100 years ago, 1909

The Maine Central Railroad is endeavoring to put a stop to petty gambling among its employees when they are about the buildings of the corporation. It is said that it is the custom of many of the employees to sit down to a game of cards to pass the time until called upon to go out upon their runs and that they play for a small “jackpot.” The rules of the company strictly prohibit gambling of any kind on its premises.

50 years ago, 1959

July was dry and hot in the Twin Cities. While temperatures were not unusually high, the month was the driest July in seven years, and the rainfall was only slightly more than a quarter inch above the all-time low of .93 inches of rain which fell in 1950. July rainfall totaled 1.27 inches according to records at the Union Water Power Co. gatehouse. This was the lightest precipitation since July 1953 when 1.14 inches of rain fell.

25 years ago, 1984

A sporting event for horse enthusiasts, a recreational event for spectators — the annual Downeast Horse Congress and Fair is returning to the Lewiston Fairgrounds Friday morning through Sunday afternoon. Now in its fifth year, the congress, open free of charge, has expanded both its horse show and its array of special events, and this year it has been accepted as a state agricultural fair.

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