Looking Back on August 1


100 years ago, 1915
The farm buildings of Frank Newell were destroyed by fire this morning between one and two o’clock. Fred Newell, his son, was the first to discover it. He aroused his parents and went to the burn. When he opened the doors the flames poured out. Everything in the barn was burned, including two horses, two cows, and a pig. The household furniture was nearly all saved. It is thought fire caught from hay overheating.

50 years ago, 1965
Lots of advice around but no one to lend a hand. That was the case of the Webster family this past weekend, at their 1212 Main St., Lewiston, home Mrs. Sidney Webster informed the Journal today that two baby skunks got into the basement through an open window They were first noticed early Sunday morning when a scratching noise was heard at the basement door. “My husband opened the door and there were the two skunks. Boy, he sure closed the door in a hurry,” she said. Officer Roger A. Bisson of the Lewiston Police Department advised the Websters to notify either the game warden in this area or a local pet shop operator. Although everyone offered plenty of advice no one made the offer to remove the animals, Mrs. Webster said. Finally, on Sunday, Mr. Webster “donned his very oldest clothes” and made for the cellar, the woman said. Apparently one of the animals had left the house. But Webster found the other sleeping. He threw a cloth over the animal, “and he just cuddled back to sleep,” Mrs. Webster said. “We’ve also discovered that if you pick them up by the tail they can’t let off any odor,” she said. The husband did this and carried the skunk away from the house.

25 years ago, 1990
New school bus policies adopted in Auburn will mean shorter walks for most younger children and few bus transfers in the coming school year. The new policy will provide bus transportation to all kindergarten through third grade students who live more than half a mile from their school, and to all fourth through sixth grade students who live more than three-quarters of a mile away.

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