Nearly every day a big ox team laden with hay is seen on the streets of Lewiston on its way to the hay market on Blake street. The team is owned by T.A. Huston, the Auburn biscuit manufacturer, who owns a farm over Prospect Hill. The wagon is a two wheeler and the odd outfit attracts considerable attention.

50 Years Ago, 1955

Wets and drys fought it out again in a Liquor Control Committee hearing today, this time over whether or not 18-year-olds should be allowed to buy beer. Dry forces charged the bill is an attempt to sell more malt beverages in Maine and would lead to the degradation of the state’s youth.

Church and temperance leaders rallied to oppose Rep. Albert Cote’s (D-Lewiston) bill. Proponent Robert W. O’Connor, lobbyist for the Maine Wholesale Distributors, and two other speakers supported the bill. The Rev. Ellis Holt of Auburn, speaking for the Christian Civic League, said no one is complaining about the present law and that the only ones who want a change are “the ones who will profit by it.”

25 Years Ago, 1980

Lewiston and Auburn residents and officials, not waiting for Washington to come up with answers to worsening national inflation and energy problems, are setting the groundwork for the state’s first comprehensive energy fair this May in Lewiston. The Lewiston Multi-Purpose Center is expected to be the scene of the week-long event.

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