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Caribou area From our Files – Week of August 24, 2020

115 Years Ago – Aug.  30, 1905

Potato seed — The first carload of certified seed potatoes of any kind from the State of Maine, were shipped from Caribou today by Bishop and Babbin.

100 Years Ago – Sept. 2, 1920

School  The cement arrived in town today to resume the work at the Caribou Parochial School.

Rail cars — The B. & A. Railroad has ordered six 105-ton locomotives in anticipation of the demands of crops moving during the coming season.

75 Years Ago – Aug. 30, 1945

Smelly visitors — Mr. and Mrs. Harold Parker arrived home to Masardis Monday to discover a family of skunks lived in their shed all winter. The family of baby skunks were found in a barrel in a cozy nest. The Parkers fed the skunk family milk and bones. When the warm weather arrived they departed to parts unknown leaving behind the well wishing Parkers.

4-H sewing exhibit in Penney’s Window — A sewing exhibit completed by the 4-H Club Girls of Aroostook County has been on display this week in the window of the J.C. Penney store. It is amazing to learn that over half this work was done by girls between the ages of 10 and 14 years. Arrangements of these displays were made through the courtesy of  The Spool Cotton Company.

 50 Years Ago – Sept.  2, 1970

Potato growers elect — Named officers at the 11th annual membership meeting of Limestone Potato Growers on Aug. 10 were; Bernard Shaw, president; A.J. Edgecomb, vice president; Richard Edgecom, treasurer; Victor St. Pierre, Jr., secretary; Keith Milton, clerk; and directors, Vernon Edgecomb and Allan Sloan.

United Fund starts today The 1970 Caribou United Fund Drive is in full swing as of today. According to the 1970 drive president, Dale Dee, a goal of $26,000 has been set to help agencies serving the Caribou area. Campaign chairman for this year is Bert Johnson. Johnson reports that an all out effort will be made throughout September to realize the good of the organization.

                                                         25 Years Ago – Aug. 30, 1995

S.W. Collins Company Honored  — S.W. Collins Company Inc. of Caribou and Presque Isle has demonstrated the ability to thrive over the last 150 years. Maine’s oldest family owned lumber company is just one of 31 companies nationwide to be in the inaugural inductees into the BMR Century Club. The recognition honors lumber yards and building material dealers who served their community for over 100 years.

Gubernatorial Hug Hildur Hanson, a New Sweden native, visited with Governor Angus King during recent Swedish Colony’s 125th Anniversary celebrations. She is very involved in senior activities and is a very independent woman.

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