Looking Back on February 4

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100 years ago, 1914
Not a penny will be charged and not a cent will he asked for subscriptions at the meeting to be held in Lewiston city hall, Wednesday evening to talk over the baseball situation here. The meeting will not be held for the purpose of raising funds but for arousing enthusiasm in order that the New England league team which will represent the city will be assured of a rousing reception when the men report for the opening game. Tim Murnane, veteran baseball writer and president of the New England league, is coming down from Boston. With him will be Arthur Cooney, also well known in baseball circles, Joseph W. Burns, owner of the Lewiston franchise, and Tim Leonard. Manager Bill Carrigan of the Boston Americans and M. J. McDonough of this city, the two young men who first started the agitation for a team in Lewiston, will also he among the speakers.

50 years ago, 1964
An Auburn shoe manufacturing concern which has been turning out shoes and providing a valued payroll locally for 31 years will close its doors in the near future, it was learned today. Reports that the Charles Cushman Co. of 209 Court, St. would cease production in the coming weeks were confirmed by E. Farrington Abbott, treasurer of the firm. The final work will be done probably in about three weeks. Abbott said that approximately 175 persons are still working at the plant. The peak number employed in the plant during the past year was about 275, he said. The Charles Cushman Co. has been in existence since January of 1933.

25 years ago, 1989
An estimated 200 workers engaged in the production of leather handbags at Fancy Stitchers Inc. have been certified by the U.S. Labor Department as eligible to apply for benefits under the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. Under the program, certified workers at companies whose employment and sales have been found by the Labor Department to have been negatively affected by foreign imports may receive training, job search assistance, cash benefits, relocation allowances and other employment-related assistance.

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