100 years ago, 1916
The new home of North Auburn Grange was formally dedicated Saturday. Following the service which was impressively carried out, a public dinner was served. Over a hundred were present, including the visitors from several surrounding organizations. The grange was organized May 15, 1911, in the vestry of the church at West Auburn. Later meetings were held at the grammar school and during the spring of 1913 a building committee was appointed. Work was started later in the season and the first meeting was held in the uncompleted hall the latter part of January 1914. The membership of the grange at the present time is 113.

50 years ago, 1966
Work has started at the large Radio Corporation of America building on the Lisbon Road in Lewiston as part of a major remodeling project in preparation for the day when RCA begins operation at the local plant. RCA purchased the building, former home for a Raytheon Co. division, earlier this year and announced plans to begin a pilot production in June. The company will invest more than $4 million, including purchase price, in preparing the plant for the production of silicon transistors to be used in radios, phonographs, television receivers and other consumer items.

25 years ago, 1991
Land along the shores of the Androscoggin River from Longley Bridge to as far south as Newbury Street could soon be transformed into a pedestrian walkway — complete with neighborhood park — if the city’s plans fall into place. According to Reine Mynahan, community development grant coordinator, of utmost importance to the major portion of this project is obtaining easements from Main Street residents whose property extends to the river. “There’s already a trail that the kids use (along the shore).” she said. Mynahan stressed the need to find out “how the neighbors feel. They have to be willing to give us easements, and if they’re not in favor, we couldn’t go ahead with the project.”

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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