Looking Back on February 14

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100 years ago, 1914
The storm of Saturday was the worst which has swept Lewiston in a number of years. Early that day it interfered with travel of all kinds. Street car service was tied up and suspended and the public carriages were unable to help but little. Horses tired quickly in the fierce blizzard. It was a absolutely impossible for a horse to trot, even one with a light sleigh.

50 years ago, 1964
(Editorial) We commend the deliberate, careful manner in which urban renewal has been approached in Auburn. It is a guarantee of a sound program which will be of long range value to the entire community. Another step along the way was taken this week by the Auburn Urban Renewal Authority as it approved the recommendations of the Auburn Citizens’ Advisory Committee that Project A be undertaken. That project envisions modernization of the area bounded by Court St., Turner St., the Maine Central Railroad tracks, the river, and back to Court St. It includes the construction of a professional building.

25 years ago, 1989
Fire officials hope to know sometime Tuesday afternoon what caused a fire that destroyed half a city block downtown. The blaze on Walnut Street between Bartlett and Horton streets broke out at about 4 a.m. Monday and left dozens of people homeless after burning out of control for nearly three hours, destroying five apartment buildings. The fire leveled 57 Walnut St, 53-55 Walnut St., 124 Bartlett St., which housed Friend’s Deli, and 130 Bartlett St. Two other buildings, 109 Horton St. and 134 Bartlett St., were heavily damaged. Two other buildings, 111 and 113 Horton St., sustained water damage. Friend’s Deli, owned by Guy Nadeau, which has been a fixture in the neighborhood for many years, had been gutted by fire in the late 1940s.

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