Potato growers protest lowering tariff on Canadian potatoes

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100 Years Ago-Mar. 6, 1913

File photo 1988
    Maine State Trooper Kim M. Espling of Woodland has been named “Trooper of the Troop” for Aroostook County at the recent Maine State Policeman’s annual awards banquet in Augusta. State Representative Malachi Anderson, also of Woodland, presented Espling a legislative sentiment on the occasion.


• Community organizations formed — The Masons of this village (Limestone) are becoming interested in having a lodge here and steps to that end are being taken. The Lyceum Society of New Sweden and vicinity was organized February 27th last at the home of Mrs. Jacob Hedman of Jemtland who had invited those that are promoters of song, music and literary pursuits.
• Perham area news — The Ladies Circle met with Mrs. Henry Davis and there was good attendance, voting to pay $100 on the parsonage note. The Circle will meet with Mrs. Frank C. McIntire on March 13. The farm buildings of Fred Albair at Wade were destroyed by fire Thursday evening. The loss was about $3500 with a small insurance, with the family cared for at the home of Richard Thompson.


75 Years Ago-Mar. 10, 1938

• Potato prices in the news — Aroostook County potato growers are preparing to protest before the Reciprocity Committee at Washington against any lowering of the tariff or increase in quota on Canadian potatoes. Edward H. Doyle, prominent Caribou grower, said that under existing market conditions Aroostook farmers are selling their product at less than cost. Maine potato prices saw marked improvement and advanced during February from 80 to 85 cents per barrel to $1.10 to $1.15 at the close.
• Restaurant promotes local goods — In their advertisement, The Elite Restaurant, Caribou, Maine touts the following Aroostook grown products used in their ‘Boost-Aroostook’ campaign: potatoes grown and donated by Fred. S. Doyle; milk and cream produced by Pangburn and Blackstone; peas packed at Houlton; Caribou Creamery butter; bread baked by Tom’s Bakery and the A. B. C. Bakery, Presque Isle; native beef furnished by Claus Johnson and Dan Daniels; Maine dry beans packed and distributed by Aroostook Wholesale, Presque Isle; poultry and eggs from Joe. H. Johnson, New Sweden and Ezra Briggs, Caribou; and flour from Aroostook mills.

50 Years Ago-Mar. 7, 1963

• Veterans organize ‘Barracks’ — All World War II veterans are requested to meet at the American Legion Home in Caribou on Friday evening for the purpose of organizing a local Barracks of the National Organization and electing officers. World War I veterans in central and northern Aroostook are also eligible, as this is the only Barracks north of Houlton.
• Loring-Caribou community concerts — Community Concerts programming returns to Caribou on Thursday, March 14 when the newly-organized Caribou-Loring Community Concert association presents the talented Canadian duo-pianists Parsons and Poole in the Caribou High School auditorium.

25 Years Ago-Mar. 9, 1988

• Schooner Fare sellout — A special benefit performance by the band Schooner Fare is nearing sell-out, according to Bill Flagg, director of community relations at Cary Medical Center. The concert is a tribute to Dr. I. Mead Hayward, retired Cary pediatrician.
• Route 1 mall proposed — Caribou mall developed Mildred Swett cleared a major hurdle Thursday, when the city planning board voted unanimously to recommend rezoning land along U.S. Route 1 between Caribou and Presque Isle from residential to commercial use. Swett has proposed construction of a 25-store covered mall across from Grant’s Dairy operation.