100 years ago, 1917
A motorcycle and sidecar patriotically adorned with the stars and stripes, tricolor and union Jack is attracting attention about the streets of Lewiston and Auburn.

50 years ago, 1967
Two moose, described by Game Warden Donis Wheaton of Hebron as being about two years of age but not fully grown, caused a traffic jam on Center Street, just above Lake Auburn for a time Tuesday afternoon. The moose were reported feeding in an open field just northerly of a cottage road in the East Auburn area. Many cars stopped on Center Street to watch the animals and to take pictures of a sight not seen too often in this section of Maine.

25 years ago, 1992
Thanks to a sentimental businessman and history buff, Maine’s oldest standing railroad station has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places. The former Gilead Railroad Station now serves as headquarters for Safe Handling Inc., an Auburn company that brings in bulk products by rail and ships them throughout New England. Ford Reiche, the company’s vice president, carefully disassembled the one-story, wood-framed structure about a year ago and shipped it by rail from the town of Gilead, on the New Hampshire border, to Auburn. “My family has been going to Gilead since the 1920s; we always had hunting camps there. My grandmother, who’s 91, remembers using this depot for cargo and things like that,” he said. Built in 1851, the Gilead station was the last stop in Maine on the old Canadian national line, the Atlantic and St. Lawrence Railroad.

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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