Looking back


One day last week while workmen were engaged in building a road to the wood lot on the Ellsworth Piper farm in East Hartford, recently purchased by G. H. Johnson of Canton, they found it necessary to use dynamite to dislocate a stump which obstructed the passage. Great was their surprise, when, after explosion had occurred, to see floating in the air, fragments of paper currency. The men gathered quite an amount of the remains of the bills, many of which were of large denominations. These pieces have been sent to Washington for redemption. How the money came to be there is a mystery.

50 years ago, 1957

ROCKLAND – Hundreds of representatives from 13 Rockland organizations are putting the finishing touches on the 11th annual Maine Seafoods Festival to be held here Aug. 2-4. Festival president Gordon H. Aston expects some 40,000 people will visit the seacoast town to sample the lobster dinners and see the elaborate pageant being planned.

• The highlight of the summer shopping season, Double Dollar Days, will begin Friday morning in Lewiston and Auburn stores, and until closing time at the end of Saturday afternoon, the two cities will be bargain hunters’ Heaven. The Double Dollar Days have become so popular that each year summer people make special trips to Lewiston-Auburn to shop on the big bargains weekend. Many of these people are first-time Maine visitors, but have learned of the shopping special through friends at the tourist places where they are stopping.

25 years ago, 1982

Officials of the Maine Department of Agriculture, University of Maine Extension Service and a federal agency will join county and local leaders in ceremonies Saturday morning at the opening of the Androscoggin Farmers Market in downtown Lewiston. The open-air market for newly harvested vegetables will be held in the public parking lot at Ash and Park streets opposite the Maine District Court building.