100 years ago, 1917
Happy folks — the Lewiston teachers! Have you noticed their smiles, ever since nine o’clock Monday night? It is said that the established “sub-ways” route for the school board news was in excellent working order on that occasion and that nearly every school-marm, whose happiness was staked to no small degree on the prospective raise in salaries, heard the good word before the nine o’clock bells sounded from the Lewiston mill towers.

50 years ago, 1967
Two Lewiston-Auburn pitching stars have been tagged in the major league teams’ draft of baseball free agents. Larry Gowell of Auburn, who will graduate from Edward Little High School this evening, was the 61st player drafted, the lead-off pick in the fourth round — being chosen by the New York Yankee organization. Generally regarded as the state’s number one schoolboy pitcher, he has never lost a game in three years of varsity play at EL. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Gowell Sr., 45 Seventh Street, Auburn. The Pittsburgh Pirates drafted Jim Topping, left handed twirler for Maine Central Institute, who was the number two pitcher for the 1966 Blue Devil team. Topping, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Topping of Montello Street, Lewiston, was the 471st name picked in the draft list.

25 years ago, 1992
Four Ethiopian visitors will observe Tuesday’s election in Maine, making stops in Lewiston, Winthrop and Norway. The four members of that country’s Council of Representatives were invited to a month-long tour of the United States to observe local, state and federal government at work as their country nears elections and a more democratic form of government, said Chonita Tillmon, program officer for The African-American Institute, which arranged the visit. The Maine tour is coordinated by the World Affairs Council of Maine, she said.

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