Many people in the two cities plan to go mayflowering tomorrow if it is pleasant and many will probably go, even if it rains. Quite a number of people went a week ago to East Auburn, South Auburn, Lisbon and other places known to be the favorite haunts of these fragrant blossoms but were awarded by obtaining only buds. Hepaticas which grow in the vicinity of mayflowers are preferred by some to the Mayflowers and those who obtain a bunch of these hairy stemmed, delicate flowers feel amply repaid for their toll in searching them out in their obscure nooks.

50 Years Ago, 1954

The Lewiston civil defense coordinator of medical casualty evacuation got some first hand practice today when he had to deliver a baby before he could take the young mother to the hospital. Ralph L. Pinette, local undertaker and CD volunteer, answered an ambulance call at 6:40 a.m. Arriving at 175 Middle St., he discovered that it was too late to take Mrs. Norman Crowley to the hospital for her first baby and too late to call a doctor.

Pinette rolled up his sleeves and with the assistance of Alfred H. Pepin and neighbor women, delivered the baby.

Later, at the Central Maine General Hospital, mother and baby were pronounced “fine.” Mrs. Crowley is the former Jackie Lebel.

25 Years ago, 1979

Where can you go to see the new DeWitt Hotel? Or the Cushman Hollis building? Or, the Elm House and the National Shoe & Leather Bank?

Those grand old buildings, all part of Lewiston-Auburn’s past, are being re-visited these days in a post card collection on display at the Auburn Public Library. The cards, about 225 in number, come from the private collection of John Kelley, circulation librarian at the Auburn facility. Most are circa 1910, and portray a remotely quiet Twin Cities which vanished when the automobile appeared en masse. The cards are one of two exhibits currently on display in the newly renovated lobby of the public library.

The second exhibit, much smaller in size, features a Red Sox leather pillow cover with felt back.

The cover, given to Kelley by his grandmother, portrays the Red Sox team as the 1915 World Champions. Babe Ruth, according to Kelley, can be seen among the players. It was his second year in the major leagues, and he was playing for the Sox, a pitcher, Kelley said.


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