Looking Back on August 26


100 years ago, 1915
City Hall, Lewiston, has seen one of the busiest days in its history, Thursday. While it was not the official opening of the second annual exhibition of the Lewiston and Auburn Gardeners’ Union, the exhibitors were all present arranging their booths. The work commenced early Thursday morning and continued without interruption until late in the afternoon before the exhibits were all in place. It is certainly a splendid show, the like of which has not been seen in this State. Primarily this exhibition is for the benefit of the children of these cities and of Androscoggin county but a large number of adults also have exhibits. Not only that, but some of the finest in the hall are from out of town and from various parts of New England.

50 years ago, 1965
Spokesmen for a representative committee of employes of the Knapp Bros. Shoe Manufacturing Co. in Lewiston said Wednesday night they will continue their work stoppage Thursday and that if company management “persists in non-recognition of our committee, we will be forced to organize a union in our shop.” Gerard (Pete) Gauthier, spokesman for the employes announced the decision following a meeting Wednesday night at Auburn Central School auditorium of 500 of the firm’s 770 employes.

25 years ago, 1990
The newest Super Shop ‘n Save will open Monday at 692 Sabattus St., Lewiston. A ribbon cutting ceremony will he held at 8 a.m. with local dignitaries on hand. As part of the opening ceremonies, a $500 donation will be made to the Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary. Festivities will continue throughout the day. The new store will create additional employment opportunities in the Lewiston area, according to Shop ’n Save District Manager Ted Burch, who says 108 new employees have been hired to augment the work force moving from the former Shop ‘n Save at 449 Sabattus St. That store will close at the end of today.

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