100 years ago, 1916
Batters are up for the new Bates street station of the Maine Central railroad. The construction contract has been placed with F. W. Cunningham and Co., Portland, and ground will probably be broken today for the new station. The building will replace the wooden station destroyed by fire last March. Supplementary to the building of the station will be the work of “flattening” the curve. This will be begun at once and when completed will allow about three additional feet of platform space. The railroad has already completed its part of the construction of the Bridge street bridge. The station will be of stone and brick. The over-all dimensions are 40×100 feet.

50 years ago, 1966
Auburn firemen responded with five pieces of apparatus Friday afternoon, on receiving a telephone report of a fire at 124 Summer Street. Engines One, Five and Six, Aerial One and the rescue truck went to Summer Street, but there was no house at that address. It turned out that the call had been intended for the Lewiston Fire Department.

25 years ago, 1991
Police have recovered jewelry worth more than $17,000 stolen from an Auburn man more than one year ago and apparently returned to his summertime retreat at Sandy River Plantation by a thief with a guilty conscience. Edmund Thomas said Thursday he was amazed when Franklin County sheriff’s deputies told him his family’s jewelry had been recovered in the same leather shaving case he had used to carry it in August 1990. Though recovered, the jewelry was still hot: The thief stowed the loot in the oven of the cottage Thomas rents annually in this resort area, about four miles from the village of Rangeley. The good news was that not a single item — including gold toothpicks and a ring studded with nine diamonds —was missing.

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