Looking Back on February 11


100 years ago, 1914
Monday morning, at the factory of L.M. Mann & Son, West Paris, a blower pipe burst, emptying the boiler and blowing the fire, smoke, steam and hot water from the engine. The smoke and steam filled the factory and some of the workmen jumped from the windows and others crawled from the building on their hands and knees to avoid suffocation. No one was badly injured, altho the engineer received small burns on the face. The pipes have been repaired and the factory will be in running condition today.

50 years ago, 1964
Twelve year old Susan Bedwell isn’t a girl who needs adult direction in an emergency. Walking along Court St., Auburn, in the vicinity of Seavey’s, Saturday, Susan found a billfold containing $15. It also held a rent receipt which clued Susan to its owner. She telephoned the Goff St. family, reported her find, and was asked to bring the billfold and its contents to the address, where she was rewarded with the gift of one dollar for her handling of the situation. Susan is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Bedwell of 248 Court St., Auburn.

25 years ago, 1989
Marriage and money were the two main topics of the speech Rep. Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, gave a group of area Republicans Friday evening. References to her upcoming Feb. 24 marriage to Republican Gov. John R. McKernan Jr. were almost inevitable after Rita Blackerby, president of the Androscoggin County Republican Women’s Club, introduced her as the guest speaker of the club’s Lincoln Day Dinner. Blackerby teased Snowe during the introduction with the comment, “We always knew we had a united party but we never knew until now how united.” Snowe began her speech on a light-hearted note with jokes about the wedding. Snowe, who represents Maine’s Second District, also commented on the controversial proposed 51 percent congressional pay hike that the House and Senate voted recently to reject.