From Our Files – April 3, 2019
50 Years Ago –April 3, 1969
Van Buren Man Claimed “World’s Strongest Man” — John B. Gagnon claimed the world title for weightlifting for five years, back in the early 1930s, and was considered the “strongest man in the world.” He was born and raised just north of Caribou, and has several relatives in the Van Buren area. For example, Eddie Levasseur on the Hamlin Road is Gagnon’s grandnephew. In fact, Levasseur was distantly related to Gagnon on his maternal parent’s side also.
Best Bowlers In Sister League — In Madawaska, Paydays captured the title of top team of the year in the Sister Bowling League at the end of the 1968-69 season. Fridays were the winning team in finals playoff.
25 Years Ago — April 6, 1994
VB Hires Optimistic Police Officer — Jean Louis Michaud was hired to fill the position of police chief in Van Buren. The position has been covered for approximately the past month by the town manager. The position of police chief became unoccupied when Herman Pelletier, former chief of police of the town of Van Buren, gave his notice of resignation in mid-January.
McLellan Runs Across Alaska — Connie McLellan, a 43-year-old registered dietician from Sinclair, recently ran the distance across Alaska. She took the 2,250-mile challenge as part of the American Running and Fitness Association’s motivational challenge program, Exercise Across America.
10 Years Ago — April 8, 2009
French Exchange –– The lodge at the Four Seasons Trail Association in Madawaska had the pleasure recently to entertain more than 50 middle school students from Madawaska and their French exchange guests from Quebec during a three-day weekend student exchange. FST lodge was the perfect venue for an afternoon filled with skiing, snowshoeing and sledding.