From the files of the Republican Journal in the Belfast Free Library

December 23, 1854

"Old Santa Claus will be at the store of Hiram Chase, day and evening previous to Christmas and New Year. Don't fail to call at 25 Main Street."

December 20, 1894

Concerning local industries

"M.B. Lawrence has in process of manufacture over 7,000 garments, either in his shop or out among the sewing women of this vicinity."

"A rope belt has been stretched across Main street from the roof of Geo. T. Read's machine shop to the upper story of the Coliseum, to drive the machinery in M.B. Lawrence's clothing factory. Mr. Read is furnishing power, in addition to that required in his own work, for Mr. Lawrence and E.M. Sanborn, and will connect this week with W.W. Cates' clothing factory over S. Kalish's store."

December 22, 1938

Playing at City Theatre: Carole Lombard in "Love Before Breakfast."

Playing at Colonial Theatre: Joan Crawford and Margaret Sullavan in "The Shining Hour."

"The following students at the University of Maine have arrived to spend the holiday recess at their respective homes: Carleton Doak, Jr., Wilbur Cuzner, Marion P. Dunbar, John C. Clement, Jr., Seth W. Thornton, Sophie Maisel, Howard Ruben, Charles E. Taylor, Herbert Roberts and Margaret Thomas."

December 21, 1972

Letters to Santa

"Dear Santa,

I wold like a bike and a walke-talkie and a sled and my brother wold like a inch-worm.

Love, Kevin"

"Dear Santa,

I want a Francie Doll and a radio and a T.V. You are the nicest man in the wold. You are the Gratest man.

Love, Missy"

"Dear Santa Claus,

How are you? I am fine. I would like a bubble gum machine and Blythe doll Merry Christmas

You friend


December 22,1988

Belfast Garden Club

Several members of the Belfast Garden Club met in the Porter Room of the Belfast Free Library Monday, to make decorations for the Christmas tree, which the club provides for the Library each year. They made white and pink ribbon bows to add to the decorations saved from previous years. Those taking part in the workshop were Sibbi Beards, Kay Braeuninger, Hilda Brierley, Vivian Dow, Fran Dubose, Mildred Mitchell, Marian Montfort and Juanita Slugg.