100 years ago, 1912
The four-story double tenement wooden block on Chestnut Street, north, below Lincoln, was badly damaged by fire, smoke and water this morning. When the fire department arrived, the fire had worked its way from the stairway between two sections of the block to the roof of that part nearest Lincoln. At three o’clock,  it had broken through the roof and rear and at 3:30 had broken through the front. The police ordered all the tenants out of the adjoining blocks at that time.

50 years ago, 1962
The Panther Moccasin Mfg. Co. Inc. of 24 Railroad St., Auburn, once a thriving shoe factory employing some 400 local workers, has gone out of business and is scheduled to be disposed of next week, it was learned today. The factory has been idle for the past few months, an informed source said, and now is scheduled to be auctioned off sometime next week. Two years ago, production began dropping until a few months ago when the shop finally was closed.

25 years ago, 1987
A lease with the Twin Cities airport’s new fixed-base operation may be signed by Wednesday if the company accepts the latest proposal from the airport’s board of directors. The board earlier this month chose Northeast Air, a base operator at the Portland International Jetport, to take over at the Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport. While Northeast Air originally wanted a 50-year lease for providing the facility with basic operations such as maintenance, fuel, flight lessons and charter services, that was reduced during five negotiating sessions to a 20-year lease with an option for 20 additional years.


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