Wednesday is the day set for the official opening of the new line of the Lewiston, Augusta & Waterville Street Railway between Lewiston and Augusta.

Car No. 824 left Lewiston at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and arrived in Augusta shortly after four o’clock on a try-out trip from Lewiston.

It was a testing of every detail of rolling stock and equipment. Years of railroad building have proved that no electrical railroad system in the world can be so constructed that some little detail will not crop out in the first trial.

It was to discover just such difficulties that the car was sent out Sunday afternoon from Lewiston. The efficiency of the new type of car was demonstrated to a nicety, and it was the opinion of all the officials that they have the best cars in use today on any electric railroad system.

50 years ago, 1958

A class on home nursing sponsored by the Civil Defense organization will be held at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 20, at the CD headquarters at the old Garcelon School, Sabattus Street and East Avenue.

Mrs. Leo Whittingham, director of Home Nursing for Lewiston, will be the instructor and Miss Blanche Curran, chairman of welfare services for the city of Lewiston, has named Miss Louise Michaud to take charge of registration.

Women interested in taking the course may register at the school next Monday evening or call J. Ovide Gallant, CD Director at 10 Perley St., Lewiston.

25 years ago, 1983

The Androscoggin Unit of the American Cancer Society will hold a flea market Saturday at the Bonneau Plaza parking lot on Lisbon St., Lewiston. In charge of the fund-raiser are Dr. Diane Hegener, society president, and Bea Jones, coordinator of Radiation Therapy at Central Maine Medical Center, and they promised that an array of diversified and usable items will be available.

Anyone wishing to donate items may bring them to the Hammond Street entrance of CMMC’s Cancer Treatment Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. through Friday. Proceeds from the event will be placed in the Androscoggin Unit’s general fund for use in cancer education and research.

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