100 years ago, 1914
The prospect for a condensed milk factory in Lisbon Falls was discussed at a Lisbon Board of Trade meeting Tuesday. Geo. W. Beal referred to the creamery which did business in this village some 17 years ago. He stated they were obliged to give up at that time on account of lack of interest in the farmers. They did not supply more than one-half of the amount of cream they agreed to.

50 years ago, 1964
Lewiston Public Works Director George J. Maher said that there are approximately 395 requests for planting of trees on city property on file accumulated since 1957. Maher feels that money set aside in the budget — $2,000 — will purchase about 125 trees. Maher feels that it is a duty to see that the trees in the parks are replaced. Over the past several years, there have been a great many trees cut down. Prior to 1957, the last year of tree planting by the city, there were at least 100 trees planted each year and before that, up to 200 a year, Maher said. The trees to be bought will probably be Norway Maples, Maher said.

25 years ago, 1989
Good grief, Charlie Brown! Chester Greenwood’s hometown hardly noticed last week when a televised “Peanuts” cartoon special muffed Farmington’s earmuff legend. The program erroneously identified Connecticut as the home state of Chester Greenwood, inventor of those nifty gadgets. And it gets better: The program was one of a series of eight broadcasts chronicling U.S. history with Charlie Brown and the gang. The domineering Lucy tells her thumb-sucking brother, Linus, that if he studied history he’d know that earmuffs were invented in Connecticut. But a few sharp-eyed residents caught the mistake, and the show’s producer issued an apology when questioned by a reporter for the Lewiston Journal. “I thought it was hysterical” that viewers noticed, said Lee Mendelson, who spent two years researching history for the program. The wrong information came from a history book, he said. There is also a town named Farmington in Connecticut.


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