100 years ago, 1909
Last evening the Waymukkawani Club, formerly the Little Women’s Club, observed its third anniversary with a banquet and social at the Haye’s Home for Young Women. At quarter before seven the young ladies with Miss Ruth Tucker sat down to the banquet, covers being laid for fourteen. At each plate was a hand painted place card. As the symbol of Waymukkawani “Queen of the Caterpillars,” the idea was conceived of having caterpillars painted on the cards.
Games were played and a social enjoyed later in the evening. It was Miss Morrison who organized the club.

50 years ago, 1959

Lewiston Auburn residents will be able to leave the Twin City airport and be in Los Angeles, Calif., in six hours and 15 minutes flying time, thanks to a new jet airplane flight from Boston to the West Coast. It will be inaugurated June 1 by American Airlines. Leaving Lewiston-Auburn airport at 7:28 a.m., persons will connect with the jet flight leaving Boston at 11 a.m. and arriving at Los Angeles five hours and 45 minutes later.

25 years ago, 1984

Stride-Rite shoe company has laid off more than 100 workers at its plant on Hotel Road in Auburn, eliminating its second shift. Richard Brown, of the Clothing, Shoe and Textile Workers Union, said the layoffs apparently reflect lowered first quarter earnings by Stride-Rite’s Sperry division, to which the Auburn plant belongs.
Brown said he did not know whether the layoffs — “pretty much the only ones” in the local shoe industry this year — will be permanent or temporary. Company officials could not be reached for further comment Wednesday night or Thursday. 

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