LEWISTON – Work will begin immediately to enlarge and improve the Atwood Hotel on Main Street. This step has become necessary on account of the increasing business under the management of P.R. Nevens who for the past several years has been proprietor of this well-known Lewiston hostelry. The building is owned and the improvements will be made by the Franklin Company, and a large amount of money will be spent to make this one of the most modern, convenient and attractive hotels in the state.

50 years ago, 1958

WASHINGTON – Senate-House conferees Wednesday voted to eliminate a 5-cent stamp for out-of-town letter mail from a postal rate hike bill and to fix the rate at 4 cents.

• The Androscoggin River has reportedly risen over the banks of the state highway on Route 136 on the South River Road coming from Auburn. According to reports, the road is closed from the Stackpole Road to South West Bend. Sources state that the river has risen about a foot since 4 p.m. Wednesday and is continuing to rise.

• A contract to build two bridges in York County was awarded by the Highway Commission Wednesday to George Hemond of Minot. The bridges are Parsonage Bridge over Heath Brook in Acton and Webster Bridge over Keay Brook in Berwick.

25 years ago, 1983

• With 1,251 career wins behind him at just 22 years of age, Walter Case Jr. of Lewiston has decided to make an upward move in the world of harness racing. Sunday will be the last day at Lewiston Raceway for “Casey,” who will be heading to Monticello Raceway in New York.

• A tearful Mickey Rooney vowed to end his 60-year movie career because the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed his suit seeking to give actors a share of residuals paid for their movies shown on television. He also pledged to throw away the honorary Academy Award he received last week because the high court “refused to give me, a patriotic American, my day in court.”

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