100 years ago, 1909

“While I believe in the enforcement of the liquor law, the increasing use of cocaine and other drugs of similar character in Lewiston and Auburn is a phase of intemperance that should not be overlooked.” remarked
a Lewiston druggist one day recently. “The strict enforcement of the Prohibitory law may in no wise be responsible for the increased demand for cocaine and other such drugs, but it is a fact that the demand has increased alarmingly during the past few years. Not only in these cities but all over the State and even throughout the country the cocaine habit has been growing rapidly.”

50 years ago, 1959

Auburn rubbish and garbage collectors are leaving an attractive brochure at Auburn homes calling attention to city ordinances pertaining to rubbish and garbage and the sizes of containers. It points out that rubbish containers are limited to the 30-gallon size which is more easily handled by the crews. The brochure also points out that garbage and other waste should never be placed in the same container. The former requires “fly-tight, watertight” containers.

25 years ago, 1984

In a move to reduce costs and increase efficiency, Cote’s All Star Dairy of Lewiston has announced a restructuring of its milk and ice-cream business. Under an agreement reached recently, Grant’s Dairy of Bangor will take over most of Cote’s milk-processing operation, while Cote’s will continue to distribute the milk as it has in the past.
Cote’s will continue production and packaging of its ice-cream at its College Street, Lewiston, location. Begun in 1934 by Willie J. Cote, Cote’s All Star Dairy employs about 10 people in its milk operation and office, plus about 65 employees at its three ice-cream shops in Lewiston and Auburn.

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