100 years ago, 1913
Sheriff Stevens dropped in on a Lewiston resident hosting a poker game for ten guests at a Main Street house in Lewiston shortly before eleven o’clock last evening. The sheriff literally dropped in, breaking through the ceiling of the room and landing right side up in the middle of a table. The raid was carefully planned and Sheriff Stevens has gained a reputation of getting the men he went after. It didn’t surprise the crowd more than temporarily to learn the decidedly unconventional method taken to get in.

A ladder was placed against the roof. The sheriff’s descent into the room was the cue for the deputies. A door crashed and in they came. The owner of the property was arrested for maintaining a gambling establishment.

50 years ago, 1963
An official of the Bates College Alumni Association this afternoon revealed at the annual Alumni-Senior Luncheon that two of the college’s graduating seniors have signed contracts to play professional sports. Thom Freeman, Arlington, Mass., will become associated with the New York Yankees baseball team and Howard Vandersea, Whitinsville, Mass., has signed up with the Chicago Bears football team.

25 years ago, 1988
In efforts to strengthen ties between the United States and Russia, two Soviet doctors will be visiting Maine for a week of discussion and events with area health professionals and students. The physicians will attend a reception on June 8 at the Lewiston Multi-Purpose Center honoring the Maine winners of the 11th and 12th grade Pathways To Peace writing contest. The winners include Lewiston High School student Anne Beaulieu for her poem.

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