In speaking of coincidences, George A. Allen of Auburn remarked that one day a man came into his store to sell a shark’s back-bone. This was the first time that one had ever been brought into this store and he purchased it although he didn’t know as he should ever have any call for such a thing. Now, the very next day another man came in with another shark’s back-bone which he also purchased.

These bones attracted much attention and one day an old seaman stopped to examine them and told Mr. Allen that they were good weather indicators; when it was dam they straightened out and when dry they curled up. After having them on hand for some time, Mr. Allen sold them both on the same day, one to a person living in Auburn and the other to some people living in New York City.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Several friends and relatives, the Central Maine General Hospital, Bates College, the Lewiston United Baptist Church, and four local social service organizations will benefit from the estate of the late Mrs. Susan A. Leonard. The will of Mrs. Leonard, the widow of Bates College Prof. Arthur N. Leopard, was filed yesterday at the Androscoggin County Registry of Probate. Although the size of the estate was not disclosed, provisions of the will would indicate the estate was sizable. Numerous friends and relatives were willed sums of money ranging upward from $500.

Whatever funds remain after all other bequests are paid are to be divided six ways between the CMG Hospital, the United Baptist Church, the Young Women’s Christian Association, Lewiston, the Young Men’s Christian Association, Auburn, the Lewiston-Auburn Children’s Home, Auburn, and the Sarah C. Frye Home for Aged Women, Lewiston.

25 Years Ago, 1979

“Here he comes!” That’s Marine Corps Capt. Jim Leonard talking. He points to the south where a Harrier aircraft, piloted by squadron mate Major Ron Halloway, is approaching the field, a streamer of black smoke trailing behind. Hollow’s VTOL fighter streaks past the Auburn/Lewiston terminal building, its massive jet engine roaring angrily as onlookers jam fingers into their ears to dull the penetrating scream. “He’s doing about 600 miles per hour,” says Leonard, safety officer for Marine Attack Squadron 231.

The Harrier is the British-made aircraft designed for vertical takeoff and landing and utilizing tactically for close support of ground troops. But for Sky Show ‘79 they will not perform the vertical takeoff. “We’d melt the runway,” explained Holloway.

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