Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of June 7, 2023

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100 Years Ago – June 7, 1923

Beverly was named County agent — Verne C. Beverly, formerly of Bangor, an instructor in agriculture at Patten Academy, was recommended for appointment as County Agent, in succession to Mr. Edward W. Morton, who was in charge of extension work in the County for two years, and accepted a job at the office of field agent for the Maine Potato Growers Association.

Mr. Beverly was well remembered as a star end on the University of Maine football team several years prior, a native of Calais who graduated from Bangor High School in 1914 and from the University of Maine in 1920.

75 Years Ago – June 3, 1948

Speakers named for commencement week — The Rev. John J. Harris, pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic church, gave the address at the baccalaureate service Sunday evening, which opened Commencement Week activities at Presque Isle High School, and Dana M. Cotton of the Harvard graduate school of education faculty was the speaker at the graduation program Friday morning.

Dinner honoring Congresswoman — A public dinner honoring Mrs. Margaret Chase Smith of Skowhegan, Representative to Congress from the Second Maine District and candidate for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate was held at the Northeastland hotel Tuesday evening, at 6:30. 

50 Years Ago – June 6, 1973

Rotarians donated to Scholars — At the business meeting of the Washburn Rotary Club held Wednesday evening, May 30, at the Washburn Memorial Library, a motion was passed that $300 be donated to the Dollars for Scholars fund. It was also decided that a joint meeting of the Ashland and Washburn Clubs, who tied in the attendance contest, be held at Oxbow Lodge, Oxbow, this being neutral ground. William Leach was program chairman and introduced Prof. William J. Davidshofer, instructor in the Soviet Studies Program at the University of Maine, Presque Isle as guest speaker.

Yale graduate — Arthur P. Smith graduated from Yale University completing the four-year curriculum in three and one-half years with a major in Philosophy. Smith was a 1969 graduate of Presque Isle High School.

Most valuable player — Honored at the University of Maine at Presque Isle annual Sports Awards Banquet was Leon “Cyd” Dyjak of Indian Orchard, Mass., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Dyjak of Indian Orchard. He was named “Most Valuable Player” for the year in soccer. He also led the team, of which he was co-captain, in scoring penalty shots. Named to the Northeast All Conference Team, “Cyd” was completing his junior year at UMPI where he was majoring in Health, Physical Education and Recreation. 

25 Years Ago – June 10, 1998

The Easton FFA chapter earned state awards — The Easton FFA chapter participated in the State FFA Convention on May 14 and 15 at the University of Maine at Orono. Eighteen members competed in eight Career  Development Events. The awards ceremony after the State Association Banquet was always a highlight, honoring the members’ hard work during the last few months. The whole chapter was honored with a “Good Sport Award” for helping the state association with a problem. Prettiest Jessica Blackstone accepted the award.

First Citizens hired a new officer — David J. Dorsey, president and CEO of First Citizens Bank, was pleased to announce the hiring of Gary Bragdon as Accounting Officer in the Presque Isle office. Bragdon joined the bank with over 13 years of accounting experience; including seven years as an accountant in the financial industry. His responsibilities included preparing financial reports for senior management and the Board of Directors and assisting in the compliance of Year 2000 issues. Bragdon earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Husson College. He and his wife, Tracie, and children, Jenna dn Gary II, resided in Caribou.