100 years ago, 1917
Fifty thousand dollars worth of damage was caused by a fire of mysterious origin that burned thru the roof of Roak block, Main street, Auburn, in the section occupied by the J. S. P. H. Wilson Company’s grain store, Monday. Mr. Wilson is without explanation of the cause, but the presence of a stranger in the building two weeks ago Sunday, and the fact that the fire started from the outside of the building, near a fire escape or from the outside partition, gives rise to speculation. Losses estimated in the turmoil and first emotions following the fire approximated $50,000, partially protected with insurance and mostly foodstuffs and feedstuffs.

50 years ago, 1967
The two cities of Auburn and Lewiston have, according to the Central Maine Power Company’s Area Development Department bulletin, some 329 acres of industrial park mid district space available for sale or lease. Auburn has four areas, the largest comprised of 150 acres, and the smallest 20 acres. The largest is the Androscoggin Area Industrial District adjacent to the Auburn — Lewiston Municipal Airport.

25 years ago, 1992
(Photo Caption) Every evening between 5-6 p.m. for the last week, this raccoon has taken up residence in a garage window at 57 Oak Hill Road, Auburn. After yawning and taking in the view, he makes his way down the inner garage stairway, ambles across the street and enters the neighboring woods.

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