“One of our worthy institutions which ought to receive more public support is the Healy Asylum,” remarked a Lewiston man Friday. “Hundreds of orphans have been fed, clothed and educated by the Sisters who do the work as a labor of love. It costs money, nevertheless, to run the asylum and help is needed. People who can’t give large contributions can occasionally drop a coin in the small iron box placed at the corner of Bates and Ash streets.”

50 years ago, 1958

The annual Jailbird Jamboree sponsored by the Lewiston Junior Chamber of Commerce will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow, and the committee in charge of the event is making its final arrangements.

The “cells” will be located in the Lisbon Street window of the S.S. Kresge Co. store, and if anyone wants a friend, relative or even a boss put in “jail,” this is the right time, the Jaycees report.

A person can call the number 2-6801 to have someone picked up. The Jaycees will get the “jailbird” and deliver him to the jail. They also will pick up the money, depending on the amount of time to be spent in the cell.

The proceeds from this event will be used for a program to help the Twin Cities’ underprivileged children.

25 years ago, 1983

A fire of undetermined origin at Bargainland USA at 289 Lisbon St., Lewiston, Thursday night forced the temporary evacuation of neighboring residents but no one was injured in the blaze.

The fire, which was reported at about 9:45 p.m., began in the downstairs wall of the store owned by Morris Silverman, according to Fire Chief Sherman Lahaie Jr. Shortly afterwards, flames were seen coming out a venting hole in the roof of the two-story building. About 20 firefighters responded to the blaze which took about an hour to control. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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