Looking Back


One hundred and fifty thousand dollars of the required $200,000 in stock of the Portland and Auburn Electric Railroad Company has been subscribed. By another summer the new street railway promoters plan to have at least two pleasure parks on the route of the proposed railway. One of these will be easy access to Auburn and Lewiston while the other will be built for the accommodation of Portland patrons of the road.

50 Years Ago, 1956

Get the thermos jug and the picnic basket down from the attic, Maine State parks will open in two weeks, if the weather is favorable. “It all depends on what old man weather does to us,” said Harold J. Dyer, director of the State parks. Twin City residents will be piling the kids in the car and heading for Bradbury Mountain State Park if the sun shines over the weekend. The road to this park, which has long been one of the most popular with area residents, is being improved and the picnic facilities expanded.

25 Years Ago, 1981

Although crude oil prices are temporarily declining and are now below $40 a barrel, they will shoot up again and could hit $160 to $200 a barrel by 2000, a Texaco Inc. official warned Maine business leaders.

Approximately 1,070 jobs would be lost and unemployment in Lewiston-Auburn would jump from an estimated 9.4 percent to 12.5 percent should Hillcrest Foods Inc. go out of business, according to a study done by the Maine Department of Manpower Affairs. Hillcrest has not yet announced its closing, but industry spokesmen have claimed that the Lewiston firm, along with others in Augusta and Winslow, would be closing by summer. The plant closings would virtually shut down the broiler chicken processing industry in Maine, once the 10th largest in the nation.