100 years ago, 1916
The Healy Asylum of Lewiston will ask the coming legislature for an appropriation of $10,000 for each of the years 1917 and 1918 for maintenance, according to a statement filed at the office of the State Auditor today. The last legislature made an appropriation of $6,000 for each of the years 1915 and 1916 for maintenance. It is estimated that it will require $21,840.78 to run this institution for each of the years 1917 and 1918, this amount being divided as follows: Food for children, $10,636.81; service of help, $1,066.01; medicine, $307.50; clothing and shoes, $958.58; lighting and fuel, $3,573.96; furniture, and other supplies, $2,584.49; interest, $506.23; other purposes, $2,207.20.

50 years ago, 1966
Lewiston-Auburn area shoppers may spend a record amount of dollars on holiday shopping trips here this season. Hundreds of shoppers poured into the downtown business districts again Monday night, keeping up a brisk pace which started the day following Thanksgiving. Record sales may be the result if the pace continues … and it appears that it will.

25 years ago, 1991
The Twin Cities are going to have to work for legislative support on issues important to the area’s vitality, members of a local panel formed to look at Lewiston and Auburn’s future said Thursday. The Lewiston-Auburn Development Strategy Committee also acknowledged, however, that Lewiston and Auburn can’t depend on state support and ought to be as self-reliant as possible. The committee of about 60 city officials, business people and educators was formed last year to strengthen the area’s economy at the behest of mayors James P. Howaniec of Lewiston and Richard L. Trafton of Auburn.

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