Miss Raymond, the 14-year-old daughter of Mrs. Helen Raymond of Lewiston, came running to the police station at about 1:05 o’clock Saturday morning in her night clothes. In very excited tones she told the officers that her home was on fire.

The Raymond home is near the police station, being at 98 Chestnut. Capt. John Malia and another officer who were on duty, followed the girl and found Mrs. Raymond and her children out in front of the house crying. The police extinguished the flames without calling the fire department.

The blaze caught from a lamp and spread to the lace curtains. Much smoke was caused and had they not awoke as they did, it is probable that the family would have been suffocated. It is thought that $15 will cover the loss.

50 years ago, 1958

The wives of Lewiston Junior Chamber of Commerce members have offered to wield a paint brush at the Lewiston City Farm as a work project and the Board of Health and Welfare is going to think about it.

The offer, made to Health-Welfare Director Robert Y. Baillargeon, was reported to the board yesterday afternoon. Baillargeon said there is a need for some painting at the farm.

“Let’s think about it.” commented Jules G. Goudreau.

Baillargeon said he told the representatives of the JC Maes that their offer would be considered.

25 years ago, 1983

A pesky squirrel climbing a utility pole apparently caused an hour-long power outage Monday afternoon along Buttonwood Lane and Hawthorne Place in Lewiston.

Central Maine Power Co. District Superintendent George Bell said workers found a blown cut-out or fuse on a pole on Buttonwood, which knocked out power on the two streets from 3:15 to 4:10 p.m.

Bell said the outage was attributed to a squirrel, although no remains were found near the fuse. He said outages are often caused by animals climbing the poles, with the body only sometimes being found.

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