Caribou area From our Files – Week of February 15, 2023

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115 Years Ago – Feb. 13, 1908

Trip to Boston and New York — Ray N. L. Brown started Tuesday morning for Boston and New York where he will visit the markets for the purpose of selecting a spring and summer stock of goods for A. V. Goud & Co.’s dry goods store.

Congratulations are in order– The many friends in Caribou feel to congratulate Ernest L. Seavey on his successfully passing the Bar examination of the State of Massachusetts recently.

100 Years Ago – Feb. 15, 1923

Meeting to formulate plans — A meeting is being held in the Sincock school building this Thursday afternoon to formulate some plans whereby the town may have the services of a school physician.

Nominations made — H. H. Jewell has been nominated by Gov. Baxter as State Humane Agent. A. A. Garden has been nominated as notary public.

75 Years Ago – Feb. 12, 1948

Yes, it really was brrrr – The saying that everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it is very evident in Caribou. The current cold spell is easily the longest and most severe on record since 1940, the year in which the local U. S. Weather Bureau office was established. The present cold spell started January 10,the temperature being below zero daily since that date, with the exception of January 13-14-17-22, making a total of 29 below zero days out of 33. Of those below zero days, five fell between -20 and -30. 31 degrees below zero was the coldest mark registered, that being January 25. This -31 is the second lowest temperature on record at the Bureau. On February 16, 1943, the reading and record low was -32. Other cold periods of exception in the bureau’s history occurred in January, 1942 and 1943, February in 1944, but all were of short duration.

Attends managers meetings in Boston — J. J. Howlett, manager of J. C. Penney Col. here, left Wednesday to attend a managers meeting at the Statler Hotel in Boston.

25 Years Ago – Feb. 18, 1998

Ayoob to be honored as Citizen of the Year — Larry Ayoob will be honored by the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce March 7 as the town’s citizen of the year. Ayoob was born and raised in Fort Fairfield, graduated there in 1952. He became an attorney in 1962 and practiced in Waterville for six years. In 1968 he returned to Fort Fairfield to continue his practice and has been there ever since. 

Builders Club presents donation — The officers of the Builders Club at Caribou Middle School recently presented a donation to the Red Cross. Presenting the check to Larry Harrison, manager of the Aroostook County Red Cross, was Jonathan Judkins and Brandon Bouchard.

Scholarship Fund — Norman (Billy) Martin, owner of Martin Forest Products of Caribou, has donated a cord of hardwood to the Caribou BPW Monte Carlo Night to be held Feb. 21 at the Five Seasons Resort. All proceeds will go to the BPW scholarship fund. Shelly O’Rourke, president of BPW, accepted the donation.