100 years ago: 1922
Those who, of course, think that funeral parlor conventions are very serious occasions, devoted primarily to discussion of matters in their profession, should read the announcement of what is to take place at this Maine Association convention at Augusta, August 8- ten.
There will be discussions and business details, that’s for sure, but after a banquet at the Augusta house, we read that there will be a cabaret – a unique program by charming young ladies who simply radiate good humor. And one of them, among other women, is to present a “coquette character dance”.
A touch of novelty will be added. also, strictly to convention, as we learn that on opening day “live models will be sporting funeral robes.”
50 years ago: 1972
Debris from the Cushman-Hollis building is being demolished and is being dumped in the Dennison Street ravine, an area that will eventually be upgraded and slated to become a city park.
Auburn city engineer James Jolicoeur said debris from a total of 39 buildings, including the large Cushman-Hollis building, was dumped into the ravine and that that, along with fill that will be added more later will create a situation that could lead to a park being established there.
Jolicoeur said the entire area will be graded to conform to the slope of the surrounding terrain and adequate clean fill will be added.
25 years ago: 1997
The former Lutheran church that stood near the entrance to Central Maine Medical Center on Main Street is now part of history On Monday, the hospital tore down the structure, which was the original site of the Evangelical church Lutheran Grace, so she could enlarge the entrance and create “green space” where the church once stood.
The old church served as a landmark in the community and was dear to the hearts of many people of German descent, whose parents and grandparents helped build the structure.
This month marks the 75th anniversary of the laying of the cornerstone of the church, said the Reverend Marian Marks, pastor of Grace Evangelical, which is now located on Summer Street in Auburn.
Marks said it was sad for some in the congregation to see the church being demolished in its original location, but they will move on. “For some people the building was the church, for others the building was just a building,” she said.
Longtime member of the congregation, Erna Schutt, who was 3 when the cornerstone was laid, said it was no surprise the old church was razed. “It’s the people, not the building.”
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