Looking Back on Feb. 14, 2012


100 years ago, 1912
Three thousand people held their breaths as the figure of a man clad in a bathing suit shot into the waters of the canal from the second story of the Hall and Knight store house which overhangs the canal. The figure was that of the daring Darrington, handcuff king and escape artist. This was a free exhibition. (In a couple minutes) Darrington’s fair head and smiling face appeared. His assistants had prepared to throw a rope to him, but that was unnecessary. He swam to the shore.

50 years ago, 1962
Some 28 stores in downtown Lewiston will try out a shoppers’ coupon program for the next five months, continuing with the plan if it proves successful. The plan is a simple one and works this way: the coupon offers goods at a special price and when that coupon is used the shoppers find themselves with an extra special value.

25 years ago, 1987

They say that money can’t buy you love, but perhaps candy, flowers and the most sentimental of greeting cards, the kind you’ll never admit to buying, will win you a bit of affection on Valentine’s Day. Flower and candy merchants in Lewiston-Auburn enjoyed one of their busiest days of the year Friday. At Mary’s Candy Shop, a venerable Main Street institution for 55 years in Lewiston, a steady stream of chocaholics bought satin-covered hearts filled with the store’s famous hand-dipped chocolates.
“I’m sure we’ve sold over 100 at least just this week,” said owner Lucille Meservier, known to all as “Mary.”