100 years ago, 1907


Automobilists who enter or leave Maine via the toll bridge at Portsmouth may be interested to know that the supreme court of New York has decided that the proprietors of a toll bridge near Saratoga are not within their charter rights in charging toll on automobiles, for these vehicles are not mentioned in their charter as tollable. It is quite likely that the same rule would be found to apply everywhere, as toll bridges are a survival of the dark ages and most or all of them are chartered before the idea of the automobile took practical shape.

50 years ago, 1957

• Lewiston’s Fire Commission was told last night the Fire Department now has its Aerial Ladder No. 2 back in service. Deputy Chief Ernest J. Verderber made the report in the absence of Chief Z. F. Drouin who is on vacation. Verderber reported that a 25-mph limit has been placed on the vehicle “for awhile.”

PORTLAND – Someone will win a new automobile and a two week expenses paid vacation to Maine. Those are the chief prizes for Maine’s millionth visitor for 1957, who will be selected in a public drawing Wednesday. The winner will be flown back to Maine for a four-day ceremony.

25 years ago, 1982

• A four hour concert by country music personalities, Tammy Wynette, Charley Pride, Eddy Raven and Maine own Cherrie Bonney is going to be held at Oxford Plains Speedway on Aug. 8.

• The president of a small Lewiston company which makes “slipper socks” says he never thought his footwear would make it to outer space – until he saw the Space Shuttle astronauts wearing them last week. Now, David Quinn, president of Acorn Products Co., Inc., says he’s changing his firm’s slogan from “Heat With Acorns” to “People will go to any heights to heat with Acorns.” Quinn said he has a picture of a climber at the top of Mount Everest wearing Acorns. But he said he never thought the footwear would make it into space.