100 years ago, 1914
At a recent meeting of the board of managers of the Home for Aged Women, Auburn, it was decided to build a new building on the Hersey lot at 86 Pleasant street. This lot which was recently left by the late R. S. Hersey, for this purpose, is ideally located for such a home. The view is especially attractive, the falls and the river being plainly seen from the second story. It is near the trolley line and the churches and convenient to the shopping district. There are 160 feet on the street and the preliminary plans call for a two and a half story colonial brick building with a solarium. This will allow a beautiful lawn and will accommodate 20 beside the matron and servants. At present the home is on South Goff street, its accommodations permitting the care of only 10 women.

50 years ago, 1964
It must he the heat. An unidentified Auburn resident, at 1:18 this afternoon, notified Officer Maurice B. Morin that an automobile was smoking badly at the intersection of Manley and Union Streets. Morin notified the Auburn Fire Department which quickly dispatched Engine 6 to the scene. Moments later the following radio conversation was overheard: “Engine 6 — condition is green. No wonder it’s smoking, the motor is running.”

25 years ago, 1989
The Lewiston School Committee will be asked today to approve the renaming of a downtown elementary school in memory of James B. Longley, the Lewiston native who rose to political power in 1974 as Maine’s second independent governor. Children who attend the city’s Elementary School at the Multi-Purpose Center voted overwhelmingly in favor of honoring Longley, according to a memorandum to the committee from Principal Carroll G. Scribner. Nearly 300 students voted by secret ballot recently, awarding more than half of their votes to the Gov. James B. Longley Elementary School. Other names considered by the youngsters were Memorial Elementary, Marcotte Park Elementary, and the Theresa M. Byrnes Elementary School, the last in recognition of a deceased educator.

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