Looking Back on Jan. 1, 2010


100 years ago, 1910

The Lewiston Reading Circle met yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. F. G. Payne on Main street. There was a large attendance of members and several of the honorary members were also present.

This was to be a musical program, and as Mr. and Mrs. Payne have a fine Columbia graphophone, it was the pleasure of the ladies to listen to musical numbers upon this. Mr. Payne operated the machine.

50 years ago, 1960

Three sets of parents gained additional $600 tax exemptions yesterday, the last day of the year, as three babies were born at local hospitals on New Year’s Eve.

At St. Mary’s General Hospital a girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Merle Wiley of Lisbon Falls.


The two births at Central Maine General Hospital were a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Charles Kennan of Auburn and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. Robert White of Buckfield.

Although born the last day of the year, each child is worth a $600 income tax exemption for the entire year.

25 years ago, 1985

The end of 1984 also marked the end of Consumat Systems Inc.’s contract to run the Auburn steam plant, but the event occurred with little fanfare.

Public Works Director Robert P. Belz said last week that he planned to be at home asleep when the contract expired. Assigned to spend the next several months overseeing plant operations, Belz has been putting in long hours at the facility since the City Council voted to take the reigns.