Flung thru the air amid a tangle of collapsing and tangled timbers at the Maine State Fairgrounds Thursday evening, Oscar Manley of 14 Bates Block, Lewiston, a carpenter, received injuries that sent him to the hospital. In a heavy wind, the big trestle-tower on which he was working blew over.

The structure, which when completed will be 55 feet high, is to be the scene of Sadie Knowlton’s “Slide to Death,” one of the chief attractions of the fair. It was being constructed under charge of an advance man sent by Miss Knowlton. Mr. Manley was hired by him.

50 years ago, 1958

Earle Trask of Haverhill, Mass., sneaked into the Maine State Fair without paying 24 years ago.

And there lies a story.

Fair President John T. Bourisk of Lewiston received this letter from the Massachusetts man yesterday: “In the year of 1934 I attended the Maine State Fair without paying the admission charge. I climbed over the fence instead.

“Since then I have become a Christian and I want to make things right with you. I am enclosing one dollar. As I remember it, the admission at that time was less than that, or at least no more than that. If it was less, the difference will take care of the interest.”

25 years ago, 1983

Lewiston, led by a 113-yard performance by senior running back Paul Prevost, turned back Edward Little 13-7 Friday night before nearly 4,000 fans at Walton Field. The win was the Blue Devils’ second consecutive triumph over E.L. in their long season-opening series.

Lewiston was deadlocked with the smaller Red Eddies at halftime, 7-7, before Prevost went over from one yard out for the game-winning score


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