A crew of nearly twenty five Syrians will begin work on the grading for the Auburn-Turner Electrics. Ten workmen are expected to begin operations and more will probably arrive. These will take the place of the Italians who left to return to Boston for the winter. Three quarters of a mile more of grading will probably be done before winter work for this season is abandoned. The snow and cold, of course, makes the work quite difficult now.

50 Years Ago, 1954

The number of barber shops in Lewiston – and apparently throughout the country – is growing fewer and fewer. Some 13 years ago, 1941 to be exact, Lewiston had 72 establishments where a man could go to see his favorite tonsorial artist. Five years before that the city had 61 licensed barber shops. Today there are only 47 licensed shops, and most of them have fewer chairs than they did several years ago, according to figures obtained from city records. Barbers say the reason for fewer shops are numerous. But, basically, they explained, it is because fewer young men are learning the trade; they are entering other fields of employment; with better pay, shorter hours and other advantages.

25 Years Ago, 1979

The members of Lewiston-Auburn employees working in jobs not related to agriculture increased by 300 in September, according to figures released by the Maine Department of Manpower affairs. The total number of people working in all fields was 35,800 in that month, and 35,500 in August. The year before, there were 34,800 working in both manufacturing and non-manufacturing jobs. The largest increase in jobs was in non-manufacturing. The total was 400 higher than August’s and 1,500 higher than last year’s. This was primarily due to an increase in the number of government and service-related jobs.

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