100 Years Ago: 1922

Rumors that a modern theater would be constructed by outside interests on the vacant lot just off Mechanics Row which was recently purchased by the Auburn Masons were quickly labeled as absurd Saturday by the owners.

John Merrill, one of the five Masons who made the purchase of the lot several months ago with the plan of eventually constructing a modern Masonic temple on the ground, says: “I don’t think there is anything to it. It seems to me if there had been, I would have known of it by this time. I can say for the other owners that there has been no offer made.”

Mr. Merrill stated, tho, that the erection of the proposed Masonic Temple had been almost abandoned, mainly because the Masons feel that their temple and home should be erected on a larger plot of land, that it would be truly a home and in a sightlier location it would not be hemmed in by the ugly rear walls of Court and Main Street business houses.

50 Years Ago: 1972

Lewiston Sun Journal carriers have an opportunity to win U.S. Savings Bonds and other prizes in the newspaper’s Thrift Award test.


The young employees must fill out forms received in the “Little Merchants Newsie” which includes an essay on how carriers spend their carrier profits.

Prizes are five $25 U.S. Savings Bonds, five $10 bills and five $5 bills. Winners will be picked by former Sun Journal carriers who are now successful businessmen, and will be announced Saturday, Oct. 14., International Newspaper Carrier Day. Entries must be postmarked no later than Sept 24,1972, and mailed to the Sun-Journal Newsie, Lewiston, Maine, 04240.

25 Years Ago: 1997

(from a Sun Journal photo) Ellen T. Cooper of Lewiston is shown with Jane Eastwood, national director of Talent America at the Waldorf Astoria in New York City where Cooper received the Maine Dance Teacher of the Year Award. Also attending were her two nieces, Sheila Cooper Walton of Lewiston and Colleen Cooper Rioux of Harpswell.

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