Dull business along the wharves; urgent need for a local hospital here

Jan 15, 2020

Jan. 22, 1874

The working force of the shoe factory now numbers one hundred and twenty-five.

Business along the wharves is the dullest we have seen it for the season. Owing to the wretched traveling no hay of any amount can be brought to market, though now and then a few bales will struggle in on wheels. The same vessels that were at the piers last week remain, not having finished their cargoes. But one new vessel has been chartered and that the A. W. Ellis by Pitcher & Son, for Wilmington, N.C. A small quantity has gone to the islands down the bay. The same can be said of potatoes.

Jan. 17, 1901

For some time the Waldo County Clinical Club, composed of the prominent physicians of the city and county, has been working to establish a local hospital in this city. Other places no larger than Belfast have a successful local hospital and in their practice our physicians have found urgent need for one here. They have been obliged to take patients to Bangor, Portland and Boston for treatment that could be given here, if we had the facilities. It is said by a local physician that he has known within the past ten months on enough cases from this city and immediate vicinity to support a hospital here, but which were taken to other cities or out of the State.

It is hoped to make the hospital self-sustaining, and also to furnish free beds for those unable to pay. The ladies of the city are now enlisted in the cause. In response to the call for a meeting to consider the matter of organizing a Hospital Aid Society at Memorial Hall Thursday, Jan. 10th, a large number of influential ladies of the town were present, and expressed much interest in the movement. Mrs. Chas. A. Pilsbury called the meeting to order, after which Dr. S. W. Johnson—at considerable length—explained why a hospital is needed and gave an estimate of funds necessary to make a beginning. He urged that the ladies should become an organizing body to assist in raising money to begin the work. Dr. Elmer Small and Dr. Eugene L. Stevens endorsed Dr. Johnson’s remarks in the strongest terms. Dr. John Stevens, as city physician, spoke on behalf of the poor, who are, many times, forced to suffer because there is no comfortable place open to them.

The Hospital Aid Society was then organized.

Jan. 22, 1920

Promotions in the grades are to take place Friday. Beginners should enter on Monday morning, Jan. 26th. All those who have children to enter should consult the superintendent of schools before Monday morning.

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

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