100 Years Ago: 1921

Saturday was a great day for members of the Auburn Grange. It was the annual field day and the place of meeting was at the Auburn Fish Hatchery. The idea of a literary program for an outdoor field meeting had its day and we are inclined to think forever. People no longer go to field meetings for knowledge, but for sports. Speakers and the imparting of information should be in the hall.  An audience standing up while field sports are going on all around them pay little attention to speakers. It is unjust to the speakers as well as the audience. This idea has at last forced itself to the attention of the managers, and one by one the granges are eliminating this feature. This is the first time that Auburn grange has adopted an all-sport day, and everyone seems pleased with the innovation.

50 Years Ago: 1971

The 125th anniversary of Henry David Thoreau’s first trip to the Maine woods will be celebrated at Milford on Sept. 1. On that date in 1846, he crossed from Old Town to Milford by bateau ferry. This will be reenacted at Milford at 2 pm. on Wednesday Sept. 1. The program will take place at a sawdust-covered open area on the bank of the Penobscot River. Thoreau will be rowed across the river in a bateau and welcomed by Penobscot Indians on the shore. This scene will be followed by the program’s chief speaker, Alfred Meister, chief biologist of the Atlantic Salmon Commission, who will talk on the salmon restoration program for the Penobscot. Robert Covell of the Penobscot Valley Regional Planning Council  will talk on the why and how of open spaces for the river valley from Old Town to Lincoln.

25 Years Ago: 1996

The Greater Farmington Chamber of Commerce will hold its third annual Leaf Peepers: Franklin County Fall Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The objective of this festival is to showcase the talent of our arts, music, history, dance/theater, demonstrations, artists, crafters, food and many other cultural events. This is a great  opportunity for people of all ages to learn more about their community and to experience the many forms of art. The festival will be held at the Nordica Homestead on the Holley Road.  Admission will be charged at the gate, $6 for a family of four, or $2.50 per person and children under 10, no charge.

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