Knock down at Jackson school, competition from western potatoes, many afflicted with La Grippe

Jan 22, 2020

Jan. 27, 1870

A homeopathic physician of this city is afflicted with a boil of allopathic proportions, which interferes with locomotion. They are uncomfortable inventions. We have unpleasant memories of one that for a long time obliged us to take our dinners standing up.

On Saturday night a party of boys marched to the streets to the inspiriting music of fife and drum. It sounded like the old muster-field days, and brought to many an old citizen the memories of new cider and gingerbread.

Jan. 27, 1876

There is trouble in the town school at Jackson, where several large boys attempted to take charge of the school house, the teacher included, but came to grief. Mr. Harry R. Thurston of Belfast, is teaching the expired term of a former master, who was turned away through the instrumentality of these boys. Last week, Mr. T., after having some difficulty, went to the school house, found the shutters closed and the room in charge of the boys. A knock down ensued in which the teacher with some help came off best. The boys are now under arrest to appear before a Justice at Brooks. Mr. T. proposes to keep the school out.

Jan. 23, 1890

Mr. George W. Gorham, who conducts a winter business of potatoes in this city, has loaded his first vessel here for the season. In conversation with a Journal representative Mr. Gorham said he did not expect to do so large a business this winter as last, for the reason that the west is full of potatoes, and they can put them into eastern cities cheaper than can the farmer of Maine. The competing lines of railroads enable the farmer of the west to place potatoes in the eastern markets at about $60 to $70 per car. Mr. Gorham said that last week he had a car of potatoes from Aroostook to Belfast and the freight was $119. Another thing, said Mr. Gorham, the western farmer sells his produce at the going market price, while the Maine farmer holds his stock for a given price, and as a consequence the markets are full of western potatoes. The yield of potatoes was very large all over the country last year, particularly in the west. Mr. Gorham deals only in seed potatoes.

If the testimony of physicians and druggists and the reports heard on the streets are to be credited there are more people sick in Belfast than ever before at one time, although the epidemic now appears to be subsiding and there are no serious cases reported. All the invalids are not afflicted La Grippe. Mr. John W. Sleeper is seriously ill with rheumatic fevers. Mr. Albert A. Roix was taken with a chill at the shoe factory Monday, and was assisted home, but is now on the mending hand. Thirty of the shoe factory employees have La Grippe…The Journal office force escaped the prevailing disease until Monday, when Miss Kate Welch was compelled to go home and is now quite sick with La Grippe.

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

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