Caribou area From our Files – Week of September 13, 2023

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115 Years Ago – Sept. 10, 1908

Extensive renovations completed — A. J. Taylor has completed some extensive improvements on his residence on High Street, completely remodeling and renovating it, putting down hardwood floors, both upstairs and down. He has also built on an addition to the dining room, put in a bathroom upstairs as well as down. A very large refrigerator has also been built, and so constructed that the ice is put in from out of doors. The house is well heated, radiators being placed in each room, besides three fireplaces. The house has also been newly papered and painted. The plumbing work was done by McCubrey & Pratt.

Trip to Boston — Miss Evelyn Fisher started yesterday on a trip to the Boston and New York markets where she will purchase her fall and winter stock of millinery. She was accompanied as far as Augusta by her brother’s children, Marion and Kimball Fisher, who came to Caribou a couple of weeks ago in company with Mrs. A. B. Fisher and Mrs. P. L Hardison.

100 Years Ago – Sept. 13, 1923

Directory being formed — A new pocket directory of the village of Caribou is being printed at this office. The work, which was compiled by W. B. Brown, contains the names of our citizens, together with their address, street and number; also other valuable information. When completed the book will, we predict, find a ready sale, and be of considerable value.

Meeting to be held — A meeting of telephone officials is to be held at Augusta this week and will be attended by six from Aroostook Telephone and Telegraph Company, A. G. Vose and Miss Bessie C. Watson, chief operator, representing the northern part of the county.

Returning from meetings — Mr. Brown of the Engineering Department of the New England Tel. & Tel. Co., returned to Boston Monday after spending two weeks in Presque Isle and Caribou planning for telephone cables.

75 Years Ago – Sept. 9, 1948

Wife of a local man competes for the ‘Miss America’ title — Caribou leaped to the state and national limelight recently when Mrs. Jean Gammon, wife of Roland Irving Gammon of Caribou, was entered in the 10th annual Mrs. America contest under the title of Mrs. Maine. The curvaceous, pretty blonde model made final preparations this week in hopes of being selected the nation’s most beautiful wife. The 10th event which was started in 1938 but dropped during the war will be held at Asbury Park, New Jersey. Mrs. Gammon will compete with more than 40 other state and sectional winners for the coveted crown. With the title comes $5,000 in cash and prizes. The Mrs. America contest is a direct rival of the famed Atlantic City, N. J. Miss America Contest.

The Chamber has a new secretary — Joseph W. Hatch, 26, of Wilmington, Delaware, who recently resigned from an executive capacity with the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, has officially assumed his new office here as executive secretary to the Caribou Chamber of Commerce. He was appointed by the board of directors.

25 Years Ago – Sept. 16, 1998

Concert brings in $18 million here, Loring nets about $75,000 — ‘You’d never know there were 60,000 people out there (on the runway) three weeks ago,’ said Brian Hamel, president of the Loring Development Authority. Fans of Lemonwheel rolled out of town leaving an estimated $50 per day each in their wake. Hamel said more than $18 million was spent in the state as a result of the concert. The official count of Phish fans is 60,000, which includes paid tickets, complementary tickets and concert workers. This figure is 10,000 less than the 1997 Great Went. A contract with Burrelle’s revealed more than 22 million people were exposed to the Lemonwheel concert. These reports were found in 645 news clips printed in 416 publications.

Medical chopper visits Cary — LifeFlight of Maine, the state’s new medical helicopter, will begin service to the region on Sept. 21. The helicopter is a twin-engine Agusta 109 LifeFlight Don Dorsey said it is capable of flying on one engine. The crew on the helicopter consists of the pilot, a flight nurse and a paramedic from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.This helicopter will service the Caribou region.