Yesterday afternoon in the S.J. Court, Miss Agnes Hight who was held in connection with L. B. Challen on two charges, adultery and lewd and licentious cohabitation, and who had entered the plea of not guilty, changed the plea to one of guilty, and was sentenced to pay a fine of $100 and in default of payment 60 days in jail. The fine was promptly paid and Miss Hight was released from jail. The Challen-Hight case is a particularly sad one. L. B. Challen deserted his wife in Lawrence, Mass., and came to Lewiston three weeks ago with Miss Agnes Hight of Haverhill, Mass. Challen and Miss Hight registered as man and wife and lived together in a room on Middle street for ten days. When his wife learned of his conduct, and she with her brother came to Lewiston and caused the arrest of both Challen and Miss Hight.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Lewiston’s Corporation Counsel Phillip Isaacson reported today that the city is seeking an ordinance providing for the banning of inflammable “liquid hair nets.”

Isaacson said, “There have been instances throughout the country, of women squirting this lacquer-like material on their hair while smoking.

“Naturally, this could lead to serious injury,” said Isaacson.

“In all probability, we will draw up an ordinance which will provide for marking the cans ‘Inflammable’ in the proper cases.” It should outlaw the sale of such a material, unmarked, within the city, according to Isaacson.

25 Years ago, 1979

The Union Water Power Company predicted the rain-swelled Androscoggin River could crest late today near its highest level in years, causing some minor flooding along low-lying areas in Lewiston-Auburn.

A quarter-mile stretch of North River Road in Auburn between Center and Cross streets was closed to traffic because of the water crossing the road.

Sections of Rte. 136 between Auburn and Durham were also under water and were closed. The Androscoggin County Sheriffs Department reported flood waters one mile south of Stackpole Road and near the southwest bend of the river on Rte. 136, in Durham. Water was “above the hubcaps of automobiles” in those areas, according to a Sheriff’s Department dispatcher.

Jordan School Road in Auburn was also reported to have large puddles, but it remained open to traffic.

Lewiston’s Public Works Director Roger Pruneau said crews were working to repair sections of Russell Street and Central Avenue washed out by the storm.


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