Oyster shells came out with every shovelful of earth dug from the excavation for the sewer across Court street, Auburn, for the Shoe and Leather block, Tuesday. Where did they come from? The matter will be left to Gus Dunn, archaeologist and historian of Court House Square. Bill Marshall, who has had a barbershop near there for years, says he didn’t do it but that he thinks that once there was a restaurant there or thereabouts.

50 years ago, 1958

The Auburn-Lewiston Lions Club will initiate a drive for additional members during the remainder of October, it was announced during yesterday’s dinner meeting at the clubrooms at Young’s Corner, Auburn.

Bert Demers of Lewiston, chairman of the membership drive committee, outlined plans for the campaign. Speaker at the meeting was Ellwood Neal, Gorham funeral director, who spoke and showed color slides on his recent trip to Florida.

Wives of members arranged the supper under Chairman Gladys Dillingham of Auburn. Twenty-five persons attended the gathering.

25 years ago, 1983

Failure to get a permit gummed up the Lewiston Knights of Columbus’ annual Tootsie Roll Drive in Auburn on Saturday, and solicitors were asked to pack their sweets until a permit could be obtained from City Hall.

Because the candy drive was scheduled to last only through the weekend, the police action melts this year’s Tootsie Roll fund-raising effort by the group.

Auburn police asked members of the Lewiston Council 106 Knights of Columbus to stop soliciting shoppers at Cottle’s and Foodtown at about 11 a.m. because they were violating city ordinances.

“It was just an oversight on our part.” said Grand Knight Gerald Berube, who was overseeing the annual drive. He said his group didn’t have a permit last year either and was not aware they needed one until informed by police Saturday.

Berube, saying he was in support of the law requiring a permit, said next year they will be sure to get permits.

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