100 years ago, 1909

A fire in the large wood lot of Gamage Avenue, Auburn, yesterday afternoon did damage from $2,500 to $3,000. Nearly 600 cords of wood and about 300 cords of standing timber were destroyed, the fire burning over 25 or 30 acres of land before being extinguished. The property is owned by C. B. Hartford of Lewiston. It is said that the fire originated on a nearby lot where underbrush was being cleared off.

50 years ago, 1959

A new senior high school, possibly by the fall of 1961, was assured for Auburn yesterday when voters approved a lease agreement with the Maine School Building Authority by a margin of 1,601 votes. No start on construction will be possible this year and it is expected about six months will be required to complete the architect’s plans and specifications for the new 1,100-pupil high school on the Franklin site.
Only 41.9% of Auburn’s 11,134 registered voters went to the polls on a warm, sunny day. The vote was 3,133 to 1,532 in favor of the lease agreement.

25 years ago, 1984

Four and five year old children from Auburn Temple Shalom Nursery School spent the night Friday on Spruce Mountain with Denis Gorrin, Wilderness Experience guide, leading the young campers. Everyone left the Bryant Pond home in good spirits, with backpacks and enough equipment and food to eat, returning Saturday afternoon. Climbing youngsters were Niki Waichunas, Ari Burns, Ben Rifkin, Dustin Williamson, Julia Gerson, David Larock and Barton Loundsberry, all from the Lewiston and Auburn area.
Helping to chaperone the overnight were two parents.

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