One hundred little children in Auburn are looking forward to next Saturday afternoon with great anticipation for their friend. Police Matron Swett, has invited them to the rooms of the Associated Charities in the City Building and at 1 o’clock the two big Christmas trees will be unloaded. Mrs. Swett reports that the citizens are proving generous, but that many more presents are still needed if some of the youngsters are not to be disappointed. She would greatly appreciate it if the presents could be left at the rooms of the Associated Charities as soon as possible so as to enable her to have them marked properly.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Lewiston has its smallest number of licensed baby homes for any period in recent decades, according to records prepared by Dr. Robert J. Wiseman Jr., municipal health officer. He reported there are 25 licensed homes and he can’t recall a smaller number in previous years. He cannot give any reason why the number has dropped from the usual 50 or 60, but economic conditions in past years have been a factor. Employment in local textile plants and shoe factories is considered good and many mothers are working.

25 Years Ago, 1979

The 70s, like any decade, leaves memories of people and things we have lost. Gasoline at less than $1 a gallon. Dinner out for under $5. A ticket to a ballgame for under $1. Five-cent candy bars. Automat cafeterias. And we also lost Skylab. Somewhere over Australia. The Beatles, Abbie Hoffman, Jimmy Hoffa, Idi Amin. All were among the missing. Two presidents: Harry S. Truman … Lyndon B. Johnson. The 70s stilled the music of: Arthur Fiedler, Igor Stravinski, Jacques Brel, Maria Callas, Maurice Chevalier, George Snell, Louis Armstrong, Pablo Casals, Dimintri Shostakovich, Duke Ellington, Guy Lombardo, Paul Robeson, Gene Krupa, Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Keith Moon, Mahalia Jackson, Bing Crosby, and Janis Joplin.

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