From our Files

12 years ago
Headlines from 100 years of local news.

Compiled by Karen Donato
Special to the Pioneer Times
100 Years Ago-April 10, 1912
Aroostook Times

    East Hodgdon — Mrs. Thos. Henderson has a flock of 50 Plymouth Rock hens that laid 1,018 eggs during the month of March.

    Houlton — The many friends in Houlton of Miss Alice Putnam will be interested to know that she is now appearing in Chicago, having a prominent part in “The Only Son.”


    Potatoes — The year 1912 will go down in history as the greatest year ever experienced in Aroostook County for two reasons: First, the largest crop of the best quality that was ever raised; second, the price from practically $1.50 at digging time with a steady rise, fluctuating perhaps 25 cents backward and then steadily upward to $3.60 and 3.75, a mark never reached in Aroostook County.

75 Years Ago-April 15, 1937

Houlton Pioneer Times

    Coin — The “Bloodless” Aroostook War and its approaching centennial was brought to the attention of Congress by a proposal by Congressman Brewster to authorize the minting of a fifty cent coin in celebration of this anniversary.

    Ricker — Miss Elgah Rand, Ricker Junior College, ’37 was awarded by the Secretarial Department a gold pin appropriately inscribed for having passed the 100-word transcription test in Gregg Shorthand. Miss Rand is the first of her class to pass this test and she is to be congratulated.

    Bus service — Modern streamlined buses accommodating 33 passengers will provide daily service between Caribou and Bangor. The buses are part of the Bangor and Aroostook Transportation Company.

1937 File Photo

LADIES OF HOULTON — Mrs. Frances Hurd, left was elected president of the Houlton Music Club, while Mrs. Isabelle Hess, right, was named president of the Houlton Woman’s Club.

50 Years Ago-April 12, 1962

Houlton Pioneer Times

    Island Falls — Fire broke out in the walls of the Island Falls High School causing an estimated $400 to $500 damage and evacuation of students just before classes started. Fire Chief Eli Brooks said the fire apparently started in the grass and seeped through a crack in the concrete basement wall, flaring up inside.

    Opposition — Three churches opposed the decision of the town council to allow Donald Savoy to operate his lunch wagon on Military Street. A letter was received by the Town from Robert Decker, pastor of the United Military Street Baptist Church, Rev. Gordon Buzza of the Methodist Church and Rev. Robert O. Blake of the Congregational Church. Various items were cited such as, parking problems, loitering and interfering with church events by customers.

25 Years Ago-April 15, 1987

Houlton Pioneer Times

    Circus queen — Junior Class representative Tonya Cheney, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary Cheney of Littleton was selected to reign as Queen of the Houlton High School Queen’s Court.

    New business — Harvey’s Card and Gift Shop has opened at the North Street Plaza under the ownership of Wendell Harvey and his son, Wendell Harvey, Jr.

    New gloves — Phil McCarthy of the Maine Glove Company in Littleton showcased a new glove made specifically for florists during the Maine State Florist Association’s fifth annual Spring Design Show at Keddy’s in Presque Isle.