100 Years Ago: 1922

Again the home of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Vickery was the scene of gayety when on Wednesday night the YWCA  girls were carried to their farm by automobile for a corn roast. The lawn was decorated with Chinese lanterns, and the big stone fireplace, all aglow with their sharp pointed sticks which had been prepared by the host, and an ear of golden bantam corn, and toasted marshmallows were also on the bill of fare. Next came the blueberry pie contest.

50 Years Ago: 1972

Commencing Monday, the demolition of the Cushman-Hollis Roles building in Auburn will be performed between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m., so as not to interfere with traffic on Court Street.

The project is rapidly approaching the Court Street side of the structure, and Lewis Stuart, proprietor of Stuart Construction of Cundy’s Harbor, the firm doing the work, has received permission from Police Chief Stephen Smyc to work on the end of the building during the early morning hours. Smyc noted that he and Stuart asked area residents if they would mind the operation taking place at that time, and none voiced opposition. Stuart said he plans to have just the crane working during this period to minimize noise. Hauling operations will take place during the day, the owner said. Stuart said the wooden structure located adjacent to the tracks would be left standing until last to be used as a sound buffer.

Smyc said the crane operator will swing the large weight from the outside in on the Court Street side so the debris will fall away from the street. He noted the firm will have a man in the street to keep people and vehicles away from the demolition area. This end of the structure should be razed by next Friday, Smyc noted.


The entire building is expected to be demolished by the end of the month.

25 Years Ago: 1997

The contestants in the annual Carthage Heritage Day boat race lined up on a bridge over the Webb River to drop their boats into the river. Most of the boats survived the drop only to become blocked by rocks.

Kurt Dove made a special boat for his 9 month old grandson, Andrew James Dove, for the annual Carthage Day boat race on Webb River. Andrew is the son of Kristi Dove.

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