Looking back


100 Years Ago, 1907

Between four and five inches of snow fell in yesterday’s storm which proved the heaviest and most disagreeable of the year. Beginning in the afternoon, the storm gradually increased until early in the evening. It was indeed wild. The wind together with the low temperature made it unusually hard to bear.

Electrics had a hard time of it. For a while in the evening, no cars were able to run but by keeping snow plows at work, the lines were opened after much hard work late at night so that it was possible to run the theatre cars. Trains were late, too, the specials from Waterville and Rumford Falls being so late that those who came to Lewiston to attend the theatre missed part of the entertainment.

50 Years Ago, 1957

NEW YORK – The mad bomber’s 16-year reign of terror was over today. He was locked up in Bellevue Hospital so psychiatrists can probe his warped mind.

“I’m glad I did it,” George Metesky, 54, told newsmen as he was brought here in handcuffs and under extraordinary guard from his Waterbury, Conn., home where he was arrested last night.

Metesky signed a statement after his arrest saying he was the elusive mad bomber who planted 32 bombs in public gathering places in New York City since 1940. Several of them went off. He was quoted as saying he didn’t intend to kill anyone.

25 Years ago, 1982

FARMINGTON – The sun was shining but it was cold for the groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning for the new Franklin County jail and detention facility just off Routes 4 and 27 in Fairbanks.

More than 30 persons gathered for the brief ceremony held in what will be the parking lot for the 1,100-square-foot facility that the citizens of Franklin County approved by referendum vote on a $1.5 million bond issue.