Looking Back on February 21

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100 years ago, 1914
A more effective or delightful program has seldom been witnessed in Lewiston city hall, than the Colonial Minuet given there, Friday evening, this being the closing night of the Colonial carnival given under the auspices of St. Joseph’s parish. Forty couples filled the floor and with the effective costumes of the colonial day, the graceful steps of the minuet were danced to orchestral accompaniment. The young people were trained by Miss May Holmes of Bates College, and they certainly did justice to her careful instructions. An oyster supper was served during the evening and the large audience which witnessed the program enjoyed dancing until Midnight.

50 years ago, 1964
Gerard Construction Co. Inc of Lewiston was named yesterday the general contract for the new modern one-story building to be erected on Center Street, Auburn, as the new home for Snow’s Inc. The Lewiston firm was the low bidder among six general contractors for the project. Work on the project will start immediately, according to Stanley G. Snow of Auburn, president of the firm, with the actual ground breaking to take place as soon as possible. The new building, which will house the retail and wholesale store as well as an eight-bay modern automobile service center, will occupy some 24,000 square feet of floor space. It will be only one-story in height and will be constructed on a lot at 166 Center St.

25 years ago, 1989
Taxicab owners Tuesday will ask the Auburn City Council to approve changes to the city’s five rate zones to avert a price hike by increasing fares for longer distance travelers. A letter to the council signed by owners of all five taxicab companies serving the city states that reducing the size of the zones and establishing outlying rate districts would “make it more cost effective to travel to the outer areas of the city. According to the letter, a rider traveling from K-Mart on Center Street to No Tomatoes Restaurant on Main Street pays $3.25 for the 4.5-mile cab ride. But a fare from K-Mart to Vickery Road, almost nine miles across the city, pays the same rate.

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