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Lost or stolen umbrella, 107 pairs flannel cotton drawers, first store opens at Belfast Shopping Center

May 22, 2017

This week in history from the files of The Republican Journal as complied by staff of Belfast Free Library.

May 16, 1833

LOST: In this village, a new, blue, cotton Umbrella; the umbrella was held together when closed with a string or piece of tape, and not with a ring, -- said umbrella had a black horn handle – and was left, lent, or stolen – the owner knows not where nor which. If the possessor of said property be an honest man, woman, or child, they will give information of the same at this office – if dishonest they will keep mum. It was missed two or three months since.

PAUPER’S NOTICE: The subscriber hereby forbids all persons harboring or trusting any of the poor of Belmont on his account, for he is contracted with said town for their support for one year, and has made ample provision for their support, at his dwelling house in said town for the current year. William White, Belmont, April 27, 1833.

TAILOR’S NOTICE: Samuel Locke, at the red building nearly opposite the post office, continues to carry on the TAILORING BUSINESS as usual. Clothes of every kind and in the newest fashions, if desired cut and made at the shortest notice and in the best manner. This notice is given more particularly that his friends and former customers may not be ignorant of his § removal from his old stand § to the shop designated above. – for after a test of EIGHT years, the public can correctly judge whether he is entitled to a continuance of that liberal share of patronage which has been bestowed upon him. To say less he could not; more would be egotism – don’t mistake the shop.

May 18, 1899

The Belfast Light & Power Co. is making some additions, repairs, and improvements to the wiring system. Old poles are being replaced by new, new mast arms put on, the street light hoods painted and general repairs made. The residence of O. G. Critchett had been wired for electric lighting. Skowhegan recently adopted the same kind of street lights that Belfast uses.

Thomas H. Marshall Post of this city will observe Memorial Day in the usual manner, there being but little change from the program of last year. The services on Memorial Sunday will be at the Baptist Church, with a sermon by Rev. R.T. Capen. The Memorial Day Address will be by the Rev. Ashley A. Smith of the Universalist Church, and the music by the Belfast Band.

May 20, 1864

The third annual meeting of the Belfast Soldiers’ Aid Society was held at the vestry of the North Church, on Friday. The ladies of the Society have met regularly once in two weeks during the entire year, for the purpose of preparing and distributing work. During this time the following articles have been manufactured gratuitously by members of the Society and others: 256 cotton shirts, 9 undershirts, 114 pairs cotton drawers, 107 pairs cotton flannel drawers, 43 sheets, 73 towels, 67 handkerchiefs, 16 dressing gowns, 4 pillows, 95 pillow cases, 6 quilts, 7 prs. slippers, 66 pairs stockings, 1 bed sack, 13 arm slings.

May 20, 1954

Belfast dog owners are again reminded and urged to pay their dog taxes. Those people who have not paid their dog tax are 43 days behind schedule and if they are not paid by the first of next month, the constables will be around to collect same. To avoid this embarrassing situation, Mrs. Dorothy Winters, city clerk, requests that dog taxes be paid at her office in the city building.

"From Here to Eternity" with Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Frank Sinatra and Donna Reed was playing at the Belfast Drive-In Theatre.

May 21, 1858

Light! Light! Light! The Lamp For the Million!! H.G.O. Washburn invites the people of Belfast and vicinity to call and examine his KEROSENE OIL and LAMPS, the cheapest, and best light of all the modern inventions. Perfectly safe. Take home a lamp and try it, and buy it if you like it.

May 21, 1936

Many people collected in the vicinity of Crosby High School Monday evening to enjoy the music and drill of the members of the Belfast Band, practicing under director, Harold W. Kelley.

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: "The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" with Sylvia Sydney, Fred MacMurray and Henry Fonda. “The first outdoor romance filmed entirely in natural color. Its beauty is breath-taking! Its romance will tear at your heart-strings! Its action will thrill you!”

May 23, 1895

The question of building an electric railroad from Belfast both up the river and down the shore is being agitated, but nothing definite has been decided on. Several different parties are moving in the matter.

May 21, 1964

W. T. Grant Store Opens at Belfast Plaza

The first store in the new Belfast 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.

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