100 years ago, 1917
(Excerpt from Letter to the Editors) I am a new arrival in this city, having come here several weeks ago to work. I am an ordinary enough chap, 29 years old, moderate in my habits and with a fair education. I don’t eat peas with my knife nor would I wear russet shoes with dress clothes, which may seem neither remarkable nor Interesting to you. I have met several fine people, but I must confess that it is more difficult to get acquainted and to feel at home in your city than in any other place in which I have been. The fault may be largely mine. I have no doubt it is, but where am I to meet the people whose society I would like to cultivate?

50 years ago, 1967
Members of the Mechanic Falls Fire Department, responding to what they believed was an actual fire call, again demonstrated their speedy effectiveness Wednesday in a practice fire drill. At 6:01 p.m. Fire Chief H. J. Doane called in alarm for a fire in an outbuilding owned by Lloyd Benson and located at the rear of the Benson property. The small structure had been fired by Benson and Doane and when the alarm was sounded the building was completely aflame. Three minutes after the alarm was called in by Chief Doane Engines One and Three were at the scene and had the fire knocked down.

25 years ago, 1992
The 26th season at the Auburn-Lewiston YMCA’s Camp Connor in Poland has come to an end. The year was successful, but there remains one loose end — all of the lost and found items. A large amount of children’s clothing has been left at the camp, even after conducting weekly lost and found parades. Parents may claim the clothing by stopping by the YMCA at 62 Turner St., Auburn.

The material in Looking Back is reproduced exactly as it originally appeared, although misspellings and errors made at that time may be corrected.

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