100 years ago, 1917
A young deer gave the residents of Turner street and vicinity a few exciting moments Tuesday morning. A housekeeper near Turner and River road was hanging out clothes about eight o’clock when a deer loped unconcernedly by within six feet. Her startled cry brought other residents, and the deer crossed thru the Stevens Tank and Tower company grounds and took to the river, according to school boys who followed him. They said he climbed out upon the little island opposite the tank works. Previously he had been seen on Union street, and it is supposed that he wandered down from the direction of East Auburn by way of the gully. He took John H. Merrill’s war garden in about three leaps, but Mr. Merrill declined to say how far apart those leaps were, it being a leading question reflecting on his truck patch.

50 years ago, 1967
The quick response by the Danville volunteer auxiliary fire department possibly averted what could have been a serious fire in a large barn at Danville Monday night. Auburn Fire Chief J. Coleman Miller said Monday night that volunteer firemen responding with the AFD’s Tank One from the Danville station, controlled the blaze in the barn owned by Martin Lashua on the Old Danville Road. The AFD reported that a member of the Danville auxiliary spotted the fire in the barn while driving past and alerted central fire station on the direct telephone line between the two stations.

25 years ago, 1992
If you hold elected office and are involved in some kind of questionable conduct, you’d better watch out in the fall elections — if an informal survey of readers has accurately gauged voter discontent. Poor ethics by elected leaders topped the list of complaints about government that were cited by nearly 250 Sun-Journal readers who took the time to fill out, clip and return “Fed up with Government?” coupons printed in the newspaper. People sounded off on everything from misconduct, pay raises taken by their elected officials and the power of special interests to high taxes and foreign aid.

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