100 years ago, 1917
Members of North Auburn grange gave an Old Folk’s Concert at the hall Saturday evening, realizing a good sum. It was presented somewhat in the form of a play, the members of the chorus meeting for the evening at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Boothby. Mr. Boothby was dressed to represent Uncle Sam, and his costume could not have been better. The chorus members were dressed in very old-fashioned clothes.

50 years ago, 1967
Deering Milliken, once a mighty name in the State’s textile world, practically vanished from Maine, early Wednesday afternoon after auctioning its Lewiston and Lisbon Center properties. Once it employed more than 3,000 persons; at lunchtime it had only 54 in a small operation at Machias. Real estate holdings of the Cowan Mill at the rear of the Empire Theatre, Lewiston, were sold to Roy’s Diversified Industries, Inc., while Joan D. Harris, Lisbon Development Corp. official, bought the Farnsworth plant. In addition to Cowan and Farnsworth, Deering Milliken at one time, not too many years ago, had the Barker Mill in New Auburn, which was a carded sheeting mill with 21,000 spindles and 550 looms, as well as Pondicherry mill in Bridgton, Madison Woolen Co. at Madison, and Lockwood Co. of Waterville. The Barker went out about 40 years ago.

25 years ago, 1992
Robert’s Pharmacy, a fixture on Main Street in Lisbon Falls for 74 years, will close its doors June 1. Owner Wilford “Bill” Barr and his wife, Carolyn, have sold the business and inventory to Brooks Pharmacy at Midtown Shopping Center. All prescription records will be transferred to Brooks. The transition will be made a little easier for longtime Robert’s customers, as pharmacist Dorothy “Dot” Reynolds, who has worked at Robert’s for the last 41 years, will be moving to Brooks.

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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