Looking Back on May 21

100 Years Ago: 1921

The Helping Hand Sewing Circle met this week with Mrs. Annie Cameron with a good attendance, and much work was accomplished. The Circle connected with the Gospel Mission and does a great deal of work with the poor of the city. The next meeting will be with Mrs. Jennie Bryant, 357 Center Street, Auburn.

50 Years Ago: 1971

The first  annual Miss Black Teenage Maine Pageant will be held in Portland May 28. the sponsoring Scholarship Committee of the NAACP’s Portland branch announced Sunday.  Eight girls have entered the competition and there may be several more, a spokesman said. The state pageant is being held in conjunction with the National Miss Black Teenage America Pageant, set for July 28 in Atlanta.

25 Years Ago: 1996

It began with Charles K. Dillingham in 1871, a carpenter and undertaker on the side. There weren’t enough deaths in Turner to make it full time. Frank E. Dillingham brought the business to Auburn in 1910, where it has thrived under the leadership of two more generations of Dillinghams. Now, 74-year-old John Dillingham is retiring and intends to sell Dillingham & Son Memorial Chapel to a couple of brothers who are also in the funeral business. Kevin and James Lynch, who own two Pinette funeral homes in Lewiston, have taken over management at the chapel already, and, pending bank approval, hope to close within a month.

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