100 years ago, 1916
Following a conference between Frank D. True of Portland, president of the Poland Paper Co. at Mechanic Falls, and representatives of the strikers, it was announced that an agreement has been reached and that the men would resume work in three shifts of eight hours each and in addition to the shorter hours will receive an increase of 10 percent. Previously, they had worked in two shifts each 12 to 13 hours a day. The day men will receive an increase of 10 percent but for the present will continue to work 10 hours. It is expected that the Colonial Co. here will also adopt the schedule. The new agreement will give employment to between 25 and 30 men.

50 years ago, 1966
Some people just don’t know when to give up. Old Man Winter threw one last punch at the Central Maine area, dumping 3.75 inches of snow Saturday night. Plans for a pleasant Sunday afternoon were upset, along with a lot of plans of weekend gardeners and golfers. The first snow of the winter season fell last Oct. 4, and that adds up to a seven-month winter — assuming that this is the last of it.

25 years ago, 1991
Lake Street School’s May Fair in Auburn will be held Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., according to organizer Lil Barnett. The annual event will feature many attractions from previous fairs such as, the cakewalk, face-painting, bake sale, used books and puzzle sale, raffles, crafts, plants, food and a button-making table. “In addition to these popular features,” says Barnett, “there will be new games for kids of all ages and a pie-in-the-face booth, an opportunity to throw a pie at some of our fun-loving volunteers.” The fair will also feature a special guest appearance of the E.L. Playhouse, a group of Edward Little High School students, who will perform three stories from Aesop’s Fables.

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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