Looking Back on April 15, 2010

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100 years ago, 1910

For the first time in this state the anesthetic stovaine was used at the Central Maine General Hospital, Lewiston, this week in a remarkable operation performed upon George W. Hammond, who is 84 years old. Mr. Hammond had gangrene in his right foot and it was found necessary to amputate the leg above the knee.

All through the operation the patient laughed and joked and even held the instruments of the surgeons. He said that he experienced no sensation whatever, except a slight pricking when the flesh was first cut. The patient is getting along nicely and the operation was a success in every way.

50 years ago, 1960

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Lucien A. Drapeau of Lewiston, Androscoggin County Register of Deeds, was one of 16 directors named Wednesday at the organizational meeting of the Maine Counties Association at Augusta. Drapeau was the only one chosen from this county as an officer.

The board of directors of the new organization which is designed to work for preservation of the county form of government is composed of one official from each county.

25 years ago, 1985

Several Central Maine residents will address the International Trade Commission when hearings on the domestic shoe industry open Tuesday in Washington, D.C.

Ted Johanson, owner of Falcon Shoe in Lewiston, and Jeannie Hebert of Livermore Falls, president of the lobbying group Shoeworkers of Maine, will testify at the ITC hearings, which have been reopened to determine if the American shoe manufacturing industry has been injured by competition from imported shoes.

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