From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library.

Jan. 4, 1850


"The subscriber having arranged his affairs with a view of starting for California in a few weeks, respectfully requests those who may be indebted to him to make immediate payment as the items are absolutely needed in crossing the Isthmus. He most cordially thanks his customers for their patronage during the past eighteen years and wherever he may be will feel a lively interest in their welfare and happiness — Geo Pendleton"

Dec. 30, 1915

Swanville Center

"Miss Charlotte Staples of Belfast, who is teaching in district 1 and 2, had a very pretty Christmas tree at the schoolhouse last Friday afternoon for her pupils. Quite a number of the parents attended. The tree was decorated very prettily and held many useful presents for all. It showed the untiring devotion of Miss Staples to her pupils, as it represented a good deal of work, and for some it was their first Christmas tree."

Jan. 1, 1948

Old Belfast Mansion to be renovated, grounds landscaped

"Mr. And Mrs. Sherman English, who recently purchased the Partridge House so-called, at the corner of Church and Park streets, are planning many repairs and changes. They are having the interior entirely redecorated and are installing an all-electric kitchen. According to the history of Belfast, this house was built in 1840, by Calvin Ryder of Boston and Belfast, architect and builder, for Hiram O. Alden."

Jan. 4, 1973

'New' Fowles operating Fowles Store

"Once again, there's a Fowles behind the counter at the busy Fowles' General Store on High Street in Belfast. As of the first of the year, the store is under the management of Virgil Fowles, Jr. The store has been family-owned since 1945 , when the senior Fowles began his period of management of the grocery. He operated it until 14 years ago when he 'retired' to another position. since that time, Fowles Store has been run by Les Curtis, although still owned by the Fowles family."

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: "Here Come the 'Fuzz'," starring Burt Reynolds and Raquel Welch.

Jan. 5, 1984

"The January/February issue of MaineLife Magazine has a distinct Waldo County Flavor. The magazine announced that its new headquarters is in the old Scout Hall in Freedom Village; the cover story is on 'The Curling Capital of Maine' — Belfast; Journal writer Jeff Shula contributed a piece on supervising Maine's deer herds, with photos by Peggy Fischer; and a new book by Bern Porter of Belfast is reviewed."