100 years ago, 1909

Many a Lewiston man will see the little building down on lower Lisbon Street, which has been occupied by the Harris variety store, torn down to make room for a large block with a little touch of sadness for the old store is a landmark of this city. There for years the youngsters of the neighborhood have invested their pennies for candy and marbles and many are the well known Lewiston men of today, some of them past middle age, who remember doing their first trading there.

50 years ago, 1959

NEW YORK — Push-buttons are being considered as a replacement for the present rotary dial in making telephone calls.

The Bell Telephone Laboratories said Wednesday it has developed a push-button mechanism that now is being tried out on home and office telephones in two communities.

The push-button arrangement consists of 10 buttons — three horizontal rows of three each plus a zero operator button at the bottom — on the face of the telephone.

Instead of turning a finger-wheel , a caller pecks out the numbers on the buttons.

25 years ago, 1984

Lewiston’s eighth annual Franco-American Festival got off to a rousing start Sunday, as thousands crowded Kennedy Park in search of food, drink and entertainment a la Francaise.

About 10,000 people crowded the park, normal for opening day, according to festival organizers.

Police reported only a few minor altercations. One person was summoned for drinking outside the C’est Si Bon tent, and another was arrested Saturday night and charged with trying to burglarize one of the concession stalls.

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