From our Files – Week of April 19, 2023

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50 Years Ago — April 26, 1973

    65th Wedding Anniversary — Mr. and Mrs. Pascal Jandreau of St. Francis,celebrated their 65th wedding anniversary. Rev. Bernard Nicknair officiated at the mass celebrated at their residence. A buffet lunch was served immediately following the mass. An open house was held for their many relatives and friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Jandreau married in St. Francis in 1908 by the Rev. Canuel. The Jandreau have six children.

25 Years Ago — April 22, 1998

History revealed — A piece of local history was revealed last week in April of 1998, as Central Building Supply of Madawaska removed old siding from their Main St. location in preparation for a new covering. For a brief period of time, the name and date of the original builders were uncovered. As indicated by the lettering, the barn was built in 1937 by then-owner Luc R. Hebert and his sons Claude, Norman, Guy and Edgar. The boys painted each board by hand with Norman painting the lettering. The building was later handed down to Edgar Hebert who was to have started Hebert’s Hardware but, sadly, passed away three days before the grand opening. The building was then sold to Emile Chasse who then passed it on to his son-in-law Fred Wetmore.

10 Years Ago — April 17, 2013 

Town of Grand Isle addresses 2012 fire rubble — Although the state fire Marshal’s office has concluded its on-site arson investigation at the location of Cravings Restaurant in Grand Isle, the charred rubble remains behind a chain link fence. Some in the community have expressed a desire to see the debris cleared away. “All efforts are being made to address the issue,” said Grand Isle selectman Bob Dunbar last week in 2013. The March 15, 2012 fire destroyed the restaurant owned by Lee Beaulieu and Laurie Gregory.