Looking Back on September 8


100 years ago, 1917
The Maine State Fair was washed out by rain which lasted several hours Thursday. At 11 o’clock the trustees and other officials stated that owing to the condition of the track and grounds it was best to declare the fair off. A few visitors at the grounds watched the fakirs fold their tents and prepare for departing. Until the sweepstakes ox-pulling began in the afternoon the grounds seemed to be practically deserted.

50 years ago, 1967
PANMUNJOM, Korea (AP) — Dozens of U.S. soldiers rushed to the defense of Pfc. Bruce Lambert of Auburn, Maine, Friday after he said a Communist North Korean guard struck him when his arm hitched against a display of weapons. The scuffle between the U.S. and North Korean guards developed at an armistice commission meeting. Lambert said he was struck when his arm brushed against a display of weapons the North Koreans claimed they seized from U.N. personnel. The 19-year-old Lambert punched back, but order was quickly restored. Mr. and Mrs. Edward W. Lambert of 1553 Minot Ave., parents of the soldier involved, described their son as the “quiet type.”

25 years ago, 1992
Volunteers at the Ramada Inn, Lewiston, raised more than $10,000 for “Jerry’s Kids” during the annual Labor Day telethon for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. The Edward Little High School marching band kicked off the festivities Monday with a spirited rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner, said Nanette Dyer, the local MDA coordinator. After that, said Dyer, thousands of people enjoyed activities like clog dancing, a Batman-escorted limousine ride through “Gotham City” (also known as Lewiston), a dunk tank, and a petting zoo. An auction run by the Blue Knights, a law-enforcement motorcycle club that Dyer described as “tremendous,” raised $1,406.

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