100 years ago, 1908

The opening of the store of W. J. Macfarlane Co., in Lewiston will take place Thursday. The concern occupies the store run by Oswald & Armstrong for many years at 95 Lisbon St. The hours of the opening will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Appropriate souvenirs will be given away by the management to all ladies attending the opening. Payne & Plummer’s orchestra will furnish the music.

Everything in the store is new, Mr. Macfarlane having bought a large amount of the latest goods from Boston and New York. The dress goods and domestics are arranged on the north side of the store; and the garments and all ready made goods are displayed on the south side. Everything is arranged with a view to conveniencing the customer.

50 years ago, 1958

The City of Auburn will distribute sand free to Auburn citizens for use this winter on sidewalks and private walks and drives.

City Manager Woodbury E. Brackett will confer with Supt. William H. Wilkinson of the Auburn Highway Department and a date will be set when city trucks will distribute the sand. Previously the sand has been available to any Auburn citizens who came to the highway yard to pick up the material.

For several years Lewiston’s highway trucks have distributed the sand to households placing containers at the curb. The same program will now be tried in Auburn.

25 years ago, 1983

St. Dominic’s Regional High School’s drama club recovered from a catastrophic dress rehearsal Thursday to perform well in its opening-night production of “Oklahoma” on Friday.

The show Thursday encountered some difficulties with lighting, which, the assistant director said, offset the whole play. But the scene changed Friday night.

The cast of teenagers gave a lively, entertaining show.

The show runs through Sunday. Tickets for Saturday’s show are sold out but some tickets are available at the door for the 7 p.m. Sunday performance.

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