Houlton area From our Files – Week of January 22, 2020

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100 Years Ago – Jan. 28, 1920

     Attending meeting Andrew J. Saunders and Geo. H. Benn, president of the Houlton Park Association, left Tuesday for Bangor to attend a meeting of Maine Fair interests to make details for the Fairs this coming season.

     Rented building Friedman & Smart Co. have rented the store in the Exchange block formerly occupied by the Shoe Hospital, which they will use for their Automotive Accessory business.

75 Years Ago – Jan. 25, 1945

     Celebrates anniversary Mr. and Mrs. Walter Cary quietly observed the 50th anniversary of their wedding at their home on Monday. Many of their friends called on them during the day to extend congratulations. The couple were married in Houlton Jan. 22, 1895, in a ceremony performed at the Snell House by the late Rev. O.K. Crosby of the Unitarian Church. For the past 40 yeard they have resided in their present home. 

    Presenting caps Sister M. Roberta, superintendent of the Madigan Memorial Hospital, presented caps to eight student nurses in a simple ceremony. Those who took part in the ceremony were:Geraldine Holt, Old Town; Phylis Gray, Houlton; Florence Bustin, Dyer Brook; Dorothy Ingerson, Patten; Marie Cyr, Old Town; Joyce Dumas, Presque Isle; Rachell Poirier, Van Buren; and Phylis Estes, Smyrna.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 28, 1970

     New owner Albert C. Daniels Jr., of Houlton announced this week his purchase of the Presque Isle Memorial Works from Oscar H. Taggett of Presque Isle. In making the announcement, Mr. Daniels said that Lee Sommers of Caribou will remain with the business in the capacity of general manager. Mr. Taggett will no longer be associated with the firm.

     Celebrates birthday Albert  Prosser, a resident of the Maple Grove Nursing Home on the Calais road, celebrated his 100th birthday with a cake presented to him by the staff of the home. Mr. Prosser was born in Canada but lived most of his life in Houlton. He was employed by the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad for many years.

25 Years Ago – Jan. 25, 1995

    Raffle winner Bob Smith, head of the southern Aroostook chapter of the Maine Employees Association, presented fellow member Paula Scott with a certificate good for 100 gallons of heating oil, donated by Irving Oil. Scott won a raffle for the prize.

    Coats for Kids — The Salvation Army is pleased to announce another successful year with the Coats for Kids program; 4,593 were donated, cleaned and distributed to children in northern Maine. In northern Maine, WLBZ, Bangor, Shop ‘n Save Supermarkets and Gold Star Cleaners were the participants. Also, Coca-Cola helped with picking up the coats.