Looking Back on January 9


100 years ago, 1913
A former Auburn resident made his first appearance in the city for three years on yesterday afternoon, and was promptly collared by the Auburn police force on a warrant charging larceny by embezzlement of a fur coat from Fred Noble of Auburn. The man lived here in town until one day about three years ago when the place became too cold for him. He hired a pretty good fur coat of the proprietor, saying he was going into the country for a few days. He traveled through New Hampshire, Vermont, Canada and Maine, but after a time perhaps he became footsore or homesick. At any rate his foot-steps lagged, and the police intend to make Auburn warm enough for him now.

50 years ago, 1963
William V. Hood of Lewiston, proprietor of Hood’s Mailing Service Inc., whose printing and mailing establishment at 4 Washington St., Auburn, was heavily damaged by fire last Dec. 27, has purchased land at Oxford and Cross Streets, Lewiston, as a possible site for a new one-story plant. Hood said he will know definitely what he is going to do in about a week after insurance adjustors go over figures on the loss suffered in the early morning fire. The company moved into temporary quarters at the Mace garage on Washington Street, Auburn.

25 years ago, 1988
Ice sailors preparing for a world cup competition on Sabattus Lake later this month met with disappointing wind conditions at a scheduled practice yesterday. Robert Brotherus, president of the World Ice and Snow Sailing Association, said many of the Maine competitors failed to show for the practice session because of the lack of wind.