100 Years Ago: 1921

A Ford car is made every six and a half seconds, we are informed and we don’t doubt it when we’re riding on the state highways of a Sunday.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Auburn fire chief Vincent Giberti has submitted his letter of retirement to the city manager effective Friday. Sept.1st. The letter was received this afternoon by Manager Bernard J. Murphy who stated: “The city has lost a really dedicated servant who has served the city well and has truly given much of himself to his job of fire chief and in other capacities.” Giberti’s letter reads as follows: “I have reached the point in my firefighting career that I am requesting retirement. My 28 years of service have been most enjoyable and I only hope that I have lived up to what was expected of me. The people of Auburn have been very good to me throughout the years. City government has been equally as good, other municipal departments have been very cooperative and I certainly enjoyed working under your management. “I will be writing to the Honorable Mayor and Council for my honorable discharge from the Auburn Fire Department to become effective Friday, Sept. 3, 1971.” He has been fire chief since June 15, 1968.

25 Years Ago: 1996

After nine years in the professional boxing business, Lewiston’s Joey Gamache apparently has landed a career-defining fight against a future hall of famer. Ron Katz, a New York-based matchmaker for promoter Top Rank Inc. confirmed Monday that former World Boxing Association junior lightweight and lightweight champion Gamache will fight legend Julio Cesar Chavez on Oct. 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The fight will be the main support bout to the World Boxing Council super lightweight title fight between champion Oscar De La Hoya and Miguel Angel Gonzalez. Gamache (44-2, 28 KOs) and Top Rank agreed to terms for the fight several days ago. Katz said that Chaves (96-2-1, 81 KOs) should sign the contract with promoter Bob Arum Tuesday or Wednesday in Las Vegas. “I think it will be done in the next two days,” Katz said from his New York office. “Chavez has accepted Gamache as an opponent, now all he has to do is show up and sign the contract.” Neither Katz nor Gamache’s manager, Johnny Bos, would disclose the terms of the contract.

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