An excess of butter fat; 65 cases of measles; W. T. Grant store opens

May 20, 2020

May 23, 1851

The Summer term of the BELFAST ACADEMY will commence on Thursday, June 5th, under the care of MR. OSGOOD, the present Teacher.

TUITION--$3.00 for the common branches;

$4.00 for the higher Eng branches;

$5.00 for Latin or Greek.

May 24, 1900

The milk dealers report a gradual increase in the demand for milk put up in glass jars, as customers find it an improvement both in convenience and cleanliness. The milk put up in the jars is thoroughly mixed in the milk room, and of uniform quality, while that taken from the cans on the team is necessarily uneven unless great care is taken to agitate it thoroughly as the milk is used out. The milk from all the teams delivering in the city now tests an excess of butter fat over the legal amount.

May 22, 1930

Sixty-five cases of old fashioned measles on Islesboro is keeping Dr. N. B. T. Barker busy and has resulted in the schools, churches, movies and other public institutions closing temporarily. The malady has spread over the island since an Islesboro High advertising solicitor was stricken after a business visit to Rockland and nearly every home has at least one case. No serious complications have been reported, however.

After the young man had returned from his visit to Rockland where he obtained advertising in the school year book, he was taken down by the malady. Shortly a dozen more high school students contracted the malady and it spread rapidly to the grade schools and over the island. Although disagreeable, the situation is well in hand is the latest report.

May 21, 1964

The first store in the new Belfast Plaza Shopping Center to open will be the W. T. Grant Co. on Thursday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m.

Warren Raynes, manager of the store, said the ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m. and include officials of the W. T. Grant organization. Mayor Gridley Tarbell and other city officials.

The 23,000 square foot store contains 29 departments and will include such items as hardware, clothing, shoes, furniture, household wares, toys, cards, and a pet shop.

The store will operate on a check-out system with 4 checkout stands. Store hours will be 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Raynes said approximately 48 persons will be employed at the store on the opening date.

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

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