Caribou area From our Files – Week of February 7, 2024

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120 Years Ago – Feb. 11, 1904

Firm has been dissolved — The firm of Trusty & Allen has been dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. Allen will still continue to run the boot and shoe business, while the grocery business in the same store is now carried on by White & Trusty, Mr. White having bought Allen’s interest in the grocery.

Log cabin has left for St. Louis — The two story log cabin which will be Maine’s building at the St. Louis exposition was loaded on 11 cars at Portage where it was built and left last week for St. Louis. 20 men who were employed in the building of the cabin, will go to St. Louis to erect the sections there. The total time taken to construct the building was eight weeks, excluding time spent in securing timber. It has 11 rooms on the ground floor and 10 on the second. It is 140 feet long and 50 feet wide and in its construction 90,000 feet of spruce logs were used.

115 Years Ago – Feb. 11, 1909

Cars sold this year so far — The S. L. Crosby Co. have sold to date 18 automobiles for 1909. 10 of the new and popular Ford touring car at $850, and eight of the Overland ranging in price from $1250.00 to $2250.00. This is pretty good for the first five weeks of 1909, and goes to show they have one of the most popular cars on the market. — Bangor Daily News. Both automobiles mentioned above are represented in Caribou by H. O. Spencer.

New job — Samuel Lister, who has been employed for some time at the pumping station, resigned Saturday night and has engaged in the well-drilling business. Frank M. Tobin has taken his place at the pumping station..

100 Years Ago – Feb. 7, 1924

A great reputation — Reed Brothers, Fort Fairfield’s great raisers and shippers of potatoes, recently received from France an order for 20 barrels of certified seed potatoes, which they will ship soon. There is nothing like getting a reputation for producing the right kind of goods. Other countries will want Aroostook seed too, when it is made the best there is, as it may readily be made.

Accepted an offer to teach — Miss Sarah Hopkins of Fort Fairfield, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eben S. Hopkins, has accepted an offer to become teacher of biology in Vassar College, and has gone to Pughkeepsie where she assumed her duties on February 1. The offer was unsolicited on the part of Miss Hopkins and is a high honor. Miss Hopkins graduated from the Fort Fairfield high school in 1917. She is a graduate of Lassell Seminary in the class of 1919, and a Mount Holyoke College in 1923.

75 Years Ago – Feb. 10, 1949

Bird’s eye manager awarded cup — Estle Gallop, manager of the Houlton branch of the Bird’s eye Snider division of General Goods Corporation and Joseph D. Nevin, manager of the Caribou branch, were awarded cups at a company banquet in Houlton Friday emblematic of the safety record of their two plants during the past season. 

Town tops dimes quota — Caribou this week went ‘over the top’ in the March of Dimes Drive, Chairman R. H Frost stated although a final figure has not been reached that donations here amounted to about $1060. The Caribou quota was set at $986.16. The bulk of the donations  came through subscriptions at the theaters which amounted to more than $600. Frost highly praised the local schools for their part in the work. He said the $221 turned in by the schools sets a new high for their work in this worthy project.

25 Years Ago – Feb. 10, 1999

Talented swimmers earn berths in upcoming championship meets — Four area swimmers are getting their final tune-ups as they prepare for state championship meets. Erin Tateishi of Caribou is competing in the Class A girls meet at the University of Maine at Orono and Stephen Nelson of the Maine School of Science and Mathematics in the Class B boys meet at Bates College in Lewiston. Melissa Butler of Fort Fairfield and Danielle Duchette of the MSSM will take part in the Class B girls meet, also at UM-Orono. All four earned berths in the state competition by qualifying during the regular season.A whole lot of learning — Teague Park fourth graders are learning about Maine from several angles. Last week the students had a Maine-made buffet featuring recipes that were in a cookbook the students made. Other projects such as placemats, reports and reading about Maine were part of the theme. Fourth and third grade teachers worked together to design curriculum, lesson plans and assessment plans for the new learning units.