100 Years Ago: 1924

This spring Mrs. Archie Page of North Leeds had a pair of year old guinea-fowl. One day recently while Mr. Page and his family were away the guinea-hen was run over and killed.

For the next two or three days, the guinea cock mourned for the mate and seemed disconsolate, then he disappeared. About once a day he would appear in the yard for food, and then depart.

After a while to verify her suspicions, for she knew the strange ways of guineas, Mrs. Page and her little daughter tracked the guinea, and far from home in some thick bushes, she found him sitting on a nest full of eggs.

The faithful bird was doing his best to take the place of his lost mate. This same guinea was brought up by his father. When he and his brother and sisters were small their mother, too, was accidentally killed. Their father at once became a mother to them, hovering and feeding them until they were old enough to care for themselves.

50 Years Ago: 1974

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Lewiston policemen are still waiting for the back pay they are entitled to under a labor contract signed by city officials a month and a half ago. The delay was confirmed today by Lewiston Controller Lucien Gosselin who said the Payroll Department is waiting for the proper information to be sent along by the chief’s office. The police officers in the meantime have repeatedly met with city officials in an effort to get the retroactive payment and are quite unhappy about the delay.

25 Years Ago: 1999

There’s little doubt that the Continental Mill’s cupola was one of the defining pieces of the city’s skyline, but it’s being removed because it has become a safety hazard, said the mill’s owner, Bob Roy, Sr.

“I thought it was a masterpiece, but when it has to come down, it has to come down.” Roy said.

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