Looking back


Very seldom does one see a wagonload of wood 92 feet long drawn by a pair of horses pass through a main thoroughfare of the city, stated the Portland Press Thursday. But such was the case this morning. It was a hard pine spar and is one of the four that are to be used in the four masted schooner that is now building at East End Yacht club by W. H. Reed. The spar is one of the finest specimens of hard pine ever seen in the city, not a knot in it and of fine grain. The stick is exactly 92 feet long; the diameter at the butt, 25 inches; and at the tip end, 22 inches. It is valued at more than $500.

50 years ago, 1957

• A homegrown remedy for the Maine lobstermen’s strike was proposed by the commissioner of Sea & Shore Fisheries today. Ronald W. Green issued a plea to all Mainers to “buy lobsters for their Sunday dinners this weekend.” Vacationers were not exempt from this request, he added.

• The decline in President Eisenhower’s popularity, which began last spring, has for the present halted. From coast to coast today, 63 percent of voters polled say they approve of the way he is handling his job as president, compared to 62 percent in a similar poll reported one month ago.

25 years ago, 1982

• Lewiston’s sixth annual Franco-American Festival, with thousands of people jamming into Kennedy Park, got off to a rousing start Sunday evening. The event was launched when the famed Budweiser Clydesdales pranced into the park and the crowd’s hearts, and presentations were made in the park gazebo by several dignitaries, U.S. senators and local politicians.

OLD ORCHARD BEACH – An unfavorable exchange rate has reduced the usual wave of Canadian tourists to a ripple, but southern Maine tourism officials say they think the numbers will start to pick up. “Some hotels are showing vacancy signs,” said George Ouellette, head of the Old Orchard Beach Chamber of Commerce. “Generally, we would be jampacked at this time of the season, with no rooms at all.”