From Our Files – Week of February 8, 2021
50 Years Ago — Feb. 11, 1971
Federal contract — Fraser Paper of Madawaska has received a $129,201 federal contract to produce 235,600 reams of duplicating paper for government use. Rep. William Hathaway released details on the contract last week, saying he had been informed by the General Services Administration in Washington.
Father L’Heureux leaves Wallagrass — Father Conrad L’Heureux, pastor at Wallagrass and Soldier Pond since June 1967, has been transferred to St. Joseph’s Parish in Ellsworth and will assume duties there on Feb. 15, 1971. Prior to coming to Wallagrass, Father L’Heureux served as assistant pastor at St. Martin of Tours Parish in East Millinocket.
25 Years Ago — Feb. 7, 1996
Street addresses will change — Madawaska Police Chief Ron Pelletier told town councilors at the regular meeting on Jan. 31, 1996, that virtually everyone’s street address will change when Enhanced 911 comes to town. Enhanced 911 is not mandatory, said Pelletier, but the service will be in Maine by 1997 and everyone who has a telephone will pay an additional fee for it, whether the town is online or not.
Levesques, did you get an invitation? — A group of Levesque Family Reunion Committee members mailed approximately 5,000 letters of invitation in early January of 1996, but not all Levesque family members were on the mailing list. Many local Levesque family members, as well as the Greater Madawaska Chamber of Commerce, had sent out hundreds of additional invitations since the original mailing, which were collected from a telephone listing CD, courtesy of the Madawaska Historical Society.
10 Years Ago — Feb. 9, 2011
NorTrax opens store — Just in time for John Deere’s 207th birthday on Feb. 7, 2011, the new store opened in early January at 1505 Caribou Road to an “awesome” reception from the community, said David Porter. The Fort Kent store is a parts-only location at this time for John Deere equipment, Porter said, adding that the location’s main focus is on parts support for John Deere equipment in the area. The store had a grand opening in April, during the “spring break-up” season for truckers.