100 years ago, 1916
John Kendrick Bangs, the well-known writer and lecturer who is said to be among the foremost American humorists, addressed a large and enthusiastic audience at Webster Grammar school, last night. He was here under the auspices of the Auburn Board of Trade. Mr. Bangs gave special emphasis to the “cradle muckrakers (child labor)” and condemned them heartily. He spoke of the courage of American men and their resourcefulness in emergencies, drawing examples from the sinking of the Lusitania. About 500 were present.

50 years ago, 1966
Once again a new hockey season breaks open Saturday and Sunday at the Central Maine Youth Center with Lewiston-Auburn’s New England Champion Twins in a series with Lynn, Massachusetts. Face-offs are 7:30 p.m. Saturday night and 2 p.m. Sunday for sessions between rivals who have not run into each other since two years ago. Lynn was the opponent of the Twins five years ago when the LAA Hockey Association first put a representatives on the ice, and was a regular rival for the local’s first three seasons. The Bay Staters hold a 4-1 edge in decisions with one a tie.

25 years ago, 1991
On Nov. 7, Minot Fire Chief Steve French picked up the firetruck Auburn has donated to the Minot Volunteer Fire Department. The truck was purchased by the city in 1963 as a front-line piece of equipment boasting a 500-gallon water tank and a 750 gallon-per-minute pump. It was taken out of service in May 1989 when an estimate for repairs to the engine, transmission and body topped $15,000. Auburn replaced this piece in 1980 with a 1,000 gallon-per-minute pumper. Minot volunteers plan to repair the truck and put it back on the road.

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