Looking Back on February 17

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100 years ago, 1914
Wrapped in a blanket and with nothing else on except a pair trousers, a seven-year-old boy was carried from the burning building on Ash street, Lewiston, Saturday night. All his clothes had been lost in the fire. “Take him across the street to the store and get him some clothes,” directed Geo. B. King of the Low-King Co., who happened to be nearby. Pretty soon one of the clerks returned with the boy partially fitted out. “Take him back,” said Mr. King, “and give him everything he needs.” As a result the child was fitted thru-out from underwear to overcoat, cap and mittens.

50 years ago, 1964
Wrecker service was almost instantaneous for a Connecticut man Sunday following a mishap on a slippery Auburn street. According to an Auburn Police Department report, a Smith Garage wrecker driven by Donald L. Bailey, 49, of 210 West Bowdoin St., Auburn. was stopped on Minot Avenue at the Court Street traffic light at 3:45 p.m. Sunday. A driver of a car from Connecticut approaching the rear of the wrecker applied his brakes but skidded on the snowy street. The 1959 sports convertible smashed into the rear of the wrecker. After a survey of the situation, Bailey climbed back into the wrecker, lowered the tow chain and hooked onto the damaged vehicle, and headed for the garage.

25 years ago, 1989
Joey Gamache Jr. finally wore down Felix “The Cat” Dubray in the seventh round Thursday night, flooring him with a right uppercut for a TKO in by far his toughest Maine fight at the Lewiston Armory. Gamache, undefeated at 14-0 and never beaten even as an amateur in Maine, actually took a few punches — something his fans aren’t accustomed to — from the left-handed Dubray, 17-3. Gamache, after decking Dubray with a right uppercut in the sixth round, was all over his man to begin the seventh. Dubray was able to fight his way off the ropes, but his legs began to buckle, and he went down again under a heavy barrage of punches in his own corner. This time, referee Norm Veilleux stopped the fight at 1:15.

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