Houlton Area From our records – Week of September 14, 2022


75 years ago – 11 September 1947 Private Sherman wins first place – T/5 Gordon Lane, grandson of Mrs. Eldora Grant, in care of Ivan Hunt, Sherman, won first place in the metalworking section of Army Special Services Handicraft Competition Semi-Finals held recently at the Philippine Ryukyus Command Headquarters in Manila.

75 years ago – September 11, 1947

Private Sherman Wins First Place — T/5 Gordon Lane, grandson of Mrs. Eldora Grant, in care of Ivan Hunt, Sherman, won first place in the metalworking section of the semi-finals of the Army Special Services Craft Competition held recently at the headquarters of the Philippine Ryukyus Command in Manila.

Offering substantial monetary prizes, the craft competition is designed to stimulate the creative ability of U.S. Far Eastern Command service members. By conducting unit, area and command level elimination contests, the Special Services will sponsor the final judging in Tokyo among the winning contestants from military headquarters in the Philippines, Korea and Yokohama, Japan. Private Sherman is attached to the 504th Ordnance Depot in Okinawa.

50 years ago – September 13, 1972

Three promoted in B&A realignment –Vinal J. Welch, chief engineer of the Bangor and Aroostook Railroad, announced a realignment of management functions in the highway engineering department and three-man promotions from Houlton. O. Dale Anthony, former Superintendent of Bridges and Buildings, became Deputy Chief Engineer of Bridges and Structures, with responsibility for engineering as well as Bridges and Buildings. Gordon S. Duncan, formerly assistant chief engineer, became assistant chief engineer with responsibilities for the department’s safety program as well as budget and special projects. Garald E. Wiggins, former B&A mechanic, became bridge and building supervisor. The changes were prompted by the resignation of Carvell G. Hatfield, Principal Assistant Engineer, who resigned to enter the private practice of consulting engineering in Houlton.

Home on leave — SSgt. Dale Hamilton spends 30 days with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hamilton. sergeant. Hamilton has just returned from Thailand, where he had a year’s service, and will leave for Germany in September for a three-year tour.

Remember when – The sirloin steaks were $1.45 a pound, the porter $1.55 a pound, and the top round $1.45 a pound.

25 years ago – September 24, 1997

Area Gains with Education Center — It is often said that education is the key to the future. If this saying is true, the future for Houlton Regional Hospital and the people it serves looks brighter. Hospital officials announced Monday that starting next month, the community will be able to use the new Community Health Education Center, with financial support from the Health Services Foundation.

High School Soccer for Boys — Burning last Thursday at Hodgdon, the ‘shire fire’ turned HOdgdon’s hopes of avenging an earlier loss to the Ashes, beating the Hawks, 5-0. Houlton coach Matt Tardy was once again very pleased with his side’s performance: “The youngsters looked good. Offensively, they passed the ball well and controlled the game.” The Shires outshot the Hawks 34-4.

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