100 years ago, 1914
By a plurality of over 350 Dr. Robert J. Wiseman on Monday was elected Mayor of Lewiston, and thereby completely vindicated by the vote of his fellow-citizens. His election was a complete refutation of the methods of campaigning which the opposition had used to bring about his defeat. It is a complete victory for good government. Dr. Wiseman said, “To the citizens, the progressives, the republicans who voted for me as parties, and to the many democrats who voted for me in hope of better things, I say not simply ‘I thank you,’ but ‘I will try to make good.’”

50 years ago, 1964
Lewiston’s Ward 1 alderman is 11 years old today (February 29, 1964). William Donovan Jr., of 24 Walker Ave., a well-known Lewiston sports official as well as politician, was a Leap Year baby some 44 years ago. Furthermore, his daughter, Georgette, celebrated her fifth birthday today, being born on her dad’s birthday 20 years ago. The joint birthdays were observed at a family dinner party for which Mrs. Donovan baked a big cake topped with 16 candles. Another leap year birthday was posing a puzzle to Chuckie Rybeck. His six sisters and brothers tell him that he is four years old and will be going to school soon. Chuckie, more formally known as Charles, is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rybeck of Upper Lake Street, Auburn, and the grandson of Mrs. Alexina Brushwein of 45 West Bates Street, Lewiston. His sisters are Carla and Lisa and his brothers are Paul, Carl, Peter and Anthony.

25 years ago, 1989
Planning Board members in Mechanic Falls bowed to the wishes of the residents of Lewiston Street and voted to delete the proposed extension of the Suburban Business District at a public hearing on proposed zoning ordinance revisions Monday night. It would add the easterly side of Lewiston Street to the Downtown Business District expansion. Over two dozen residents, mostly those living on Lewiston Street, voiced much concern over changing the residential area to open it to commercial business.


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