75 years ago

A terrific thunder storm, accompanied by hail and high wind, passed over North Jay late Tuesday afternoon, leveling garden crops, breaking many windows and uprooting numerous trees, doing the most damage at the home of Dr. Preston Keyes, where several large trees, many years old, were uprooted. Also, chimneys were blown down-the worst storms in this locality for many years. In the early afternoon the Department was called to extinguish a fire at the Fred Jackson farm, Macomber Hill, the lightning having struck an old barn filled with hay, which was completely destroyed.

Dan Chandler and Earl Ellsworth were winners of the State 4-H Daily Demonstration Tournament held Saturday at Highmoor Farm, Monmouth. Both boys belong to the Mosher Hill 4-H Jersey Calf Club. The winning of this State Tournament entitles them to a trip to the National Dairy Show at Harrisburg, Penn., Oct. 12 to 19. This trip is sponsored by Kraft Cheese Company, Chicago, Ill.

The Herbert in Kingfield is the scene this week of the 50th Anniversary reunion of the Class of 1890, Farmington State Normal School, with Mr. and Mrs. Herbert S. Wing, the former a member of the Class, as hosts. Twelve of the 19 living members of a class numbering 42 are attending this reunion, accompanied by members of their families.

From Washington, D.C. Wednesday, came the news that the U.S. War Department is thinking seriously of recommending a road from Rangeley to Fort Kent. It was stressed that such a road is essential to National defense, so that important naval and military air bases and other defense works may be easily accessible. The proposed highway would start at Rangeley and run through Solon, Bingham, Milo, and Millinocket to Fort Kent.

The Hardware Store in Strong was advertising a large 27 qt. cold pack canner for $1.25, a medium 17 qt. cold pack canner for 98 cents, a 7 piece water set for 75 cents, a 9 piece water set for 98 cents, and a four-pound bag arsenate of lead at 55 cents.

50 years ago

The West Farmington Giants have won the championship of the local Midget League Baseball series. Phil Farrington of the Wilton-Farmington Road area has coached the team to victory in 12 out of 14 games played. The youngsters also scored over their dads in a traditional Father and Son game Tuesday evening at the home field on Marvel Street, West Farmington. The score was 13 runs for the Giants and 8 runs for the dads.

More than 30 firemen from Farmington, West Farmington, and Farmington Falls Volunteer Fire Departments viewed a fire fighting method with foam demonstration Tuesday evening in West Farmington. Clifford Dennison of Harrison, representing the Eastern Fire Equipment Company demonstrated two types of foam projectile pieces and equipment. The demonstration was conducted on an abandoned house on Clay Hill in West Farmington.

Carlton D. McGary, cashier of the First National Bank of Farmington, announced today that the bank would open its new branch banking office in Kingfield in late fall. In making this announcement, McGary said the bank had been extremely gratified by the enthusiasm with which the proposed branch had been received by people in the Kingfield area.

President Ermo H. Scott announced today the appointment of Carlene R. Hillman of Levant as Director of the Department of Home Economics Education at the Farmington State Teachers College effective September first. Her election fills the administrative vacancy created by the retirement of Director Mable A. Hastie, who directed this program for 17 years.

Miss Hillman is a graduate of Higgins Classical Institute. She holds her undergraduate degree from F.S.T.C. and a master’s degree from Cornell University. She is currently completing requirements for the doctorate at Pennsylvania State University.

More than 50 persons attended Old Home Sunday and Whittier family reunion at North Vienna on Sunday. The sermon was delivered by the Rev. Rachel Whittier of Augusta and the Rev. George Whittier, also of Augusta, conducted an impressive memorial service for Mrs. Viola Whittier Soper, a long time member of the church and an active worker in the planning of Old Home Sundays.

25 years ago

A portable classroom building, now under construction at the Kingfield Elementary School, will be ready this fall to be used to help with the overcrowded conditions at that school. Superintendent of the SAD #58 Schools Emmons Pinkham says that the portable building, 28 feet wide by 66 feet long, is being constructed by contractor Kenric Charles of Kingfield and will be leased by Mr. Charles to the district for three years for the needed classroom space.

In keeping with the national census taking in 1990, second graders in Karen Calloway’s class at the Phillips Primary School compiled their own Official 1990 Second Grade Census Book as part of their social studies work this spring. The project was designed to help student develop skills in counting, graphing, note-taking, speaking, and cooperative learning. Individual census takers wore Official Badges made by teacher aide, Lillian Knapp. The information gathered was typed by teacher assistant, Barbara Vohar. The book was published by June Parsons at the central office in Kingfield.

Joining other communities in the attempt to help with the trash problem, Carrabassett Valley has started its recycling program at its transfer station. Copies of the guidelines for the recycling program will be available at the town office, at Ayotte’s General Store and will be passed out at the transfer station by attendant Al Charest.

The sounds of the first shots were still echoing in far-off Kuwait when gasoline prices started rising in Greater Farmington. The prices at the pumps in Farmington went up four, five, eight, even ten cents a gallon before the weekend was over.

And some dealers are predicting that more are on the way. One predicted prices as high as $1.50 a gallon by the end of summer.

Sharon K. Gaudin is the new editor of The Franklin Journal, Publisher Janet K. Warner announced today. A native of Rumford, Ms. Gaudin comes to The Franklin Journal from “The Times” of Webster, Mass., where she has been a reporter, responsible for news coverage of two communities, served as interim editor and handled layout and assignment responsibilities. She succeeds Rosemary Poulson.

Compiled by Barry Matulaitis