Looking back


• Dixmont is to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Dixmont was originally a land grant to Bowdoin College and was called College-town. In 1801, Dr. Elijah Dix of Boston bought off the college’s 20,040 acres for $21,431. A high elevation in the southern part of the town was named Dix Mountain, from which the name of the town originated. The town was incorporated Feb. 28, 1807.

• Timothy Egan, driver of the Hotel Atwood hack, was thrown from the carriage Saturday night when it was struck by an electric car on Lisbon street, rendering him unconscious. He was not seriously hurt.

50 years ago, 1957

• Androscoggin County led all Maine counties in 1956 in the product value of leather and textile goods manufactured, and 12 of the 13 major manufacturing communities in the state increased production over the 1955 levels, according to figures released by the Census of Maine Manufacturers under the Maine Department of Labor and Industry. Lewiston increased its product value from $73,540,000 in 1955 to $77,200,000 last year.

• Judge Fernand Despins stated during a municipal court session yesterday that drivers must not only come to a complete stop at a stop sign, they must also yield the right-of-way to any oncoming vehicle before proceeding across the intersection. It is illegal, he said, to just stop and then proceed across, disregarding oncoming traffic.

25 years ago, 1982

The city of Auburn hopes to sell Park Hill School, a vacant one-story building that has not housed students since 1965. “It’s a sizable structure,” Purchasing Agent Jude G. Cyr said. “I’m sure there’s a market out there.” The building was turned over to the city 17 years ago when the School Department stopped using it. The City Council has decided to try to sell the building and land now that the Task Force on Human Needs, which rented the structure from 1965 until Oct. of 1981, is no longer using it.