100 Years Ago: 1922

Frank Bartlett has leased the store right next to his own on Court Street to the George M. Roak Co. Repairs are being made and the Roak Co. will move in very soon. This will be an in-town salesroom and it will make it convenient for the customers of the Roak Co.

50 Years Ago: 1972

Robert K. Pacios, outgoing president of the Lewiston-Auburn Area Chamber of Commerce, reported on the year’s activities at the annual meeting Friday at Steckino’s Restaurant. Pacios said that the Area Development and Planning Committee of the Chamber had submitted three long-range projects to the board of directors, which include an auditorium and civic center, and a study of the bus transportation problem and the possibility of establishing the Lewiston-Auburn Airport as the Air Freight Center for the state.

In addition, Pacios said, “We must find some way to coordinate the efforts of the downtown areas of Lewiston and Auburn and the shopping centers scattered around the cities, to attract shoppers to the area.”

25 Years Ago: 1997


When a family member is taken from us, it “hurts.” When the member is only 27 years old, it hurts even more and when the young member has done so much good for a community, the whole town feels it. That was the case when “Tommy” Phillips died Feb.1. Now he is being recognized for the good deeds he has done.

On Oct. 4, the Monmouth Rescue facility was officially renamed the Thomas E. Phillips Rescue Station at a special dedication ceremony. In addition to his rescue associates, others present included police, fire and town officials. Speakers included Town Manager Steve Dyer. Rescue Association President Hugh LeMaster, rescue associate and close friend Dale Carr,  and service chief and close friend Shane Taylor. Phillips’ parents, Edward and Beverly Phillips assisted Taylor in the unveiling of the new sign.

As a medic, Phillips acquired his Emergency Medical Technician’s license at the young age of 17 and worked his way up to the level of paramedic. He initiated the Monmouth Academy Student Rescue and provided guidance throughout the Monmouth Rescue Association.

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