100 Years Ago: 1923

The Annual Luncheon of the Ladies’ Literary Club was held at the Congregational vestry, in New Gloucester Tuesday afternoon. The tables were arranged in the form of a Y, and very prettily decorated with pussy willows and yellow jonquils.

The place cards were very appropriate to go with the other decorations, being a cat’s head and tail with pussy willow for the body. Each lady was given half of a rhyme and her place at the table was where she found the rest of the rhyme.

Following the luncheon a short program was given, including a piano solo by Miss Ruth Rideout.

50 Years Ago: 1973

A well-known Auburn resident, Mrs. Elliot M. Bates of Winter St., was elected president of the Lewiston-Auburn YWCA board of directors at a meeting held this week at the Kate J. Anthony House.


Also elected to serve with Mrs. Bates were Mrs. Willis A. Trafton, first vice president; Mrs. Edward Mushlitt, second vice president; Mrs. Bernard Halliday, third vice president; Mrs. Gridley Barrows, secretary; Miss Audrey Bradford, assistant secretary; Mrs.Oscar Hahnel, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Burton Wilner, treasurer; and Mrs. Harold Shackleton, assistant treasurer.

Mrs. Bates has been an active member of the YWCA and has served in various capacities for the organization, among them first vice president.

25 Years Ago: 1998

(journal photo) St. Peter’s School students recently presented their entries in the local civic oration contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen. Students presented speeches on a positive reaction to “A Most Memorable American Event.” Judges for the event were Roger Philippon, Dennis Michaud and Linda Saucier. First place winner was seventh grader Adam Ouellette with his speech entitled, “The ice storm of ’98.” Beth Chamberlain finished in second place with her talk on “The Oklahoma City Bombing.” Anne Pontbriand, eighth-grade teacher, supervised the contest and Modern Woodmen of America representative Dick Courtemanche presented awards. Winners Beth Chamberlain and Adam Ouellette are pictured after their victories.

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