Looking Back on March 2, 2010

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100 years ago, 1910

Many employees of the New England Telephone Company of this vicinity will be interested to learn that hereafter they will have no passes on the Maine Central as in the past. The company will have to pay the regular mileage for its men and the railroad in return will pay for the telephones which it uses.

50 years ago, 1960

Officials of the Bonafide Mill at Lisbon last night denied that there are any plans to close the mill. Chester Small, mill superintendent, said there is “nothing definite” on any plan to stop operations at the linoleum plant which employs several hundred persons at its peak of operations. He said the present work force is about 120 employees.

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25 years ago, 1985

Claiming the Maine Milk Commission drove it out of the milk business, Cote’s All Star Dairy of Lewiston has sold its remaining milk-distribution routes to Locust Farms Dairy of Portland, ending more than 50 years as a small dairy.

Roland Cote, one of three sons of founder Willie J. Cote, said Locust will take over Cote’s distribution routes Monday under an agreement signed Friday. Cote and brothers Ray and Paul run the dairy, which will continue to sell and make ice cream.

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