100 years ago, 1914
L. E. Bradstreet & Sons Company of Hallowell have been awarded the contract for building a large addition to the Lunn & Sweet shoe factory in Auburn. The same firm of contractors built an addition to this home of “Ye Olde Tyme Comfort Shoe,” to the apparent satisfaction of the Lunn & Sweet Company, two years ago. The aggregate floor spare of the three floors of the new addition will be 85,000 square feet. The lot on which the addition will be placed has a frontage on Minot avenue of fully 200 feet and will extend back to South Goff street.

50 years ago, 1964
Auburn City Manager Woodbury E. Brackett said today that the selection of the Shoe City as the site of the new Androscoggin State Vocational Technical Institute “is a tremendous asset to the city and the entire area. This school will give the young people of our area an opportunity to get an education relatively close to home,” he said. Brackett also noted that many industries, in locating new plants, look for educational facilities before making a decision concerning the location. The city manager stated that Auburn will co-operate with the state as much as possible in locating the school in that community.

25 years ago, 1989
Lewiston’s proposed landfill expansion probably will not be ready for use until the fall of 1990, but the existing landfill could hold out until then if the city sends some of its solid waste to state incinerators, the city engineer said Thursday night. Christopher Branch, who is also the city public works director, said applications to build the new expansion and close out the existing landfill, which is leaking polluted water into the Androscoggin River, were submitted to the state Department of Environmental Protection in January. However, he said the DEP has a backlog of work so a prompt reply is not expected. “A realistic schedule is that we’ll get approval between now and next spring and start up construction in the spring of 1990,” he said.

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