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Caribou area From our Files – Week of November 9, 2022

115 Years Ago – Nov. 7, 1907

Sold the farm — Edgar W. Russ has sold his farm, perhaps better known as the Harris place, to Fred Blackstone of Washburn. This is considered to be one of the finest farms in this section, and is only two miles from the village.

Cellar dug — S.E. Briggs & Son, having raised their building several feet, also the building occupied by C.P. Hussey, and dug a cellar under both with a cement wall, have now done a good job of placing a gravel walk in front of both stores.

Sold business and moving away — Geo. Flewellyn of Washburn was in Caribou Wednesday. Mr. Flewellyn has sold his blacksmith shop in Washburn and expects to move his family to Skowhegan next week, where he intends to purchase a small farm.

100 Years Ago – Nov. 9, 1922

Signed contract to cut lumber — Joseph and Edward Santerre, who reside on the Van Buren Road, have signed a contract with the Allen Quimby Company of Stockholm to cut one million feet of timber during the winter. They will carry on the work about eight miles from Stockholm and will employ about 50 men.

75 Years Ago – Nov. 6, 1947

Golden anniversary observed — Mr. and Mrs. D.D. Powers, longtime residents of Caribou, are to observe their golden wedding anniversary on Monday, Nov. 17, at their home. Mr. Powers says their residence will be open from 2 to 5 that afternoon to all friends. He adds, “The event will be very informal, and no special invitations are being sent.”

Schools close while teachers take exams — The entire teaching staff of the Caribou school system, together with the pupils, were granted a holiday all day Wednesday. The occasion occurred as the result of a new State of Maine law which required schoolteachers to be examined for tuberculosis. Examination was made, which included X-rays, at the Northern Maine Sanitorium, Presque Isle. Janitors, office employees and kitchen workers all were required to be examined with the teachers.

25 Years Ago – Nov. 5, 1997

Corner store closes after 50 years — After years of operation, Lynn’s Thriftway on South Main Street will be closing its doors at the end of November. Owner of the “corner grocery store,” Lynn Doody, said once everything is sold, the closing will mark “the end of an era.”

Bingo proceeds — Don McDougal of Caribou VFW Post 9389 recently handed over a check for $700 to aid the 35 victims of the Jacob’s Avenue fire. Ellen Gendreau of the Salvation Army accepted the check on their behalf. Earlier in October, the Ladies Auxiliary donated $400 to an auxiliary member, also left homeless in the blaze. Most of the post’s money, which goes toward such needs, is raised through weekly Bingo games, held at the VFW on Van Buren Road.

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