Caribou area From our Files – Week of December 22, 2021
115 Years Ago -Dec. 18, 1906
Hardware store opens at new site — S.E. Briggs, having purchased Duff & Smith’s stock of hardware, will be found at his new place of business on Sweden Street where he will see his friends and customers as the new location opens.
Talented taxidermist — E.W. True of Fort Fairfield was in town Saturday with a handsomely mounted head of a buck deer. Mr. True is an artist of that line and his work is not excelled by any taxidermist in the state.
100 Years Ago – Dec. 23, 1921
Washburn celebrates new school — A beautiful new school building which houses the Washburn High School and grade schools of that town opened for occupancy last Monday.
Boys form their own team — A number of our local boys have formed a basketball team under the name of the Caribou Athletic Team.
75 Years Ago – Dec. 18, 1946
Representing Aroostook — Wallace Fenlason attended the potato meet in Springfield as a delegate from Aroostook County.
Demand for workers — Woods operations continue to expand at a fast pace due to the favorable lumber and pulpwood prices. Due to the demand, workers are not available in the numbers needed to fill these jobs at the pace they are expanding.
50 Years Ago – Dec. 23, 1971
Airport Lighting on demand only — Night lighting at the Caribou Municipal Airport will be on a demand basis only, rather than throughout the night, the Caribou City Council determined Monday. The decision came after it was learned that keeping the runway lighted from dawn to dusk would cost the City 76 cents an hour.
35 years on staff — Louise Coffey recently marked 35 years of service with New England Telephone. She joined the company in 1936 and served as an operator in Caribou and Presque Isle and also was a supervisor in Presque Isle. A native of New Sweden, and a graduate of Caribou High School, she is a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America.
25 Years Ago – Dec. 18, 1996
Teacher of the Year — Elizabeth Lamb was presented with the Adult Education Vocational Teacher of the Year Award at the Maine Adult Education Association’s annual banquet. Presenting the award was Al Menard, director of Caribou Adult Education.
Check Presented — Funds raised by the 1996 Northern Maine Folk Festival held earlier this year benefited area charities including the Jefferson Cary Foundation. John McCormack, former executive director of Cary Medical Center and now a member of the Quality Management Oversight Committee for Maine Blue Cross and Blue Shield, presented a check for $1,000 representing proceeds to Mary Harrigan, chairperson of the Jefferson Cary Foundation Board of directors. Also there was Dr. Craig Small, a member of the foundation board.