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Caribou area From our Files – Week of November 9, 2020

115 Years Ago – Nov.  15, 1905

Railcars — Starting this week warm car service will be inaugurated from Boston to Aroostook County points on the Bangor & Aroostook Railroad for fruit shipments.

100 Years Ago – Nov.  18, 1920

New school The brick work has been completed for the new Parochial School, and workmen are making good progress on the interior of the building.

School committee — To give the people of Caribou an idea of the crowded condition of the schools the following figures were given; the primary school has 211 children, the High Street building has 213 children, the Sincock building 379 children, and the high school has 252 children.

75 Years Ago – Nov.  15, 1945

New road — All citizens of Caribou, Washburn and other towns will be interested in the position for a new road between Washburn and Portage Lake.

Water Companies — Marshall Sharp has taken over as superintendent of the Caribou Water Company in connection with the Limestone Water Company.

50 Years Ago – Nov.  18, 1970

Firemen attend annual supper — Following tradition, Limestone firemen with Chief Bert Poitras attended their 39th annual oyster stew supper at the Limestone High School cafeteria. The stew was prepared by Herm Ward, Bob Phair and Burns Phair.

Donates his prize Michael Keaton, treasurer in the Senior Patrol of Boy Scout Troop 184, presented a check for $25 to Rogis Keaton, troop committee chairman and treasurer. Keaton had won the money at the pie eating contest at Caribou Foodliner and donated his prize for troop activities. This troop is sponsored by Lister-Knowlton VFW Post 9389 and meets each Monday evening at the post home with Scoutmaster Deus Morneau. Thirteen boys are working towards badges.

25 Years Ago – Nov. 15, 1995

Museum field trip Students and staff from the Easton Elementary School examined specimens during an Oct. 24 field trip to the Nylander Museum in Caribou. The class watched a video on rainforests on the Museum’s projection screen. Copies of a first edition of the Nylander’s new school newsletter featuring field trip opportunities at the museum were recently sent to more than 200 area teachers. Jerry Leary, museum director, said student groups are welcome at the museum free of charge.

Washburn company competes globally Main Street in Washburn has a drug store, a post office, a town office and a million-dollar computer software company. Nestled quietly in downtown Washburn, a town of 1880 people, sits ATX Forms. The company creates, markets and sells computer tax-form software to Fortune 500 companies. It was created by brothers Steve and Glenn Willett.

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