100 years ago, 1909

The big American Napier touring car recently purchased by J. W. Skene of Lewiston arrived in the city from Boston yesterday forenoon. In the afternoon, Mr. Skene took the car out for a spin about the city. It is one of the largest and most expensive cars ever seen in this city and attracted much attention as it passed through the streets. This car new last year cost $8,000.

50 years ago, 1959

The new 32-room Manoir Hotel of 308 Lisbon St., Lewiston, held its grand opening yesterday with a public inspection. It is being operated by Manoir Hotel Inc. a corporation headed by Reginald Melanson president, and Arthur Melanson the treasurer. The hotel occupies four floors of the building with a lobby in space once occupied by a bakery.

25 years ago, 1984

New England Ethanol Products has all the necessary financial commitments to build a $94-million plant in Auburn, and construction will begin “as soon as the paperwork is done,” says NEEP’s general manager.

Peter DeAngelis, general manager of NEEP, said Monday that the last chunk of $21 million in equity was sold Thursday. “We have the financial commitment,” he said. “Now the big hurdle is to put it all together and complete the closing.”

The ink on the closing papers won’t be given much time to dry before steam shovels and dump trucks invade fields north of the Auburn-Lewiston Industrial Airpark, where the plant will be built.

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