Looking back


But for the valiant work of the handtub, “Relief,” and the crew that manned her, Mommouth Center would be in ruins tonight. The fire that caused the scare started in the old Moccasin shop owned by Dr. Blake & Son at 3:10 this afternoon. Flames spread rapidly to other buildings, destroying Simon Clough’s storehouse and threatening the entire village. Help was summoned from Lewiston, but when the Lewiston special arrived at 4:15, the home company and scores of volunteers had the fire under control.

50 years ago, 1957

It took about 32 years but she made it.

Dana S. Thomspon, executive director of the Central Maine General Hospital, opened a letter yesterday and found in it a hospital bill dated Aug. 17, 1925, with a $37.56 check in full payment of it.

The surprised Thompson said the yellowed bill listed charges for five days of room and board at $3.50 a day, a $15 X-ray charge, a $5 laboratory fee and a charge of six cents for a Sunday newspaper.

Hospital records disclosed the ex-patient, now living in Kentucky, was a young lady of 24 at the time of her hospitalization and that she was admitted for treatment of injuries suffered in an automobile accident.

25 years ago, 1982

Special activities for children and senior citizens, a downtown day and appearances by the famed Budweiser Clydesdales are among the special events at what coordinator Connie Cote promises to be the “biggest and best” Franco-American Festival in Lewiston history.

While the sixth annual Festival Franco-Americain will feature some new events, it will also include nearly all the performers and activities that drew more than 150,000 people to Lewiston last year.

And with word of Lewiston’s annual event spreading across the United States, Canada and even Europe, Mrs. Cote (who received three phone calls from French reporters this week) is predicting as many as 200,000 people will flock to Kennedy Park between July 18 and 25.