100 years ago, 1914
Mechanic Falls citizens are again divided, this time it being the turkey which has put its foot in the “trotting” in Perkins Hall. The affair was the annual Thanksgiving ball, Wednesday evening. As the couples entered the hall, they were passed a printed slip which, upon reading, the following exhortation met their eyes. “You are politely requested to cut out all of the so-called new dances, such as tango, turkey trot, lame duck, grape vine and a dozen others, more or less, as well as rag-time dances. It is up to you whether this is the last dance in this hall this season, or not. Be fair. The management feels that rather than keep up a constant fight to prevent the dancing of the above dances, which you are aware are prohibited at the Tripp Lake pavilion as well as most of the halls in the surrounding towns, they would prefer to close the hall to dancing entirely until such time as those who persist in refusing to abide by the rules, that are enforced in other dance halls, are willing to do so here.”

50 years ago, 1964
Lewiston police today reported they had a good lead in the slaying of a Lewiston man’s Guernsey cow on Grove Street, near the Randall Road, early today. Police said it may have been the work of deer jackers. After the fatal shot which killed one of Lucien Perron’s Guernseys, valued at $275, the culprits cut off the hind quarters of the animal. Police have found a forgotten item at the scene which they consider a very good clue.

25 years ago, 1989
After 50 years in business, one of Auburn’s well-known seafood restaurants closed its doors Sunday night. Irene Levesque, owner of Sim’s Restaurant on Minot Avenue, has decided to retire from the business that took up most of her time. “For 10 years before my husband and I took over at this location, my brother-in-law had it in New Auburn, across from the Rollerdrome where the Fleet Bank is now,” she recalled.

The material in Looking Back is reproduced exactly as it originally appeared, although misspellings and errors made at that time may be edited.


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