From the little town of Oxford, come a large part of the baskets which are used in the two cities. Here there is located a basket factory employing nine men who are able to make ten dozen bushel baskets per day. Four varieties of wood are used, viz.: Ash, oak, elm and birch, beside brown bass which is used only for the bottoms of the round baskets. The bottoms of the baskets are cut by machinery with a knife-gaged for the different sizes. All the machinery is run by a dynamo.
50 Years Ago, 1956
• Showers, thunder and lightening, baking sunshine, the highest temperature of the year and brisk winds – the weatherman tossed them all at the Twin Cities over the weekend. Sunbathers and swimmers – a sure sign that it wasn’t just warm, it was hot. The mercury, starting at 48 degrees at 2 a.m., shot up to 74 degrees at 2 p.m. – the highest reading of the year.
• Do you think it’s a cold spring? Well, you’re right, at least as far as April was concerned. The month was the coldest April in 13 years. The average hourly temperature was down a shivery 39.246 degrees. On 18 days the mercury was down to freezing or below. In 1943 the Twin Cities had another cold one with a 38.264 degree average.
25 Years Ago, 1981
The rising cost of heating oil and electricity are at the heart of a request to the Lewiston Development Department to study and amend the city’s zoning regulations to allow greater heights for accessory structures.
The request came from a Ward 6 Councilman Leo Daigle after a Lewiston resident and distributor of windmills told Daigle he was having difficulty selling windmills in Lewiston because of the city’s 21-foot height requirement for accessory structures in a number of zones.
Daigle said he knew of at least one other distributor of windmills in the area who was also concerned with the height regulations.