Presque Isle area From our Files (week of December 12, 2018)

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101 Years Ago – Dec. 13, 1917

New practice — Dr. E. R. Blaisdell bought the Twist bungalow and planned to practice there. Dr. Blaisdell was a graduate of the Medical Department of Bowdoin College, and served as House Surgeon in Portland Hospital one year following graduation. He had been practicing for the previous  year in Washburn.

Nominations filed — Gov. Milliken filed nominations of 24 medical advisory boards in the state under the provisions of the selective draft law. In District No. 1, Presque Isle, the Board consisted of S. W. Boone, Presque Isle; C. F. Thomas, Jr., Caribou; and W. P. Hutchins, Fort Fairfield.

75 Years Ago –  Dec. 16, 1943

Heroic war action — Pfc. Charles F. Hill, a native of Presque Isle, and son of Mrs. Ruby Knowlton of Carmel, was commended overseas for aiding and, in all probability, saving the lives of two of his comrades, who were capsized in a makeshift craft in a nearby lagoon on the night of Oct. 31, 1943.

Second lieutenant — Aviation Cadet Harold Ernest Sutherland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman L. Sutherland, Presque Isle, was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army Air Forces at Turner Field, Albany, Georgia, by Col. John B. Patrick, commanding officer.

50 Years Ago –  Dec. 11, 1968

Two local men cited in book — Two Presque Isle men, Gene L. Michaud and John P. Moren, were selected to appear in the 1969 edition of “Community Leaders of America.” Those who appear in this publication were men who were selected because of their service to the community. More than 3,000 names appeared in the 1968 edition, which may be found in each state library and in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Agway positions — Four farmers were elected to fill seats on the Agway Inc., store member committee at the annual meeting, which was held at Skyway Junior High School. Smith McIntire of Perham, Donald Gallagher of Fort Fairfield, Winston Bagley of Presque Isle and James W. Ashby of Fort Fairfield were elected to three-year terms on the committee.

25 Years Ago –  Dec. 15, 1993

Received donation — Judy Kenney, teacher at Mapleton Elementary School, received a check from Ron Leonard, president of the Mapleton Lions Club. The proceeds were from the hunters’ breakfast sponsored by the club, to be used by the school to further students’ cultural enrichment.

Oldest citizen — Clara Sawyer, 89 years old, was named Castle Hill’s oldest citizen and was presented with a special gold cane by Town Manager John Edgecomb, assisted by Castle Hill Selectman Eugene Hoffses. Attending the presentation were her son, Winfield, her grandson, Larry, and great-granddaughter, Jennifer.