Looking Back on October 17


100 years ago, 1914
A merry as well as busy lot of women spent a day recently at the Children’s Home, Main street, Lewiston. They were members of the Rustic Club, women who are organized to do all the good they can in every way they can to everybody they can. They make an annual visit to the Home and their busy fingers accomplish much in the way of sewing, repairing, etc., for the children. Dinner was served at noon by the matron, Mrs. Mitchell.

50 years ago, 1964
A red and white faced heifer, which ran away from its owner on Monday, is still being sought, according to a complaint filed with the Lewiston Police Department. Lt. Gerald Gilbert reported Friday night that Bertrand Langelier of Langelier Feed and Hardware Company of the Lisbon Road, Lewiston, is still looking for his missing animal. Authorities said Langelier informed them the heifer was being loaded onto a truck which was headed for the slaughter house, but the animal broke away from Langelier and ran into the woods. Langelier thinks the cow might have mixed in with another herd.

25 years ago, 1989
Members of the Lewiston School Committee sent a message to city councilors Monday: They will not consider reopening Frye School, unless city officials cough up $2 million to renovate the Civil War-era building, then buy land to expand its tiny downtown campus. In other words, several officials said, forget it. They agreed with Superintendent Robert V. Connors, who said the building “can no longer function as a school” without major renovations. “Even at that, you’re still dealing with a postage-stamp sized lot,” Connors said, adding that he has “serious reservations” about the school’s location at Ash and Howe streets. The brick building has been empty since closing its doors to elementary students in June 1987.

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