100 years ago, 1914
“Green stuff” is making is first appearance in the markets. To be sure, it’s intensively raised but still it was but a few years ago that we couldn’t get that, of native culture. “Our first cucumbers came in yesterday,” said an Auburn dealer, Friday morning. The cucumbers he spoke of came from the Sherman hothouses in Auburn. This firm has supplied radishes and similar quick-growing vegetables thruout the winter. Most of the early greens are luxuries, but there is, nevertheless, a great demand. In some quarters the bad going in the country is affecting daily supplies but to no noticeable degree.

50 years ago, 1964
The City of Auburn is planning a gala welcome home celebration for Olympic skier Johnny Bower, but no date has yet been set for the affair. The celebration plans began at the time the Olympics were on in Innsbruck, Austria. It was learned that a gala parade complete with dozens of dignitaries will be winding its way from the Rollerdrome in New Auburn to the City building where speeches and a presentation will complete the activities. It’s expected that some sort of speakers platform will be erected for the event during which time Bower will be presented with a silver plate with an appropriate inscription plus another gift or gifts from the city and its citizens.

25 years ago, 1989
The City Council this week is scheduled to vote on borrowing $500,000 to pay for roads and extend utilities to a Kittyhawk Avenue business park after the decision was delayed for lack of support last week. Councilors will resume discussions on the plan to issue $500,000 in bonds for the work, which will be repaid through higher property taxes by Massachusetts developer Ronald Adamian. Adamian is planning to construct a 26-acre commercial park, called the Auburn Business Center. The development so far will include a 15,000-square-foot office building constructed by Adamian, and the new headquarters for the downtown architectural firm, Harriman Associates. Together the development will be worth $3 million.

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