100 years ago, 1908

A genuine Indian chief, his faithful squaw and an eight months old papoose are on exhibition in Lewiston and they are attracting big crowds daily. This happy family of red folks occupies a whole display window at the drug store of Spear & Leadbetter, corner of Lisbon and Ash streets.

Indians are seldom seen in Lewiston in their native costume, but a tiny papoose is still more of a rarity; thus it is no wonder that scores of white folks stop every hour of the day to gaze at the trio. And it doesn’t disturb the Indians a bit; they keep on with their work, weaving and braiding, and chatting to each other.

50 years ago, 1958

Two young Lewiston boys went on a painting spree yesterday morning along Main Street and, come Saturday, they’ll be wishing they hadn’t.

Police Lt. John W. Harkins said the boys, aged 12 and 13, found a couple of cans of spray paint and proceeded to “touch up” six parking meters and two traffic signs in the vicinity of the Empire Theater.

The spray, by the way, was black.

Lt. Harkins said the two youngsters, who reported they just wanted to try out the spraying units, were rounded up and the department will have them come back Saturday morning to clean the painted city property.

25 years ago, 1983

If you left your car parked on the street Monday night and didn’t get ticketed, count your blessings. The winter parking ban in Lewiston and Auburn went into effect at midnight.

Under the ban, which remains in effect until April 15, cars parked on city streets for more than one hour from midnight to 6 a.m. in Lewiston, or until 7 a.m. in Auburn, are subject to a $5 fine. In Auburn the fine doubles if not paid within 72 hours, police said.

Anyone accumulating $40 worth of tickets is subject to towing in Auburn or booting in Lewiston.


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