100 years ago, 1916
Ronello Putnam. aged 19, a clerk in the grocery department at the Mohican store, Lewiston, was rendered unconscious and knocked down, about 2:30 yesterday afternoon, when he stepped in some water, while holding an electric light. At the time of the accident he was assisting another clerk to take an inventory in the cellar. Putnam was holding the light, which was one of the extension variety. The socket was wet and he stepped into some water. The short circuit which followed rendered him unconscious for a moment, but he was revived quickly. Medical aid was called and Putnam sent to his home at 14 Union street, Lewiston. Dr. C. E. Williams of Auburn was called. Putnam will be able to return to work in a day or two.

50 years ago, 1966
Paul Caron pitched a perfect game in a Monday Lewiston PAL Pee Wee League baseball duel as the Yankees blanked the Jaguars 1-0, in Holy Family action. There was another no-hitter by Jerry Bosse at Russell Street as the Wolverines whaled the Impalas, 15-0. A three run homer by Ron Morin in the last of the fifth gave the Lucky Stars a 6-5 verdict over the Bobcats. Mark Sirois hit a grand slammer and others hitting homers were Dan Martin, Mark Chabot, Ron Giasson, Roger Morin and Marcel Roy.

25 years ago, 1991
The likelihood of a nuclear waste dump in Auburn appears to be rapidly receding, a city official said Thursday. City Planner Lee Jay Feldman told members of the city’s Low-Level Radioactive Waste Committee that drainage problems at the Charles Waterman farm in Auburn make it “90 percent certain” that the state will reject the site as a possible location for its planned disposal facility. “Of course, that last 10 percent is always the hardest to get,” he warned. “We still need the official concurrence of the (Maine Low-Level Radioactive Waste) Authority.” Despite Feldman’s demurrer, the announcement drew a lusty round of applause from Waterman Road residents, who have attended every meeting of the citizens’ advisory group.

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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