100 years ago, 1910

Two Italian organ grinders and their respective organs and two small monkeys came into town on the 9 o’clock electric from “down the line” Wednesday. All day they attracted much attention. Not only the “kids” but many a staid businessman and busy politician stopped to watch the antics of the “monks.”

50 years ago, 1960

Lewiston police are sporting a perfect batting average in the stolen car category.

Twelve vehicles were reported stolen to the department during the first seven months of 1960 and in every case the car was recovered by the LPD. The July record was four for four.

The department is also sporting a fine average in the field of stolen goods, which includes motor vehicles. Property valued at $ 33,699.71 was stolen to date this year and LPD investigators have recovered $30,608.85 worth.

25 years ago 1985

Maine’s General Fund rang up an 8.4 percent surplus of $5.6 million in the first month of the new fiscal year, the Brennan administration said over the weekend.

Officials announced that July receipts totalled $72.8 million.

Gov. Joseph Brennan attributed the first-month bonus in part to spending by vacationers.

“State revenues indicate that the early part of the summer tourist season has been favorable,” he said, “Sales and income tax collections are a good barometer of economic activity.”

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