100 years ago, 1907


• The Bar Harbor Express, which left Lewiston at 12:35 Saturday afternoon, then 20 minutes late, was wrecked at Rice’s Crossing, which is two miles east of Oakland. No one was killed but several were injured.

• At the L. & A. Bowling Alleys a five dollar gold piece will be given to the bowler who rolls the three highest strings from July 1st to the 14th. As these alleys are now kept cool by a number of electric fans, one need have no fear of the heat outside making him uncomfortable while bowling. Many of the bowlers have already decided to enter the contest and some large scores will probably be made during the two weeks.

50 years ago, 1957

• The waning winds of dying Hurricane Audrey caused minor disturbances in the Twin Cities over the weekend. Tree limbs were blown down and the mercury took a 13-degree tumble in one hour yesterday afternoon from the high reading of 78 degrees.

• Many thrills will be in store for the spectators who view the Water Ski Show at Rangeley Lakes on Thursday, July 4. Jumping trick riding, flying saucer exhibitions and numerous double acts will make up the program of the show. The water show is the main attraction of the day-long Fourth of July celebration the Lions club is sponsoring this year in the Rangeley Lakes Region.

25 years ago, 1982

Years ago, you could only find them off the beaten path, tucked away in corners of sprawling mills that dominate the blue-collar factory towns that tourists seldom visit. But today, they’ve become a common sight in tony resort villages, as familiar as the clam shacks and fillings station that dot the major tourist route of Maine.

The factory outlet store, a magnet for budget-conscious shoppers, has come a long way during the past decade. Nowhere is this more evident than in Wells, the popular oceanfront resort that claims to be “the factory outlet capital of Maine.”