100 years ago, 1918
H. I. Berman, proprietor or the Union Square Fruit Co., Lewiston, about whom a complaint was entered Monday for failure to observe the Garfield closing law, stated to the Lewiston Journal, Tuesday, that he kept his store opened from 5 to 7 o’clock Monday afternoon primarily for the sale of newspapers, but that he sold anything asked for; that he did it within the provisions of the fuel order; that there was no fire in his store, and that he is just as patriotic as anyone and trying to do his share to win the war. “I am as patriotic as anybody,” said Mr. Berman to a reporter. “I have four boys and if they are called they will go. I kept my store open Monday afternoon for the public’s benefit and I did so within my rights.

50 years ago, 1968
The programs carried out by the Auburn Police Athletic League during the past year scored a high degree of success as Shoe City youngsters turned out in large numbers to participate in the varied program, including baseball, basketball and football competition. The Auburn PAL is currently headed by Samuel Michael, who was chosen president in January of 1967. Other officers elected at that time include Capt. Leslie F. Stewart, vice president; Normand Gagne, treasurer; and James G. Bouchles, secretary.

25 years ago, 1993
The controversial Lisbon Street Reconstruction Project, with an amended design for a central, two-way fifth lane to accommodate left turns, will come up for action when the City Council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the City Building. This phase of reconstruction would extend from East Avenue southeast to Pleasant Street. Recent years have seen Lisbon Street/Route 196 widened to four lanes from Pleasant Street south to the Lisbon town line.

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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