100 years ago, 1914
Some time between the hours of nine o’clock Wednesday evening and 6.15 o’clock Thursday morning, the hardware store of Crossley & Morrill, Court street, Auburn, was broken into and goods stolen from it. Seventy-five pocket knives were among the things taken. Eleven Ingersoll watches, one Keen Cutter razor and a Hopkins & Allen 32 rim-fire revolver were also stolen. It is a peculiar circumstance that the money drawer in which was seven dollars in money was not touched in spite of the fact that the goods taken were near this. Entrance was gained by breaking a cellar window on the Miller street end of the building.
50 years ago, 1964
(PHOTO CAPTION) This bronze bell (shown on a large flatbed truck), which for more than a century has hung atop the Androscoggin Mill in Lewiston, is being scrapped by the Bates Mfg. Co. Cast in 1860, the bell for decades called to work the employees of the mill. It tolled for the deaths of presidents and its deep, booming vibrations won’t be heard again. Only a short time ago the company rebuilt the bell tower on the mill and reworked the gear system which connected the massive bell to the clock in the tower. These things, too, are obsolete today.
25 years ago, 1989
The skyline of Gray has a new landmark that can be seen from the Turnpike and the Forest Watch Tower at the Opportunity Hill Farm in New Gloucester. The 275-foot radio communications tower for the Maine State Police was recently erected behind the new Troop B barracks in Dry Mills. The tower will handle radio communications for Maine State Troops A and B and the Maine Turnpike Patrol, in a radius that covers the southern half of the state.
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