Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of December 21, 2022

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75 Years Ago – Dec. 18, 1947

Officials of the farm loan group — Newly elected officers and directors of the Central Aroostook Farm Loan Association and guest speakers met at their annual meeting. Those present were Clair Pollard of Ashland; Linwood Wellington of Caribou, assistant secretary-treasurer;

W. Burns Long of Presque Isle, president; Wendell Blackstone of Caribou; Roy E. Duff of Presque Isle, secretary-treasurer; Frank Landers of Mars Hill; William Walker of Presque Isle; Dr. Charles Merchant of the University of Maine; Edward W. Whittaker, assistant treasurer of the Federal Land Bank, Springfield, Massachusetts; Donald McCrum of Mars Hill, vice-president. Gladstone Chapman of Caribou was also a director of the association.

DeLong received an award — C.C. DeLong of this city was congratulated by F.H. Marr of Boston, assistant zone manager, after receiving the Nash Ten Point Award for outstanding service as a Nash dealer. Some of those attending the award ceremony were Fred Davis of Boston, district manager, and Charles B. DeLong, manager of the sales and service department of the C.C. DeLong Garage.

50 Years Ago – Dec. 20, 1972

Hallowell named department head — Romeo Marquis, principal of Presque Isle High School, announced the appointment of Lawrence Hallowell as the new Mathematics Department chairman filling the vacancy created by the death of James Dyer. Hallowell, who had taught in the mathematics department for the previous seven years, was chosen from three candidates by Superintendent of Schools Joseph McBrine and Marquis. The selection was made on the basis of the candidates’ administrative ability, educational capacity and general character. As the head of this department, Hallowell was responsible for department budgeting, course development, department evaluation and all other department administration as well as his normal duties as a teacher. Hallowell had a Bachelors degree from the University of Maine at Orono and a Masters degree in Mathematics from Colby College.

Wildcat band trip received $150 donation — Wildcats to Washington were given their second contribution of $150 from Suburban Propane. The contribution was given by John H. Miles, district manager of the company, and received by James Lyford, treasurer of Wildcats to Washington. This contribution helped pay for the Presque Isle High School Band to go to Washington, D.C. Miles said that this was a personally tremendous opportunity, to make this trip, the only way many students would ever be able to go. The students that go should remember this trip for many years to come, he continued. John H. Miles Jr., son of Mr. Miles, was a member of the band at Presque Isle Isle High School.

25 Years Ago – Dec. 17, 1997

Presque Isle student brought home FFA speaking award — Sixteen-year-old Julie Gunderman possessed poise and confidence beyond her years. The Presque Isle High School junior knew what she wanted and how to express herself, which helped her win the bronze medal for public speaking at the National FFA Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. Gunderman, who was also president of the local FFA chapter, spoke about sustainable agriculture. The thrust of her eight-minute speech was that using commonsense agricultural practices with emphasis on using fewer inputs can enhance the environment and increase productivity in the foreseeable future. Gunderman started work on her speech almost a full year prior, competing first in the regional FFA competition in January where she took first place. She then went on to the state contest in March, where her victory qualified her for the national convention Nov. 12 in Kansas City. In addition to making her speech, Gunderman also had to submit a written copy of her comments, and answer questions by the judges.

Pool donation — The Community Pool Project of Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman received a $500 donation from U-Save Auto Rental and Hoffses Auto Sales. Those present during the presentation were Scott Hoffses, U-Save Auto Rental; Bonnie Steeves, Member of the Fundraising Committee; Roger Hoffses, Auto Sales; and John Edgecomb, Town Manager, Mapleton, Castle Hill and Chapman.

Trust donation — Joe Clukey, manager of Katahdin Trust Company, presented a $500 contribution to the Mapleton/Chapman/Castle Hill Community Pool Project. Fundraising committee members, John Edgecomb and Bonnie Steeves accepted the donation.