100 years ago, 1914
The most exalting runaway that Rumford has seen in many a day occurred Thursday night at nine o’clock, when a team was being driven down Congress street. The sleigh slewed and tipped over. The driver was thrown out but was not hurt. The horse made a wild dash down Congress street extension, which is not yet opened to public traffic, where he left the sleigh, passed across the railroad tracks by the new Maine Central passenger station and out on to the new steel railroad bridge across the Androscoggin river. He traversed half the length of the railroad bridge and from the middle of the bridge he made a wild leap to the river below, fifty feet or more. The first people to reach the spot saw the horse flounder and sink in the icy water. An hour and a half later Louis Gauthier, night watchman at Oxford mill, found the horse near the shore. The animal was taken out of the icy water and taken to the stable on River street. This morning with the exception of a bad cold the horse seems to be all right and the veterinary thinks the horse will recover.

50 years ago, 1964
The former Panther Moccasin building, adjacent to the parking lot of the “Food Town Supermarket,” Spring Street, Auburn, has been purchased by the owners of the Sanitary Market Co. which operates “Food Town.” According to the new owners the building will be torn down within the next few weeks to make room for additional parking space. Also being given consideration is the construction of rental retail units in the area, or possible expansion of the present store.

25 years ago, 1989
The Bates College Winter Carnival, which began in Lewiston Wednesday is the second-oldest such event in the nation, outranked in longevity only by the Dartmouth Winter Carnival. The Bates celebration is in its 69th year. Events include skating on Lake Andrews, a bonfire near the lake, hay rides and performances by a folk guitarist. The theme for this year’s carnival is “Greek Mythology.”


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