100 years ago, 1916
Frank A. Rendall of the Monument and Granite Works, who has been in business on Turner street, Auburn, for 36 years and who has been in one shop 20 years has been notified that he must move. He has bought a lot on the east side of Turner street, opposite the foot of Whitney street and the batters for a building, 36 by 60 feet, are already in place. The new building, which is to be a one story affair, will be equipped with all the latest machinery and conveniences for marble work. At the present time, Mr. Rendall has over 100 tons of monuments in the plant that he is now occupying and he doubts if he can get it all moved by the first of January. Most of the monuments are finished. He will abandon his storage lot on Spring street.

50 years ago, 1966
The grand opening of the 88-Cent Store at 43 Lisbon St., Lewiston, is scheduled for Thursday, according to Raymond Lawler, owner of both the Lewiston and Portland store, and holder of the Maine franchise. The 88-Cent Store opened two weeks ago and Lawler said the response by Lewiston and Auburn residents has exceeded expectations. He reported that in the first two days the new store was open some 15,000 went through it. The idea for the stores had its inception on the West Coast.

25 years ago, 1991
After 65 years, the Thorncrag Sanctuary in Lewiston is complete. Purchase of the last parcel of privately-owned property inside the sanctuary boundaries was announced by treasurer Thomas Hayward at the Nov. 4 annual business meeting of the Stanton Bird Club, which owns and operates the 228-acre nature sanctuary. The parcel was the center of a controversy in 1988 in which an entrepreneur sought to rebuild a former bottling plant on the lot in the middle of the sanctuary. Because the land is in a resources conservation zone, the necessary permits were denied, but the threat of possible development remained.

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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