100 Years Ago: 1921

Dr. Lloyd Crites, of 82 Ash Street, has returned from a business trip to Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia. Mrs. Crites and little son who have been visiting in Coventry, NH, have returned with him.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Col. Ralph B Skinner of Auburn will be speaker at a meeting of Stevens Mills Grange at 8 p.m. Wednesday night at the grange hall. Col. Skinner will tell members about the aims and operation of the Androscoggin Historical Society, of which he is an active member. Old Timers’ Night will be observed, and grange members and visitors are asked to come in old fashioned costume if possible.

25 Years Ago: 1996

At the Aug. 7 meeting of the Harrison Historical Society, Ronald Denison from Bonney Eagle Middle School presented his blue-ribbon science fair project, “Logging in Maine.” A variety of tools such as peaveys, cross cut saws, bolt hook with replaceable tip, log rule, chain saw and Sally saw were displayed. A stuffed full-sized lumberjack modeled sled safety equipment needed for working in the woods, helmet, goggles, ear protectors and chaps. Posters showed pictures of modern day lumbering equipment including skidders, chippers, tree shears and log loaders. He spoke of the effects that the so-called clearcutting bill would have on Maine’s lumber industry. The program concluded with a video, “From Stump to Ship,” filmed in the Machias River region about 1920. At the business meeting which followed, a new slate of officers was elected: Elaine Smith, president; Eva Bean, vice president; Jean Higgins, secretary; and Virginia Denison, treasurer.

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