Looking Back on May 26, 2010


100 years ago, 1910

A Lewiston man, said to be considerably under the influence of liquor, made two fruitless attempts to take his life Wednesday. He was about to jump into the canal when a man saw him and caught him just in time.

A little later as an engine was going down the yard, the man got in the middle of the track and with his arms outstretched faced the train. Trainmen threw the contents of a large pail of water over the man. The deluge apparently having a good effect as he went away and made no more attempts on his life.

50 years ago, 1960

The second instance of a large animal tearing apart a rabbit hutch in Auburn and the killing of rabbits occurred Tuesday night.

Tracks indicating that the damage was caused by a large-pawed animal were found yesterday morning about the pens at the Turgeon home on Royal Avenue at the Old Poland Road. Police believe the two incidents were caused by large bobcats.

25 years ago, 1985

Despite a decline in the industries that created them, Lewiston’s massive mill buildings still dominate the city’s industrial scene by providing low-cost space to many fledgling businesses, as well as a home for several large, established ones.

In converting from businesses that once produced primarily textiles and shoes, four mill complexes in Lewiston have begun to provide what developers call “incubator space” — low-cost space that enables new businesses to start as cheaply as possible.