Looking back


• Nearly 700 Lewiston and Auburn people went to Peak’s Island yesterday on the annual excursion of the Lewiston & Auburn Marketmen’s Association. The affair was a success in every way. The wholesalers defeated the retailers both at baseball and in the tug-of-war. A good program of sports was held and prizes also given on the train.

• Washington – As a result of an investigation under Postmaster General Meyer’s direction of complaints from all parts of the country regarding the quality of paper used for postal cards, a change has been made in the business managers of the postal card factory at Rumford Falls, Me., and in the government agent at that place.

50 years ago, 1957

RUMFORD – The Oxford Paper Co. announced on Wednesday at curtailment of its sulphite pulping operations in Rumford due to extremely low water conditions in the Androscoggin River. Effective July 29, the Island Division sulphite mills, will be closed down until further notice.

• The waste-clogged Androscoggin River, which earlier this summer gave off strong paint-tarnishing and stomach-turning odors when the weather got hot on several occasions, has been pretty well “sweetened up,” and there’s a good chance the repulsive aroma won’t be bothersome any more this year. The present good conditions can be credited to production cutbacks by paper mills along the river, along with the dumping of about 370 tons of sodium nitrate to date. This chemical “keeps down” the formation of river odors.

25 years ago, 1982

Police describe it as a “derelicts’ getaway,” “burglars’ passageway,” and a breeding ground for sex crimes. Spanning the Androscoggin River, the Grand Trunk Railroad trestle connecting downtown Lewiston and Auburn is the scene of many police calls “involving every sort of complaint imaginable,” according to Auburn Patrolman John T. Reid. The steel structure, owned by the Lewiston-Auburn Railroad Co. and leased to Canadian National (CN) Railroad, is used twice a week at the most, according to a lawyer for CN Kenneth Baird.