Looking Back on May 12, 2011

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100 years ago,1911

One of the oldest business places in Auburn, the D. B. Stevens blacksmith shop on Turner Street, has been sold to Clinton Smith, a Canton blacksmith who will conduct the business in the future. The shop was built just 40 years ago by Mr. Stevens and he has built up a fine business there. Mr. Stevens has been shoeing horses for the past 54 years and intended to retire on the 50th year, but on account of certain reasons he has not done so until the present time.

50 years ago, 1961

Representatives of the Androscoggin Valley Mental Health Association met last night with a United Fund budget subcommittee to discuss the association’s $800 allocation request for this year. Today, the budgets of the Healy Asylum, Marcotte Home and St. Joseph’s Orphanage will be discussed.

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25 years ago, 1986

Taking advantage of sunny weather, thousands of area residents lined Main Street in Lewiston and Auburn’s Great Falls Plaza Saturday to watch the third Maine State Parade.

In the parade judging, groups from Lewiston and Auburn won first-place trophies and cash prizes for best float and best band.

While Lewiston police estimated the turnout at between 10,000 and 15,000 people, Charlene Belanger of WCSH-TV, who helped organize the parade, said that estimate may have been conservative.

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