100 years ago, 1912
A Lewiston tailor took in an overcoat the other day for pressing. He was told it belonged to a traveling man at the DeWitt. Within a short time a man came in and asked if the coat was done. The coat was given to him and he paid $1.50 for the work. Before he went out, he offered to sell the coat to the tailor who did not want it. Before long another man came in and said, “I am Mr. So-and-So and sent a coat to be pressed. He was told it was given to a man who claimed it was his. “Well, that is my coat and I want it, or I want the pay for it,” the man said. After some controversy in which the man proved his identity, the tailor paid $9 for the lost coat and is now wondering if the wrong man got the coat or if he is the victim of a “put up job.”
50 years ago, 1962
A vote forbidding the Public Works Department from dumping snow in Marcotte Park, Lewiston, was rescinded yesterday by the Lewiston Board of Education. PWD Director George J. Maher told the board his trucks did not have to cross the playground to dump the snow but have done so in the past to accommodate residents in the area who said trucks were vibrating their homes. Maher said the problem was one of economics, and it would cost the city thousands of dollars over present expenses if all snow had to be hauled to the river.
25 years ago, 1987
Abortion, arms reduction and sex education schools were among the topics raised by students of St. Dominic’s Regional High School at an open forum on Constitutional issues Tuesday night in Lewiston. Guest speaker at the forum, first in a series being held by the school’s social studies department, was Jasper Wyman, executive director of the Christian Civic League of Maine. “Our greatest need is not another constitutional convention, as some have called for,” Wyman said, “but a restoration of the firm belief in the minds of the people that the constitution means exactly what it says, no more and certainly no less.”