100 Years Ago: 1921

The last part necessary for the welfare of Auburn’s new fire alarm system has arrived, and yesterday City Electrician Keene was busy getting the system in order for a test this week. The part that has been holding the new system back from completion is an automatic switch. More trouble confronted the Auburn electrical department when it was discovered that the new switch came from the factory wired wrong. This had to be changed over before installation. Mr. Keene hopes to give the signal system a try-out either today or tomorrow.

50 Years Ago: 1971

A monkey went banking today in Auburn. It was about 12:30 that an official of First Bank on Minot Avenue reported to police that a real live monkey had wandered into their office. When Patrolman Robert Dumais Jr. went to the scene he learned the animal belonged to the Ducharme family at 1818 Minot Avenue. The owner picked up his pet, which had been missing since  Tuesday. And somebody commented: “That’s enough monkey business for one day.”

25 Years Ago: 1996

The McLaughlin Garden Preservation Committee this week received offers of donations in excess of $3,000 and has also received word from the Garden Conservancy that the national organization is willing to assist the local garden preservation effort.

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