A person whose name is not known to the railroad officials, narrowly escaped a terrible death by reckless driving. He was racing with another team and reached the railroad crossing just as the Rumford Falls train was pulling into Lewiston. The gates had been lowered and he smashed into the gates not ten feet ahead of the train. He was going with such force that the collision broke the gate and let him through just in time to escape death under the wheels of the locomotive. Once over the track this reckless driver didn’t stop to ask any questions.

50 Years Ago, 1954

Maine’s general, mental and tuberculosis hospitals need at least 730 more nurses than they can get, a study committee reported. The committee, appointed three years ago by Gov. Payne, now a U. S. Senator, emphasized the need of training non-professional, or practical, nurses. It said there were deficits of 230 nurses in general hospitals, 117 in mental and 384 in tuberculosis hospitals.

25 Years Ago, 1979

The practice of mass medication has been denounced by some experts and praised by others. However, fluoridation of the public water supply in the twin cities has drawn only acclaim from area dentists – particularly the gentlemen whom were practicing prior to the introduction of the compound in 1970. Nearly a decade later, the dental experts are saying there has been a significant improvement in the condition of their patient’s teeth.

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