100 years ago, 1916
Because of two mysterious fires Saturday afternoon, causing a loss estimated at over $8,000, the destruction of two fine residences, livestock, etc., the people of West Durham are greatly alarmed for fear there is a fire bug in their midst. Saturday afternoon the Oscar Davis place was burned and on Sunday the place owned by William and Fred Miller was destroyed. Both fires started in the barns and under suspicious circumstances. So aroused are the people over the two fires that it is understood an investigation is to be made to determine, if possible, the cause of the two fires.

50 years ago, 1966
A nationally-known farming supplies company has purchased property on Minot Avenue in Auburn and will begin construction of a new facility in the spring. Agway Inc., formerly known as Eastern States Farmers Exchange, has purchased about five acres of land adjacent to the U.S. Army Reserve training center.

25 years ago, 1991
Litchfield town officials have saved more than $65,000 by using a bridge kit to replace a span on North Oak Hill Road, instead of paying $87,000 to have the Maine Department of Transportation replace the structure. Town Manager David Byras said the new bridge was installed Oct. 7. The bridge was bought as a kit for $16,785 from Dopp and Dopp in Hudson, N H. Byras learned of the company from an ad he saw in a trade journal. With welding and installation costs, the town paid an additional $4,303 to complete the project.

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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