100 years ago, 1914
How They’re Building Lewiston’s First Modern Fireproof Skyscraper. “Say,” said a man, not long ago, as he paused at the corner of Ash and Lisbon streets and looked skyward, “that darned fool don’t know nuthin’. No siree, not a gol danged iota of common sense in his bean!” It did look some foolhardy to see the man walk that girder. Apparently the worker didn’t mind it. He was trudging along, jauntily swinging a heavy hummer and, no doubt, whistling a catchy air, despite the fact that all there was between him and a huge pile of brick on the ground, a couple of hundred feet below, was a four-inch span of steel. But that hasn’t been the only time that men and women have paused and held their breath while they watched a worker on the building. While there have been steel framed buildings erected in Lewiston before this, there has not been one put up on the principal street of the city when everybody could watch its progress. This new bank building will be the first absolutely fire proof business structure in the city. Likewise it will be the first business and office building erected here of this type of construction.

50 years ago, 1964
A total of 79 youngsters soaked their lines in Pettengill Park pond this morning, vying for the attractive prizes offered at the fourth annual Fishing Derby, sponsored jointly by the Auburn Recreation Department and the Androscoggin Fish and Game Association. The derby was divided into two groups tiny tots to fourth graders and fifth graders through eight grade. The top honor of the day was claimed by five-year old George Estabrook, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leighton Estabrook of 154 Cook St., Auburn. The lad managed to land a two-and-a-half pounder which measured more than 20 inches long. For his success, the youngster was presented a shiny new tackle box. In the same division, Peter Tardiff son of Officer and Mrs. Gustave Tardiff of 27 Goff St., Auburn, won the prize for the most fish caught, netting his limit of an even dozen.

25 years ago, 1989
A mixed team from Auburn Lanes recently captured the State title in candlepin bowling. The team of Sandy Fournier, Jackie Dubois, Norm Fournier and Dan Fournier traveled to Dover-Foxcroft for a roll-off against the Eastern champs from Pittsfield.


Only subscribers are eligible to post comments. Please subscribe or to participate in the conversation. Here’s why.

Use the form below to reset your password. When you've submitted your account email, we will send an email with a reset code.

filed under: