Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of April 6, 2022
75 Years Ago – April 3, 1947
Going to Guam — Lieutenant Commander Helen Boyle, daughter of Mrs. Ann Boyle of Presque Isle, had been assigned to overseas duty in the Pacific to take up her assignment in Guam following a 30-day leave.
She had been stationed in Seattle, Washington, for the previous 18 months. Mrs. Boyle left via the Canadian Pacific Railway to visit her daughters, Lieut. Com. Boyle and Mrs. Frank Spoor and family in Seattle.
New National Guard unit — Members of the newly organized Battery A, 152nd Field Artillery Battalion that passed inspection for federal recognition as a unit of the Maine National Guard were, Lt. Edwin Farley, battery commander; Lt. Eugene Burgoyne, executive officer; First Sgt. Fred Frazier, Lloyd Shaw, Aubrey Briggs, Martin Coty, James Knox, Harold Fields, John McDonald, Henry Gagnon, Merritt Archer, Arlington McGaughy, Frank Akeley, Edward Roope and Philip Vance.
Committee head — Harry E. Umphrey, president of the Aroostook Potato Growers Inc., had been named chairman of the United States Potato Advisory Committee, which held its first meeting the previous week in Washington. The committee recommended that the industry use facilities provided by the Research and Marketing Act to increase research toward improved marketing methods and development of new outlets for fresh and processed potatoes.
50 Years Ago – April 5, 1972
Approaching the 54,000 mark — Maine had nearly reached the 54,000 figure for snowmobile registrations, according to Lorenzo J. Gaudreau, director of the Maine Fish and Game Department’s snowmobile office. Gaudreau said to date approximately 53,800 machines had been processed through his office. He said that applications were handled ona here-today-gone-tomorrow basis if the application was in proper form. During peak periods, temporary permits were issued over the counter, thus allowing the staff to process mail applications.
High team bowlers — Greg Bishop and Lottie Ireland won first place trophy awards in Northern Lanes’ doubles Sunday, April 2. Second place were Don Ireland and Helen Lacy. In third place were John Dionne and L. Ireland. High singles: for the men, Galen Good; for the ladies, Marie Cooney.
Michaud-Clark took couples — A pinfall of 921 won the Sunday night, April 2, couples bowling at Astro Bowling Lanes. Phil Michaud and Paula Clark were in the top spot, followed by Glen Sullivan and Harriett Brewer and Wendell Clark and Joyce Smith. High singles not in the first three places included, for the women, Doris Munn 101, and for the men, Floyd Smith 129. Women bowling 90 and above: Joyce Smith 92, 94, 98; Doris Munn 101; Mary Lawrence 97, 91; Margaret Sullivan 97; Joan Michaud 91, 93; Eula Nightingale 92.
25 Years Ago – April 2, 1997
Super musicians — The Presque Isle High School Combo placed first in the state during the Maine State Jazz Festival in Standish. In addition to the group’s recognition, three individuals were saluted for their efforts. They included Maria Tungol, Tyler Wood and Kyle Green.
Ski package winner — Shannon Marquis was the winner of a ski package at Quoggy Jo Ski Club. Her name was drawn during the club’s February scavenger hunt. The package, which included skis, boots and poles, was donated by Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Presque Isle and The Ski Shop of Van Buren.
Young authors — The following students from Fort Street Elementary School attended the 1997 Young Authors Institute at Caribou High School on March 22. They included Stephen Smith, Naomi Smith, Karter Larrabee, Katie Bell, Jenna Robinson, Jason Theriault, and Stevi Fletcher; as well as Central Aroostook Junior High students Heather Johnston, Chantal Gagnon, Mindy Rideout and Dennis McCartney.
Poster contest winners — Fort Street Elementary School held a dental health poster contest for its students to increase awareness. Winners in the event included third-grader Andrew York and first-grader Sarah Long.