Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of September 13, 2023

Compiled by Yvonne Tardie, Special to The County
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100 Years Ago – September 13, 1923

Froggatt was hired by the Star-Herald — Norman E. Froggatt and family of Amherst, N. S., arrived in town Tuesday. Mr. Froggatt, who was an all round printer, had accepted a position in the mechanical department of the Star-Herald. Mr. Froggatt was an expert pipe organist, having graduated from the Royal College of Organists, London.

75 Years Ago – September 9, 1948

Maine Growers approved marketing agreement — Maine potato growers voting in the referendum August 30 and 31 approved the proposed potato marketing order by an overwhelming vote, the United States Department of Agriculture announced, the order being approved by 93 per cent of the producers voting and by 92 per cent of the production represented in the referendum. More than half of the potato producers, representing about two thirds of the production in Maine, voted in the referendum.

Council approved pay increase for fire department — The city council at its regular meeting voted a pay increase of $5 a week to the city’s six ful-time firemen. Fire Chief Herbert Treffery told the council that, as only four of the authorized total of six firemen had been employed during the early part of the year, the pay rate for the remainder of the year might increase from $40 a week to $45 without exceeding the department’s budget.

50 Years Ago – September 12, 1973

Kearney was honored nationwide — Frank Kearney was featured in the Seventh Annual Edition of  “Who’s Who Among American High School Students, 1972-73,” the largest student award publication in the nation. Students from over 18,000 public, private and parochial high schools throughout the country were recognized for their leadership in academics, athletics, activities, or community service in the book. Less than two percent of the junior and senior class students nationwide were awarded this recognition.  Kearney, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Kearney of Mars Hill, had been active throughout high school. Some of his activities included class offices, Student Council, band, winner in Junior Exhibition Speaking, athletic activities, French Club and he attended Boys’ State.

Percy Pelkey expanded business — Percy’s had been in business about eleven years, having gotten its start as a used car sales lot on the Fort Fairfield Road. In 1963, the business moved to its location on North Main Street. In 1968, travel trailer sales was added to the business and in 1969, Percey’s acquired the Renault line of automobiles, featuring a complete line of new cars. For the previous three years, they had been in the mobile home sales and service and had been active in the snowsled business.

25 Years Ago – September 16, 1998

ACAP celebrated its move into new headquarters — About 150 people attended the Aroostook County Action Program’s ribbon cutting ceremonies Thursday afternoon at the new North Main Street location. ACAP Executive Director, Connie Sandstrom said there was positive support and feedback from the community and felt everyone  was “excited about the new building”. The ceremonies included remarks from Steve Richard, chairperson of the ACAP board of directors, ACAP board member, Jim Donnelly, Norman Fournier, chairman of the Aroostook County Commissioners and former ACAP executive director, and Presque Isle City Manager Tom Stevens.

Shirt donation — First Citizens Bank donated uniform shirts to the Presque Isle Recreation and Parks Department for its summer baseball program. Susan Grove-Markwood, assistant vice president/marketing manager at First Citizens Bank in Presque Isle handed the shirts to Dick GArdiner, program director for the recreation and parks department.

Presque Isle’s Barnes won MDOT roadeo award — Sandra E. Barnes of the Aroostook Regional Transportation System (ARTS) in Presque Isle was third place winner in the Maine Transit Association (MTA) and the Maine Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) annual Roadeo. A resident of Presque Isle, Barnes was born in Smyrna and was a 1962 graduate of Oakfield High School. A veteran driver with 20 years of experience, Barnes joined ARTS in October of 1978 as a vehicle operator.