Looking Back on August 20


100 years ago, 1915
From 2500 to 3000 people assembled at the lower end of Lewiston City Park, Friday evening, to see a great number of interesting photographic views presented by the International Reform Bureau of Washington, D.C., and hear short addresses on the temperance issue. Interspersed with the views on temperance were a great variety of scenery, farming scenes, mining, transportation, parks, playgrounds and general welfare views. But from start to finish the main theme was the national war against the liquor traffic in the interest of sobriety, safety, industrial efficiency and thrift. Many interior bar room scenes were presented, showing gambling, drunkenness, children buying liquor, women drinking, Sunday selling, to explain the reasons for this movement against the beverage liquor traffic.

50 years ago, 1965
Auburn fire fighters this morning rushed to the old Hoague-Sprague building on Minot Ave., where the sprinkler system sounded in the now vacant building. According to fire officials, a defective sprinkler head located on the third floor set off the system which poured some 60 to 65 gallons of water per minute through the three story structure. The water flooded the top two floors and managed to penetrate down to the street floor.

25 years ago, 1990
Lewiston city officials are angry and are determined not to back down in a dispute with Central Maine Power Co. over the condition of an electric generating plant the company is supposed to transfer to the city. The dispute centers on a hydroelectric plant which is supposed to be turned over to the city as part of an agreement between the city and the utility which allowed the construction of the Charles E. Monty hydroelectric plant on the Androscoggin River. City Engineer Christopher Branch said that one of the three generators at the Upper Androscoggin, or Upper A, hydroelectric plant is not working, cutting the plant’s generating capacity by about 27 percent. At the time the agreement was signed, CMP officials told the city they could expect to generate 4.8 million kilowatt-hours per year, according to Branch.

The material in Looking Back is reproduced exactly as it originally appeared, although misspellings and errors made at that time may be edited.