100 Years Ago: 1923

One of the Sun’s oldest advertisers is Dr. J. F. True & Co. of Auburn, who have been in the paper almost continuously since The Sun was established over 30 years ago. This Auburn concern has just shipped to New York 16,068 bottles of Elixir, the largest single shipment ever sent out in the 37 years of business.

50 Years Ago: 1973

(Sun Journal photo) Mrs. Joseph D. Doyle is serving as chairman of the White Elephant table at the card party being given at 70’clock Thursday evening, Oct. 11, at the Martindale Country Club, and is being assisted by Mrs. William Sievert and Mrs. John A. Turner. This event is being sponsored by the Women’s Association of the country Club.

25 Years Ago: 1998

A tornado packing 105 mph winds touched down in the town of Paris during a thunderstorm Thursday, the National Weather Service said Monday. Officials surveyed the damage and determined that a tornado hit at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday three miles northeast of South Paris, near King Hill Road and Streaked Mountain Road. The tornado was about a half-mile long and 150 yards wide.

The weather service’s determination that it was a tornado was based on the direction that trees and debris flew. “It is somewhat scattered looking, but there is a pattern,” said John Jensenius, meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

The twister destroyed a garage and damaged a barn. One resident reported that the trampoline in his backyard was picked up like a frisbee disk and thrown over power lines and into a wooded area 50 yards away. “A tornado in Maine is fairly rare,” Jensenius said. On average, Maine gets one or two tornadoes a year, but this is the first in 1998, he said.

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