100 years ago: 1918

Lewiston Democratic City Committee will meet within a few days to decide what course will be taken to fill the vacancy on the Legislative slate caused by the resignation of George A. Murphy, following the Ward 3 mix-up in which the recount was widely at variance with the informal inspection of ballots. It was learned Friday by the Lewiston Journal that Napoleon Coulombe was opposed in his desire to get on the ballot. The difference in votes between Coulombe and Napoleon Bolduc, a member of the present Legislature was but eight, according to those that kept a tally at the recount. It is understood that Mr. Bolduc will exert what influence he has to get a place on the ticket.

50 Years Ago: 1968

Androscoggin County’s been on a line budget since the 1950s, and successful as it’s been that all the state’s 16 counties are now on the system, using the system patterned after Androscoggin. Today there was proof of the value of the system as Country Treasurer Harriet M. Simpson, responding to a query from the Journal for mid-year financial figures, produced a report that the county officers will have to be proud of. Androscoggin County is holding the line in its expenditures for the first six months of the year. The Simpson report shows that the county is running well within the line — that $426.09 was appropriated at the beginning of the year, the second year of the biennium, and at the end of June about half, or $204.31, had been spent.

25 Years Ago: 1993

Burglaries were reported at the National Guard Armory and Oxford Hills Video Store in separate weekend incidents reported to the Oxford County Regional Communications Center in South Paris. Norway and Paris police responded to an alarm at Oxord Hills Video, at 122 Main St, at 3:49 a.m. today to discover it had in fact been burglarized, according to the sheriff’s log. Norway police would not discuss further details about the burglary on Monday, saying details would be released by Lt. Alan Afflerbach. The officer was not available for comment. The second burglary was reported at the armory at 11:10 a.m. A caller told police that a window had been broken and the building was unsecured. Norway police went the scene, but officers referred all questions about the incident to Afflerbach. 

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