Spinach for hygienic purposes is one of the most valuable of vegetables. It is a wholesome, a pronounced laxative, and cooling and purifying to the blood. It is in many instances recommended in place of medicine, containing as it does a large proportion of nitre in all purity and strength direct from Nature’s own laboratory. Spinach is most healthful for growing children and for adults. In cases of restricted diet following stomach or liver derangement, it is frequently the only vegetable sanctioned. Its generous use cannot be too strongly sanctioned.

50 Years Ago, 1955

Indications that the seining operation currently under way to remove rough fish from Lake Auburn will have a big effect on future stocking in the lake, were made known yesterday by the Androscoggin County Fish and Game Association which is undertaking the project. Romeo Dumais of Lewiston, who is directing the operation, announced that more than 200,000 white perch and some 6,000 suckers were taken from the lake during the first two weeks of the drive by the ACFGA to restore Lake Auburn to its former status as landlocked salmon waters. Dumais said the seining was continuing and that he anticipates a combined haul of close to a quarter-million perch before the fish take to deeper water as warm weather moved in to suspend work.

25 Years ago, 1980

Vancouver, Wash. – Mount St. Helens blew its top Sunday with a blast felt 200 miles away, belching ash and hot gas which blotted out the sun for more than 100 miles and killing at least seven people. Mudflows and floods destroyed bridges and forced evacuation of about 2,000 people. The eruption at 8:39 a.m. PDT shot smoke and ash nine miles into the sky and a spectacular lightning storm in the rising plume started numerous forest fires. By evening the fires covered 3,000 acres on the mountains. There were no immediate reports of lava.

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