100 years ago, 1917
According to the father of a pupil at the Chamberlain school in Auburn, scarlet fever is keeping many away from school. This parent says that several children are quarantined. All cases are mild. At various intervals during the past few weeks, cases of scarlet fever have broken out among the pupils. Fumigation of the building is what this parent wants. Wednesday a new case of the disease broke out. A parent of the little child told a Lewiston Journal reporter that he knows of several cases of the disease. A member of the board of health says: “So far as I know no complaint has been made to the board. I know of but one case of scarlet fever in Auburn and that was some weeks ago.”

50 years ago, 1967
(Photo Caption) MAINE EGG FARMS PLANT AT GREENE — Vast changes have taken place here in the last year, with the present huge layout in what was a short time ago abandoned pasturelands and fields. Shown here are nine 348-foot laying houses, along with a processing building. The long row of circular structures are feed silos connected to the houses. The whole operation is automated, with eggs traveling by conveyor belt from the laying houses to the central building for packing. The central office of the Maine Egg Farms operation is housed in the former dwelling house of the Sawyer Farms, near the Maxine Wilkins Sawyer Memorial Foundation.

25 years ago, 1992
The Auburn Police Department will be undergoing a significant realignment beginning Friday when several officers are assigned to create what Police Chief Roger H. Stricker calls a power shift. The power shift will consist of six additional officers — two volunteers from each of the regular shifts — who will now work from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. Also working the shift will be three corporals and three officers. The realignment will also provide some cruisers to be manned by two officers. Stricker estimated the change will save the department the equivalent of one officer’s salary plus benefits — about $30,000 — in overtime pay.

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