Looking Back on August 5


100 years ago, 1915
The Lewiston police believe that the arrest of a 21-year-old, who was caught red-handed by Capt. Murphy and Policeman Heffernan in the second-hand store of Max Berman, 57 Main Street, Wednesday night, broke up a series of operations in these cities planned by three men. Capt. Murphy has in his possession a secret cipher code enclosed in an envelope which he took from the man. He believes he has traced a connection with the break to the additional two men.

50 years ago, 1965
Parents of Lewiston youngsters who play around the Lincoln Street Playground area have been urged to caution their children about the dangers riding freight trains, after several incidents of this nature were reported to police. Lt. Gerald Gilbert said some youngsters have been taking short jaunts on the freight trains that travel at the rear of the Bates Manufacturing Company. The trains have to stop at the intersections of Cedar and Chestnut streets before crossing and this is where the youngsters get on and off.

25 years ago, 1990
Part of High Street in Auburn, just north of the intersection with Academy Street, was briefly closed early Saturday morning when a remaining section of antiquated water main burst. The cause was apparently the age of the pipe. “It’s one of the few small sections of old pipe in this area that haven’t been replaced,” said Randy Holmes of the Auburn Water Department. “It was probably put in at the start of the century, maybe a little earlier.”

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