100 years ago, 1914
Work has begun upon a temporary building to replace those of the Androscoggin Foundry Co., Washington street, Auburn, destroyed by fire on Thursday night, Oct. 22. Later a permanent building will be erected. George W. McFadden, proprietor of the foundry, has a crew of 25 men at work clearing the ruins and preparing to raise the temporary structure. He said that it was imperative he should get some kind of a foundry establishment in working order as quickly as possible. The fire had caused a great interruption to his business which was a large and paying one.
50 years ago, 1964
(EDITORIAL) The J. P. Stevens Co. decision not to remove the machinery from its Worumbo Mill in Lisbon Falls is a boon for the community and the area. The chances of finding a new tenant for the woolen mill are far better when the plant is in operating condition, than they will be if the machinery is removed. It is further proof of the fact that the concern has had the welfare of its hundreds of employes at heart, even though forced to close the mill by competitive conditions, and that it continues to take seriously its civic obligations. Both the Stevens company and the Deering Milliken Co., the latter owning the closed Farnsworth Mill in Lisbon Center, are lending a real helping hand to the efforts at all levels to find new businesses to occupy the two mills, which are costing the communities close to a 1,000 jobs.
25 years ago, 1989
Auburn Planning Board members Thursday approved a shopping center developer’s request to waive side setback requirements for part of a Center Street complex so that one building can be sold to Service Merchandise Co. Platz Associates, a development firm working with New Market Development Co. Ltd. of Atlanta, had asked the board to drop the setback requirement since the 50,000-square-foot building would he connected to the rest of the complex. James Platz said earlier that selling the store to its prospective tenant was necessary to lure Service Merchandise to their Center Street shopping center, Auburn Plaza.
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