Camp-meeting, railroad extension and street stock race

Sep 04, 2014

Aug. 31, 1849

“Camp-Meeting — There will be a camp-meeting on the beautiful grounds prepared for that purpose by the Methodists, about three miles below this place on the Northport road, commencing the first of next week. There is certainly something peculiarly attractive to us, in this custom of the Methodists, perpetuating the example of the primitive Christians, who by persecution were obliged to resort to those sanctuaries of God’s own building.”

“Asa Day, Esq., has paid us a touching and beautiful tribute of respect, in the presentation of some longitudinous cucumbers from his garden.”

Aug. 31, 1893

“Arrangements are being perfected for the meeting of the State Board of Trade in Belfast next month, and the importance of such a gathering in our city of leading business men from all over the State can hardly by overestimated. Of course every citizen will feel it incumbent upon him to do all in his power to make the meeting both pleasant and profitable to all concerned.”

“An informal hop was given at the Crosby Inn last Thursday evening, attended by the young society people of the city and many visitors. It was a pleasant event in every sense. The music was by Messrs. Rigby and Sanborn.”

“Ground was broken last week on the extension of the railroad from Sargent’s siding to Oak Hill. The spur will be built 5,000 feet this fall and extended the remainder of the distance up the mountain to the quarry early in the spring.”

Sept. 4, 1941

Searsport

“The holiday week-end was a quiet one. Under a cloudy sky a never ending line of cars drove over the highway – going home from Vacationland. It is always a bit depressing, this wholesale departure of summer residents of the state.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: “Wild Geese Calling,” starring Henry Fonda and Joan Bennett, and “A Girl, A Guy, and a Gob,” with George Murphy and Lucille Ball.

Aug. 31, 1978

Summer of ’78 Decade’s Driest

By Denise Goodman

“The half inch of rain which fell on most of Waldo County was ‘too little too late’ for some farm crops, Extension Agent Herb Annis estimates, and local fire officials say they’re still banning most outdoor burning. Despite the lifting by Gov. James Longley of the open burning ban in most Maine areas following that brief rain, the local officials predicted that by Wednesday evening, the fire danger here would be as great as before the Monday showers.”

“Lee Flood of Belfast won both the qualifying heat and the feature street stock race at Unity Raceway Sunday night. Last Friday at Speedway 95 in Bangor, Flood placed first in both the qualifying and feature event. So far this season, the Belfast driver has earned close to $500 in prize money for his efforts. Flood, who is a diesel mechanic in Belfast, has the sponsorship of Flagg’s Heavy Wrecker Service, Nickerson’s Exxon Station and Searsport Office Supply.”

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