Looking Back on May 19


100 Years Ago: 1921

The Salvation Army would appreciate it very much if the “Mrs. Gibson” who purchased a chest of drawers of Adjutant Fowler Wednesday will return the velvet coat stored in one of the drawers. Adj. Fowler did not look in the drawers when he sold the piece of furniture, and one of the ladies of the corps thereby kept a valuable velvet coat which she had placed therein to keep it from rats and moths.

50 Years Ago: 1971

Joan Strout of Auburn, Miss Maine in the recent Junior Miss competition at Mobile, Ala., made an appearance Sunday afternoon at the outdoor show sponsored by the Martel Parent-Teacher Association. The show was staged, despite the inclement weather, on the school grounds with the displays of camping equipment and boats set up on the playing field. Miss Strout, who was introduced by Robert Dionne, past president of the PTA, talked to the group on her experiences In the competition and especially about the national contest at Mobile. Despite the rain in the afternoon there was a good attendance at the show, The camping and boating equipment  was shown by local dealers.

25 Years Ago: 1996

The Thorncrag Bird Sanctuary will celebrate its annual Community Day on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. The sanctuary, owned by the Stanton Bird Club, invites the public to attend a variety of free events. All environments and educational activities begin at the sanctuary on Montello Street. There will be a 7 am and 9 am bird walk,  a wildflower walk, and a children’s nature hike at 10 a.m. Rick Speer, spokesman for the event, adds that novices are welcome — experienced naturalists will lead the tours. The sanctuary, covering a vast 310 acreage. will also offer a tour of its newly acquired 88 acre parcel of Michaud farm. This activity will commence from the parking area at the end of  East Avenue. In addition, there will be a children’s nature craft table from 9 am to 11:30 am. Local plants used by American Indians will also be displayed at this time. A cookout and picnic will be held at noon at the Anthony Fireplace.

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


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