Caribou area From our Files – Week of March 8, 2023

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115 Years Ago – March 5, 1908

Repairs being made — C. H. Merrill has been making repairs on the ever-popular Vaughan House, repainting the dining room, and repapering and painting the rooms on the upper stories. The work is under the supervision of W. W. Gatherer.

Changing jobs — Otto Currier, who has been clerking in F. Riley’s grocery, is now working in the Caribou Grange store, and Brooks Callahan is working in F. Riley’s store, formerly employed in the grange store.

100 Years Ago – March 8, 1923

Losing newspapers — Eight months ago Aroostook county had eight newspapers, now it has only five. Is not this mortality of 37 ½ percent a rather large one? It simply shows how difficult a thing it is nowadays to keep up the publication of a newspaper. If you don’t think so, try it. As is well known the Aroostook newspapers that have gone out of existence during the past eight months are: The Daily News, Houlton; the Ashland Gazette, Ashland; the Mars Hill News, Mars Hill.

Town is prosperous — Stockholm is fortunate in the midst of the hard times in Aroostook. Its lumber industry is making prosperous times for the community there with business lively, and people moving in town instead of out of it. The same is true of other lumber manufacturing towns, with the industry humming in response to good demand and profitable prices for lumber.

75 Years Ago – March 4, 1948

Weather Bureau brings publicity to Caribou — Apparently Caribou is receiving much favorable publicity through the official US Weather Bureau station at the local airport. Word was recently received here that at the recent Eastern Snow conference, held at the Sheraton Hotel, Pittsfield, Mass., one of the featured speakers pointed no less than 20 times the service of the Caribou station. Clayton Hardison, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grover Hardison, who is with the U. S. The Geological Survey, water resources branch, in Albany recently was privileged to attend the conferences, and wrote home a detailed report. Hardison also mentioned that while there he met Ernest Klieman, former manager of the Caribou station.

McIntire named the new Publicity Director for Maine Potato Growers — H. E. Bryant, general manager of Maine Potato Growers, Ind., announced today that Clifford McIntire will take over active management of the membership and public relations department, succeeding John A. McCargar, who recently resigned his position with Maine Potato Growers in order that he might go into business in his home town of Salinas, Calif.

25 Years Ago – March 11, 1998

New Caribou pumper arrives — The most recent addition to the Caribou Fire Department has never put out a chimney fire, rescued a cat from a tree or doused a burning building. Yet. The shiny-red addition, a Metalfab Pumper truck, is an American LaFrance and will pump 1,250 gallon per minute. The truck will replace a 1977 American LaFrance pumper truck. While other towns are borrowing money or leasing trucks, Caribou purchased the $220,000 pumper truck with money saved over the last 20 years in a reserve account.

Canoe race winners — A team from the Caribou Business and Professional Women’s Club placed first in the service organization class of the Winter Rules Extravaganza Downhill Canoe Race held at the Caribou Country Club. Kathy Mazzuchelli, Caribou recreation director, presented the award to BPW members Geri Martin and Shelly O’Rourke, BPW president. The event was part of Caribou’s 1998 Winter Carnival.