Houlton area From our Files – Week of May 17, 2023

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75 Years Ago, May 13, 1948

Colby Basketball Capt. To Coach at Houlton H.S. – Houlton High School is getting a new basketball coach next fall and one known throughout Maine and New England for years of star performance on the court with the baskets. He is Eugene A. “Gene” Hunter, Colby College captain of basketball this year, and former start at this home-town high school at Presque Isle.

Mr. Hunter will assist in other sports and will serve as assistant physical education director of Houlton schools, according to an announcement by Supt. George J. Cumming. Besides playing basketball at Colby, Mr. Hunter has starred since his early days in grammar and high school, and at the Aroostook State Normal School which he left in 1941 to go to Colby. After two years at the college, he went into service with the Navy and returned two years ago. He will graduate this June and plans to serve as a recreation official this summer at Presque Isle until his duties here begin.

Sherman Mills Grange Observes 70th Anniversary with Bow To Past – The 70th anniversary of Golden Sheaf Grange, No. 234, was celebrated Thursday night at Grange Hall with a special program of commemoration. The meeting was called to order by Jack Sleeper, past master, substituting for Worthy Master Colby Estabrook, who is sick. The lecturer’s program was in charge of Gladys Sleeper. Mollie Patterson read the history of the Grange over the years between 1878 to 1928 when the 50th anniversary was observed with a special program. One number that the program repeated Thursday night, a vocal solo, “the Beauty of the Hills,” by Helen (Cottle) Robinson. 

50 Years Ago, May 16, 1973

Chamber Honors Sister Corinne And Miss Turney – The Houlton Chamber of Commerce conducted its annual luncheon this noon at the Northland Hotel, with the two top officials of Houlton Regional Hospital being honored. Chamber President Walter Peabody presented the recognition awards to Sister Mary Corinne, administrator of the Hospital, and to Miss Helen Turney, the assistant administrator. Also honored during the luncheon was Gary Adams, the immediate past president of the Chamber. 

Remember When… –  Pork chops were only .88 per pound, whole chickens were .45 a lb, .13 for fresh cucumbers, and two pounds of onions were .59

25 Years Ago, June 3, 1998

Bither honored for service – Linneus’ Kenny Bither was recognized for his community service at a birthday party and roast last Saturday. He was presented with an appreciation plaque and was showered with stories from residents past and present, some of whom traveled hundreds of miles to be part of this special occasion. “The neat thing about Kenny is that he doesn’t do what he does for payment or recognition,” said Nancy Rideout of New Hampshire. “Sometimes he does things just to make people wonder who did it.” According to Linneus Town Manager and friend Fran Hutchinson, “He’s very much a volunteer who is interested in the community, the young people in the community and the people of the community as a rule. He’s a good-hearted person.” Bither, a native of Linneus, has served on the Linneus PTA, volunteer fire department, board of selectmen (12 years), community development project grant, community’s planning board, and he was instrumental in founding the Linneus Sno-Sports with Fred Dunlop.

First class leaves Christian Academy – High school graduation is a special time for seniors, their families and friends, and the teachers who helped them along the way. However, for seniors at the Greater Houlton Christian Academy, their graduation last Friday night was an extra  Special event as they were the first class to graduate. Joy Cowperthwaite, Nathan Foster, and Johanna Sjoberg proudly marched in the school’s auditorium wearing their green caps and gowns as Ken Foster, Nathan’s father, played “Pomp and Circumstance” on the trumpet.