100 Years Ago: 1922

According to an announcement by City Manager Lewis Haskell of Auburn, Friday, repair work at the Edward Little Building will be sufficiently completed by Monday morning, September 18, so that school will open for the fall term at that time.

Opening and closing hours will be on standard time to conform with the remainder of the schools. High School is opening a week later this year than usual because of the construction work on the upper floor, and many students were at sea concerning the opening date.

50 Years Ago: 1972

(from a Journal photo) Young people of the Calvary Methodist Church will be serving as aides for the annual auction to be held on the church grounds on Saturday, September 16. Three of them are pictured here with Sumner Wright, who is judging the possible price of some silverware. Left to right, Betty McGraw, David Parker, Mr. Wright and Donald Grant. Also assisting are Daniel Gregory, Henry and Dana Ireland, and Bernard Grannell. Mr. and Mrs. Wright are co-chairmen of the auction which will get underway at 10 a.m. There will be a snack and home-cooked food table in charge of the Crusaders, and a baked bean and casserole supper will be served from 5 to 6:30 pm, under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Irving Grant.

25 Years Ago: 1997


Folks crowded onto the Farmington Fairgrounds Sunday for the opening day of the 157th annual exhibition.

The fair’s opening event was team penning at the horse show ring. Russell Black of Black Acres Family Farm in Wilton said he brought about 90 head of cattle, 27 of them wild.

“We didn’t know how many riders would show up and wanted enough animals. Three riders came in the small hours of early morning from an event in New Hampshire. They were tired but their mounts appeared fresh and ready to travel,” said Black.

As the show got started, the black bovines had never seen horses before and proved difficult to sort out. In most of the timed events, the cattle won.

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