Looking Back on Feb. 7, 2012


100 years ago, 1912
At a meeting of the Auburn City Government held last evening it was voted to purchase a lot known as the Emerson lot on Hampshire Street for a school house lot. It seems however that the lot has already been purchased for the city, by whom nobody seems to know although no order had been passed previous to last evening’s meeting authorizing the purchase. When asked “Where did the money come from?” Acting Mayor Randall said it had been provided but did not know by whom.

50 years ago, 1962
A 67-year-old Auburn man who refused to consult an attorney because “you never win anyways,” pleaded innocent in Auburn Municipal Court today to a charge of drunken driving, but admitted, “I’m guilty.” Judge Irving Isaacson read the charge by Auburn police officer Carleton Ramsdell and was interrupted before finishing when the defendant declared, “not guilty.”

25 years ago, 1987
Two Pettengill School parents initially opposed to the closing of either Frye or Wallace Schools have scheduled a meeting for parents concerned about student redistricting. When the Lewiston School Committee voted unanimously on Dec. 22 to close Frye School, no one at the meeting commented on the closing. The last time the city closed a school, Jordan School in 1983, more than 100 residents appeared at a meeting when the decision was made.