Presque Isle area From our Files – Week of September 20, 2023

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

100 Years Ago – September 20, 1923

Washburn Boy Scouts camped at Haystack Mountain — Accompanied by their pastor Rev. B. H. Thomas, the Washburn Boy Scouts had a most enjoyable outing at Haystack Mountain for two days. They camped on the peak of the mountain and enjoyed the glorious sunset, the campfire, and usual games, etc. They were conveyed to and from their camp by Dr. Larrabee, Mr. Oliver Stoddard and Mr. Wilmot Churchill.

75 Years Ago – September 16, 1948

Division officers inspected the airbase — Brigadier General Archie J. Old, Jr., commander of the Atlantic Division, Military Air Transport Service, paid a two-hour visit to the Presque Isle Air Force Base to inspect the base. Arriving here by plane from Westover Field, General Old and other members of the inspection party were met by Lt. Col. Jack Steinberg, commanding officer of the base, who escorted them on their inspection tour. Accompanying General Old here were Col. John W. Warren, deputy division commander, and Col. William D. Stenhouse, deputy chief of supply and material.

Influx of pickers from Canada in town for big potato harvest — More than 6,000 potato pickers poured into Aroostook as growers prepared the major part of digging operations, with an estimated 68,080.000 bushels harvested in Maine. Although digging had been going on in some fields for two weeks or more, the peak of the digging season was not expected to be reached until the following week.

50 Years Ago – September 19, 1973

New FHA members — Fifteen girls were initiated into the Future Homemakers of America Chapter at Presque Isle High School Wednesday evening Sept. 12. The program was coordinated by Loretta McLaughlin and Debbie Currier with Mary Turner, vice president, presiding. The entertainment committee included Karen Forbes, Stella Bois, Linda Dennett, Sharon Campbell and Miss Currier. The new members included Debbie LaCombe, Ann Methot, Teresa Carney, Betty Dennett, Susan Davis, Cathy Bugby, Sheryl Bates, Ann Milliard, Carla Akeley, Jayne Bishop, Debbie Currier, Karen Allen, Cary Richards, Linda Thomas and LIsa Fitzherbert.

Secon in ’72 bear kills — A total of 786 bears were taken by hunters and trappers during the 1972 season in Maine, according to figures compiled by the Fish and Game Dept. Mt. Chase Plantation and T.5, R.7, adjacent Penobscot County towns, led the town-by-town breakdown with 17 registrations each. Penobscot County also had the highest county total, 180; second was Aroostook County with 161. Following were Somerset County, 110; Piscataquis County, 105; Franklin County, 75; Oxford County, 61; Washington County, 57; Hancock County, 25; York County, 5; and Cumberland County, 3.

Scholarship winner — Miss Pamela Guerrett, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Guerrette of Presque Isle, received the Hayward-Frazier Post 2599, Veterans of Foreign Wars, annual scholarship. VFW commander, Ralph McGrath, presented Miss Guerrette with the $250 scholarship certificate. Guerrette was a student in the School of Nursing at Northern Maine Vocational Technical Institute.

25 Years Ago – September 23, 1998

Award winner — Mapleton Elementary School principal and fifth-grade teacher, Gail Gibson, was left speechless at the surprise presentation. Gibson won the Milken Award for excellence in education, which carries a $25,000 cash award. Attending the ceremony were her entire family, plus Easton Superintendent of Schools, Richard Durost, a former Milken award winner.

Pomeroy was named to the top post — Andrew P. Pomeroy, the son of Paul and Ruth Pomeroy of Presque Isle, was named executive vice president of the newly formed Mineral Purchasing Cooperative (MPC).  The cooperative had been established to purchase goods and services in conjunction with the purchasing departments of the member companies. Dry Branch Kaolin Company, English China Clay International and Thiele Kaolin Company formed this cooperative company and are the initial members.Jacobs honored by the forensics board — Allen I. Jacobs, DMD, of Presque Isle, was awarded status as a diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Dentistry. The American College of Forensic Examiners recognizes experience and education of individuals engaged in forensic examinations covering multi-disciplinary training in medical and dentistry sciences. Individuals approved for diplomate status must achieve proficiency in a variety of topics, procedures, ethical standards and meet rigorous criteria of the certification program.