Looking Back on February 1


100 years ago, 1914
One of the finest concrete bridges in the State has been completed and opened to traffic in the town of Lisbon. This handsome structure and thoroly modern structure spanning the Sabatis river at Lisbon Village replaces an old three-span wooden bridge which has been an eyesore, as well as a danger to the inhabitants of the town for several years. The new bridge is 147 feet long over all, and has a clear roadway of 24 feet, and two 5 foot sidewalks. The roadway of the new structure is 3 feet higher than the elevation of the old bridge. It Is a two-span bridge, each span being 64 feet in length, and is supported at the center by a concrete pier 5 foot wide.

50 years ago, 1964
Edward Little High School, generally deserted and quiet on a Saturday morning, was a center of excitement this morning as the high schoolers enjoyed the final day of the annual ELHS Winter Carnival. Outside, various groups were busy putting the final touches to snow sculptures, ablaze in varying colors. Inside the school, another group of young people was busy readying the gymnasium for tonight’s Coronation Ball, the highlight of the week-long carnival. Some of the snow sculpturing was done last night, late yesterday afternoon, actually, in hopes that the designs, patted into shape by many careful hands, would freeze solid overnight. With a light, but wet snow falling this forenoon, some of the sculptures were covered over with heavy tarpaulins to prevent them from being damaged.

25 years ago, 1989
Auburn School Committee members Wednesday voted 6-3 to lease the former Sacred Heart School on Western Avenue, a move Superintendent of Schools Roy D. Loux has said will force redistricting through the city. The vote came after almost three hours of public debate on Loux’s recommendation to lease the 20,000-square-foot building, a plan he said was the best solution educationally to solve classroom crowding problems. The committee’s vote did not include closing C.P. Wight. Instead, members will meet next week to discuss how to use the 17-room Sacred Heart building.