The greatest variety ever seen on a hayrack was seen on one that passed through Saco and Biddeford recently en route to some point up the Portland road. The wagon was drawn by two horses which were driven by a man who was evidently accompanied by his son. On the forward end of the hayrack were several trunks; next to these came some spring beds, these being tied up against the sides to leave more room in the middle. In the center of the hayrack was the family cow, calmly chewing her cud and thinking how much milk she would give that evening at milking time. Back of the cow was a coop filled with hens and following this outfit was the family dog.

50 years ago, 1958

Members of the Androscoggin Amateur Radio Association will conduct their annual field day at Thorncrag, starting this afternoon and ending tomorrow night. The group will have generators, transmitting and receiving equipment in operation for 24 consecutive hours. The event is a national affair conducted by the American Radio Relay League.This group has 73 sections, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and Canada.

The field day tests the equipment and operators’ capabilities to work under emergency conditions. Normal power facilities cannot be used. The field day will begin at 5 p.m. today and end at 8 p.m. tomorrow, and no group can operate more than 24 consecutive hours.

25 years ago, 1983

The third annual Bear Pond Fourth of July Boat Parade is scheduled to begin at 1:30 from the Hartford end of the pond at the Goodwin camp. Each year the parade has gotten bigger and better with more campowners decorating their boats and joining in. Anything that floats and can be decorated is welcome in the Independence Day celebration. The parade should reach Bear Pond Park between 2 and 2:30 p.m. and then continue on around the remainder of the pond, disbanding at the starting point sometime between 3 and 4 p.m.

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