Looking Back on April 6, 2010


100 years ago, 1910

State Detective Charles A. Maxwell of Portland, who is well known in Lewiston and Auburn, has, up to April 2, seized 71 slot machines in the following places: Auburn, Augusta, Bath, Brunswick, Bangor, Biddeford, Camden, Cape Elizabeth, Clinton, Lewiston, Long Island, Portland, Rockport, Rockland, Saco, St. George, South Berwick and Windham. Three of the machines have been returned by order of the courts. The market value of the machines destroyed was $2,865.

50 years ago, 1960

R. B. Hall, a Lewiston musician in days past and Maine’s most famous bandmaster and composer, will be honored Saturday, April 9, at the New England Intercollegiate Band Festival at Colby College.

Born at Bowdoinham in 1858, he played in the Bowdoinham Band and Richmond Cornet Band after leaving Lewiston. He died at Portland in 1907.

During his lifetime he composed 76 marches and several waltzes. His “Officer of the Day,” “American Cadet,” and “Richmond Light Infantry Blues” marches are standard items in modern band repertoires.

25 years ago, 1985

FARMINGTON — In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the birth of John James Audubon, the Western Maine Audubon Society will take part in the 1985 National Audubon Society Birdathon, to be held April 27.

Funds raised in the Birdathon will be used to send a local person to a two-week session at the Maine Ecology Camp at Hog Island. This person will then be able to return and share the knowledge and experience gained through the program