Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of September 6, 2021
75 Years Ago – Sept. 5, 1946
Brothers met after 10 years apart — After 10 years of separation, two brothers met during the weekend in Westfield. Born in Erie, Pennsylvania, the boys’ last reunion was in Buffalo, New York, in 1936.
Donald Scott, a mechanic in Corey’s Garage in Westfield, the husband of the former Miss Irma Benjamin of Presque Isle and a veteran of eight years’ service with the Army Air Force, had been stationed in Presque Isle for one year with radio intelligence at the Lovely farm. He received his discharge in May, 1945. Robert Scott, a member of the Coast Guard for three and a half years, was employed as a mechanic in Duxbury, Massachusetts. Serving in the South Pacific during the war, he was discharged in April of 1945. Seeing his brother was not Robert’s lone reason for making his initial trip to Aroostook County. On Aug.t 13 at the Presque Isle General Hospital, a son, Terrance Boyd, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Donald Scott, and he wanted to get a first glimpse of his new nephew.
Presque Isle woman addressed Rotarians — Miss Sue V. Thompson of Presque Isle was the guest speaker at the Washburn Rotary Club. Miss Thompson’s topic was “Opportunities of American Women and What They are Doing in the World of Today.” She was introduced by Tom Patterson, program chairman. Miss Thompson brought to light many unusual professions that women are in today and gave a very interesting talk on the woman’s place in the world of today. Guests present were Frank Carver, Washburn, and Rotarian Geo Sawyer of Houlton.
50 Years Ago – Sept. 8, 1971
Couple went to national convention — Mr. and Mrs. Olen Holmes of Presque Isle were in Dallas, Texas, to hear the new president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars urge the organization’s 462,000 members to “encourage and help the returning veteran who has problems of adjustment, education and employment.” Following her election, Mrs. Paul (Frances) Harmon of Omaha told delegates to the VFW Auxiliary national convention in Dallas that “each situation is different so it will be necessary to learn the individual need and try to fill that need.” She urged each of the 6,705 Auxiliary groups in the 50 states and several foreign countries to “sponsor an event or project to honor or assist our Vietnam era veterans” and to invite other organizations to join in the effort.
Presque Isle native promoted — Lawrence J. Smith received the insignia of Navy Lieutenant Junior Grade (LTJG) from his wife Diana and Air Force Col. L. G. Miller, commander of the Nuclear Weapons Development Command of Field Command, DNA. Promotion ceremonies were held at Field Command Headquarters, Albuquerque, New Mexico, a joint service agency. A native of Presque Isle, the newly promoted LTJG Smith is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Smith, Parkhurst Road, and a 1964 graduate of Presque Isle High School. He earned a BA at Swarthmore College (Pennsylvania) and MA in physics at the University of Wisconsin.
25 Years Ago – Sept. 4, 1996
Nichols took UMPI post — Dr. Glenn O. Nichols accepted the position of vice president, academic affairs at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. The appointment was approved by the Board of Trustees at their July 15 meeting. Dean of the College at Kentucky Wesleyan since July 1995. Nichols began his collegiate career at Iowa State University of Science and Technology. Later, at the University of Maryland, eastern shore, he was chairman of the university senate. In 1975, he received a Leverhulme Overseas Fellowship, then returned to a position at Anderson University near Indianapolis where he served as department chair for 10 years. From 1991 to 1995, he was Dean of the School of Arts and Science at Sul Ross, a small Texas State University. As dean, Nichols developed the academic computer facilities, and implemented an articulation program with community colleges.
Agency on Aging received a grant — Aroostook Area Agency on Aging directors received a grant from the Maine Women’s Fund to publish a book entitled “Old Women’s Wisdom.” The intent of the book was to interview older Aroostook County women and have them share their bits of wisdom, their stories on such topics as isolation, culture, language, family, education and economics. All aspects of this project were women driven, drawing upon many local women to give voice to, honor and celebrate women’s contributions in Aroostook County.