From Our Files

75 Years Ago –   Nov. 14, 1946

Druggists group chooses new leader — Ted Thompson of Presque Isle was elected president of the Aroostook County Druggists’ Association as the group met in annual session at the Northland Hotel. The outgoing president, Ralph Emerson of Island Falls, presided over the meeting, at which other officers named for the coming year were W. W. Raymond of Caribou, vice president; and William H. Cumming of Houlton, secretary treasurer. The new board of directors was Ken Gammon of Limestone, Lester Barker of Oakfield, Arthur Feeley of Houlton, George Parent of Danforth, and Ralph Emerson of Island Falls.

Chester A. Doudey at Tsing Tao China — Chester A. Doudey, seaman second class, USN, husband of Mrs. Mary Doudey of Presque Isle, arrived at Tsing Tao, China, aboard the destroyer USS Stickell, attached to the 7th Fleet in Asiatic waters. The Stickell completed an assignment as escort to the carrier USS Princeton when she carried the remains of the late Philippine President Quenson to his homeland from the United States. The duties of the Stickell out of Tsing Tao largely consisted of transporting crewmen of larger vessels from ship to Shanghai for liberty and recreation.

FEDERAL SERVICE — Ronald E. Townsend was presented a Certificate of Service and service emblem in recognition of 20 years’ faithful service with the Federal Government. The presentation was made Oct. 29 by Lt. Col. James S. MacKenzie, Base Civil Engineer. Townsend had been employed by the Civil Service since 1953 and served in the military during World War II. Townsend, who resided in Mars Hill, was a Carpenter Leader, Carpenter Shop, Loring. (File photo 1971/The Star-Herald)

50 Years Ago –  Nov. 17, 1971

Top student honored — During the regular weekly meeting of the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club Nov. 9, Betty McCready of Presque Isle High School was honored for being one of 80 of the top students in the state as a semifinalist in the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The meeting at the Northeastland Hotel also featured Rod McCormack, director of the Work Opportunity Center. Lew Pepin reported on the progress of the annual talent review. Lewis Libby introduced Robert Carter as his guest.

In the top 10 — Donald Johnston, buyer for the local branch of Milliken-Tomlinson Company, was selected seventh in the top 10 buyers in teh Vermont, Maine and New Hampshire area. He was selected by food salesmen throughout the region in response to a survey by the Griffin Report. Chamber of Commerce president, Irwin Porter, congratulated Johnston on his award and commended him on this distinction.

Two Girl Scouts attained recognition — Girl Scout Troop 111 held their weekly meeting at the Baptist Church Nov. 9. The meeting got underway with a flag ceremony, Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag and the Girl Scout Promise. A Court of Awards was held at which time Vickie Scott and Nancy Humphrey were awarded First Class badges and pins. They were the first to receive this award since the beginning of the Girl Scouts organization here about five and a half years prior. Presentation was made by assistant troop leader, Mrs. Carol Jordan. Mrs. Mary Humphrey and Mrs. Cecile Scott attached the pins and badges to their daughters’ uniforms. Their fathers, Wilburn Scott and Keith Humphrey, witness the ceremony. 

25 Years Ago –  Nov. 13, 1996

SAD 1 harvest recess nets students $98,352 — During the annual harvest break, of the 691 Presque Isle high school students surveyed, 237 (34.3 percent) did harvest-related work and made a total of $98,352. There were 218 (31.5 percent) who did not-harvest work, raising about 50,000.The remaining 236 (34.1 percent) did not work. The previous year, 211 students participated in the harvest, accounting for 29.9 percent of the student body. That figure increased 4.4 percent in 1996. In 1995, students made $149,611, which was about $51,000 more than student earnings during the 1996 harvest.

Official signing — A formal agreement was signed between the University of Maine at Presque Isle and the new Loring Job Corps Center. Taking part in the signing were Michael Easton, UMPI president; Don Ettinger, director; Reginald R. Reed, center deputy director; Diane Boone, assistant director of administration; Sherryl Lisco, outdoor recreation instructor; Louis Scappitici, manager of academic and vocational training; Carol McGlinn, career advancement manger; James Gagnon, administrative director; and Dave Jones, associate professor of recreation at UMPI.

TAMC joined Rotary for fundraiser — The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) suspended its Annual Fund campaign for 1997 as a separate activity and encouraged participation in the Presque Isle Rotary Club’s special project to raise $125,000 for the County Dialysis Center, which was being established as a new TAMC  service in cooperation with Eastern Maine Medical Center.

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