•At Burgin’s circulating library, 164 Main St., Auburn, you get prompt attention, the best of the new books a soon as possible after publication and the privilege of going to the shelves and examining the books all you wish to whether you want any or not. When you take out books you are not required to leave any deposit nor give any address. We have about eight hundred volumes for you to select from and we loan them at two cents a day.

•Repairs on the DeWitt Stable, Middle street, which was badly gutted by fire a few weeks ago, are nearly completed. A new roof has been placed on the stable, and the building will be even better than before the fire.

50 Years Ago, 1954

1954 was the worst year in New England history for hurricanes. “Carol” and “Edna” created havoc over wide areas. For the fire insurance companies serving you, 1954 was an unprecedented year, too. More services in terms of windstorm losses adjusted – properties restored and policy holders aided – was rendered than ever before. When the figures are all in, fire insurance companies will have paid in excess of $138,000,000 to policy holders in hurricanes “Carol” and “Edna” losses. This includes more than 745,000 claims. And, in addition, Hurricane “Hazel” losses are estimated to equal those of “Carol” and “Edna.”

25 Years ago, 1979

In October, production workers in the Lewiston-Auburn manufacturing industry earned much less than those in 21 other New England metropolitan area. According to a recent report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor, those in the Twin Cities work an average of 37.6 hours a week, for an average weekly wage of $176.05. Gerard Dennison, manager of Labor Market Information for the Lewiston District of the Maine Department of Manpower Affairs, said the low area wages are due to the high numbers of employees in both shoe and textile manufacturing, which are “high-volume, low-profit” industries.

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