100 Years Ago – Sept 18, 1918
Banish solitude — Every citizen interested in the boys of his hometown now at the front, and in the brave women who equally are serving their country abroad, has an opportunity to show his appreciation of the sacrifice they are making. The opportunity comes as a result of the generosity and thought of Colonel William Boyce Thompson of New York, who has conceived and put into execution what is known as the Home Paper Service. Under the plan, every man and woman in foreign service will receive the town newspaper, and so be kept in constant touch with the places and the people they know and love. By law newspapers can’t be given away free, even to soldiers. It is asked that the public in each community contribute to a fund so that the home newspaper may reach every man and woman now in the service of his country.
75 Years Ago – September 23, 1943
Named trustee — Mrs. Ralph W. Emerson of Island Falls, former president of the Maine Federation of Women’s Clubs, last week was nominated by Governor Sumner Sewall to a position on the Board of Trustees of Maine State Normal Schools.
New town manager for Bridgewater — The new town manager, Paul Fadale, of Portland, has arrived in town and began his duties Monday morning at the town office. His family will reside here as soon as a rent is available.
50 Years Ago – September 18, 1968
Cornerstone to be laid — The cornerstone for the new library at Ricker College will be laid on Sept. 21. The ceremony will be preceded by a convocation at which Jerold Panas of Chicago, who was elected to Ricker’s Board of Trustees in June, will be the speaker. Memorabilia for the capsules to be placed in the cornerstone will be presented by officers of student organizations and class presidents: Bob Lehmann for the Student Senate, Joe Barlock for the Intrafraternal Council, Bernard Pettitt for the seniors, Bob Skeffington for the juniors, Richard Tharp for the sophomores and Richard Lycette for the freshmen.
Announce purchase — Beaver Brook Farms Inc. and associated companies, which merged with Dead River Company of Bangor in July 1967, has completed purchase of Aroostook Potato Growers, Inc., headquartered in Washburn. Beaver Brook Farms was formerly owned by Jack Roth, Caribou, W. Gordon Robertson, Bangor and Mrs. Goldie Johnson, Caribou. Aroostook Potato Growers, Inc., was formerly owned by the family of the late Harry E. Umphrey, Washburn.
25 Years Ago – September 22, 1993
Donation — Representing Southside School during the presentation of a new American flag donated to the school by Irving Heating Oil Company were Principal Joe Feeney, Aren Rodgerson, grade 4; Ashley Roberts, grade 4; Katie Gates, grade 5; Joshua Lenentine, grade 4; Ryan Carmichael, grade 4; Michael Bouvier, grade 4; and Jim Weston, co-manager of Irving.
New band director — SAD 29 recently hired Joseph Fagnant as the Houlton High School band director to fill the vacancy opened last summer. Fagnant was born and raised in Woonsocket, R.I., and has spent the last four years completing a degree in music education at the University of Maine at Orono. He brings a variety of educational experiences to this position. He is looking forward to working with the other members of the music faculty to continue developing the tradition of excellence that has been a strong part of music in SAD 29, he said.