100 Years Ago, 1904

Late Wednesday afternoon as Roy Hamilton of Auburn was driving down Canal street he noticed a crowd of boys standing by the side of the canal screaming loudly.

Knowing that trouble was up he leaped from his team quickly and in an instant was by the brink of the canal. A boy was rising to the surface for the second time and was ready to go down for the third and last. Mr. Hamilton leaned out over the water and grasped the drowning boy. In an instant the lad was saved and in an instant more he would have lost his life.

The boy is about eight years old and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Moriarty of Ash street, Lewiston. Young Moriarty was playing ball with a number of other lads Wednesday afternoon on Canal street. The ball with which they were playing rolled under the fence, down the steep bank, and into the water and the boy was after it when he slipped and fell.

50 Years Ago, 1954

About fifty East Otisfield residents became new subscribers to telephone service of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company, Tuesday.

These new telephone subscribers became part of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company’s Oxford exchange, after the Maine Public Utilities Commission granted the former independent company, Otisfield Telephone Company, permission to go out of business and invited the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company to serve this area.

25 Years ago, 1979

Lewiston Geiger Bros. received a birthday card from the Blaine House today, and Maine Gov. James B. Longley planned to follow up the greeting with an in-person visit later in the day.

“On behalf of the people of Maine, I would like to join in the tribute to Geiger Bros. of Lewiston, which is celebrating 100 successful corporate years today,” Gov. Longley said in a statement issued shortly before noon in which he praised the manufacturing firm, its well-known “Farmer’s Almanac” and individual corporate leaders.

“We are proud of the achievements of Geiger Bros.,” Longley stated. “Not only has the company operated as a concerned neighbor in the Lewiston-Auburn area, but Maine, New England and the world has benefited from and enjoyed the justly renowned ‘Farmer’s Almanac’ for its wit, wisdom, and canny weather predictions and general information.”

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