Houlton area From our Files (week of December 5, 2018)

5 years ago

100 Years Ago – Dec. 4, 1918

    Victory huts Campaign manager Jefferson C. Smith of Waterville received a telegram from John R. Mott Saturday, Nov. 30, announcing officially that Maine is to have one of the Victory huts named for it as a result of its splendid record in the United War Work Campaign. It was one of the first 11 states in the union to go “over the top” in that great drive as well as the first in New England.

75 Years Ago – Dec. 9, 1943

    Fat collection The Houlton public schools will launch, next Monday, a fat salvage drive which they will conduct for the remainder of the school year. A barrel to hold the fat collection will be placed in each school building in town. The pupils will call at homes to gather up the fat accumulation, which will be deposited in the barrels. The money which is received from the sale of fats will be kept by the principal of each school and will be used for school purposes.

50 Years Ago – Dec. 4, 1968

    The new Brenda Baker The Maine Potato Commission this week announced the selection of a young Maine housewife to serve as Brenda Baker, the living trademark of Maine’s potato industry, culminating a five-months-long search for a new Brenda. Commission Consultant Harold E. Bryant identified the new Brenda as Mrs. Doris Boisvert of Lewiston, mother of three children and wife of a manufacturer’s representative.

    Wins color TV set Mrs. Thelma Benn got a quick lesson in how to adjust her new 23-inch color television set, presented to her by the Houlton Rotary Club in conjunction with the club’s annual auction. Jack Ketch, chairman of the Rotary’s television committee, made the adjustment.

25 Years Ago – Dec. 8, 1993

   Bookmark winners First-place winners of the bookmark contest held in conjunction with Reading Awareness week at SAD 70 Middle School will compete in the countywide competition in Presque Isle in January. The winners were; Kate Charest, grade 1; Elisha Folkins, grade 4 and Jessica Suitter, grade 6. The winners were awarded a book.

   Sworn in — Job for Maine Graduates held their first initiation and installation ceremony at Hodgdon High School. New members sworn in were: Lee LeFay, Brandy White, Denise Hynick, Heidi Lee, Ronni McGary and Vince Baldwin.