100 Years Ago: 1924

Sometimes, when she rides in the automobile of modern times Mrs. Bessie Day of Durham recalls another trip she took in an entirely different conveyance, the old-time covered wagon.

Fifty-eight years ago, Mrs. Day, then a mere school girl, travelled from Wyoming to Salt Lake City in a covered wagon train, of the type known then as prairie schooners, each drawn by three yokes of oxen, the leaders of the train being two spans of mules.

They were nine weeks on the road, camping when nightfall overtook them, their rate of speed by day being that of the patient slow-moving oxen, the leaders of the train being two spans of mules.

50 Years Ago: 1974

Pvt. Richard J. Perron, leaves Wednesday for Marine Corps recruit training at MCRD San Diego, Calif. The graduate of St. Dominic Regional High School is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Perron of 4 Tampa St., Lewiston.


25 Years Ago: 1999

Just about every day from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. you can find six or seven retirees playing cribbage at their “corner” table at the  McDonald’s in the Midtown Shopping Center on Lisbon Street in Lisbon.

To Larry Judd, Ron Thompson, Gene Brown, Charlie Samson, Warren Grimes, Bruce Dupal, and Emerson Brewer it is the place to be. All are residents of Lisbon, Lisbon Falls except Brown and Dupal who live in Durham.

They range in age from Samson, who is 60, to Thompson who is 88.

The material used in Looking Back is produced exactly as it originally appeared although misspellings and errors may be corrected.

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