100 years ago, 1914
What appears to have been a deliberate attempt to wreck the Maine Central passenger train due into this city at 12:26 Saturday morning, was prevented by the quick wit of the engineer, who had his eyes on the rails and by the means of the strong headlight, he espied an obstruction on the track near the Hastings station at Bath in time to apply the emergency brakes before the locomotive struck it with full force. A push car had been placed across the rails and if the locomotive had struck it at full speed the chances are that the train might have derailed and possibly ditched. The push car had evidently been lugged to the spot from some distance as it is stated that its wheels were locked.

50 years ago, 1964
The Lewiston Junior Chamber of Commerce has proposed to the planning committee organizing the Textile City’s first Summer Festival a special “Jailbird Jamboree” project. The Jaycees are hoping that the jamboree jail may be installed at Kennedy Park during two days of the week. With a carnival and several other projects lined up for the park August 17-22, the project may benefit with the jail set up on Friday night and all-day Saturday. On Tuesday, the festival will observe “A Day in Old Quebec” with a talent show, barber shop quartet competition, French jigs and reel dance, and other activities.

25 years ago, 1989
Tuesday marked the last day of business for two hot dog stands in Auburn, one in business for 16 years, which catered to boaters, fishermen and motorists along Turner Road. Owners of the stands, locked in competition with each other, were given until Tuesday by the Maine Department of Transportation to move their businesses from the paved turn-off on Turner Road at Lake Auburn. In a last-ditch effort to salvage their businesses, the two owners plan to approach the Auburn City Council Monday evening and request use of city-leased property located across the street from their present spot.


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