A liberal advance on wages; one of the best souvenirs of the world war; a large amount of illness in town

Mar 18, 2020

March 25, 1880

American inventive genius has produced a good many wonderful things, but until it supplies a paint brush that won’t shed hairs like an old horse in spring time, a good many people, at this season of the year, will not give it unmixed praise. Such a brush would greatly diminish the volume of profanity which burdens the air while spring painting is going on, and would naturally lighten the labors of the missionary. Please think it over, Mr. Edison.

Mathews Bros. of this city, last week, did a handsome thing by their employees. Without any solicitation on the part of the workmen, Mr. Mathews went among his men notifying them that a liberal advance on their wages would be reckoned from the date. This was done in consequence of the general advance in almost every commodity, and the continued prosperity of this firm. They are now working, at their mill, a force of thirty-eight men. The mill will shut down next week for repairs, having run continuously for one year, with only the usual stops for the holidays—Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Mathews Bros. are continually purchasing lumber, and the doors, sash and blinds turned out have a wide reputation for their good quality.

March 20, 1919

Fuller C. Wentworth, assistant treasurer of the Belfast Savings Bank, now with the American Expeditionary Forces at Saint-Nazaire, France, writes that he has no idea when he can return to his duties in Belfast. The souvenir post cards sent by him show that it is a very attractive place to be detained in with a combination of city and shore resort life.

The Treasury War Loan Organization has had two million medals made out of captured German cannon for victory loan workers. Each town chairman is requested to send to the county chairman a list of workers that all may receive a medal for work in the Fifth Liberty Loan. This will be an opportunity to earn one of the best souvenirs of the world war and at the same time perform a patriotic duty.

March 23, 1922

Allan M. Howes has been giving the public a real pleasure the past few days by placing a pair of ferrets in one of the windows of the Howes grocery store. They are bright little animals and he feeds them like a cat. Their fur is a combination of brown and pale tan and is said to be valuable. He bought them in Greenwich, Ohio.

The St. Patrick dance in the Armory last Friday evening as a benefit for the Waldo County Hospital was a social and financial success. The arrangements were in charge of Mrs. Cecil Clay, president of the Hospital Aid. The attendance was large considering the large amount of illness in town.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Allison C Morrill | Mar 19, 2020 16:00

I'm waiting for the laundry detergent that will sort!! :)

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