100 years ago: 1918

Among the duties which fall to the lot of a Red Cross worker in France is that of filling in a family place at the funeral of an American, who had died in France. One Y. W. C. A. secretary and a Red Cross woman following behind an open hearse saw a little old French woman slip into the line and follow, through the dust to the sunny cemetery on the side of a hill. There she knelt by the open grave, while the simple ceremony was read, and then she quietly slipped away. Upon inquiry, it was found that the little old lady accompanied every soldier to the cemetery, as his mother would have done if she were there. No one knew why she began doing this except that she is one of the many who loves the young Americans and feel a deep gratitude for the part they are taking in saving France.

50 years ago:1968

Stakes are being driven into the front lawn at the Auburn City Building today and it appeared that serious consideration was being given to using at least part of the lawn area for parking The stakes were being set out by a city surveying crew and it reported that the work was done for Police Chief Stephen Smyc, who will submit several options to ease the parking problems at the city building to the city council meeting Monday night. According to some reports, some consideration is being made to taking over some of the Auburn Parking District just a short distance from the rear of the city building. The only other alternative is to cut into the lawn on the School Street side of the building.

25 years ago: 1993

The board of directors of the West Auburn School Historical Society is sponsoring an open house on Sunday to celebrate the school’s sesquicentennial. Events will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school, located on Boothbay Street. Those attending will have an opportunity to see firsthand the progress made in restoring the historical site. Everyone is welcome and refreshments will be served.

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