Caribou area From our Files – Week of July 6, 2020
115 Years Ago – July 12, 1905
Steamer— Several citizens went up the river for the Fourth of July on the Steamer “Alta” last week.
New paint job — G.B. Roberts is treating the interior of his barber shop to a fresh coat of paint.
100 Years Ago – July 15, 1920
Blacksmith shop — Knox Brothers have a crew of men repairing their blacksmith and wood working shop on Water Street which was damaged by fire recently.
75 Years Ago – July 12, 1945
Duke and duchess pass through Caribou — The famous Duke and Duchess of Windsor passed through Caribou on the train Friday afternoon, July 6, on their way to Montreal, Province of Quebec, and presumably on to the Dulles ranch in Ontario.
A.V. Railroad gets new diesel locomotives — Two diesel-electric freight locomotives, built by General Electric Company of Erie, Pennsylvania, are in Caribou for inspection this afternoon according to an announcement by G.B. Hallet, manager of the Aroostook Valley Railroad Company. They will be on display in Caribou, Washburn and Presque Isle for the public to see.
50 Years Ago – July 15, 1970
New Sweden celebrates their centennial year — Colony Queen’s Day, Senior Citizens Day, Maine Sesquicentennial Sunday, all programmed for Maine’s Swedish Colony Centennial, give one insight into what the five-day celebration, beginning July 22, is all about. The coronation of a queen, an hourlong parade, a historical pageant, bands, awards, Swedish cooking, dancing and musical entertainment and of course fireworks are all part of the lure.
Culture prevails — Maine’s Swedish Colony is represented in this age by the residents of New Sweden, Stockholm, Westmanland and other neighboring towns who are direct descendants of the emigrants from Sweden who settled in the area.
25 Years Ago – July 12, 1995
Quilting kids send hope — Twenty-two Teague Park School third-graders recently worked on a special classroom project that has given them great pride. The youngsters created a special quilt for the daycare center youngsters who were injured in the Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing. The quilt is now displayed in a glass case at the Children’s Hospital of Oklahoma City.
Donation appreciated — Health educator Dawn Schillenger-McDougall received a plaque from the Caribou Little League program recently in recognition of a donation by the Pine’s Health Center’s Lifestyle Changes program. A walk-a-thon was held in May by the Lifestyle Changes program with proceeds of $1,500 going to the Little League program.