100 years ago, 1914
Comprehensive and convincing was the address on “The Woman Question” dealing with the relation of suffrage to National constitutional prohibition, which was given by Mrs. Deborah Knox Livingstone of Bangor, Thursday evening, in Pine street Congregational church, Lewiston. Mrs. Livingstone came to Lewiston by invitation of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of this city and the meeting was presided over by Mrs. T.R. Catland, president of the Union. Too few were in the pews. An organ voluntary by Miss Florence A. Wells was followed by the singing of “Onward Christian Soldiers” by the audience.

50 years ago, 1964
A long-time dream of female employees at Lewiston City Ball may become actuality in the very near future. Lewiston City Controller Laurier T. Raymond and the Finance Board members are presently working out plans for a private lounge for female employees of the building. At the present time, the Police Department guardroom, on the basement level of the building, is being utilized as a lounge area for the women. “All we want is a place to relax and smoke with a stove and refrigerator to heat water and keep our lunches,” one female employee said . . and it’s the general feeling of all the girls at City Hall.

25 years ago, 1989
A capital improvement program developed by a team of city officials would radically change the way Auburn does business and end an eight-year trend of deferring major expenses for equipment and maintenance. “It’s really reached a point now where investments in this area have to be given equal consideration with operating costs,” City Manager Paula R. Valente said. The comprehensive plan, which officials have stressed is not a formal funding request, aggressively cuts to the core of how the city does business. The plan outlines how much money would have to be spent annually on a variety of infrastructure items to extend or just continue their lifespan, and prevent an across-the-board failing of essential services.


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