Looking Back on December 20


100 years ago, 1914
Burglars, whether professionals or amateurs, blew the outer doors off the safe in the office of the G. B. Johnson Co. commission house at 114 Turner street, Auburn, sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning but left without taking about $250 that was inside the safe. Glass in several of the windows in the walls that separate the office from the rest of the store was broken, as were several pictures on the walls. The safe was not blanketed in any way, yet, so far as could be learned last night, no one in the neighborhood heard the explosion. It is thought that the safe was blown open by pouring nitro-glycerine around the lock.

50 years ago, 1964
The feasibility of administratively redesignating the Sabattus post office as a rural station or branch office of Lewiston has met with much opposition and many Sabattus and Wales residents have registered their objection to the proposal by signing papers which are currently in local business establishments.

25 years ago, 1989
Auburn School Committee members Wednesday night gave their support, but withheld their approval, to a proposal to eliminate the industrial arts-home economics department in Auburn’s secondary schools in favor of what Superintendent Roy Loux called a “radical change in program for non-college students.” If adopted, the Career Aspirations Project would replace the separate courses taught in semester blocks by the staff of the industrial arts-home economics department, according to Assistant Superintendent Tim McCormack. Most of the department staff was on hand at Wednesday’s meeting. Although only a few teachers spoke in favor of the proposal, none spoke against it and Edward Little High School Principal Larry Labrie said that they were ready to move forward with the program. McCormack said all the teachers in the department would be used in the program.

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