Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of August 9, 2023

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100 Years Ago – August 9, 1923

Lectures and conferences on Junior work — Miss Elizabeth A. Fisher, assistant and director of the National Junior Red Cross, was in Presque Isle giving lectures and conferences on Junior work in the schools at the Aroostook State Normal School. Miss Fisher was in town on invitation of Principal Merriman. Prior to Presque Isle, Miss Fisher gave a week of lectures at Castine Normal School.

75 Years Ago – August 5, 1948

Record crowds throng Northern Maine Fair — A crowd estimated at 30,000, which Northern Maine Fair Officials said was the largest on record, thronged the fairgrounds for the third day of Aroostook’s big fair. “It looked like the days of John R. Braden,” one fair official observed as the afternoon crowds filled the grandstand, paddock, and baseball stands, crowded the rails on both sides of the track, and swarmed through the midway.

Former Washburn girl did cancer research — Dr. Betty Carlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Price of Washburn, completed her internship at the Deaconess Evangelical hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. She was affiliated with the pathology department of Barnes hospital in St. Louis in cancer research, and spent some time in Washington, D.C. at the Army Institute. She graduated from the University of Maine with high honors in 1943 and later received her M. D. degree from the Yale School of Medicine. While at Yale, she was married to Dr. Richard Carlin of New York, a classmate, who at the time being, served his internship at Barnes hospital, specializing in surgery.

50 Years Ago – August 8, 1973

Chasse retired — Albert Chasse of Winchester Drive was honored at a retirement banquet after working as meat manager for the Presque Isle A&P since June 1931, 42 years. Caribou and Ashland employees were also present, along with the meat supervisor from Bangor, Fred Leland, and the grocery supervisor from Ellsworth, Fred Tucker.

A winner — A Mapleton 4-H’er and his Ayrshire received first place honors during the Bangor State Fair 4-H Dairy Show July 30. Vaughn Chase and eve, his senior yearling, were among seven members of the Aroostook Valley 4-H Dairy Club and their projects to compete in the fair.

Easton man in National Meet — Mike Corey, president of the Maine FFA Association, was one of 85 FFA officers who met July 26 with Secretary of Agriculture EArl L. Butz. The hour-long meeting was a highlight of a week-long State FFA President’s Conference in the Nation’s Capital. The conference was sponsored by General Motors Corporation as a special project of the National FFA Foundation, Inc. Corey, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Walton Corey of Easton, was elected president of the Maine FFA Association at the State Convention in June. In his remarks Secretary Butz congratulated state and national FFA officers for their “great job of carrying to every nook and cranny, the story of American agriculture, agribusiness, and the American food industry.” 

25 Years Ago – August 12, 1998

Connors was named vice president at a local bank — Gregory D. Connors was promoted to an assistant vice president at Peoples Heritage Bank. He continued to work in business development and sales in the Retail and Small Business Banking Department located in Augusta. Connors joined Peoples Heritage Bank in 1995. A resident of Yarmouth, he was a member of the Chamber of Commerce and also volunteered with the March of Dimes and the United Way. Originally from Presque Isle, he was a 1985 graduate of the University of Maine in Orono.

Somerville joined rehab staff — Physical therapist Jenny Somerville of Presque Isle joined the professional staff at PEAK Rehab. The first master’s degree physical therapist in the County, she was a Presque Isle High School graduate. Holding a master’s degree from the University of Osteopathic Medicine and Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa, and a bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from the University of Maine in Farmington, she was the fifth therapist at PEAK and had interests in neurologic rehab, pediatrics and orthopedics.