100 years ago, 1914
An automatic sprinkler proved its worth in the Ashe, Noyes & Small shoe factory in Auburn at 9 o’clock Tuesday night. Fire, starting in some unknown manner in a case of shoes on the ground floor of the Railroad street section of the factory, gained little headway before the sprinkler let go and held the flames in check until the chemical crew of the fire department arrived. It is altogether likely that the automatic sprinkler saved the building, and at any rate, prevented much loss. As it was, the damage was slight.
50 years ago, 1964
The top award in the All-Breed Dog Show at the Lewiston Armory this past weekend went to a standard poodle judged as best of show Champion Alekai Pokoi, owned by Alekai Kennels of Honolulu, Hawaii, was named Best-of-Show. Over 400 dogs were entered in the competition for the largest list ever. The show is sponsored by the Auburn-Lewiston Kennel Club. Also featured was an exhibition of field dogs under the direction of Alfred N. Savignano of Auburn.
25 years ago, 1989
Members of St. Philip’s Church near Lake Auburn broke ground in September for an expansion expected to cost nearly $1 million. According to Sandra Norton, chairwoman of the Building Committee, the number of families in the parish had more than tripled over the last 21 years since its founding — from 350 to 1,100. “The number of programs we provide has left us with a real need for additional space,” she added. The new wing, about 14,000 square feet, will house 13 classrooms for religious education, three counseling offices, an enlarged parish hall, a conference hall, religious education offices and a remodeled and expanded kitchen designed to handle a variety of functions, from parish suppers and breakfasts to fairs and wedding receptions. Before the plans for the Parish Center were completed, parishioners attended a series of 20 awareness evenings, when the need for such a project was explained and explored, Norton said.
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