100 years ago, 1909


Slashing madly at the throat of Mrs. L. D. Simard, one of the new inmates at the Lewiston city farm, Annie Desjardins, one of the insane charges at the farm, was prevented from murdering the woman by the timely arrival of Superintendent
Cyrille Labranche who overpowered the would-be murderess and with some difficulty took the knife, an ugly looking weapon, away from her. Mrs. Simard was quite badly cut and was removed to St. Marie’s General Hospital. Supt. Labranche also had one hand slightly cut.

50 years ago, 1959

Lewiston Police Officer Ernest R. Labrie was selected last night by the Police Commission to attend the accident investigation   school at Northeastern University, Boston, under a $100 scholarship award made to the department by the Esso Safety Foundation. Sponsored jointly by the International Chiefs of Police Association and the Traffic Institute of Northeastern University, the course will be held from June 15 to 26. Labrie attended a special State Police school late last year.


25 years ago, 1984

Even those who like it hot were not too crazy about the muggy heat wave that settled over Maine and the rest of the east Coast this weekend. In Lewiston, Saturday’s high temperature easily shattered the old record — according to readings taken at the Union Water Power Co. gatehouse, at 4 and 5 p.m. Saturday, the mercury hit 95 degrees — well above the old record of 91 set in 1908 and again in 1950. The good news was that nighttime temperatures in the 60s made sleep possible.


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