100 Years Ago: 1921

The ladies at the Lewiston Home for Aged Women wish to express their appreciation thru the Journal columns to all who helped make their Christmas a delightful one. A feature of the festivities was a tree, decorated by the members of the Axillary and well laden with gifts for everyone; and from the directors, a crisp new dollar bill to each lady. Mrs. Wallace H. White, the president, whose visits are always delightful, called and other friends dropped by during the day.

50 Years Ago: 1971

They call it Reciprocal Book Borrowing. Lewiston and Auburn Public Libraries have agreed on a reciprocal borrowing arrangement which will go into effect Jan.1. Library director for Lewiston is Richard Gross and Amy Sherman is the Library director for Auburn.

25 Years Ago: 1996

Anne Akin Wood of Auburn dances to honor her aunt Molly Spotted Elk, who died at the Penobscot Reservation on Indian Island in Old Town in 1997. Wood, a nurse in Auburn School Department, has been left with a rich legacy of native dances inspired and created by her aunts Molly Spotted Elk, Apid, and her mother, Little Deer. The three performed in vaudeville, and clubs in New York City, starred in Wild West shows and appeared in movies. “I learned the dances from my aunts and my mother. I was taken by the hand. We went to schools to perform at the drop of a hat.” Today Anne Akin Wood is the only dancer in her family performing the unique repertoire of solo dances. She wears the costumes left by her mother, Little Deer. Last year, she created a fancy shawl of black velvet with feathers and a Maine-shaped design honoring her aunt Molly Spotted Elk who was born at the turn of the century.

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