Members of the Massachusetts shoe manufacturing firm that recently wrote the Lewiston and Auburn publicity bureau in regard to moving their industry to the two cities will arrive here Sunday and spend several days looking over the buildings, which can be converted into a shoe factory, and meeting the businessmen.

They will be entertained by the publicity bureau and shown as many of the advantages of Auburn and Lewiston as their time will permit. Parties owning property which would be suitable for a shoe factory are requested to write to or telephone B.W. Smith, esq., Auburn secretary of the publicity bureau.

50 years ago, 1958

An outbreak of Scarlet Fever in Auburn schools is now under control, Auburn Health Officer Shirley J. Schneider, R.N., said last night.

About 35 cases of the disease have occurred in Auburn since Nov. 1, Mrs. Schneider said last night, with the majority of them at Fairview School, but she said the situation is now under control. She emphasized that the outbreak was not of epidemic proportions and that at the present time only a few scattered cases are being reported.

25 years ago, 1983

Ruth O’Halloran addressed members and guests of the Art and Literature Club recently, speaking on Capt. Albert Kelsey, who she said was “the man who built Lewiston.”

Among the projects with which Kelsey was associated with was the Lincoln Mill, now the W.S. Libby Mill and the city’s first bank, First National Bank, and he built the once-famous DeWitt Hotel on Pine Street.

Kelsey, who came to Lewiston with the Franklin Company, was said to be instrumental in founding a seminary which later became Bates College. It was through him that Hathorne Hall became the first building on Bates campus.


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