100 years ago, 1915
Fire totally destroyed a two and a-half-story house owned by Fabrian Desjardins, on the corner of Dunn and South Main streets, Auburn, Saturday night. When first discovered at about 11.45, the flames were streaming high into the sky. The first duty was the arousing of the sleeping inmates and in this the work of Arthur E. Scruton of Lewiston, was commendable. He saw the blaze at the time the alarm rang, as he passed in his automobile, and he hurried into the house. It was thought that all were out of the horse when it was suddenly discovered that one of the Desjardins children, a little girl, was still in the house. Scruton rushed back into the house and in a bedroom found the little tot so frightened that she was unable to move. He carried her out.

50 years ago, 1965
Androscoggin County CD Director Normand J. Vermette appeared at the regular meeting of the commission this morning to report that the official CD car needs repairs and quickly. “Every time we turn the wheel the horn sounds,” he reported, “and if that isn’t enough, the horn also sounds when we turn on the directional lights. Something’s wrong in there and we would like to get it fixed. It’s embarrassing,” he said. The commission ordered the situation remedied.

25 years ago, 1990
Bear Pond Park at Turner, which has operated continuously for over 50 years but has not opened this summer, will be put up for auction July 7. The park includes a four-acre parcel with beachfront and recreational buildings, a 116-acre tract with a 90-space recreational vehicle park, an undeveloped 19-acre parcel and a 1.6 acre tract with a cottage. The well-known recreation area has been used extensively over the years for school groups and summer outings for companies. It includes a miniature golf course, a go-kart track, and a large beach area with a restaurant and arcade. For many years of operation, the building which now houses the arcade was a roller skating rink and gathering place for several generations of teenagers from Turner and the surrounding communities.

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