100 Years Ago, 1904

“I’ll be glad when that new telephone system is in,” said an Auburn man, “you’d be surprised how much listening is done over the ‘phones! I’ve seen people chuckle and laugh to themselves as they listened to something funny that was being said over the ‘phone that was not intended for their ears.”

Green apple pies and green “apple sass” are the most popular articles of food, just as present.

Blueberrying still continues to be the fad with many and without doubt Lewiston and Auburn will not suffer from a dearth of blueberry pies next winter.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Mt. Washington TV’s “big push” started here this past week as the first three of five trucks carrying the transmitter building to the top of the 6,288 foot mountain began their journey. Lavigne’s Red Wing Express Company of this city (Berlin, N.H.), veterans of mountain hauling, contracted for the hazardous eight-mile journey to the top of New England’s highest peak. Using Mac LS tractor trailers, specially designed for low gear-long hauling work, each truck takes two hours to make the climb attaining a maximum speed of four miles per hour.

25 Years ago, 1979

On a dead end street, in the heart of Auburn, nestled in the side of a hill, is a tiny semicircle of rocks. The fist-sized, multi-colored boulders hold back the earth of a residential, front lawn, leaving the impression of an ancient, Indian agricultural artifact. There is, in fact, nothing to show that the spring which emerges from these rocks on Hazel Street, was not here when only the Indians and the wild beasts inhabited the lands around the Androscoggin River. Today, the spring is known as the Hazel Street Spring, a spring with water that people swear by. Nobody living really knows how long the spring has been there. Few people in the Hazel Street neighborhood even remember when the rocks were put around the tiny pipe that spews forth the fresh, spring water.


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