100 years ago: 1918

Christmas was observed at the Auburn Home for Aged Women Wednesday and a number of women who are interested in the welfare of this institution attended. The Christmas tree was handsomely decorated and bore many Christmas presents for members, and for the matron, Miss Sarah A. Fogg. Miss Laura Webber, Miss Evelyn Love and Miss Terry Love furnished a program of music, vocal, instrumental and dancing in costume.

50 years ago: 1968

Two sisters from Florence, S.C. will remain in Lewiston as a result of their enlistment in Job Corps, the program sponsored by the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunities. Dorothy and Patricia Herbert learned of Job Corps and signed on the training and education that has helped 120,000 young men and women, who were unskilled and either unemployed or underemployed. One sister, Dorothy, took the secretarial courses and Patricia took the nursing courses and on completion of their courses were hired by Lewiston firms. Both plan to continue their education on a part-time basis.

25 years ago: 1993

Only days ago shoppers flocked to local department stores in search for last-minute gifts Monday, the recipients of those gifts flocked back to the stores, only this time the lines wound from the customer service desks, where customers exchanged and returned duplicate gifts, wrong sizes, wrong colors and wrong brands. “I couldn’t see it on my wall,” said Durham resident Eliza Harris, 16, referring to a framed picture of a kitten she opened Christmas morning. Her parents bought it for her at Walmart, then Monday she walked from the store with $5 cash in hand. Her mom, Victoria Harris, said things have changed since she was a kid.”We were just happy to get anything,” said Harris, who exchanged a sweater her mother had given her for one in another color.

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