The Sun reporter had a pleasant call upon W. J. Penney of Mechanic Falls an antiquarian of note in this section of the country and was privileged to examine some of his recent acquisitions, a Williamson History of Maine, published in 1832, with leather covers and in a fine state of preservation and some interesting and valuable curios obtained while on a “relic hunt” which he took while visiting his sister at Sebago.

50 Years Ago, 1954

A 500-pound safe stolen from W.D. Matthews Machinery Co. at 279 Center St. and discovered at Minot bore no fingerprints, it was reported last night by Chief Alton E. Savage of Auburn police. Savage said officials checked the battered safe for prints, and that rain and snow apparently destroyed any possibility of detecting any.

Clarence E. Keene of the West Auburn stumbled onto the safe while hunting deer near the Holbrook Road at Minot, about 10 miles from the company plant.

The safe had been ditched on the edge of the woods. It had been battered open at the bottom, said authorities, and about $195 in cash and several company documents were missing.

25 Years Ago, 1979

Senior sociology students at Oxford Hills High School, along with fellow students and teachers, held a peaceful demonstration in South Paris to show support for the American hostages being held in Iran.

The students burned an effigy of the Ayatollah Khomeini as traffic came to a standstill in Market Square.

The enthusiastic teens and their teachers marched with picket signs as television cameras, state and local police looked on.

The mood was jovial during the march, as picket signs read “Support Lillian’s Cause” and “Honk if you support us.” The demonstrators stopped on the sidewalk to recite the Pledge of Allegiance loudly and with much feeling.


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