Looking Back on July 16

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100 Years Ago: 1918

A horse that ran away Monday, and picked out upper Maine Central Railroad bridge to perform on, required the services of several men and much effort to pry a hind foot free from between the ties. The horse escaped with just a few scratches, and while it walked lame, was practically unhurt, which was a miracle. The horse belonged to the Curtis stables and had been left standing in front of an establishment on Middle Street near Pine. It became frightened in some way and bolted down Middle Street, carrying a light carriage behind. The horse dashed across Main Street and up Middle until it reached the road running by Maine Central freight sheds, which leads to the river. Here it picked up a narrow path to run through, loose from the carriage, and ran onto the bridge. If the horse hadn’t caught its foot in the ties it might have plunged into the river.

50 Years Ago: 1968

More than $100 worth of 300 hunting knives and pellet guns were stolen from The Fantastic Fair last night at the Center Street, Auburn, Shopping Center. Police Capt. Leslie F. Stewart said he was able to find no signs of forcible entry to the shopping center and theorized that the thief or thieves hid in the store until after closing hours. Capt. Stewart said a number of hunting knives along with a combination knife and hatchet used by fishermen and two CO-2 pellet guns were also missing. He placed the value of the two handguns at about $30 each.

25 Years Ago: 1993

A request of Great Northern Recycling Inc. of Lewiston, for conditional use approval to operate a recycling facility at the former Marcal paper mill on Lewiston Street, will be heard by the Planning Board at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the Municipal Building. The Lewiston firm also is requesting approval to locate its administrative offices in the former Elms Hotel on Elm Street, a property that adjoins the mill. Both the mill and the former hotel have been vacant for several years, during which time town officials have made efforts to reactivate the use of the downtown structures.

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

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