Houlton area From our Files – Week of May 18, 2020
100 Years Ago – May 26, 1920
Rotary discussion — At the regular meeting of the Rotary club on Friday evening B.B. McIntyre of the Houlton Electric Co. gave an illustrated talk on the growth and development of electricity, which was most interesting.
Rough ride — H.R. Grant of Hamilton-Grant Co. went to Lewiston last week and drove back a truck for his business. He reports the roads in very good shape, and while somewhat rough in some places there are no bad holes.
75 Years Ago – May 24, 1945
Resigns from Police Department — Alfred Ayotte, who has been connected with the Houlton Police Department for nine years, four of which he served as a special officer and for the past five as a regular officer, has resigned from the department and left for Providence, R.I., where he will conduct his own plumbing and steam-fitting business. Mrs. Ayotte will join her husband in Providence sometime during the week.
Library receives gift — Mrs. Leroy S. Brown of Lexington, Mass., formerly Miss Geneva May Philbrick of Houlton, has recently presented to the Cary Library, a book containing 25 specimen, facsimile pages of the Gutenberg Bible, the first book ever printed from type. While Houlton cannot possess a genuine Gutenberg Bible, it may be of interest to see this book, [a] modest sample of the world’s oldest and most highly valued book printed from type.
50 Years Ago – May 27, 1970
Pioneer Times to sponsor program — The Houlton Pioneer Times will serve as the sponsor of the Maine Community Betterment Program of the Town according to an announcement made this week. It became the first newspaper to officially sponsor MCB within the State. Marshall B. Hammond, editor and publisher of the Pioneer Times, will serve as acting chairman of the MCB program in Houlton. He will be assisted in the formation of the program by Mrs. Virginia Hiltz, new editor of the paper.
Receives congratulations — Bob Blanchette received congratulations on being elected president of the Houlton Chapter of Jaycees by the outgoing president, Phil Gulliver. Mr. Blanchette won the contest following vigorous campaigning in a political convention style. Other officers elected were Jim Hunt, first vice president; Bob Powlesland, second vice president; Terry St. Peter, secretary; and Bob Lester, treasurer.
25 Years Ago – May 24, 1995
Boy and Boot awards — Paul Forest, president of the Houlton Regional Health Services Foundation Board of Trustees, presented pewter Boy and the Boot statues to donors completing pledges. Receiving awards were: Suan Cullen, Beth Moore, Barbara Bossie and Polly Joslyn.
War memorabilia on display — A German newspaper announced German ‘Kapitulation’ at the end of their World War II involvement. Miniature soldiers awaiting instructions, posters depicting the homefront experience for Americans and medals are on display in the Dr. Ellis display case. These sights and more are part of Cary Library’s WWII display. Local veteran Frank Peltier hopes people will add to the collection.