Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of January 18, 2023

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100 Years Ago – January 18, 1923

Hard coal deliveries in Presque Isle — The first real break in hard coal deliveries in Presque Isle had occurred during the previous fortnight; the bins of many households had run bare, and they had to resort to various substitutes in the shape of wood and soft coal. It was understood that the Perry Company had received another supply of anthracite.

75 Years Ago – January 15, 1948

Hotel company stockholders authorized program to add two floors to Northeastland — Stockholders of the Presque Isle Hotel Co. at their annual meeting Monday morning took definite steps toward financing and construction of a two-story addition to the Northeastland hotel, intended to double the number of rooms in the hotel, and at the same time increased the number of directors of the corporation from seven to ten. President D. Fred Cliff immediately appointed the finance and building committee chairman to proceed with the construction program authorized by the stockholders.

Aroostook County Farm Bureau — Norman C. Morehouse of Presque Isle was one of nine men who received a State Mild Tester license after completing a four day training course at the University of Maine.

50 Years Ago – January 17, 1973

Distributor moved to Star City — A company which had been serving Aroostook County for 25 years announced plans to locate a warehouse distribution facility in Building 101 on Skyway Industrial Park. Larry Clark, executive director of the Presque Isle Industrial Council, said a lease between the City of Presque Isle and Charles R. Dubay Co. was approved by the city council. The lease was good for one year and the company, and renewable for each of the following two years.

A Presque Isle native was lecturer — Dr. Gary Boone, a distinguished geologist and professor at Syracuse University, was a visiting lecturer at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. A Presque Isle native, Boone was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Storer W. Boone. He was involved in research and special study dealing with rifting patterns in the British Isles and New England area. Dr. Boone credited Dr. Forbes with a very important part of the research on the project that involved the discovery of marine fossil evidence in various rock formations. Forbes, a native of Washburn, had taught at UMPI for several years. He also served as the state paleontologist.

Mrs. McLellan honored — Mrs. Alma McLellan was honored as outgoing president of the Central Aroostook 4-H Leaders Association during their Thursday evening meeting Jan. 11 at the University of Maine, Presque Isle. Mrs. McLellan had been president of the organization since 1965 and had also been president in previous years. Mrs. Charlene Drake, 1973 president, presented Alma with a Fostoria Coin Glass dish. Mrs. McLellan was vice president in charge of the 4-H Leaders Food Booth during Northern Maine Fair Week.

25 Years Ago – January 21, 1998

In appreciation — Aroostook County Administrator Roland D. Martin congratulated Phyllis Oliver, who had retired as Deputy Register of Probate after 30 plus years of service. Oliver was honored at the county commissioners’ Jan. 14 meeting in Houlton.

UMPI added volleyball to its list — The University of Maine at Presque Isle added women’s volleyball to its list of varsity sports. Athletic Director Jack Daniels said the team had a limited schedule in 1998 and a full schedule in 1999, and noted that it was the perfect time to add the sport. “Volleyball is now a varsity sport at many high schools in the state and this will give women a chance to continue at the intercollegiate level,” Daniels said. He added that the search for a new coach was underway. The university was offering 10 sports, a list which included men’s and women’s cross country, soccer and basketball, golf, baseball and softball.