Houlton area From our Files – Week of July 5, 2021

Beth Lacombe, Special to The County
3 years ago

100 Years Ago – July 7, 1921

Business takes new name The Friedman & Smart Co., dealers in automobile supplies, have changed their name to The Northern Supply Company, but there has been no change in personnel.

B & A recalls idle employees — Improved traffic conditions of the B & A Railroad have caused the management to announce that the 750 hands who were laid off a month ago because of the slump in business were returned to their work and by last week all will be back at work.

75 Years Ago – July 3, 1946

Freely becomes Rotary president — Austin P. Freely was inaugurated as president of the Houlton Rotary Club at the annual meeting last week and presided at his first meeting Monday noon. He succeeds Arnold Peabody, who’s been in charge of the affairs of the club for the past year and a half.

Thunderstorm damage — The terrific thunderstorms on Monday morning caused widespread damage to between 60 and 70 potato and grain fields in Southern Aroostook County. The three house deluge dumped three inches of rain that damaged about 450 acres recently planted in the Houlton area.

50 Years Ago – July 7, 1971

Diploma — Mary E. “Matty” Curtis, a 91 year old Sherman Mills resident has been awarded her high school diploma. She was an 1898 graduating class member of Patten Academy and missed the graduation ceremony. Katahdin High School Principal Loren Ritchie awarded the diploma.

Commission sets up in Houlton Houlton has been selected as one of two satellite locations for offices of the Maine Employment Security Commission. The two person staff, Janice McNutt and Clem Josselyn will be responsible for helping workers interested in retaining or upgrading skills, or to assist with employee-employer relations. 

25 Years Ago – July 3, 1996

Charity golf event a great success The American Cancer Society Golf Tournament for men and women held at the Limestone Country Club on June 15 was a great success, according to its coordinator Susan Black. Golfers raised $1,709 for cancer patients and their families.

Fair time this week Pie eating, fireworks, carnival rides, truck pulls, livestock shows, a demolition derby, and a parade are just a few of the events taking place in Houlton this week during the 150th Anniversary of the Houlton Fair. A number of musical events are also scheduled to perform.