Lee Welch of Lewiston, said to be the fastest roller skater in this vicinity, won the race with Fred St. Onge, a celebrated bicycle rider at the Lake Grove Rollerway Wednesday evening – Welch being in rollers and St. Onge on a wheel.

St. Onge was not satisfied with the result. He believes he can beat Welch or any other skater. He is so confident that he will race Welch again this Thursday evening for a purse of $100.

• Since Linney Brothers’ horse ran away and was shot at the corner of Pine and Lisbon streets, Lewiston, and the uncovered body hauled thru the streets, there has been considerable comment on this method of carrying away dead animals. Those who witnessed such a sight several times within a year or two are indignant and think it is time some different arrangement be made.

50 years ago, 1958

The Lewiston Welfare Department is going to distribute colorful “emergency cards” to many elderly people receiving municipal assistance of one kind or another. People in need of help in case of an emergency can place the cards in their windows, when other means of contacting police or firemen are impossible, and these cards are designed to attract attention from the outside.

The cards, painted red, white and blue, carry a printed “SOS” at the top. Below a colorful design in the center is printed “Emergency Card Police and Fire Departments Lewiston-Auburn, Maine.”

25 years ago, 1983

Bates Street from Oak to Main streets became a one-way street Friday night as part of the continuing effort to improve the traffic flow in downtown Lewiston and direct north-bound traffic from Lisbon to Main Street.

Chief of Police Herve Gendreau said workers from the Maine Department of Transportation installed one-way signs and directional signs at the intersection of Main and Bates streets. Only a short section of Bates, from Main to Oak, will actually be one-way. The remainder of the street will continue to be open for two-way traffic.


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