100 years ago, 1913
The David Davis house, 418 Main Street, the oldest residential structure in Lewiston, has been sold by the Coburn estate to A.L. Kavanaugh of this city. Mr. Kavanaugh has not made any plans with regard to the future of the old landmark yet. The frame of the house, which is in remarkably good condition for its age, was made of hewn timbers fastened together by wooden pegs. The boards are of the old-time “pumpkin pine” variety more than twenty inches in breadth. It was built by David Davis, the second male born in Lewiston, the son of Amos Davis, one of the pioneers of good old Quaker stock. David Davis owned the farm, which now takes in Frye Street and portions of Maine. This place commenced on College Street and extended to Mountain Avenue on the north and the river on the south and west. It was a famous resort for the Quakers in this entire section.

50 years ago, 1963
Six Auburn teenagers, three boys and three girls, ended up at the Auburn police station early Friday morning as the result of what started out to be a “sleeping out” night for the 16-year-old lasses. The boys, learning of the girls’ plan, decided to join them. Police were called shortly after 1 a.m. by a neighbor who heard what he thought was a child crying in the woods. When police arrived and searched the area they found the “crying child” was an 18-year-old boy, up a tree and calling out for his girlfriend. Officers rounded up all six, took them to headquarters and notified their parents, who picked them up and took them home.

25 years ago, 1988
A twister, accompanied by thunderstorms and heavy rains, reeled through a two-and-a-half mile stretch from Little Wilson Pond to Twitchell’s Airport on Route 4, Turner, early Thursday evening. The cyclonic winds downed more than 100 trees, collapsed two airport hangers and destroyed nine lightweight planes. Counter-sunk concrete blocks anchoring planes at the airport were ripped out of the ground, while planes were flipped over and crumpled against each other. Airport co-owner Dale Twitchell said the damage at his facility alone could “easily add up to a half-a-million dollars.”


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