100 years ago, 1916
The cutting room boys of the Cushman-Hollis Shoe factory, Auburn, held a dance and social in Clan Campbell, Friday night. Preceding the dance, Lieut. Harold Peacock of Auburn gave an interesting talk on his trip to Mexico. Music for the dance was furnished by J. G. Chapelle’s orchestra of nine pieces. Refreshments were served.

50 years ago, 1966
The Thursday rejection of a proposed new contract between the Lewiston-Auburn Shoeworkers Protective Association and the Auburn Shoe Manufacturers Association brought little action in the Twin Cities. The new contract would have added an estimated $1 million a year to the shoe workers’ wages. It was revealed Friday, however, that for the most part the 52 workers who did attend the Thursday night meeting and rejected the new contract provisions, were hand sewers, reportedly the highest paid group of employees in local shoe factories. They comprise about 200 of the Union’s 2,200 members. According to report, the hand sewers’ principal “gripe” had to do with the new wage minimums. A union official said the hand sewers currently earn from $100 to $200 a week.

25 years ago, 1991
(Photo Caption) Using garden plastic and glow-in-the-dark stars and paint, students In Nancy Arsenault’s fourth-grade class at Greene Central School built a planetarium in their classroom, which was large enough to fit 30 students inside. The students are shown posing in front of their planetarium. The class also gave a presentation on the solar system and galaxy to the other students in the school.

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