An interesting lot of curios from California are displayed in the window of Babcock & Sharp, Lewiston. Among them is a stone from one of the old Spanish missions, a plate made out of $5,000 worth of old paper money, and a string of cups from the Eucalyptus or blue gum tree. Thomas C. Rice of La Jolla, Cal., formerly of Lewiston, gave enough of these cups to Mr. Babcock to make a portiere. They give forth a fragrant and healthful odor.

50 years ago, 1958

The New England Telephone & Telegraph Co., of which the Lewiston exchange is a member, will celebrate its 75th anniversary this Sunday.

The company was organized on Oct. 19, 1883, and telephones in service in Maine numbered 1,800. In Maine today, the company serves 260,000 phones, and the total for five New England states is 3,025,000.

The company reports that the number of telephones in service by July 1, 1884, in the Central Maine area included Lewiston, 193; Auburn, 82; Augusta, 92; Bath, 78; Brunswick, 9; Gardener, 56; Monmouth, 1; Lisbon, 4; Poland, 1; Sabattus, 1; Turner, 2; and Winthrop, 2.

25 years ago, 1983

Ann Bonneau and Stacey Caron scored second-half goals as they helped Lewiston complete an undefeated regular season with a 3-0 field hockey win over Westbrook at Franklin Pasture Friday afternoon.

The win left the Blue Devils with a 12-0 record for the season and looking forward to the playoffs which start on Wednesday.

After a scoreless first half, the Devils got on the board eight minutes into the second half as Bonneau flipped the loose ball in the Westbrook net.

Caron scored her goal a few minutes later as she fired a shot in the Blazes’ net from 10 yards out. Caron finished the season with at least one goal in each game.

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