100 years ago, 1909

In some mysterious manner fire caught early yesterday morning at about three o’clock in the store at West Auburn village occupied by C. J. Woodside and was burned to the ground. Mr. Woodside who was sleeping alone in the building had barely time to escape scantily clothed. The entire loss is estimated at between $2,000 and $2,500 with partial insurance.

50 years ago, 1959

Lewiston’s new police cars are going to be white and blue instead of the present black and white color scheme, according to Police Chief Roland C. Amnott. He commented yesterday that plans are to have the new vehicles now on order painted a dark blue on the roof and hood, with the remainder all white. The five vehicles are expected in July. The department’s existing cars are painted black, with white front doors.

25 years ago, 1984

Firefighters saved a four-story apartment building in Lewiston’s Little Canada late Wednesday, confining a fast moving, suspicious fire to the second and third floors of the aging wood-frame building. Police and firefighters evacuated the residence of 21 River St., along with their neighbors in the three other buildings on the same side of the street, at about 11:20 p.m. The cause of the fire was unknown early Thursday morning, but the owners of the building said they suspect foul play.
Most houses in Little Canada are within a few feet of each other. But the building that burned Wednesday is about 20 feet from its closest neighbor on one side, and a courtyard lies between it and the building on the other side.

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