Houlton area From our Files – Week of November 8, 2023

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75 Years Ago – November 4, 1948

Houlton 1948 Building Total Now $540,800 –  Houlton moved into classification of cities several times its size in terms of construction activity so far this year, according to the 10-month report this week of Building Inspector J. Maynard Austin. The town’s building total for 1948 now amounts to $540,800, three times the $172,710 cost for all of 1947 construction. There were 13 building permits issued during October which called for construction to cost $47,350 and raised the number of permits issued before October, 93 to 106, a record figure, according to Town Manager Robert L. Price. The month’s building permits call for three industrial buildings, $28,500; one new dwelling, $4,500; five buildings moved and remodeled into dwellings, $10,400; and four repair and remodel jobs $3,950.

Houlton Wins Match – The Houlton Fish and Game Club was host Sunday to members of the Presque Isle and Mars HIll FIsh and Game Clubs at a trap and skeet shoot at the Airport club grounds with local marksmen taking top honors in both events. Floyd McGary, for Houlton, was first in the trap shoot, with Osbourne Grimm, second, and Edwin Smith, of Presque Isle, third. Pres. Grimm, of the Houlton club won the skeet shoot, with McGary second and Dr. Ira Tarbell third, a complete Houlton Sweep.

50 Years Ago – November 7, 1973

Remember When – The rates for the Houlton Pioneer Times were $7.50 per year for Aroostook County, $8.50 per year for out of County, and $9.50 per year for Canada.

At Great Lakes – Seaman Recruit Richard F. Small, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joan L. Small of Monticello, has graduated from recruit training at the Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, III. A former student of Houlton High School, he is scheduled to report to Aviation Electronics Technician Class “B” school at Great Lakes.

25 Years Ago – November 25, 1998

Local Granges Celebrate – Two local granges were recognized for their longevity last Saturday by Secretary of State Don Gwadosky. “We take for granted some of our institutions that have been around for a long period of time,” said Gwadosky, during his address at the Houlton grange. “It’s important that we don’t do that.” The ceremony, attended by grange officers and members, was a landmark event for the area organizations. “We were really pleased to be honored by the secretary as small as we are,” said Pam Fillion, the overseer of Houlton Grange #16. Jay Brewer, Assistant Steward for the Monticello Grange #338, said that the group hopes to do some structural and cosmetic work to the building.