Looking Back


BRUNSWICK – Overcome by smoke while sounding the whistle of the town fire alarm for a disastrous blaze in the mills of the Androscoggin Pulp Company, Fireman Louis Damaco is in a precarious condition. He discovered the blaze in the grinding room about 9:45. Remaining to this post of duty he hurried to the engine room and sounded the alarm.

Fireman found Damaco nearly suffocated and quickly removed him from the building. The mills of the company located at the south side of the Main street of this village close to the bridge connecting Brunswick with Topsham were totally destroyed. The loss is estimated at $50,000. Buildings and contents were insured for $40,000. All the machinery is a total loss.

50 Years Ago, 1956

Having trouble with woodchucks? Charles L. Eastman, Twin County agent, announces that woodchuck bombs are now available. These bombs are furnished by the biological survey at cost to farmers. The cost is ten cents each, and the bombs may be obtained from the county agent’s office at the Lewiston post office building. None of the bombs will be carried over beyond June 1. All bombs should be stored in glass jars for safe keeping.

25 Years Ago, 1981

“No one under 16 years of age allowed in this store before 2 p.m. on school days. Positive ID required.” In the background wails a cacophony of bells, bellows, songs, sirens, whoops and whistles – all made electronically – and the faint sound of falling quarters at the Dream Machine.

“Thirty of 40 years ago, people associated pinball with Al Capone and the Mafia. Some still do,” was Diana Grenier’s feeling. Her husband Nel added, “People still associate pinball and pool with some back room in a dingy bar.”

But the image is slowly changing, in part, due to the efforts of the Greniers and others like them trying to make a living in the electronic amusement business.