Looking back on August 3
100 years ago: 1921
Enrico Caruso passed away today. The great singer, whose ultimate recovery was hoped for under the benevolent influences of his own Italy, died at nine o’clock this morning at the Hotel Vesuvius. He had been hastily brought here from Sorrento, in the Bay of Naples, where less than a week ago he confessed his comeback and expressed the conviction that he would sing again as before. He had been able to visit the famous Sanctuary of Our Lady of Pompeii, offering thanks for his recovery. He also visited the wonderful Isle of Capri when he attended a luncheon, in his honor, but subsequently unfavorable symptoms in the form of a high fever manifested themselves and his wife telegraphed to a specialist from Rome to come to Sorrento. It was then discovered that a new internal abscess had developed.
50 years ago: 1971
AH Benoit & Co., 68 Lisbon St, Lewiston, plans to begin renovations on Monday that will double the size of the current store, said John S. Cook, store manager for Benoits. Less than a year after opening their current store. Benoit’s has started major renovations in the adjacent McGillicuddy building, which once housed Benner’s, Nichols, Tea Room and Bliss College. The addition, Cook said, will double display space and give people a more complete clothing store. Its completion is scheduled for November 1. “This decision is certainly an affirmation of our faith in the future of progressive downtown Lewiston.” The cook commented. “And is also an expression of thanks to the thousands of customers who have made our new store a resounding success. “
25 years ago: 1996
Rene Rancourt, a native of Lewiston, best known for singing the national anthem before the Boston Bruins home games, performs the anthem during the opening ceremony of the Festival of Joy on Thursday night. Behind Rancourt are Governor of Maine Angus Hing and his wife, Mary Herman, and master of ceremonies Roger Philippon. The Franco-American celebration continues in Lewiston until Sunday.
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Borderline Express will give a concert at the water’s edge