Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of November 9, 2022
75 Years Ago – Nov. 6, 1947
Upper Aroostook Valley teachers elected officers — The Upper Aroostook Valley Teachers’ Club met at the Central Building, Ashland, with nearly all the members present. The guest speaker was Raymond Bowden, guidance director at Presque Isle High School.
The social hour was enjoyed at the close of the meeting and refreshments were served by the teachers of the Sheridan schools. At the business meeting, the nominating committee brought in its report and the following officers were elected for the school year: Mrs. Grace Weeks, president; Grover McLaughlin, vice president; Mrs. Ada Searway, secretary and treasurer; teachers welfare committee, Stan Brewer, Annie Coffin and Evelyn Belyea; program committee, Flora Blanchard, Kathleeen Fraser and Fred Parker; refreshment committee, Myrtle Orcutt, Pearl Crory and Helen Morrison; public relations committee, Hazen Belyea, Mariel Clark and Raymond Amnott.
Future homemakers elected officers at opening meeting — The Future Homemakers of America elected the following officers at their first meeting of the school year: president, Margaret Hanson; vice president, Eileen Thompson; secretary, Marjorie Lamoreau; treasurer, Maxine Johnson; reporter, Frances Skillins; historian, Elizabeth Pryor; and parliamentarian, Barbara Thompson.
50 Years Ago – Nov. 8, 1972
C.E. Noyes began operations in Star City — C.E. Noyes, a wholesale-retail tire company known throughout Maine, opened a $135,000 center in Presque Isle. With its home office in Bangor, C.E. Noyes had been wholesaling tires in Aroostook County for many years by a Queen City. Company officials explained that the new Presque Isle store was to help expedite service to their Aroostok customers while simultaneously providing the company a growth outlet. C.E. Noyes wholesales and retails Uniroyal, Michelin, Cooper and Kelly-Springfield tires. In addition to selling tires, the company also sold wheels, suspension, exhaust and frontend parts, and it offered total repair service for anything involving the undercarriage of any vehicle.
Poisson named manager of Ashland branch — Donald J. Poisson was named manager of the Ashland Office of the Washburn Trust Company, according to an announcement by Laurel W. Thompson, president. Poisson assumed his new duties on Nov. 1 and his duties were managing the general operation of the bank in the Ashland area. Prior to joining the Washburn Bank, Poisson received considerable experience from the Merrill Bank where he was employed in the management training program. His latest assignment was Assistant Manager of the Bucksport Office of Merrill, Washburn Bank and Merrill Bank were affiliates of Merrill Bankshares Company. Additional financial experience was obtained from his earlier employment in the Brewer office of Universal CIT.
25 Years Ago – Nov. 5, 1997
Volunteers awarded — Awards were given for 3,850 volunteer hours to Telephone Pioneer members and partners for making Hug-A-Bears, nursing home visits lifeline and playground maps. Those receiving awards were Wilhimina Harris, Audrey Richards, Loueen Davenport, Don and Delores Laveway, Phil and Janice Conley, Margaret Erwin, Doris Bohovich, Arlene Wiggins and Jim Williams.
Teacher honored by Wal-Mart store — Alice Malloch, a teacher at the Opportunity Training Center, received the 1997 Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award for excellence in teaching. Malloch was honored Oct. 23 at the Wal-Mart store in Presque Isle. In appreciation, the store presented a $500 grant to the school. Malloch was one of 1,500 teachers from around the country who were selected to receive the award. The winners received a total of $750,000 in grants for their schools or districts. “Teachers have one of the most challenging and critical jobs in our communities,” said David Glass, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. “The Wal-Mart Teacher of the Year Award program is our way of letting them know how much we appreciate their contributions to the education of our youth, which in turn contributes to the vitality of our nation.” The teachers were nominated for the award by their school or school district. Winners were selected by a panel of local community leaders.