100 Years Ago: 1921

Mrs. Grant Rogers, Auburn police matron, told a Journal reporter Friday morning that the appeal published in Thursday nights Journal for a doll carriage resulted in a donation at 7:30 the same evening. Mrs. Rogers is grateful for the prompt donation. It pays to advertise!

50 Years Ago: 1971

About 155 boys and girls, members of the Lewiston School Crossing Safety Patrol were treated to their annual Christmas Party Tuesday afternoon, the event sponsored by the Police Department’s Traffic Bureau and two generous merchants. It was held in the third floor auditorium at the city building. The stage was stacked high with gifts which were later distributed to the youngsters. A snack was served and in the words of the sponsors the youngsters “had all they could do to eat and drink.” Among those present was Mayor Robert W. Clifford who thanked the young people for the service they render the community as patrol boys and girls helping students cross the streets safely.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Santa and Mrs. Claus are alive and well and living in Lewiston. All year they’ve been in our midst under the assumed names of Paul and Rita Dube. At dusk Christmas Eve, they will don traditional scarlet and snow-white costumes and deliver gifts to 76 needy people in 20 twin city families. Their journey of joy will climax a year’s preparation assembling just the right presents for the 42 children, 34 mothers, dads, grandparents on their lists. The Dube’s choose recipients suggested by local churches and other nonprofit groups based on their need for necessities including clothing and food, as well as toys. Their own children, Chris, Katie, Jenn and Nick, plus Chris’s wife, Julie and Katie’s fiance, Craig, serve as elves and helpers. This is the 32nd year for the Lewiston Santa family project, which began with gift sharing for just one family with 14 children. Each year the activity has grown. This year’s is the largest.

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