“Boom, boom-boom!” The great Deer Rips proposition of the Lewiston and Auburn Electric Light Company had a most lively conversation all by itself as we visited the premises one bright and beautiful April forenoon of this week. It was the day of King Dynamite and the little whistle of the big steam holster was kept busy tooting its warning to the various crews of workmen. As an extra generous shower of rocks fell about twenty feet away from where we were standing, Mr. W. S. Libbey, treasurer of the company and superintendent-in-chief of this marvelous development looked up and remarked with the calmest of smiles: – “Hello, the new Lewiston police force must be throwing bouquets!” The “bouquets of the new Lewiston police force,” as Mr. Libbey termed them, are flying about the Deer Rips proposition with astonishing rapidity, these days, and almost before the roses of June begin to lose their bloom, this vast engineering project of almost three years of incessant toil will have been completed.
50 Years Ago, 1954
Thanks to Kora Shrine Temple, circus fans don’t have to wait until summer for their too-infrequent dessert of tan bark, high flying aerial acts, clowns, and acrobats. The Continental type Polack Bros. Shrine Circus, instead, pened a three-day engagement at Lewiston Armory Thursday afternoon to an audience that not only filled the big structure with paid customers – but what is dearer to the circus performers heart, these fans filled it with mighty applause of approval. Polack Brothers, it should be explained, believe that one GOOD thing at a time is enough – that instead of three confusing pieces of entertainment going on at once, as in the conventional “Big Top” show, each feature act should be “solo,” and paid its proper respect.
25 Years ago, 1979
The regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – who was once public works director for the city of Lewiston – returned today to take a look at the city’s $13 million shredder. A native of Lewiston, William R. Adams Jr. toured the facility, which he said he was most anxious to view in operation, along with Public Works Director Roger Pruneau and Steve Ells, also of the EPA. Asked if, when he was public works director, years back, he envisioned the shredder as a solution to the environmental problems of open city dump burning. Adams chuckled, saying he knew something would be “coming down the line,” but he didn’t know exactly what it would be.


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