Looking Back on April 20


100 years ago, 1917
Military preparations are making rapid headway at Bates College. No definite information is known, but it is reasonably certain that men will begin training the first of next week. Five hours drill a week will doubtless be the program. It is possible that Gov. Milliken will try to have an officer or two from Fort Williams detailed to assist in instruction. The number of available instructors is not known at this time. Major Moriarty of Lewiston is cooperating with the college committee in its work of arranging for the details of the system.

50 years ago, 1967
The possibility of adopting a switchboard operation telephone system for the city building is presently being considered by Lewiston municipal officials. To date, no decision has been made and further discussion on the topic is expected next week by the City Council at an executive meeting. Among the many assets, it was noted, were the following: (1) simplified directory listings and billing; (2) professional answering, secretarial service; (3) central control for tolls.

25 years ago, 1992
Milk jugs and tinsel were transformed into a model of the human digestive system. Egg cartons took on a new life as bulletin board materials. And visitor Ronald McDonald presented a program called “You and Me and Ecology.” It was all part of Martel School’s Save the Planet celebration, a two-week lead-in to Earth Day. “The purpose was to increase student knowledge and awareness of environmental concerns, and build an attitude of social responsibility for protecting the environment,” Principal Joanne Lebel explained last week. “We had a $1,000 Chapter 2 grant dedicated to this program. We’ve been using it to purchase materials since the beginning of the year.”

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