Looking Back on January 26


100 years ago, 1913
More panther tracks have been discovered near the Lyon cottage on Maple Hill, Auburn. These tracks which were freshly made led from the Lyon cottage to a point back of the home of E.F. Partridge, Dillingham Hill. Clarence Johnson and a party had planned to engage in a hunt for the animal Saturday, but the conditions for tracking were not favorable and the hunt was given up. When there is sufficient snow to make tracking possible, a determined effort will be made to hunt down the wild animal.

50 years ago, 1963
Edward Little sweeps in jumping and cross country ran the Auburn squad’s scoring total to a 10-and-a-half point margin on nearest pursuers in Saturday’s concluding winter carnival ski meet events at Pettengill Park. Rumford, Gould, Mexico, Farmington, Berlin, N.H., and Kennett of Conway, N.H., finished in that order. Ronnie Jacques of EL led the morning’s jump, in which Johnny Greene and Rick Haskell were right behind, and Bill Kendall of EL captured the cross country race. Haskell became the individual four-event skimeister and Kendall was second.

25 years ago, 1988
Efforts to recall two Sabattus selectmen from office have apparently hit a legal stumbling block before the process has even gotten under way. Town Clerk Carolyn Earley said the apparent lack of a city charter may bring the process to an immediate halt. Earley said that according to a lawyer from the Maine Municipal Association, “because it’s not in our charter, we can’t have a recall.” At issue was a vote taken last week by the two selectmen to recommend the Police Department be disbanded and police services taken over by the Androscoggin Sheriff’s Office.