Houlton area From our Files – Week of September 28, 2020
100 Years Ago – Oct. 6, 1920
New restaurant — The Restaurant stand in the exchange block, which has been so successfully conducted by Mercier Bros., has changed hands and will open on Thursday of this week.
The new proprietors are Fitzpatrick and Rush of Providence, R.I., who have a large experience in this business and will cater to the wants of the people in their line.
Off to Brunswick — Mrs. O.A. Hodgins and Mrs. F.W. Mitchell were in Brunswick last week as representatives of the Woman’s Club to attend the State Federation.
75 Years Ago – Oct. 4, 1945
A special effort — The VFW Auxiliary is making a special effort to make their donations to the Disabled Veterans Funds one of the largest in the state. The beano party was most successful due to the generosity of the local merchants and auxiliary members.
New position — Mrs. Fanny Hemore left Wednesday for Lewiston, where she has accepted a position.
50 Years Ago – Oct. 7, 1970
New Gulf dealer — Otis Putnam, president of Putnam Bros. Co., welcomes James E. Ward as the newest member of the Gulf family in Houlton. Mr. Ward became owner of the Gulf service station on North Street, next to the shopping plaza. He will call his station Jim’s Gulf.
Honored on birthday — Mrs. Bernice Elwell of Sherman was honored with a family gathering in observance of her 82nd birthday. Refreshments included two birthday cakes, one a gift from her son and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Elwell, and two of her daughters, Mrs. Audrey Long and Mrs. Angeline Strait.
25 Years Ago – Oct. 4, 1995
Ribbon-cutting ceremony — A ribbon-cutting ceremony was recently held for the Office of Rehabilitation Services’ new office in Houlton. Participating in the ceremony were Cathy Surran of the Town Council; Bob Reece, president of the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce’s executive committee; Geeta Balakrishnan, BDL executive director; Margaret Brewester, director of the division; Nancy Ketch, executive director of the chamber; Sharon Lowery, a vocational rehabilitation counselor; Kristy Swallow, a rehab teacher for the blind and visually impaired and vocational rehab; and BDL Placement Specialist Susan Putnam.
School participation — Southside School was presented with an award for representing the highest percentage of participation by a school in the annual Houlton Regional Hospital Fun Run. Southside had a 0.44 percentile of participation followed closely by County Road School with 0.43 percent. Recognized for their participation were; Robin Wright, Emilly Carpenter, Karen Gates, Whitney Brown, Elisa Madore, Fun Run coordinator; Principal Joe Feeney; Chris Devoe, Sara Graham, Megan Ward, Bob Wright, Kate Cummings, Sara Beasley, Jacob Ball, Rachel Sewell and Lisa Perfitt, Fun Run coordinator.