100 years ago, 1916
Late last evening the fast freight which goes through Lewiston and Auburn became uncoupled on the Auburn side of the bridge and the front section of the train kept on going, leaving about 24 cars behind, part of them being at the School street crossing. The incident occurred but a few yards from the railroad bridge and apparently the engineer did not notice the incident, for he kept right on going, intent upon making schedule time, even if there were a few cars missing. It is usually the case in accidents of this kind, for someone to be injured or killed, but last evening no one was hurt. The cars did not leave the rail but they blocked the traffic on School street until they were removed by a shifting engine.

50 years ago, 1966
The growth and expansion opportunities of the State of Maine and its communities is being threatened by “The Exodus of our Youth,” members of the Auburn-Lewiston Kiwanis Club were told today. The speaker, Louis C. Sarelas, director of the Lewiston Economic Development Department, told his audience that the leaving of the state by youth is an area of common interest to all of Maine. He said that “one of the tragic aspects of our exporting our fine talent is not merely that we lose bright minds, but that we fail to hold the change-makers, the innovators, the entrepreneurs, the very people who are looking for a climate receptive to change and who could induce it here and in every community in the state.”

25 years ago, 1991
(Photo Caption) Al Gagnon of the Auburn Highway Department signals a truck driver to spread gravel on a section of Turner Street. Highway Department employees fabricated the spreader for a few hundred dollars, saving the city several thousand, said Public Works Director
Bob Belz. “They started with a basic tailgate and added the small conveyor out to the outside of the road with a chute to go down to the gravel shoulder he explained.

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