Past Tense

Mother Gray's Aromatic Leaf

By Kim Lincoln | Dec 12, 2012

The following are news headlines that appeared in past issues of The Camden Herald during this week:

One year ago, 2011

Camden Hills Regional High School was searched by drug-sniffing dogs for a second time after bath salts were reportedly found in a classroom in October. The dogs searched lockers at the school, finding no drugs.

Deputies from the Knox County Sheriff's Office, corrections officers from the Knox County Jail and Maine State Police troopers traveled to Washington, D.C., to lay wreaths and pay their respects at Arlington National Cemetery. Chief Deputy Tim Carroll, Deputies Nathaniel Jack and John Palmer, along with corrections officers Timothy Davis and Timothy McFarland and Trooper Jeremiah Wesbrock made the trip.

Five years ago, 2007

The schooner J. & E. Riggin was vandalized, while docked at the dock of the former MBNA building in Rockland, now the location of Boston Financial. Five lines tying the schooner to the dock were cut free, and seven more were cast off from the dock, leaving the schooner completely untied.

The driver of a Webber Energy fuels truck was not injured after the truck rolled on Route 17 in Rockport. The truck was slowing when a vehicle in front of it was making a left hand turn. The truck went into a skid and flipped, landing in the ditch. It was carrying about 1,000 gallons of heating fuel.

10 years ago, 2002

Bullets were fired into both the Camden and Rockport bank locations of The First. No one was inside the buildings at the time of the shootings, but bank employees discovered the bullet holes as they were opening the bank for the day.

The federal bankruptcy court hearing was scheduled to determine the fate of The Sea Dog restaurant after the Camden, Bangor and Topsham locations were closed as a result of an order by the bankruptcy court. About 40 people were employed at the Camden location of The Sea Dog when it closed in November 2002.

25 years ago, 1987

Two days after the incident, police were continuing to search for a man that kidnapped a Rockport woman from her home at knifepoint and sexually assaulted her during a four-hour trip between Camden and Augusta. As the woman was outside checking on her animals, the man jumped her from behind and forced her to drive. Eventually, he left her in her vehicle on a road in Windsor where she was able to go to a nearby home to contact police.

The Camden-Rockport Land Trust raised $15,000 to secure a conservation easement on Beech Hill, spanning 572 acres of open blueberry fields and woods.

50 years ago, 1962

Horace McGowan, principal of Camden High School, was elected to represent Knox County in the Representative Assembly of the Maine Teachers Association.

A subscription to The Camden Herald cost $3.50 per year, if paid in advance; $2 for a six-month subscription and $1.25 for a three-month.

100 years ago, 1912

The high price of grain had stimulated Levi Merrifield of West Rockport to raise his own corn for home use. He raised 275 baskets of "a fine a corn that be found in Knox County."

An ad that appeared read as follows:

"Here is relief for women if you have pains in your backs, urinary, bladder or kidney trouble, try Mother Gray's Aromatic Leaf, a pleasant herb remedy for women's ills and a great system regulator."

Courier Publications Copy Editor Kim Lincoln can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at

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