100 Years Ago: 1921

The Martindale Country Club opened this afternoon for the first formal inspection by members and their guests, altho members have been playing on the first six holes of the temporary golf course for some time. The new furnishings for the club house arrived this week, and were rushed into place. The electric lights and plumbing were completed and Martindale was ready at noon Wednesday to receive its guests with open arms. Golf, tennis and croquet matches, with special matches for prizes, are on the program for this opening afternoon, while card tables are also available for those who wished to play on the spacious veranda. This evening a dance will be held in the new dance hall at the rear of the club house, music being furnished by McLuer’s ten piece orchestra.

50 Years Ago: 1971

A “dynamic entertainer” who has addressed conventions and dinner meetings around the world will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Lewiston-Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce. He is Bill Gove who has achieved national fame as a speaker and sales consultant, it was announced Sunday night by Raymond A. Geiger, Chamber president. Gove was educated at Bath, Boston University and the Graduate School of Marketing at the University of Minnesota. The annual meeting will be held Wednesday evening. Oct 3. at the Heritage House, Steckino’s Restaurant.

25 Years Ago: 1996

A miniature train and station that has delighted both children and adults for years — the Leeds Junction railway station — will soon be a memory. Roger and Cecile Caron are selling their trains, the track and some of the miniature buildings to the Hartman’s Railroad Museum of Intervale, N.H. The train will be shipped to New Hampshire at the end of this month. “I can’t keep up with this anymore,” said Roger Caron, a bit woefully. Caron’s been expanding buildings for the past nine years. “My back, you know. They’ll be giving rides over there.” Judy Brown, store manager of the museum said crushed gravel has been put down in preparation for the tracks and train. “There will be rides, absolutely,” Brown said. Although Caron is known for giving some train rides to children, he was unable to provide rides to groups of children that had flocked to his home to see the train. His yard was a common class field trip destination for school trips. The cost of insurance was too high to offer rides. “He couldn’t risk it,” said Cecile Caron as she watched her grandchildren and their friends with their grandfather. As they rode the hoot of the whistle and the chug of the engine filled the air.

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