BATH – The crew of the Popham Beach life saving station today saved the lives of Captain J. W. Barnes and A. C. Bowker of this city after they had abandoned their scow six miles off Popham Beach and had started to row ashore. The crew had sighted the lighter evidently in distress and were just reaching it when they saw the two men put off in a dory. The frail craft was half full when the life boat reached it and took aboard the men. It is considered improbable that they even would have reached shore alive.

50 years ago, 1958

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – America’s rock ‘n’ roll idol held up his right hand today and took the oath that made him Pvt. Presley, Elvis A., serial No. U.S. 53310761. Presley, 23, goes to Ft. Chaffee, located in northwest Arkansas. There he and other draftees and volunteers sworn in at the same time will have eight weeks of basic infantry training.

WASHINGTON – A member of the Federal Communications Commission testified Tuesday that he has let the broadcasting industry pay some of his hotel bills and supply him with such things as color TV sets because he’s convinced that’s all part of his job. “I don’t know of any personal misconduct and I have no confessions to make that you gentlemen don’t know about.”

25 years ago, 1983

• To avoid the annual cost of erecting and then taking down a Christmas tree, the Lewiston Public Works Department is seeking a live tree to plant on the traffic island on Main Street. Every year, the city spends approximately $2,000 setting up a tree on the traffic island, which the city could save by planting a live tree.

• The Farmington office of the Lewiston Daily Sun held an open house Wednesday at the new location on Main Street in the Farmington Oil Block. The open house was well attended by area residents, correspondents, photographers and business people who stopped by to be greeted by office manager Anne Bryant and assistant office manager Mary Taylor.

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