Looking Back


The news that Mme. Curie has been appointed to succeed her husband as lecturer on physical science at the Sorbonne must be gratifying to advocates of the higher education of women. Mme. Curie will have the distinction of being the first woman to hold a professorship in the ancient French university, for the present post of lecturer will soon be exchanged for that of full professor. This remarkable Polish woman is still young, and there is little doubt that her genius will result in further discoveries perhaps as wonderful as the production of radium. It is said that she and her husband were on the eve of some new achievement at the time of his unhappy death.

50 Years Ago, 1956

If a hurricane or other disaster hits the Twin City area and wipes out all communications, how could contact be maintained with the rest of the State?

Amateur radio is the answer to any need for emergency communications, says the Androscoggin Valley Amateur Radio Association and the group is going out into the field to prove it June 23 and 24.

The more than 30 members of the association will meet at Thorncrag, set up tents, a gasoline powered generator and several radio stations of varying power and frequencies. Amateur radio operators all over the Nation will do the same that Saturday night and for 24 hours – from 5 p.m. Saturday until 5 p.m. Sunday – they will attempt to contact each other both with voice and Morse code signals.

25 Years ago, 1981

After 25 years operating in Lewiston, Hillcrest Foods, Inc. shuts the doors on Commercial Street at noon Friday.

The plant, farms and other real estate holdings are presently estimated at about $10 million.

However, 265 plant employees will have to leave Hillcrest’s employ and several area businesses will reportedly be forced to close as a result of the industry’s demise. The community will lose a $7-million-a-year payroll and the area will miss $2 million in expenditures made by the company.