Looking Back on December 13


100 years ago, 1914
With the completion of the repairs on the pumps at the Lewiston municipal water works, the city is now equipped to supply water to a city of 50,000 population. This pumping capacity is guaranteed by the Deane Pump Co., of Holyoke, Mass., which installed the pumps and made the repairs. The pumps are equipped with the largest fabricated gears ever built, replacing the original wood and iron. Each of the newly repaired pumps can be run from 24 to 26 revolutions per minute, with an individual capacity of 350 gallons per revolution. Mayor Wiseman is highly pleased with the progress made in this department of the water works, and believes that an additional reservoir is now all that is needed to make the equipment first class in every way.

50 years ago, 1964
An explanation of the procedures of computing state valuation figures was offered Friday by the State of Maine Bureau of Taxation in clarification of the reasons behind Lewiston’s drop in valuation and Auburn’s increase. According to Edward Birkenwald, director of the Maine Property Tax Division, the Lewiston valuation was decreased by the Board of Equalization this year because the valuation “has been too high before.” Birkenwald said continued industrial growth and new commercial ventures have resulted in the Auburn increase in valuation. He also described Lisbon St. as “a little sour” at present and said this, too, entered into the decision to reduce the valuation.

25 years ago, 1989
Twin Cities residents will have a chance to break into foreign affairs when an Iowa man gathers signatures for a 35-foot Christmas card to Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev. Entrepreneur Jim Lawlor will take America’s Greeting Card to the Soviet Union, perhaps the largest card in the world, to the Auburn Mall Monday as he completes the final leg of a nationwide tour. The card, which includes a mile-long scroll already signed by more than 500,000 people, will be presented to Gorbachev in Moscow on Jan. 1. Auburn is its only stop in Maine.

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