Looking Back


100 Years Ago, 1907

One of the biggest jobs of its kind ever undertaken in Auburn has been contracted for by Charles E. Greenleaf. The job is to get a huge metallic water tank, six feet deep and 18 feet long and weighing seven and a half tons upon the top of Field Brothers & Gross’ shoe shop. To do this it will be necessary to raise the heavy tank 60 feet in the air. Derricks are being arranged and the task will be attempted as soon as a favorable day comes. Although the job is almost stupendous it is believed that Mr. Greenleaf will be able to accomplish the work.

50 Years Ago, 1957

•Water pipes burst and car radiators froze as a record breaking cold wave kept the mercury below zero all day yesterday in the Twin Cities. Last night’s temperatures were well below zero and the midnight reading of 12 below was four notches colder than the mark at the same hour the previous night.

•Lewiston Patrolman Albert A. Roberts, 34, received a double-barreled punch from Old Man Winter yesterday while doing his good deed for the day. On his day off, Roberts was at headquarters and volunteered to investigate an accident on Sabattus Road. He was on the scene only 20 minutes and walked away with two frozen ears. A physician sent him home with instructions to apply ice packs to the ears which soon swelled considerably.

25 Years ago, 1982

•A Florida-bound jetliner roared from a snowy takeoff and crashed into a Potamac River bridge Wednesday, smashing automobiles and sinking into the icy water. More than 70 people, including at least six motorists, were believed killed, but the count could not be verified.

•Lewiston officials announced Thursday that construction of a proposed $12-million computer center in the city has been “indefinitely postponed.” Fidelity Management and Research Co., a Boston-based investment firm, has withdrawn its plans to build the data service center – a decision which surprised and dumbfounded city officials.