1937 Bangor to Caribou Ski Marathon results: (final year) (7 starters, 6 finished) (held one week after Tri Town marathon)
1. Sam Ouellette, won $52 watch
2. Bob Johnson, Caribou
3. Harold Bondeson, New Sweden
? Buck Ostlund, New Sweden
? Walter Stadig, Soldier Pond
? Cloren Nute, Lincoln
? William Farley (not listed in third day report)
1937 Bangor to Caribou, ME Ski Marathon in the newspapers:
Sports Snacks, Bangor, Jan. 28, 1937—The post office department outlined a plan to Representative Ralph O. Brewster of Dexter today under which letters carried from this city to Caribou, by ski runner during the Caribou Winter Carnival, Feb. 18-20, may be postmarked in post offices of both cities. The post office department notified Brewster the postmarks could be arranged in the two offices if letters were addressed to the ski carnival committee in Bangor, with a return address at any point on the right portion of the envelope. The mail, the department said, would be postmarked in Bangor and turned over to the committee for delivery to the marathon skiers. At Caribou, it would be addressed back to the sender, again postmarked, and mailed. ( Lewiston Daily Sun, Jan. 27, 1937, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1928&dat=19370127&id=u8YgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=omoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1241,2155077)
Marathon Ski Race Starts Today From Bangor to Caribou, Bangor, Feb. 14, 1937—Despite a heavy rain storm that washed the highways and fields clean of snow, seven endurance skiers waxed their long runners tonight, determined to start their 190-mile Bangor-Caribou grind tomorrow morning. Reginald Roderick, chairman of the marathon committee, said the skiers would start as scheduled but might be assisted with automobile rides outside the city limits over stretches entirely bare of snow. He said the marathoners would take a back road route to Howland en route to Lincoln, the first day’s destination, in an effort to find snow. The skiers will divide up more than 2000 pieces of mail, which will be carried to Caribou for special cacheting. Harold Bonderson of New Sweden and William Farley of Washburn were added starters. (The Lewiston Daily Sun, Feb. 15, 1937, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1928&dat=19370215&id=xMYgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=omoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=3648,3369339)
Ouellette Boosts Lead in Ski Race, Mattawamkeag, Feb. 16, 1937—Three contestants in the Bangor-Caribou 190-mile ski marathon fought for the lead today as they passed through this town. Fortified by a six-minute lead gained yesterday in the first leg of the race to Lincoln, Sam Ouellette of Milo added another minute today after a series of sprints with the pursuing Bob Johnson, of Caribou, his nearest competitor. Buck Ostlund, of New Sweden, appearing freshest of the racers, picked up 20 minutes on the remaining three contestants, Walter Stadig, of Soldier Pond, and Cloren Nute of Lincoln. Going strong, Ostlund appeared likely to present a threat to Ouellette and Johnson before the racers reached Haynesville, tonight’s objective. Many stretches of bare ground made the traveling difficult. (Lewiston Evening Journal, Feb. 17, 1937, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1913&dat=19370217&id=uKw0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=rGkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=6100,3785870)
Sam Ouelette, Milo, Leading Ski Marathon at End of Second Day, Haynesville. Feb. 16, 1937. Sam Ouelette of Milo, led five other weary Bangor-to-Caribou skiers into this town tonight, capturing his second straight lap and increasing his lead in the four day marathon to 20 minutes over Bob Johnson of Caribou. Long stretches of bare road hampered the racers on their 45 mile jaunt. Johnson and Buck Ostlund of New Sweden, pressed Ouelette most of the distance but were forced to fall back when the Milo veteran staged a spurt in the last few miles. Harold Bonderson , also of New Sweden, furnished the surprise of the day by jumping from fifth to third position, 46 minutes behind Ouelette. Other finishers and their times behind Ouelette were: Buck Ostlund, fourth, one hour 11 mins.; Walter Stadig, Soldier Pond, fifth, one hour 32 mins.; Cloren Nute, Lincoln, sixth, one hour 43 mins. The racers carried 2000 pieces of special cachet mail. (The Lewiston Daily Sun, Feb. 17, 1937, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=xcYgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=omoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4132,3510807&dq=ostlund&hl=en)
Ouellette Maintains Ski Marathon Lead, Houlton, Feb. 17, 1937—Sam Ouellette, Milo ski racer, maintained his lead today over five rivals on the third leg of a 190-mile Bangor to Caribou ski marathon. The contestants had covered about 25 miles at noon today of the 54 between Haynesville, last night’s objective, and Mars Hill, where they will check in tonight. For the third day, Bob Johnson of Caribou, last year’s winner, dogged the heels of Ouellette, but failed to gain on the Milo entrant. Closely bunched behind the leaders were Buck Ostlund, of New Sweden, Walter Stadig, of Soldier’s Pond, and Harold Bonderson, New Sweden, and Cloren Nute of Lincoln. (Lewiston Evening Journal, Feb. 17, 1937, http://news.google.co/newspapers?nid=1913&dat=19370217&id=uKw0AAAAIBAJ&sjid=rGkFAAAAIBAJ&pg=4817,3791907)
Ouellette still in Ski Marathon Lead; Last Grind, Today, Mars Hill, Feb. 17, 1937—Sam Ouellette, Milo’s dark-horse entry in the 190-mile Bangor-Caribou ski marathon, had increased his lead tonight at the end of the third and longest lap. Ouellette plodded into this town after a 54-mile fight against head winds from Haynesville with a 28 minute aggregate lead over his nearest rival, Bob Johnson, New Sweden, last year’s victor. Ouellette picked up eight minutes today in a grueling battle with Johnson over roads several miles of which were bare of either snow or ice. Harold Bonderson, New Sweden, was in third place, 33 minutes behind the leader. The other three racers were so far behind as to be virtually out of the running. Tomorrow’s lap of 29 miles will complete the grind. The winner’s arrival at the finish line will open officially Caribou’s Winter carnival.
Local interest was added to the ski marathon last night when it became known that Ouellette is being sponsored by Frank Darling and Associates who have a ski factory at Mechanic Falls. For the marathon, the Mechanic Falls factory turned out a special pair of Trail Master Skis, the new Laminated slabs which made their first appearance on the market this year. (Lewiston Daily Sun, Feb. 18, 1937, http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1928&dat=19370218&id=xsYgAAAAIBAJ&sjid=omoFAAAAIBAJ&pg=2988,3584342)
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