100 Years Ago: 1921

Peak’s Island people have reached an agreement to name the new school erected there the Wilbur School in honor of Ben Wilbur, 25 years as principal at the island. Mr. Wilbur was the father of the present corporation counsel, a native of Durham, was educated in the Durham schools and at Gould Academy at Bethel, taught five years in Maine,15 in California, and at the North School from 1877 to 1880, when he was transferred to Peaks Island.

50 Years Ago: 1971

During the upcoming holiday, the St. Dom’s Key Club will be doing several important school and community projects. One of these will be the selling of Christmas candy. The proceeds of this project will be put in the Key Club treasury for future community projects. They will also be visiting Pineland Hospital to entertain the children. This project has been an annual affair for about eight years. While the rest of the teenagers will be enjoying their vacation, the Key Club members will be hard at work washing and waxing the floors of St. Dom’s. They will also be painting the cafeteria floors and the main entrance of the Junior Division. The Key Club moderator Leonel L’Heureux will also be participating in these projects.

25 Years Ago: 1996

The Oxford Historical Society will meet on Friday, Dec 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the Kaye House for the annual Christmas party. Members are asked to bring an unwrapped child’s gift, which will be delivered on Christmas by Oxford’s own Santa Claus. Elton Record and the LDS Young Women’s Choir from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will entertain with holiday music. The public is welcome to attend and refreshments will be served. After this meeting, the club will recess until March.

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