Struck by the 3:49 p.m. train as it was entering the upper Maine Central station yesterday afternoon, little Veronica Gillespie, the 8-year-old daughter of M. B. Gillespie of Summer Street, Lewiston, sustained a fracture of the skull and has an even chance of recovering. The accident occurred just before 4 o’clock. Little Veronica was on her way home from school with a schoolmate and when they went to cross the track they saw the shifting engine and the fast express train approaching. The children did not know what to do. In trying to get out of the way of the shifter, they got too near the track on which the express was approaching and little Miss Veronica was struck.

50 years ago, 1959

Five Lewiston teenagers have formed a band and have started weekly Friday night appearances at the Acme Club for local teenagers. Members of Tommy’s Quintet are Tommy Ford, director and trumpet player; Al Poirier, bass; Barry Davidson, sax; Merlin Moody, drums; and Merton Ricker, piano. Paul Ouellette is manager and master of ceremonies. Talent shows will be held at intermission times, Ouellette said last night.

25 years ago, 1984

Aside from acting on the 1984-85 city budget, the Auburn City Council’s Monday agenda includes voting on bonding money to buy highway and fire equipment, and repairing roads. Pending council approval, $1.2 million will be bonded to buy two fire engines, including an aerial, and to resurface roads. The 10-year bond will be paid back in annual installments.


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