100 Years Ago, 1906


For a town of its size, Livermore Falls possesses quite a number of automobiles and this number is being constantly increased by the purchase of new ones by the devotees of this modern method of travel, while those who have machines are purchasing new ones. George Eustis has recently purchased a fine Reo runabout. A new Buick model is expected soon for George Treat, who is no new hand in running autos. Guy Blunt, formerly of Livermore Falls, now of Portland, has a car of this make and is soon to make a trip from that city here. It is expected that he will make even better time that on his former visit.

50 Years Ago, 1956

The mining business is looking up in Maine, with three companies looking over the big pyrrhotite deposits up near Mt. Katahdin, while a subsidiary of Texas Gulf Sulphur plans to see what lies beneath a pond down near Blue Hill, on the coast. Pyrrhotite is an iron sulfide having a bronze color, hence its name from the Greek work meaning “redness”. Sometimes there is nickel associated with it, but the firms interested in the Maine ores are said to be looking for copper. Copper is getting to be a scarce metal, and deposits are now being worked, with more efficient methods, that weren’t even considered 40 or 50 years ago.

25 Years Ago, 1981

If nature makes nothing perfect its diamonds come close, and are still classified as a girl’s best friend. According to Jim Ames, jeweler, four of every five women in the United States own a diamond. A jeweler with G.M. Pollack and Sons at the Auburn Mall for the past three years, Ames said the price of diamonds has increased over the years to the point that young couples are now buying smaller diamonds and thinking of them not only as an investment in love, but also as a monetary investment. The average-size purchase for an engagement ring is said to be approximately 30 points, which is between ¼ and 1/3 carat, with 100 points being a carat.