100 Years Ago: 1924

Committees on the minstrel show to be given at the East Auburn Grange Hall on Thursday evening are working zealously to make it a success.

The snappy colored circle will undoubtedly be the main attraction. It will include Imogene Hackett, Alice Berry, Martha Clark, Norma Lowe, Charles Allen, Fred Sargent, Elmer Dunham, Charles Vickery, Nate Briggs, and Carroll McGilvery. Master Junior Briggs and Clinton Hall will stage a skit on “Yes, we have no bananas.” Jake Estes will clog.

The affair is under the direction of Norma Lowe, Arthur Scruton as interlocutor, and Marguerite Vickery, pianist. Bacon’s Orchestra will play. The proceeds will go to defray expenses of the annual Community Christmas Tree of East Auburn.

50 Years Ago: 1974

Members of Twin City Lodge and Chapter, B’nai , B’rith, will have a joint breakfast meeting at the Jewish Community Center at 9:30 Sunday morning, Jan 13, with the men as hosts. Louis Delesky is chairman of this joint gathering.


The speaker at this meeting will be Peter Madore, Auburn Police Chief, a former New York City detective, who will discuss his work with different ethnic groups, his dealings with the Jewish Defense League, the problems he faced and how they were solved.

Mr. Madore served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed at Brunswick for part of that time and also lived in Auburn. He joined the New York City Police Department in 1955, was promoted to third grade detective 11 years later and made second grade rank in 1969. He has served as liaison officer in labor disputes, worked with youth and was in the Bureau of Special Services.

25 Years Ago: 1999

Work on a long delayed passenger rail line between Portland and Boston will be proceeding at full speed as soon as the ground thaws, officials said Monday at a ceremony symbolizing the start of construction.

“Today begins a new spirit of cooperation,” Wayne David, chairman of Train-Riders Northeast, a Portland-based rail advocacy group, said at the ceremony. “Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to achieve uncommon results.”

Gov. Angus King, wielding a pickaxe, drove a gold-painted spike halfway into a railroad tie. Mike Murray, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, said construction could begin in February or March, with service to start in 2000.


Standing at the back of a train, King called the parties efforts a “study in persistence.”

“There’ve been many times when people could have quit,” he told several dozen officials from towns and cities along the train’s future route.

Federal funds of $30 million and a congressional mandate were approved in 1993 but construction has been held up by disputes between Amtrak, the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority and the Guilford Rail System.

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