100 Years Ago: 1921

The Auburn Fireman’s ball always draws well. There was proof of this Wednesday night in Auburn Hall, which was overflowing. Over nine hundred gained admission to the entertainment, and more than a hundred were left standing beyond the doors. As a result, the fireman’s ball next year will probably be given at Lewiston City Hall, or in some Auburn place large enough to accommodate a big gathering. It was the purpose of those in charge to make this different from the previous 29 balls held by the Auburn firemen, and the enthusiastic crowd assured them of success. H.P. Maloon, chairman of the arrangements committee, announced this morning that 650 tickets had been sold. Between 200 and 300 tickets were issued as complimentary for the  wives, sisters and daughters and 100 for the men’s guests. “The show was arranged for our own members,” said Mr. Maloon. “All we had were six rehearsals. We didn’t intend to put on a professional show, but we meant to give everybody more than their money’s worth. I guess we succeeded all right and that was the popular verdict.”

50 Years Ago: 1971

Auburn Police Chief Stephen Smyc now has an administrative assistant The appointment was made today under the Emergency Employment Act. Smyc’s new assistant is John Brennan of 104 Bardwell St., Lewiston, who has been serving as an intern with the police department. He is a student at the Northeastern  University School of Criminal Justice.

25 Years Ago: 1996

A large wolf-like animal was taken by a Hancock trapper north of Orono earlier this month, according to the Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The animal taken by a coyote trapper weighed 81 pounds. It was turned in to state officials by the trapper on Nov. 2. The largest Eastern coyotes range from 30 to 40 pounds, while a male gray wolf can weigh as much as 100 pounds, Inland Fisheries spokesman Becky Orff said Friday. We have taken some DNA samples and are sending them away to be tested, ” Orff said. “We have not determined if the animal is a wolf or a wolf-dog hybrid. She said a DNA sample will be sent to the U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife Forensic Laboratory in Oregon for testing.

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