Caribou area From our Files (week of November 21, 2018)

6 years ago

115 Years Ago – Nov. 24,  1903

Completion The bridge across the Madawaska Stream in Connor Plantation is rapidly nearing completion.  While the workmen will not be here through Friday, it is expected that the bridge will be in condition so that teams may cross it on that day.

Close call While shooting at a mark one day this week on the farm of Mr. Hobbs, John Ward came near being shot by a couple of hunters.  He had fired 22 shots and had walked forward to where the mark was placed on an old log and was looking at the target when a bullet went whistling by his head.  He turned and saw two men across the open field and immediately ran toward them, asking what they meant. Their reply was they thought he was a deer.

100 Years Ago – Nov. 27, 1918

Examinations No more medical examinations will be held for boys who might enter the Army, according to instructions received by the Local Board early last week.

Building — The building of the Aroostook Central Institute of Blaine is taking shape and will probably be completed in the early spring.

75 Years Ago – Nov. 24,  1943

Raid — Traffic stopped for 15 minutes here at 3:10 Sunday afternoon during the red signal of the pre-announced statewide daylight air raid.  There were no “incidents” during the raid. Firemen tested a new nozzle which gives off a mist spray and is used for gasoline fires.

On the ground — The local Ration Board has announced that several copies of War Ration Book 4 with no identification have been found in the street and turned in at the office.  All citizens are required by law to completely fill in and sign their ration books. Unidentified books cannot be returned to their owners and cause much confusion at the local office.

50 Years Ago – Nov. 27, 1968

Honored — Henry B. Bratt Jr. Post 15 American Legion and Auxiliary hosted a banquet honoring their World War I veteran at the local post home.  A turkey dinner with all the Thanksgiving trimmings was served by the Auxiliary. Mayor Gilman Albair welcomed the members and guests. Vice Commander Gerald Brown, in the absence of Commander George Beale, who was out of town, served as as master ceremonies and presented golf and God and Country medals to two World War I veterans commemorating the 50th anniversary of the American Legion and the singing of the Armistice of WWI.

Doctors’ offices planned The S.W. Collins homestead at 504 Main Street, currently housing the Hillview Nursing Home, will soon become doctors’ offices, it was announced today.  The property, the homestead of one of the early Caribou pioneers, passed into the hands of a direct descendent, Dr. H.D. Collins in September of this year, and will be remodeled into doctors’ offices.

25 Years Ago – Nov. 24, 1993

Final flight The last B-52, number 197 “neanderthal,” left Loring Air Force Base Tuesday, Nov. 16, for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, Ariz., with Col. Robert Pavelko, 42nd Bomb Wing commander, at the yoke.  Also on board were co-pilot Stan Chase, commander 42nd Operations Support Squadron; Lt. Col. Dan Hoile, commander 42nd Operations Group; and Col. Brand Buttrick, Operation Group Department commander. The bomber will be mothballed.

Christmas tree Caribou’s celebration of the Christmas season began Thursday, Nov. 18, when a 50-foot spruce Christmas tree, donated by Caribou firefighter Mike McCarthy, was set up in the downtown Caribou mall for a “Festival of Lights” celebration scheduled this Friday, Nov. 26.  The city’s new Christmas lights will be unveiled at this celebration.