A new French bank is soon to be opened in Lewiston. The bank will be supported, it is understood, largely by Boston capitalists, while its board of directors will be made up of prominent French-American citizens of this city. The bank will be located in the new Marcotte Block at the corner of Lincoln and Chestnut streets, the offices being on Chestnut street. The portion of the block to be occupied by the bank has already been leased for a term of five years, with a ten-year privilege.

50 Years Ago, 1954

A Maine government official said today the desirability of state minimum wage laws is no longer controversial – and found herself in controversy with the Maine Merchants Association. Mrs. Alice A. Morrison, chief of the U.S. Labor Department’s Division of Women’s Labor Laws, said it is the stated policy of her department to state minimum wage laws should apply to all workers. But a spokesman for the Merchants Association read to the Governor’s Conference on Minimum Wage a statement saying: “We are convinced that wage fixing by means of enactment of a minimum wage is unnecessary and an unwarranted encroachment on free enterprise and the right of employer and employee to contract the matter of wages.”

25 Years Ago, 1979

Construction of Bog Brook bridge off Rt. 124 resumed after a two-month delay forced on the contractor by a steel company strike. Sixty-eight tons of steel in five large girders began arriving on the work site Friday afternoon and crews from Callahan Bros. construction company started work immediately on their installation. Originally, the bridge, being paid for with state, county and town funds, was to have been completed by Nov. 15. But because of a strike at Lyons Iron Works in New Hampshire, the steel due on the site on July 15, arrived late.

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