Looking Back on February 26


100 years ago, 1914
The Park street section of the Lewiston Journal building is rapidly being turned into a beautifully decorated exhibition hall for the motor show of March 25, 26, 27 and 28. Work of painting the interior of the rooms has begun. To make it possible to run automobiles into the building a new entrance will have to be made. More than $500 has been appropriated for use in these alterations and the decorating. Among those from other cities who have signified their intention of exhibiting in the show is the Franklin Motor Company of Portland and the State agency for the Franklin car, the only air cooled American car now being manufactured. Each of the local dealers, and there will be about a dozen whose automobiles will be exhibited, are endeavoring to obtain chassises of the cars for which they are agents, with glass casings so that the patrons of the show and the prospective purchasers may have the opportunity to see the moving parts while in action.

50 years ago, 1964
Most of the material for the new elevator to be installed at Androscoggin County building arrived yesterday and was put into storage awaiting the actual installation. The material was fabricated by the Stanley Elevator Co. at its New Hampshire plant and was delivered to the county building yesterday. Also arriving yesterday was a crew from the elevator firm and it is expected that the actual start of work installing the elevator will get underway today. The shaft for the elevator was completed some time ago by the Joseph Blais construction firm of Lewiston. The new elevator, sought for a number of years, will run from the first floor to a location between the Superior Court Room and the Law Library.

25 years ago, 1989
The 18th annual Home and Better Living Show attracted more than 8,700 visitors through the weekend show. But crowds continued Saturday and made up for the earlier lag on the show’s final day Sunday. Organizers had anticipated 13,000 visitors. Bob Waterman, of Waterman’s Farm Machinery Co. in Sabattus, said his tractor-filled booth is the unexpected surprise. “They aren’t looking for a tractor at the show. So they’re almost pleasantly surprised to see me,” Waterman said.