Archive for the ‘Caribou’ Category

June 27, 1894 Midsummer report

May 7, 2011

From the Aroostook Republican newspaper report June 27, 1894 (as archived in the files of Charlotte Lenentine Melvin):

Sold cigars at the festival [Midsummer]. People from Caribou, Perham, Woodland, Westmanland, Frenchville, Fort Kent, and Fort Fairfield there.

Anniversary of Death: Mildred Westin

June 7, 2009
Mildred Velma Barnes Westin

Mildred Velma Barnes Westin

Mildred “Millie” Barnes Westin used to be my landlady. We lived in the upstairs apartment in her rambling old house on the edge of Collins Pond in Caribou, Maine. She used to sing in her deep alto voice while working around the kitchen downstairs and I would hear her through the hot air grates in the floor.

Millie had a table in the bay window facing east right next to our entrance. Among the plants was a huge Christmas cactus that always seemed to be in bloom. Her outdoor garden was filled with lilies, roses, and cultivated raspberries in the summertime.

I remember seeing Millie and Everett, her husband, sing the special music presentation in church at the Caribou United Baptist. I didn’t realize it then, but it really was very special to hear the Swedish hymns sung. (Everett’s father immigrated from Sweden. He served first as a minister at the First Baptist Church of New Sweden, Maine starting in 1895 and also at the Stockholm First Baptist Church as late as 1928).

As a teen, I was a junior church helper and sat in the tiny pews with the 4 year olds as Millie led them in learning to sing (with the hand motions) “This Little Light of Mine, I’m Gonna Let It Shine.”

One Thanksgiving, Millie came to our house for dinner along with my father’s cousin Olive Choate. She told stories about Everett during World War I involving lots of blood. I can’t remember the details now.

Millie died two years ago today at the age of 94. She was born in Caribou, graduated from Caribou High School in 1931, and worked for the telephone and telegraph company in their Caribou office. She and Everett were married November 21, 1950. He predeceased her in 1992 at age 91.

First Lutheran Pastor of New Sweden

February 8, 2009

I found a newspaper clipping from an old Aroostook Republican. It tells the story of Rev. Andrew Wiren’s grandson and his search to find his grandfather. I had wondered what had happened to Wiren after he left New Sweden. I had taken a photo of Abbia Vaughan Wiren’s cemetery stone, but there was no sign of her husband. This newspaper article held the expanation! Please read my page about Rev. Wiren.


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