Looking Back on February 15


100 years ago, 1914
On Sunday and Monday Chief Moriarty of the Lewiston Fire Department was deluged with congratulation for the excellent work of the department in handling the fires of Saturday afternoon and night. By all it is considered a remarkable feat that, under the conditions which existed at the time, the fire in the Golder & McCarthy store was confined as it was. At 11 o’clock Saturday night the general opinion of those watching the fire was that the row of framed buildings there would he destroyed by the blaze. The prediction failed, however, and the other buildings were saved. Among the congratulations which came to the chief was the following a letter, from Lewiston Gaslight Co. and John McCarthy of Golder & McCarthy, accompanied by a box of choice cigars. The letter said, “We trust the cigars we are sending may be acceptable to the boys.”

50 years ago, 1964
(PHOTO) SHOE SHOP DEMOLITION BEGINS — The task of dismantling the four-story building shown here to make way for additional parking for an Auburn supermarket began today. The George H. Sampson wrecking company began by removing windows and frames from the building which once housed a busy shoe shop, the Panther Moccasin Co. It was sold to the owners of Food-Town who are having the property demolished to provide additional customer parking facilities.

25 years ago, 1989
Two Mount Auburn Avenue developers competing to secure a Hoyts Cinema 10-screen complex both received Planning Board support for zone changes Tuesday, allowing them to each continue with plans for their developments. Board members Tuesday were shown plans for both the Whiteholm Plaza, a $19 million, 265,000-square-foot mall, and drawings of Mount Auburn Shopping Plaza, a 155,000-square-foot development. The two developments are proposed for sites on opposite sides of Mount Auburn Avenue, at the Turner Street intersection. Both sets of drawings show detached buildings that would house the Hoyts Cinema complex. “We’re still fighting it out,” one of the developers said of the two firms’ efforts to secure the Hoyts development.