100 years ago, 1910

To be knocked unconscious and be picked up for dead, following a shock of 2200 volts of electricity, and then to regain consciousness in the space of a few minutes, was the rather unenviable experience of Louis Champoux of Auburn on Thursday afternoon.

Champoux was at work shingling the roof of the office building of John N. Wood and Company on Court Street, at about 3:30 o’clock, when he took hold of two wires, one in each hand. He was instantly knocked unconscious and his hands were terribly burned.

He was at first taken to his home but almost immediately after was removed to the St. Marie’s General Hospital, where he was reported last night to be resting as well as could be expected.

50 years ago, 1960

Purchase of a new Ward-Lafrance fire pumper for $22,032 was recommended last night by the Lewiston Fire Commission.

Ward-Lafrance submitted the lowest of five bids on a 750-gallon pumper and three commissioners went to Providence, R.I., the previous day to look over its unit. With them was Fire Chief Roland G. Dumais.

25 years ago 1985

Dan Works of Auburn sprinted across the finish line a fraction of a second ahead of three others in the lead pack to win the Sugarloaf-USA bike race Sunday morning at Sugarloaf Mountain. Works raced the 12.5 miles from Cathedral Pines near Eustis to the registration center on the Sugarloaf access road in 29.02. Stephen Ridley of Old Town was a tight second in 29.02.2.


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