Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of July 26, 2026

Compiled by Yvonne Tardie, Special to The County
11 months ago

100 Years Ago – July 26, 1923

Mapleton boy made good — Mr. T. Frank Carter educated in the Mapleton common schools, then Aroostook State Normal School, graduating in 1910. He was principal of the grammar school in Danforth for three years, then went to Bowdoin for two years; then Aurora College, Aurora, Ill., graduating with the B.S. degree in 1913. Following that, he became principal of the Gilman HS, Northeast Harbor. He entered the military service afterwards, went overseas, and served in the Intelligence Department for about a year. After returning, he became the principal of the Orono HS from 1919 to 1920. From there, he was called to the principalship of the Bar Harbor HS. In 1921, he accepted a position of Principal of the Stevens High School Rumford falls.

75 Years Ago – July 22, 1948

Governor dedicated Aroostook State Park — Governor Horace A. Hildreth formally dedicated the Aroostook State Park, “acknowledging Harry B. Green’s vision and generosity,” in a formal ceremony in which the chief executive accepted a deed to the water rights and dam site at the outlet of Echo Lake and unveiled a bronze tablet in memory of Mr. Green. The pine-paneled public room of the new log lodge at the State Park was filled with state officials and local residents at the dedication ceremony.

Ready for camp — A bunch of youngsters, nearly ninety boys, gathered on the B. & A. lawn Sunday at noon waiting for the buses to take them to Long Lake to enjoy a week’s outing at the Presque Isle Community Boys Camp. Although the registration was nearly eighty percent above the total number of boys for whom provision originally was made, the camp staff and committee had taken care of the needs of all the boys and the nineteenth season of the community camp was one of the most successful in the camp’s history.

50 Years Ago – July 25, 1973

NBTA champions — Two Presque Isle young ladies have made their names and talents known in the area by taking titles in twirling competition. Kathy Parker was the 1973 Junior NBTA Champion Twirler, Junior Champion Fancy Strutter and Military Strutter. Micelle Swartz was the 1973 Senior Champion Twirler and recipient of the Governor Kenneth Curtis Award, Senior Champion Fancy Strutter and Military Strutter. Both were eligible to represent Maine at St. Paul, Minnesota, at the annual Winter Carnival and were featured in the latest 1973 edition of “Who’s Who in Baton Twirling.”

Crowned heads of Spudland — One of the high points of the annual Potato Blossom Festival held in Fort Fairfield is the crowning of a new Maine Potato Queen. Commission of Agriculture Maynard Dolloff crowned the 1973 Potato Queen, Anne Dubay, 18, of Fort Fairfield, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alcide Dubay. Kimberly Akeley of Fort Fairfield was crowned Junior Miss During an earlier pageant. Saturday afternoon, July 21, the girls participated in the Festival parade through downtown Fort Fairfield under sunny skies.

Vice president — Richard F. Smith of Presque Isle was named vice president of the Edward C. Jordan Co. Inc., Maine’s largest Consulting Engineering Architectural and Planning firm. The promotion was announced by Edward C. Jordan, President of the Portland based firm which also maintained offices in Bangor and Presque Isle. Smith had headed the firm’s Presque Isle office since its opening in 1963 and continued to be responsible for Northern Maine operations.

25 Years Ago – July 29, 1998

Worster won Spudland Open — Dana Worster took a one-stroke lead into Sunday’s round, then proceeded to shoot par for his final 18 holes to win the 31st annual Coca-Cola Spudland Open, held Saturday and Sunday at Presque Isle Country Club. A total of 195 golfers participated and competed for a purse of $6,100, according to tourney director Barry Madore, the club professional at Presque Isle Country Club. The Brewer native and Bangor Municipal Golf Course member took advantage of the nice weather by carding a solid 74 on Saturday and coming back for an impressive round of 72 Sunday to win by five strokes over runner-up Dan Hotham. For his efforts, Hotham took first gross and was presented the Joseph J. Freeman Award for being the Presque Isle Country Club member with the lowest score in the tournament, finishing with a 151.

New elected officers — Newly elected officers of the Presque Isle Rotary Club and present were Steve Bowler, president; Tim Doak, vice president; Matt McHatten, second vice president; Joan Morris, sergeant at arms; Steve St. Pierre, treasurer; Bonnie Foster, secretary; and Charlie Violette, out-going president.