100 years ago, 1915
Mr. Dillon and Miss Raleigh, Lewiston’s popular dancing partners, are proving a big attraction at the Dainty Lunch room at the Great Department store. They dance between three and five in the afternoon and it is becoming quite the proper thing to drop in for a cup of tea and get an idea of the latest society dances.

50 years ago, 1965
Maine’s largest textile strike since 1955 was averted in Lewiston late Thursday night as representatives of the Textile Workers Union of America and shop stewards of two of the state’s largest textile companies accepted a 5 percent hourly wage increase offer. The strike, originally slated to go into effect at midnight, was averted two hours and 33 minutes before the deadline as the stewards cast secret and standing ballots. The agreement for the 5 percent increase was reached at the conclusion of a two hour and five minutes executive meeting of the TWUA shop stewards and officials at their Lisbon Street headquarters. The tentative accord covers employes at two Bates’ divisions and a Pepperell plant in Lewiston and a Bates plant in Augusta. However, a strike began at the Pepperell’s Biddeford plant.

25 years ago, 1990
While Lewiston pupils enjoyed a week away from the classroom, school bus drivers, employed by Hudson Bus Lines, were in school taking part in a two-day interactive training course titled, “Coaching the School Bus Drivers.” The training course is designed to improve a driver’s ability to anticipate and deal with potential problem areas.

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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