100 years ago, 1916
Lester Stevens, proprietor of Stevens & Co., wholesale stationery, etc., has purchased the buildings of the Auburn Paper Co., Mechanics Row. The announcement of this important realty transfer, and that of Mr. Stevens’ plans to begin at once the manufacture of confectionery in one half of the building, are in line with many similar industrial improvements now being made in Auburn. The property purchased by Mr. Stevens includes 14,000 square feet of land and a large two and a half story frame building. For many years it was occupied by the Auburn Paper Box Co., which manufactured all varieties of paper boxes, principally those used by Auburn shoe factories.

50 years ago, 1966
The atmosphere was Spanish Saturday evening as the Woman’s Association of the Central Maine General hospital staged its 65th annual Charity Ball at the Lewiston Memorial Armory. It was a gay and successful event, largely attended. “El Toro Fiesta,” theme of the ball, was seen in bright colors over the entrance to the dance floor. In the center of the floor was a simulated bull ring, complete with matador and a Plaster of Paris bull covered with Spanish newspapers.

25 years ago, 1991
Businessman Peter Geiger, who pioneered the “adopt-a-school” concept in the Twin Cities, received presidential recognition Monday as the nation’s 618th “Daily Point of Light.” He is one of seven Americans to be chosen for this honor during National Education Week. The announcement “came as quite a pleasant surprise. I’m very excited about this,” Geiger said Monday night. “Involvement in education is important to today’s students, to today’s businesses and to the businesses of the future, who will employ these students.” Geiger was selected for presidential commendation on the basis of his commitment to fostering relationships between business and education, according to White House spokesman Whit Suber.

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