Caribou area From our Files – Week of December 15, 2021

Beth Lacombe, Special to The County
2 years ago

115 Years Ago – Dec. 11, 1906

Railroad expansion — A petition is ongoing for a 145-mile branch of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad which, if built, will open up a large lumbering and sporting territory for the area.

Kind donation  — Through the kindness of Mr. Haynes, superintendent of the Caribou Water Company, extra lights have been placed in the Catholic Church.

100 Years Ago – Dec. 14, 1921

Skating rink opens The snow on Collins Pond was scraped off the ice last week, the ice was flooded and a number of electric lights have been placed around the rink, making for very good skating. The work was done by Victor and Dennis Nedeau, who asked for a small charge for using the skating rink. A large number of people, young and old, have been enjoying the skating.

New church taking shape — The framework of the new church is to be erected by the Caribou Pentecostal Society on the corner of Sweden and Summer streets. It is being built by S.C. Page, architect.

75 Years Ago – Dec. 11, 1946

Bridge committee — The bridge committee met on Wednesday to discuss the location of the new steel bridge over the Aroostook River. Construction of the bridge is estimated at $250,000.

Caribou girls win scholarship — Carolyn and her twin sister Marilyn of Perham and Caribou were among delegates that won scholarships at the Nat’l 4-H Club Congress held in Chicago last week. Carolyn won a $200 scholarship in the National 4-H Clothing Achievement Contest. Marilyn captured the State Style Dress Revue Award. This is the first time twins have been in the contest.

50 Years Ago – Dec. 14, 1971

Donation — Lillian Wark presented Joan Tardiff, resident activities director for the Veterans Home in Caribou, with a donation from the State of Maine DAVA to be used to purchase gifts for residents of the home.

Carnival committee John Doyle, president of the Caribou Winter Carnival and Sportsmen Show announced this week that the various committees of the organization are in the process of shifting into high gear in preparing events for the first postwar carnival to be staged in Caribou, Feb. 13-15.

25 Years Ago – Dec. 11, 1996

Mr. Paperback  Donation Barbara Scott, manager of Mr. Paperback Books in Caribou, presented a check to Philip Turner, Vice President of the Caribou Historical Society, in support of its efforts to promote interest in local history. Mr. Paperback carries two historical novels by Mr. Turner and the store donates the proceeds from the sales to the Historical Society.

Rocheleau Joins Committee Staff Robert Rocheleau has joined the Loring Commerce Center staff as the sales and marketing director. “We are pleased to have Bob on our team. He comes with us with an excellent background in facility redevelopment and sales, “ said Loring President Brian Hamel.