Looking back


• The Lewiston Board of Public Works at the meeting last night voted to repair the South Bridge at once. By the report of a bridge expertn the bridge was declared to be unfit for heavy travel. There was considerable talk on the subject.

• A great jam of logs has formed in the sorting boom of the United Boxboard & Paper Co. above Fairfield, and it is said that 50 million feet of lumber is piled high and sunken low. To remove the jam will take weeks of time and at least 50 men at an expense of many thousands of dollars in excess of the usual amount required to get the drive through this boom.

50 years ago, 1957

POLAND SPRING – Bates College baseball coach Chick Leahey was giving “here’s how” instruction to a couple of Poland Spring caddies in playing a round of golf, another game in which he has become proficient the past five years, when he connected for an unusual ace on the 200-yard eighth hole Wednesday. Chick was employing a No. 3 iron, as opposed to the Louisville Slugger with which he first became familiar.

• A big crane owned by Mayor Herbert F. Callahan of Auburn was moved from Lewiston to Casco yesterday under escort. The crane was estimated to weigh approximately 45 tons. It has been used on a job in Lewiston and now will be used on other work at Casco.

25 years ago, 1982

That 13-inch brook trout caught by Gerald Martel of Auburn in the Little Androscoggin River tells one more story about the effectiveness of the cleanup of the river than any visual observations or other, more scientific evaluations. The brook trout might be called a “fussy” fish. He demands a clean environment. Water with a high oxygen content is a prerequisite for this particular fish. Perch, suckers, pickerel and bass will accept less oxygen and more pollution. The brookie will have none of it. Martel’s catch is testimony to the resurgence of this beautiful river.