Caribou area From our Files – Week of July 21, 2021

Beth Lacombe, Special to The County
3 years ago

115 Years Ago – July 17, 1906

Hot weather grows big spuds — During the hot summer showers the potatoes got away from the farmer; several fields were too big to hoe and many of the fields are in blossom already.

New location – – L.N. Berce moved his harness store across the street into the store next to Sodergren & Larrson’s.

100 Years Ago – July 20, 1921

Lemon tree Raising lemonade in Aroostook was well on its way as an established industry. A lemon tree owned by Mrs. Blanchard Clark of Fort Fairfield was producing lemons from which several tumblers of lemonade were made.

New police chief  — H.H. Noites was named the new Chief of Police for Caribou.

75 Years Ago – July 17, 1946

Bag factory ready to go — The Bag Factory will begin operations in Caribou next week, according to an announcement made by Ralph Allen. This opening is a month ahead of schedule.

125 attend classes at swimming pool — Diving boards for the swimming pool on Sweden Street have arrived and 125 children are attending daily swimming classes under the supervision of Miss Gloria Noyes, it was announced yesterday by Emily Plourde, Director of Caribou’s Youth Recreation Program.

50 Years Ago – July 20, 1971

Cancer drive nears goals — Collections in the current fund drive in Caribou for the Maine Cancer Society stood at $1,367 Monday, according to Bert Johnson, Treasurer.

Chemical storage plant under construction Construction has begun for a second tenant in Caribou Industrial Park, Grimes Road, according to an announcement by Philip H. Brown, President of the Caribou Development Corporation. The new tenant will be The Hamblet and Hayes Chemical Company who will lease the 10,000 square foot facility from the Development Company.

25 Years Ago – July 17, 1996

Hole-in-one  — Jack Lancaster of Caribou aced the 170-yard hole no. 7 Friday at the Caribou Country Club. Lancaster used a three-wood club for the rare accomplishment, which was his first ever hole-in-one in over 20 years of golfing.

Toy project supporters Steve Corbin, chairman of the Caribou Toy Project, presented Don McDougal, quartermaster of the Caribou Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9389, with a plaque recognizing the VFW’s support to the toy project. Simultaneously McDougal presented Corbin with a $1,790 check from the VFW’s bingo fundraiser for the project.