Houlton area From our Files – Week of April 5, 2021
100 Years Ago – April 7, 1921
New owners — The farm on the Lake Road owned by Plummer Green has been purchased by O.B. Porter.
New employment venture — Carl O’Donnell has resigned from the Feely Drug Store to accept a position with the Metropolitan Insurance Company.
75 Years Ago – April 3, 1946
Mrs. James F. Palmer is elected president — Dr. Palmer was elected president of the Madigan Memorial Hospital of Patronesses Associates at the annual meeting held Wednesday afternoon.
Houlton High School circus — The Annual Houlton School Circus, which was suspended during the four-year World War II period, will appear again Friday, April 26. It will have all the former attractions, in addition to many new features.
50 Years Ago – April 7, 1971
Ready-Mix sold to Bartley Builders — Eugene Bartley of Caribou, who was associated with Donald Guy for 12 years before going into business for himself in 1965, this week became the new owner of Houlton Ready-Mix.
Island Falls hardware, Agway stores sold — Island Falls Hardware and the Agway Store have a new owner. James D’Angelo of Presque Isle recently purchased the Island Falls Hardware from Wilson Palmer. The store will operate in the same way but with the addition of Agway products. The Agway Store, also purchased, will stay open as usual. It will concentrate on the needs of the farming community, such as feed, seed, fertilizer and lime.
25 Years Ago – April 3, 1996
Derby facer — Tony Dumais, 11, of Presque Isle has been selected as this years’ driver in the Northern Maine Soap Box Derby in Houlton for Unicel. Tony entered the drawing which was held at Unicel locations in Presque Isle and Houlton. Tony will be driving the Unicel car, assembled and decorated by Tony and the Unicel crew in the derby race June 14-15.
School greenhouse opens to the world — The new greenhouse at Houlton Elementary School was formally presented to the public during a special ceremony held Sunday. Crowds packed the school’s cafeteria in celebration of the volunteer project. It was only one year ago that Dad’s Club, a volunteer group of fathers whose children attended the school, undertook the project.