One pleasant fall day recently Charles Plummer of Lisbon Falls kindly consented to tell the story of the little red mill, the first one to be built in this village and which in the hurry and scurry of events is all but forgotten. Standing on the high bluff known as “The Oaks” one can get a fine view of the site of this interesting old mill and can also get a good idea of the lay of the land, the current of the river and other conditions which bore upon the building of the mill, the construction of the dam and the bringing of the grain and lumber to the mill which was centrally located in a prosperous farming community. From this sightly spot where now can be heard the hum and whirr of mills, the puffing of engines, the buzzing of electric cars, where now can be seen the modern bridge and dams stretching across the river.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Sale of Saunders Orchard at Greene by Ernest Saunders Jr. of Lewiston to a new corporation headed by Otto H. Wallingford of Auburn was confirmed yesterday by Mr. Saunders. He said the deal for the orchards has been made and that the Wallingfords, who operate an extensive orchard business on Perkins Ridge in Auburn, would take over the Greene property on Nov. 1. A new corporation, Saunders Orchard Inc., has been set up and papers for the corporation were filed yesterday at the Androscoggin County Registry of Deeds.

25 Years Ago, 1979

Calling conservation “the cornerstone of our energy program,” President Jimmy Carter commended the Maine Audubon Society and Casco Bank & Trust Company for their energy conservation program that is being presented in Auburn and five other cities. In a letter to Jonathan Stamell, Maine’s Audubon’s development director, the president said, “Efforts to increase public awareness and acceptance of energy conservation techniques are crucial to the success of our program”. It was Stamell who initially approached the bank about sponsoring the program.


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