From our Files: Headlines from 100 years of local news

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100 Years Ago-Mar. 18, 1914
Aroostook Times
Real estate transactions — Sold through the Northern Maine Real Estate Agency, C. O. Grant, Manager, the T. G. Huntington farm of Bridgewater to Ira Toben of Fort Fairfield, and the Harry Burleigh farm in Linneus to Firman Poppin of Hodgdon. The amount of the two transactions was $23,500.

For what ails you — A number of popular home remedies are advertised in this week’s newspaper including: Johnson’s Anodyne Liniment for colds, sore throat, croup, aches, pains and wounds; Syrup Hypophosphite Compound, an invigorating general tonic and stimulant, restorative and appetizer, 75 cents for a full pint at Broadway Pharmacy; and Salvo Salve, try it for any skin disorder, itching, chafing, eczema, humors, and eruptions, at Hatheway Drug Company.
75 Years Ago-Mar. 16, 1939
Houlton Pioneer Times
Two escape death as train hits car — Paul Day, Houlton truck owner and potato broker, and his companion Ernest Patchell escaped death Tuesday morning by leaping to safety from Day’s car just before it was demolished when struck by a special Bangor & Aroostook engine and snowplow. Day was on his way to his potato house at Wiley’s siding when the car became stuck in a snowdrift on the railroad crossing. Huge drifts along the track obscured the engineer’s view.
Tribute to a country doctor — From the editor’s column: “I was over to Smyrna Mills recently and found a people truly in mourning by the loss of their beloved Doctor, the late Dr. Frank Tarbell. I talked with several people and it was but a minute before the tears would show. He was a fine example of the fast disappearing Country Doctor. I am quite sure I can safely say he never refused a call even when he knew he would never receive a cent for it, and in the last of his life, knowing his time was very short, served his people until the very day of his death.”
50 Years Ago-Mar. 12, 1964
Houlton Pioneer Times
J. J. Newberry goes “self-service” — Houlton’s oldest variety department store, J. J. Newberry Co., has instituted self-service for its customers. Howard Stevens, store manager, said that instead of having each department with counters separated by walkways for the clerk and cash registers, these counters have been pushed together and two registers placed at the front of the store for all departments. J. J. Newberry first opened its Houlton store in June of 1925.
The 1964 automobile lineup — Featured in automobile advertisements in this week’s newspaper are the following 1964 models: The Pontiac Tempest with both V6 and V8 engines; the Chevy II Super Sport featuring choice of either floor-mounted Powerglide or four-speed Synchro-Mesh transmission; Oldsmobile Jetstar 88 with a big-car 123-inch wheelbase; the new two-wheel drive Jeep Gladiator truck; the award winning ’64 Mercury Comet and the Rambler American 440-H hardtop.
25 Years Ago-Mar. 15, 1989
Houlton Pioneer Times
March’s ‘pavement deficiencies’ — If it walks like a duck, and if it talks like a duck, it must be a duck, right? Then what would it be if it knocks the front end of a car out of alignment, sends hubcaps flying, and has drivers muttering in not-so-hushed voices? “Pavement deficiencies,” answers Town Manager R. Lewis Bone — deficiencies that will continue to plague the town’s pavement until the end of the month when the hot top plant reopens for the upcoming spring construction season. So until March goes out like a lamb, drivers will be roaring like a lion as they bump and grind their way over, and into, the ‘pavement deficiencies’ (potholes) of Houlton’s highways and byways.
File photo 1989
BS-FromFiles-dc-pt-10PATROLLING HOULTON — Police Lt. Donald Mitchell, Sgt. Lynn Foster, Sgt. Edward Archer and S/Sgt. Daniel Pelletier stand proudly at the Houlton Town Council chambers after being promoted to their ranks by Town Manager R. Lewis Bone.

Adventist church branches out — The Seventh Day Adventists held a special organization service at the First Baptist Church in Houlton Saturday, attended by elders and members of the Oakfield Seventh Day Adventist Church and of the Presque Isle Adventist Church. When a new Adventist church is formed, there is first an outreach group from an organized church, in this case the Oakfield church. Then after some time and the group grows, it then organizes in what is called a company and then separated from the mother church (Oakfield).