Looking Back on October 6

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100 years ago, 1914
(Lewiston Music Hall ad) WORLD SERIES. First Game Friday. Played by ELECTRIC SCORE BOARD (direct wire). Quick as a flash, it shows every play the instant it’s made. Seats Now Selling. Buy Early. 10 and 20 cents.

50 years ago, 1964
Renovations are again under way at St. Mary’s General Hospital on the second floor of the Sabattus Street wing. According to Sr. Manseau, general overseer of the institution, the entire second floor will be modernized. It will house 23 patients when completed, and will be utilized mainly as a women’s section. The pharmacy on the second floor will be shifted to a more suitable and central location, adjacent to Central Supply, Sr. Manseau said. The cost of the project is tagged at approximately $100,000, the administrator said.

25 years ago, 1989
He’s 122 years old this year. His bayonet may be gone, his sword may be missing, but the bronze statue erected in 1867 in memory of Lewiston soldiers who lost their lives in the Civil War looks like new again. Soon he will return to his place of honor atop a granite pedestal in the northwest corner of Kennedy Park. The impetus for the makeover happened about two weeks ago when Claude Boucher, a foreman at the Public Works Department, received a call from someone who said the statue looked “a little tippy.” Efforts to straighten the 7-foot tall, 350-pound soldier were unsuccessful, Boucher said, so the department called in a crane company to transport the statue back to the Willow Street garage. The detail sculptor Franklin Simmons put into his work, which also Includes the statue of Edward Little in Auburn and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow in Portland, is incredibly accurate and lifelike. His studio and workshop, razed in 1960 to make room for a Knapp Shoe Co. parking lot, was located on Lowell Street.

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

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