Looking Back on October 18


100 years ago, 1914
Major Benjamin J. Hill, of Auburn, has finished his farming operations for the season and now makes his daily trips down town to see old cronies and talk about his agricultural exploits. The major has raised 60 tons of hay, 100 bushels of potatoes, 19 bushels of beans and about the same amount of rye. For beans he raises the good old fashioned yellow eyes and declares that they are the best of all. He has now folded his tent and will allow his calloused hands to become soft again, but he says that when the birds begin to sing he will once more shoulder his hoe and spade.

50 years ago, 1964
Potatoes harvested at the Lewiston City Farm amounted to 532 bushels during the month of September, according to Robert Y. Baillargeon, Lewiston Health-Welfare Department director. At the end of the month, 418 hogs were on hand and none was sold during the month. Inmates at the farm totaled 16, 11 men and 5 women. Administrative expenses totaled $2,373.94, contractual services amounted to $344.48, and total expenses ran to $3,274.56. Revenues from inmates for the month amounted to $120.

25 years ago, 1989
The city is about to make a fashion statement with its police cruisers. Turns out that the tired old dark blue of the current patrol cars is passe. White is now chic when it comes to police cruisers, and the five new cars the city is considering buying to replace old ones will be that color. The Auburn Police Department about one year ago got some white cruisers and the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Department also has white cars. Lewiston Police Chief Laurier F. Gilbert Sr. is advocating white cruisers with blue decal stripes along the side and blue lettering. White in a cruiser is not only attractive, it’s practical, Gilbert said. “White is more visible,” Gilbert said. “It has a deterrent effect. The reason for patrols is to deter crime by being visible.” White can also be cheaper. One automobile dealership is also offering $55 discount per cruiser if white is the color chosen.

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