Looking Back on February 20

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100 years ago, 1914
It is stated that the payrolls of Lewiston and Auburn mills and shoe shops aggregate about half a million dollars per month and that the Auburn shoe shops pay out nearly as much money each month as the Lewiston cotton mills. Within a year Lewiston will increase its output of cottons in the line-up of acres of machinery in the nine-acre floor space of the new Bates weave-shed, while Auburn will start two now shoe concerns — that is, the new factory of Ashe, Noyes & Co. on Spring street and the big reenforcement of the Lunn & Sweet Shoe Co., who will start construction of a great annex, as soon as dirt can be made to fly in place of snow.

50 years ago, 1964
Lewiston City Hall employees will not get time off for Washington’s Birthday because the holiday falls on a Saturday. City Controller Laurier T. Raymond said today that if the holiday fell on a Sunday, then the City Hall employees would have the following day, Monday, off. There has been no policy set as yet regarding holidays that fall on a Saturday.

25 years ago, 1989
Opening ceremonies Sunday began with a surprise presentation by Rep. Albert Stevens to Sabattus selectman Tim Gayton. The week was declared World Ice-Snow Sailing Championship Week by Gov. John McKernan and Maine Secretary of State William Diamond. While mild winds kept ice-snow sailors from speed racing on the second day of the winter carnival, ice car racing kept thousands of spectators thrilled with speeds of up to 70 mph. The races attracted 30 drivers from world champion Willie Lewis of Falmouth to first-time driver Dave Tardiff of Lewiston. When Tardiff heard about the sprint race, he decided he would like to try, so he purchased a Honda the day before for $100. “I can’t believe how much fun this is,” said Tardiff who completed 20 of the 25 laps in the first race.

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