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100 Years Ago-Sept. 25, 1912
Aroostook Times
    Carnival in the square — During the week of Sept. 30 to Oct. 5, under the auspices of the Houlton Merchants’ Association, will be a Grand Street Carnival. The Great Cantara Shows will be the attraction and tents will be pitched in Market and Union Squares. A competent committee consisting of Messrs. B. S. Green, Robert A. Palmer Jr., and J. D. Perry will have charge of all details.
    Local couple united— A quiet wedding was solemnized, Wednesday, Sept. 18th at the home of C. W. Wheeler, the contracting parties being Mr. Fred A. Bither of Linneus and Miss Maude J. Rhoda of Hodgdon. Mr. and Mrs. Bither are also well-known in Houlton where they have many friends.
75 Years Ago-Sept. 30, 1937
Houlton Pioneer Times

    Contraband furs — The silver fox pelts seized a few weeks ago by customs officers as they were being smuggled through the woods in Monticello, were sold at an auction held in Portland last week by the Customs Department. The 148 pelts brought a price of $10, 325.
Pioneer Times 1937 file photo
BS-FromFiles-dc-pt-39SOLID INVESTMENT — Pictured above is Laurel Hanover, World Champion 4-year-old Pacing Stallion two years ago, recently purchased by T.V. Holdaway, Ralph Berry and Dr. I.H. Kaufman of Houlton, from Sullivan and Mawhinney of Calais. Laurel Hanover has never been raced in this section, but has been an outstanding Grand Circuit performer. He was driven to his quarter-mile record 1.59 at Lexington, Ky., by W. T. Crosier. The stallion will be brought to Houlton next week, where he will be wintered at Madigan’s Stable.

    New shop in town — Harry L. Hill announces the opening of Market Square Shoe Repair Shop at the rear of Charlton’s Barber Shop in Houlton.
    Local eel trappers — Robert Lovely of Lincoln was a visitor at the Houlton home of his mother, Mrs. H. A. Lovely, accompanied by Ray Gipson of New Limerick who had been assisting Mr. Lovely with his eel traps at Medway. The traps run zigzag across the river catching the eels, which run on dark nights this season of the year in wooden boxes attached to the traps. The eels are packed in barrels and shipped to New York markets where they are considered a great delicacy and bring a good price.
50 Years Ago-Sept. 27, 1962
Houlton Pioneer Times

Millionth cord of pulpwood — One day recently, Ray M. Fernald, Great Northern Paper Company pulpwood buyer in Houlton, loaded his one millionth cord of pulpwood and sent it on its way to mill in Millinocket. Fernald has been with the Houlton office for 18 years.
Best poultry future farmer — Delbert McCrum Jr., 17-year-old Future Farmer of America of Mars Hill has been named Maine’s “Best Poultry Boy” for 1962. McCrum has maintained a 10 percent interest in his father’s flock of 3,206 layers for the past three years, has a calf of his own and has raised potatoes for the past two years.
25 Years Ago-Sept. 30, 1987
Houlton Pioneer Times
Introducing “Crime Stoppers” — A new community crime prevention program, “Crime Stoppers,” will be introduced by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department at ceremonies in Presque Isle this evening. Mary Brown, training officer for the Sheriff’s Department will act as program coordinator with Sgt. Dan Kidney serving as police coordinator. Those wishing to call with crime information can call 1-800-638-TIPS.
New accountant in town — Chester M. Kearney, a firm of certified public accountants, has announced the opening of a new office in Houlton in the Blackhawk Putnam Building at 22 North Street. The office will be under the management of Paul J. Callnan.