100 years ago, 1915
S. H. Keene and wife of Turner Centre arrived in West Auburn Thursday night from an automobile trip which lacks only two weeks of having been of a year’s duration and on which they covered a distance of 20,000 miles, visited the majority of the States in the Union and had many interesting experiences. This trip which began in Boston the first of June 1914, was made in a 1913 model Metz runabout purchased by Mr. Keene from True Bros., of Auburn. But once during the trip did the car ride. That was on the ferry boat from Oakland to San Francisco. It was hauled out of but one mud hole in the course of the entire trip.

50 years ago, 1965
Arrangements for the Clay-Liston title fight in Lewiston are keeping countless of people “out straight,” but there are probably none busier, and few with as much responsibility, than personnel of the Lewiston office of the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company. The utility, through its office located at 60 Ash St., in Lewiston, is faced with the job of setting up a tremendous communications system, including closed-circuit microwave transmission, plus numerous direct-line telephones reaching out to various points over the globe. To do the job, the entire resources of the utility are being pressed into service, according to Reginald Myers, manager of the Lewiston office.

25 years ago, 1990
The Auburn-Lewiston Municipal Airport is expecting to rebuild its main runway during the coming year to replace the cracked and bumpy surface planes now have to use, airport Director Marshall MacKinen said. The Federal Aviation Administration has “all but promised” that the airport would receive about $2.5 million in grant money to replace the runway, MacKinen said. He said he expects the first $1 million by July and the remainder by the end of the year. The state will provide a five percent share of the project’s cost.

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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