they had to buy a safe to keep it in, they are not all as lucky as that.

• Miss Veda Anderson has moved into the Caribou House, and will conduct a clean, modern boarding house.

• A.B. Smith and Mrs. W.F. Baker have been in New York visiting the markets and purchasing spring and summer stock for the L.J. Sherwood Co.

75 Years Ago: March 25, 1937

• The Stockholm town meeting was held Monday at the Eureka Hall. Fritz A. Anderson, J.P. Sodergren and Gunnar Sandstrom were re-elected as selectmen. Albert L. Anderson was re-elected for town clerk; Frederick Anderson for treasurer, and Linwood Wessell as third member on the School Board.

• Among the pre-town meeting discussions heard on the street in Caribou Monday morning was one where one citizen had button-holed another and was giving lengthy argument as to why there should be more lights on Water Street. His listener, however, was not over enthused, remarking that when he had business on Water Street he had never experienced any difficulty in finding the store he was headed for.

• Members of the Henry B. Pratt, Jr., Post and the ladies’ auxiliary celebrated the 18th anniversary of the founding of the American Legion here Thursday evening. A pleasing musical number was rendered by the Legion Auxiliary trio — Mrs. Elizabeth Collins, Mrs. Violet Scott and Mrs. Myrtle Carter, accompanied by Mrs. Estelle Gregory.

• Although the day was fair, traveling conditions, especially on the country roads, prevented anything like a record attendance at the Caribou town meeting Monday. The school auditorium, however, was fairly well filled to witness one of the tamest annual meetings that has been held in Caribou for many years. In spite of the fact that unusually large appropriations were on the docket, there was very little opposition and most of the appropriations went through with debate, citizens accepting the recommendations of the budget committee.

• A total of $207,035.04 was voted and raised for the regular needs of Caribou during the town meeting and special projects which were contained in the warrant. This is practically $50,000 more than the sum appropriated in 1936. Adding to this about $39,000 for state and county tax and overlay, means the grand total of approximately $246,000.

50 Years Ago: March 22, 1962

• Jerry White, son of Perley White, is one of eight University of Maine freshmen named to the frosh golf team.

• Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Forsman and daughter, Karen, were in Bangor recently attending the Ice Capades. They were guests of their son and daughter-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Forsman, who took them on a tour of the University of Maine.

• Herman Pelletier has completed basic training at the U.S. Naval Training Center at Great Lakes, Ill., and is on leave with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Edmond  Pelletier.

• Beverly Anderson and Paul Everett were crowned king and queen of the third annual winter carnival held at the Woodland Consolidated School. The crowning was by the former king and queen, Sharon Frost and Roland Monson.

• Upsilon Chapter, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, held a St. Patrick’s coffee honoring its “rushees”  at the home of Mrs. Verne Byers on Peterson Avenue. “Rushees” present were Miss Iris Mahoney, Miss Janet Woods, Mrs. William Malloy and Mrs. Glen Bowen.