Twenty-eight business and professional men in Auburn met at Lake Grove House, East Auburn Monday evening to discuss plans for the organization of a social club in that city. Auburn young men now go to Lewiston to attend clubs. They think they would get more benefit from a club in their own city, besides such a club would be more convenient for them.

All present were enthusiastic over the idea. Nearly all spoke endorsing the movement. A meeting will be held in the Auburn municipal court room next Monday night to perfect plans.

50 years ago, 1958

Maybe there aren’t any flies on us but boy are we rusty!

Don’t get irked about this situation because it’s a fact. Or at least the Rust-Oleum Corp. of Evanston, Ill., says that is the state of affairs here.

The firm rates Lewiston as the 32nd rustiest city in these whole United States. But we have company, Portland is in the same classification, rustiest in Maine.

The corporation exposed thousands of test panels throughout the U.S. and that in Lewiston, the panel was corroded in three years and five months. Portland’s climate had an identical effect on the test panel exposed there. The national average is four years and four months.

Bangor has the slowest rust rate in Maine, five years and one month.

25 years ago, 1983

Ray Geiger of Lewiston, publisher of one of the earliest American almanacs, doesn’t want to know too much about how Caleb Weatherbee (pseudonym for his resident astronomer) is able to make his accurate long-range weather predictions.

“I talk so much I’d probably be tempted to tell,” said Geiger, whose 1984 American Farm and Home Almanac – not to be mistaken for his much older Farmer’s Almanac – has hit the news-stands. Geiger, the self-proclaimed “dean of all almanac editors,” is celebrating 50 years of almanac publication.

Obviously, anyone who has been an almanac editor for 50 years is not entirely in the dark about how his publication’s forecasts are made. “It has something to do with sunspots, the position of planets and the tidal action caused by the phases of the moon,” Geiger revealed.

“How he (Weatherbee) puts it together, I don’t know.” he added “He uses a secret formula that’s been passed down since 1818.”

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