Looking Back


The fiscal year ended June 30, 1906, produced a record eclipsing all former figures on the subject of immigration according to the annual report of Frank P. Sargent, the commissioner general of immigration. During that period the report says, the population of the United States was increased by the admission of 1,100,765 immigrant aliens, and 65,618 non-immigrant aliens entered at its ports, making the total admissions 1,166,653. Of the immigrant aliens, that is, those who intended settling in the United States were 764,463 males, 337,272 females.

50 Years Ago, 1957

Lewiston and Auburn experienced the second highest December snowfall since 1930 as a result of last month’s heavy storms. The Union Water Power Co. gatehouse recorded a total of 29.10 inches for December. The highest snowfall for a December in the past 26 years was in 1951 with 37 inches.

Engineers from Providence, R. I., are scheduled to make soundings in the land where St. Dom’s Arena formerly stood and where the new one is planned. Rosaire Hall, Arena Manager, said yesterday representatives from a Rhode Island firm will make nine soundings on the Arena Birch Street property with the intention of determining the best area to erect a new structure.

25 Years Ago, 1982

Gasoline prices will rise by nearly 6 cents a gallon in 1982 while U.S. oil imports, down sharply for two years, will begin climbing again, the Energy Department predicted Tuesday. The department predicted that gasoline, which sold in 1981 for an average price of $1.36 per gallon for all grades, would average $1.42 in 1982.

The accumulation of more than two feet of wet snow and ice caused the roof of the Lake Thompson Fish and Game Club building to collapse and caved in a 16 foot section of the wall. No one was in the building at the time. The club holds suppers and dances there, as well as regular meetings.