100 Years Ago: 1923

Many of the country club golfers took advantage of the fine spring day Sunday to visit the links at Martindale, finding them in good condition. Tentative plans are being made for a busy social season to be announced very soon. The delicate green of the birches and willows and the deeper velvety green of the lawn and surrounding hills and all, the awakening  growing things which make the surroundings of the Martindale country club so charming in spring-time are now in evidence and during Sunday as many as a dozen cars were packed at the entrance of the Country club.

50 Years Ago: 1973

(from a Journal photo) Recognition of 40, 50 and 60 year members of Liberty Rebekah Lodge took place at a meeting held last night at IOOF Hall, Pleasant St., Auburn. Seated from the left are J. Albert Millett, 55 year member, Grace McCarthy, who has just reached the 40 year mark; Leta Long, 63 years, Blanche Plummer, 64 years; Linwood Long, 51 years, Ida Briggs, 53 years, Daphne Merrill, 51 years; At the back, Iva Millett, 58 years, Evelyn Colby, 41 years, Beatrice Hawkins, 50 years; Gladys Nason, 51 years, Velma Vickery, 48 years; Bessie Stevens, 54 years, Thelma Thorpe, 53 years, Clyde Thorpe, 49 years; T. Edgard Hudson, 53 years.

25 Years Ago: 1998

Tamara Larlee had a choice of prizes for winning a contest to design the logo for this year’s Great Falls Balloon Festival – a free balloon ride or $150 cash.


“Being a poor art student, even though there are some wonderful photo opportunities to be had from a balloon, I opted for the cash,” she said.

Larlee, a 40-year-old mother of two, is in her second year in the University of Maine at Augusta’s fine arts and photography program. She hopes to work in photography and computer graphic design when she graduates either next winter or spring. Designing the logo for a balloon festival that draws thousands of people each year is a good way to start a resume.

“This was the first time I ever tried anything like that,” she said of the contest. “I wasn’t sure about entering but my daughter and husband encouraged me to submit the drawing which I did on the last day.”

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