100 years ago, 1914
Forest fire which started from a burning sawdust heap on the site of a portable mill which was removed a short time ago, destroyed between 700,000 and 1,000,000 feet of sawed pine and spruce on the land of Fred M. Skillings, Auburn. The fire also burned over 150 or 200 acres of cut-down on which there was some standing timber. The total loss is estimated at $24,000. The sawdust pile was found to be afire two days ago and a crew was set to work to put out the blaze. At noon, yesterday, the men left it, thinking that it was all out. At two o’clock, Fred M. Skillings looked down across the field from his house and saw the smoke. Before he could get to the fire, a large strip of woods was ablaze.

50 years ago, 1964
A Pete Bolduc Trucking Company vehicle this morning ended up on its side when a swaying ball and chain on the truck hooked onto a railroad car. The crane had been used to unload a shipment of pipe from a freight car near the P & P Fuel Company siding on Middle St. The operator of the truck escaped injury in the mishap.

25 years ago, 1989
Participants in this year’s Coors Light/Androscoggin Challenge Triathlon on June 11 will run, paddle and bike their way over nearly 40 miles of roadway and river to reach the finish line. Runners will follow a moderately hilly 10-k course on Lewiston city streets. They will encounter Montello Hill, pass in front of the Veterans Memorial Bridge heading toward downtown, turn onto Riverside, Summer and Holland, before finishing the race at the Pineland Lumber Co. on Avon Street, where they meet the canoeists. Canoeists will then run to their craft and paddle some six miles in a circular course on the Androscoggin River. The course loops twice around the island beneath the Veterans Memorial Bridge. Upon completing the course, canoeists return to Pineland Lumber. From there, bikers will proceed along a 25-mile course that circles Lake Auburn twice and finishes at the Lewiston Armory.


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