100 years ago, 1913
About one-third of the party lines connected with the local telephone exchange have been changed in the new telephone directory which will be delivered in a short time. These changes are made in order to put into effect the new method of designating ring numbers. Letters are used instead of numerical ring numbers. The use of letter rings also does away with the use of the word “Ring.” For instance in calling 123-W the person giving the number does not have to say “Ring” and the operator does not have to repeat it. The use of letters instead of numbers also prevents persons being called when they are not wanted as it often happens now that people will give a call to the operator as 53 when they really want 5 Ring 3.

50 years ago, 1963
An estimated 1,500 children attended the annual Peanut Carnival yesterday afternoon at Walton Field, Auburn, trying their luck at games of skill and filling their stomachs with peanuts. The annual affair, in which peanuts are used as money, again proved to be a big favorite with the small-fry, and more than one parent joined in the peanut festivities. A variety of games, a fortune telling tent, a fun house and other activities all paid off in peanuts for the winners.

25 years ago, 1988
Auburn Ward 4 Councilor Alvin Gilbert Monday claimed the administration headed by City Manager Paula Valente has taken sides in a ward line change aimed at keeping another councilor, Ward 3 Councilor Franklin Goss, in office and said measures should be taken to ensure a fair referendum on the issue. Gilbert said opponents of the ward line switch should be allowed to review a referendum question before ballots are printed.


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