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Caribou area From Our Files – Week of July 15, 2019

115 Years Ago – July 27, 1904

Register The well-known grocery firm of Smith & Lufkin have installed during the past week one of the latest and most approved of cash registers.

75 Years Ago – July 27, 1944

Maine Potato Growers — Over 300 people attended the annual meeting of Maine Potato Growers Inc. Members of that association paid tribute and honor to its outstanding leaders, President Frank Hussey and Vice President Milton Smith. Both members were presented with a gift as a token of appreciation and esteem on the part of directors, members and employees of the association. As was pointed out at the presentation, these two growers/members, since the original organization of the cooperative in 1932, have been outstanding in their belief of the soundness and ultimate success of Maine Potato Growers Inc., and in their willingness to work for and with the association, even though it meant at times personal sacrifices of both time and money. 

First Spuds — Honors for being one of the first, if not the first in this area, to dig potatoes can go to Spring Street gardener Frank Erickson, who brought a few specimens of his early crop to the Republican office early this week. Mr. Erickson also dug new potatoes from his garden on July 4, these having been started inside. His present crop of cobblers which he is now digging, was planted April 5.

50 Years Ago – July 30, 1969

Seven Town Managers — Fort Fairfield has seven town managers today. The number was upped from a half dozen with the election of John A. Towers to the post in that community. The rest of them are serving in various Maine municipalities, but they all came from Fort Fairfield. Besides Towers, Fort Fairfield claims other town managers, Louis Ayoob, William Ayoob, Charles Gagnon, Edward Gagnon, Paul Dionne, and Leonard Kyle.   

City’s Funds Matched The Caribou City Council will ask for bids soon on the construction of an outside entrance into the Civil Defense Fallout Center in the basement of the Caribou Public Library. The move follows notification that federal funds in the amount of $1,750 have been granted for the purpose. Council had previously set aside an equal amount as the city’s share of the project.

25 Years Ago – July 27, 1994

Marketing Videotape for Caribou A proposal to produce a videotape about Caribou drew support to the tune of 4,000 Monday night following a presentation by the Chamber of Commerce. Council approved an allocation of $4,000 to help support a chamber produced videotape entitled “Caribou, A Place to Grow’. Brenda Libby, chamber executive director, said the tape will be sent to people interested in relocating to Aroostook County.

Boosters Club The Boosters Club of New Sweden and Stockholm met at the Stockholm School Thursday evening to further develop plans to raise an estimated $4,500 to maintain the existing extracurricular cross-country, basketball and show choir programs. Activities include a spaghetti supper, bottle drive, car washes and a flea market. 

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