100 Years Ago, 1906


The Standard Oil Company issued to its shareholders a statement reply to the special message recently sent to Congress by President Roosevelt and the report on the oil industry by Commissioner Garfield of the bureau of corporations, which accompanied it. The statement denies positively the charge that the Standard Oil Company benefited by secret rates for the transportation of its products.

A Riverside Turner citizen writes: Farming has commenced – but we have a backward spring, as it now appears. People are plowing, and if the farmers wait for the oak leaf to unfold and grow to the size of a crow’s foot before planting the corn – we fear that the harvest would not be a yellow one.

50 Years Ago, 1956

A 17 inch brook trout, apparently over-anxious for the fishing season to open on Mooselookmeguntic Lake, jumped from the water onto the ice, breaking its neck. According to Mrs. Ronald Turmenne of Bald Mountain, two youngsters, Terry Saunders, 12, and Jimmy Champagne, 10, recovered the big trout by lassooeing the ice cake with a borrowed clothes line. Champagne proudly took the trout home after drawing lots.

25 Years Ago, 1981

Jordan Elementary School, one of Lewiston’s older schools is in trouble both internally and externally. While officials are now making some effort to upgrade the structure and facilities of the school building, they appear helpless to prevent the pervasive learning problems they must cope with inside its brick exterior. Almost all building wiring is exposed. There are only two toilet facilities for three floors of classrooms and they are located on opposite ends of the building’s basement. The building’s heat regulation system is so antiquated it has caused third-floor classrooms to reach more than 100 degrees in the winter – with the doors open – while leaving first-floor rooms at 40 degrees or below.