100 years ago, 1912
(Just two weeks after the sinking of the Titanic, the White Star Line, owner of the “unsinkable ship, was running the following small ad at the bottom of pages near the back of each Lewiston Evening Journal edition)
WHITE STAR LINE … All steamers will follow the NEW SOUTHERLY COURSE Eastbound and Westbound, thus avoiding all possibility of meeting ice, and each steamer will have BOAT AND LIFE RAFT capacity for every person on board, both passengers and crew.

50 years ago, 1962
The wet, rainy weather of the past six days may have produced a little misery for, and loads of disgusted sighs from many Twin City residents, but for local farmers, home gardeners, and orchardists, especially, it’s been a woeful and worrisome week. Farmers report that they’re a week behind schedule. Apple-growers, on the other hand, are somewhat ahead of schedule in spraying and dusting their crops. John G. Wallingford explained that trees have to be kept covered with chemicals during the foul weather. “We even went as far as to hire a plane and pilot to spray the area this week, but the plane broke down,” he said.

25 years ago, 1987
The hallowed halls of justice remain intact at Androscoggin County Superior Court, but the ceiling needs a little work. A 10-foot-by-3-foot section of the ceiling caved in over the weekend, succumbing to age and the pounding of a wet New England spring, forcing transfer of criminal cases down the hall. Until the ceiling is fixed, case motions will be heard in the library, but jury trials are out of the question because there is not enough room, according to one judge.


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