Looking Back on December 26


100 years ago, 1914
The Franklin Company this morning took over the operation of the DeWitt Motor Hotel at Pine and Park Streets in Lewiston, and within an hour had a sign on the front door saying, “Hotel Closed.” According to Gard Twaddle, agent for the company, the building will be razed before April. The 110-year-old building now houses several businesses and 16 permanent residents. All have been given notice they must move within 30 days. The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club, which has met at the hotel since being organized many years has been offered the free use of the banquet hall at the hotel providing it can get the meals catered.

50 years ago, 1964
The usual Christmas services were observed by Lewiston Commandery, Knights Templar, at the Asylum, Friday at exactly high twelve. The day was beautiful and this helped to bring out the large number of Sir Knights who were present. Lewiston commandery is especially fortunate in having the grand commander of the State in the person of Ralph W. Crockett, and this high official sent cordial greetings to every commandery in the State.

25 years ago, 1989
A relatively young business will be expanding and moving a short distance away by the middle of next month. Wicker Plus, which opened in June and is now located at 267 Lisbon St., Lewiston, will lease space with an option to buy at 120 Lisbon St., site of the former Main Store, previously an office supply business. That locution has been vacant for several months. Leo Gagnon, whose wife Rose Marie owns the business, said the company needs more room in order to increase its line of products. Wicker Plus currently carries a variety of baskets and four-piece wicker sets.

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