Houlton area From our Files – Week of January 5, 2022

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115 Years Ago – Jan. 9, 1907

Rockabema Lodge — Rockabema Lodge I.O.O.F. have elected the following officers for the ensuing year: N.G., Chas. A. Lyons; V.G.O.A. Jacobs; secretary, C.B Whitcomb; treasurer, Geo. H. Wiggin. Mr. C. L. Fox who has been secretary of the lodge during the last 10 years, was obliged to resign the office this year on account of poor health. The installation takes place on Thursday night.

First National Bank – – The annual meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank, was held at the banking rooms Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1907, and the old board of directors was elected for the ensuing year, C.H. Pierce, A.W. Madigan, W.C. Donnell, A.H. Fogg, A.T. Putnam, H.T. Frisbie, W.P. Mansur.

75 Years Ago – Jan. 9, 1947

Local pilots en route — Carl Young and Garfield R. Smith of Houlton will take part in the sixth annual Gulf Air Tour to Florida, an event which will bring into the air the largest number of private pilots in the history of aviation, Major Al Williams, noted speed flyer, Pulitzer trophy winner and head of the aviation department of the Gulf Oil Companies, disclosed yesterday, They plan to take off after Jan. 2. As previously announced, Eddie Bither will also take part in the tour and will be accompanied by Frank Totman. They plan to take off Friday.  

Sherman trapper — Harland L. Richardson, well known trapper of SHerman Mills, is a winner of the Daily Award for correct pelt handling in the 18th National Fur Show conducted by the Raw Fur Marketing service of Sears Roebuck and Co. Richardson’s carefully handled White Weasel pelt brought him one of the $5.00 daily awards, as a result of its being judged one of the three best handled skins among all pelts received at Sears Raw Fur Marketing Station in Philadelphia.

50 Years Ago – Jan. 5, 1972

Earns commission — Miss Lynn MacNair received her bars as a second lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps from her father, Jack MacNair of Houlton. The commissioning ceremony took place Dec. 17 at Quantico, Virginia. 


Houlton Pioneer rates – Newspaper prices, payable in advance, were: In Aroostook County, one year, $7.50; outside Aroostook County, one year, $8.50; in Canada, one year, $9.50. Single copies 20 cents, from newsstands or carrier boys, 30 cents a copy if mailed from the office.

25 Years Ago – Jan. 15, 1997

Masons present check – Monument Lodge in Houlton presented the County Dialysis Center with a check for $15,000, which will fund one complete dialysis unit. At the presentation were Jim Bailey, the lodge’s Junior Warden; Mark Morrow, project director for the County Dialysis Center; Marvin Hayes, Master of Monument Lodge; Herschel McIntosh, chairman of the lodge charity fund; and Robert Reece, Senior Warden. 

Awarded Degree – – in graduation ceremonies June 8 in Portland, Bryn Burnham was awarded the degree of Doctor of Osteopathy from the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine. The ceremonial placing of the professional hood was performed by John Erler, attorney at law.