100 years ago, 1913
Franklin Holding, the Lewiston violinist, will accompany Mme. Lillian Nordica on a tour of the world. They will sail from Seattle, Wash., probably the latter part of May for Japan, and after appearing there and in China and India, will go to Australia, where a series of 50 concerts will be given. South Africa is to included and from there the route lies north to continental Europe, taking over a year to complete. Madame Nordica will give a farewell concert in New York City on April 23, and Mr. Holding will also appear there. On May 6, he will be heard at Lewiston City Hall, and this will be his last appearance here for many months.

50 years ago, 1963
Snow removal cost the taxpayers of Auburn $79,303.68 during the past season, an amount that equals better than two mills of the tax rate. According to a report to the Maine State Highway Commission, $32,935.68 was spent on ice and snow removal for state highways and $46,368 for non-state roads in the city. The amount is a little more than the average cost for snow removal.

25 years ago, 1988
As the Mills Brothers croon “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” four young couples begin to dance a stiff, tentative version of the foxtrot. Welcome to ballroom dancing at Bates College where instructors Bob Thomas and Cindy Larock actually have to turn away students from full-to-capacity classes. Larock, an arts publicist for the Bates College News Bureau, and Thomas, chairman of the Biology Department, decided to offer the course last year. They hoped for 20 students and got a hundred.

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