Looking Back on May 12
100 years ago, 1915
Many people have noticed the new automobile hearse that has been driven thru the streets of the two cities, Tuesday. This hearse, which is owned by Dillingham & Son, of Auburn, undertakers, is the latest thing in motor vehicles to be used in Lewiston and Auburn. It has the regulation large plate glass windows, with gray hangings and its principal difference from the old styled hearse is lack of horses. Altogether this motor hearse is decidedly handsome and modern but tho less cumbersome than the conventional style, it lacks somewhat the dignity which the splendid black horses lend to a funeral procession.

50 years ago, 1965
A couple of window washers reportedly hoodwinked an Auburn store owner out of $7.50 today and police say the window-washing racket is being operated once again in this area, it seems. About noon today, a local store owner telephoned headquarters and said that while he was out, two men came into the store and told his help that he had hired them to wash the windows. The help told the men to go ahead and when the job was done they asked for their money and left. When the owner returned, he was informed of what had transpired and he called police. Recently other such incidents have occurred within the Twin Cities and police have been on the lookout for the men.

25 years ago, 1990
Lewiston Raceway, closed by owner Charles Day in January following controversy over racing dates, is being considered by Day as the location for a business park or office complex, according to his son, Jim, and various individuals and companies who have been approached about the idea. Plans for an office park, however, are still in the conceptual stage and are just one of a number of options for the 55-acre site, the younger Day said Thursday night. Day said he and his father also have discussed developing housing or possibly some kind of convention or entertainment center at the track.

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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