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Not-so-good old days
This time of year, anything published about history subjects seems to be syrupy, sentimental fare which some find tiresome, especially the curmudgeons who read (and write) this column. That said, we hope all our readers enjoy a non-holiday selection of events from 1939, and save our syrup to surprise you in a different holiday.
From June 30, 1939, comes:
Auto Struck Child
Knocked Down on Main Street and Badly Injured
Jane Rouse, aged eight years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Rouse, Main Street, was struck down by an automobile, Sunday afternoon at 5:30, while crossing the street near her home. She was rushed to the Norway Hospital in the ambulance and attended by local physician. Examination showed a concussion with several teeth broken and pushed out of place, also numerous bruises.
State Highway Police Eugene H. Stevens investigated and learned the auto was allegedly owned and driven by Clayton H. Tucker, 81 Sherwood Street, Portland. Mrs. Tucker was the other occupant in the car, it is said which was proceeding down Main Street toward Oxford.
The girl’s condition has been pronounced fair, but the full extent of the injuries was not learned until the dazed condition passed.
If anyone knows how Jane Rouse’s injuries were healed, please let us know at the Advertiser Democrat, 743-7011.
From June 2, the following two stories were gleaned:
Fire at Penley Factory
Fire broke out in the lower building connected with the clothespin factory of Penley Bros. in West Paris, Thursday forenoon and spread rapidly. A light wind fanned flames which had a good start by the time the local department arrived.
The Norway pumper crew was called around eleven o’clock and made a quick run of eight miles. There was plenty of water in the Little Androscoggin River and before one o’clock the fire was well under control and held in the small building where it originated. Norway pumped water on the ruins during the early hours of the afternoon.
No damage was reported to the main factory.
Norway Municipal Court
Harry M. Shaw, Judge
Harry Lapham, Milton, pleaded innocent to a drunken driving charge. After a hearing, he was adjudged guilty and ordered to pay a fine of $100.00 with costs of $14.35 or serve sixty days in the county jail. Lapham appealed to the June term of Superior Court and was not able to furnish the $300 bail at the time. Robert B. Dow of Norway was council for the respondent. Deputy Sheriff Homer S. Farnum was complainant.
Clifford Ring of Paris pleaded guilty to assault and battery on Isaac A. Thorn of Paris. Sixty days was allowed for payment of costs, $20.60.
Frank Michaud of Lewiston pleaded guilty to intoxication at Oxford and was given one week to pay $5 fine and $7.30 costs. Constable Thomas Avery was complainant.
Warren L. Milliken of Lewiston, arrested and charged with reckless driving in Oxford, pleaded guilty and was given time to pay $14.67, fine and costs. Driving license was suspended for ten days. State Highway Police Eugene H. Stevens made the arrest.
Edward Chabot, Lewiston, was given a fine of $5 and costs of $7.30, after pleading guilty to intoxication in Oxford. Thirty days were allowed for payment. Highway Police W. Stanley Haskell was complainant.
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