Looking Back on May 16, 2011


100 years ago,1911

Three young boys ages 10, 11 and 13 sat on the prisoners’ bench in the Auburn Municipal Court yesterday and heard themselves convicted of robbing the poor box at the St. Louis Church in New Auburn. All seemed not affected until Judge Webber told one of the boys that he would have to spend the rest of his minority in the State Reform School at South Portland. Then he hid his face in his hands and commenced to cry. The sentence of the other boys was continued in order that the parents may pay what money was taken and see that the boys behave themselves.

50 years ago, 1961

Esso Standard Division of Humble Oil & Refining Co., Boston, was awarded a contract by Auburn City Manager Woodbury E. Brackett to supply about 150,000 gallons of regular and premium grade gasoline for municipal use.

On regular gasoline it offered a bid of 4.63 cents off the tank wagon price less an additional 1.5 cents, bringing the net to city to 11.27 cents a gallon. On premium grade the differential offered was 2.5 cents a gallon.

25 years ago, 1986

After weeks of preparation, third- and fourth-graders at Montello School presented their first performance of “A Salute to Ms. Liberty.”

The pageant celebrates the 100th birthday of the Statue of Liberty.

Approximately 140 students are involved in the production, a gala performance of drama, song and dance.

Parent volunteers, under the direction of Gil Perreault and Connie Gallucci, helped with sets, scenery and costumes.