Looking Back on October 16


100 years ago, 1914
In spite of the down pour of rain, Saturday, the Wheeler Clothing Company, Main street, Lewiston, threw its doors wide open to the public, it being the occasion of its formal opening for business. The store is owned by the management of the Economy Clothing Company, Lisbon street, and that is enough to give it an excellent recommendation. The store is located on the ground floor of the Clifford building at Main and Middle streets, formerly occupied by H. F. Walker.

50 years ago, 1964
Lewiston Police Officer Arthur R. Ferguson, off duty, was leaning on the rake and watching the pile of leaves burn in the driveway of his home at 77 Androscoggin Ave., late Thursday afternoon. Suddenly, four fire trucks pulled up with their sirens screaming followed by two police cruisers, People from all over the neighborhood rushed over. A woman had spotted smoke rising between Ferguson’s home and another house and thought there was a bad house fire. This woman, unidentified, called the fire department. Later, Ferguson told a newsman, “Gee, I was only minding my own business.”

25 years ago, 1989
The derailment of six railway engines a quarter of a mile north of Leeds Junction Sunday morning left Springfield Terminal Railway officials looking for a cause as crews worked through the night to put the massive engines back on track. Six 125-ton engines left the rails at 10 a.m. during a coupling move between two trains, according to Colin Pease, the railway’s executive vice-president. No one was hurt during the derailment, he said. The engines were six of 10 engines on the front of a 72-car train headed for Waterville, he said. He did say that the coupled train, which stretched three-quarters of a mile along the tracks, was exceptionally large and that 10 locomotives in front was very unusual. “You might have six or eight engines on a big coal train,” but 10 engines is not normal, he said.

The material in Looking Back is reproduced exactly as it originally appeared, although misspellings and errors made at that time may be edited.