Mr. Rufus Parker, an aged gentleman of eighty years, who resides on Bowie Hill, recently took a trip which some young men might hesitate to undertake, several days ago. Mr. Parker, unaccompanied, boarded the train for Sumner where he went in search of fancy yoke oxen. After making his purchase he started for home making the distance in two days and swinging the goad over his oxen. Mr. Parker has always taken great pride in keeping fancy cattle and always made yearly exhibits at the Durham Fair; much of the success of the fair was due to his unceasing efforts. Mr. Parker resides with his son, Mr. Seth Parker who is a keeper of fancy poultry.

50 Years Ago, 1954

A check for $25,000 has been received from the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, to help provide care for polio patients here, it was announced by John D. Clifford III, chairman of the Androscoggin County Chapter of the March of Dimes organization. Clifford explained that March of Dimes funds raised each January are shared with national headquarters. The chapter spends its portion for patient care and national epidemic services, professional education and emergency aid to chapters. This year, national headquarters added another program, Polio Prevention, which consists of increased supplies of gamma globulin and studies of a trial vaccine against polio.

25 Years ago, 1979

Nathaniel Bowditch insisted he was not the sheriff “come to clean up the town,” though there were times when one couldn’t help but get that impression. Like the sheriffs of the Old West, the former executive director of Lewiston Tomorrow Inc., now president of the Maine Development Foundation, was out to improve the quality of life in town. The bad guys he hunted were the blighted buildings and stagnant businesses of Lewiston’s downtown. With his help, the 250 members of Lewiston Tomorrow put the city’s rehabilitation program on a sound footing. Nate Bowditch carries organizational skills and administrative experience as his sixguns, tools he is sure to need in his new state post. Those tools were probably one of the reasons the group of enterprising Lewiston citizenry who forged Lewiston Tomorrow two years ago, chose the versatile 34-year old to lead their clean-up effort. The accomplishments which flowered from Lewiston Tomorrow’s cooperation with city officials during Bowditch’s tenure are impressive.

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