100 years ago, 1907


• On account of low water the mills shut down at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon. However no serious trouble is expected from low water and it is believed the mills will be able to run on full time shortly. It is understood that several of the operatives want the mills to shut down during State Fair week this year, thus giving a vacation to all of the operatives at a time when they will be able to enjoy themselves.

• Five Patients were admitted to the Central Maine General Hospital yesterday for surgical operations.

• Those who are in a position to know say that so far as can be judged at this time this year’s hay crop will be one of the largest ever harvested in Maine.

50 years ago, 1957

More than 500 pupils will be enrolled in the new St. Joseph’s parochial school which is expected to open in November, it has been announced. The structure occupies some 35,000 square feet, and 16 classrooms will be able to house 640 pupils. Fourteen of the rooms will be opened this fall. Some 80% of the $500,000 cost already has been raised, according to Rev. John F. Crozier, fund chairman, and Msgr. James P. Savage, pastor.

It is expected the school will be paid for by the time it is opened. The school is situated at Main, Elm and Oak streets.

25 years ago, 1982

WASHINGTON – Even as Iranian troops renewed their attack upon Iraqi forces last week, secret intelligence assessments had convinced some American analysts that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s days were numbered.

A classified intelligence report, quoting Iraqi sources, claims that Hussein’s principal financial backers, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, have cut back the flow of funds that prop up his shaky regime.

If the report if accurate, this would mean that wealthy Arab nations are hedging their bets in case the Ayatollah Khomeini succeeds in his avowed determination to oust Hussein from power.

The Reagan administration’s “worst-case scenario” in Iraq has Hussein being replaced by a regime of Shiite Moslems, who make up the majority of the population.