Dr. Young of the State Board of Health, was called to this city yesterday to examine several patients to determine whether they were suffering from small pox or chickenpox. Dr. Young pronounced the disease of the patients whom he examined as that of smallpox. While the disease is not of the malignant type, it is feared that the epidemic is well established in these cities, and now the local Board of Health are taking the matter in hand and will do all they possibly can to check the spread of the disease.

50 Years Ago, 1955

Auburn Building Inspector Roscoe L. Clifford has predicted that more than 50 new homes will be constructed in that city in 1955. Clifford, already handing out building permits just about as fast as he can write them up, agrees that the figure could be much higher. But, he’s not expecting last year’s total of 55 new dwelling units to be equaled. He explains it this way. Twenty-six of the homes included in last year’s figure were part of a housing development which sprang up at Garfield Terrace. He doesn’t expect another large development in the Shoe City this year.

25 Years Ago, 1980

It was 1867. The Continental Mill had just finished construction of two tenement buildings on Oxford Street and young men and women from the outlying areas of Lewiston were happy. Those two, new brick buildings across from the mill would provide housing for the influx of the young as Lewiston began its industrial revolution. One hundred and thirteen years later, those buildings still stand on Oxford Street. And after many years of use for other functions, they are again ready for use as housing. They have been changed to suit the need of the time. And like the city, they have weathered the years and benefited from modern advances.

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