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

June 24, 1841

The Circus. – The extensive establishment of the Bowery Ampitheatre, New York, will pay us a visit on Wednesday next. The exhibition, both circus and menagerie, is highly spoken of by our contemporaries, as well conducted in every respect. The giraffe, the second ever imported to this country, will be a great treat to all classes.

Rev. D. Forbes will lecture on temperance in Prospect Village on 27th inst. at 5 P. M.; at the Methodist meeting house in Northport, July 4, at 5 P. M.; at Searsmont, Hazeltine's Mills, July 11, at 5 o'clock P. M.

June 19, 1868

The Unitarian Meeting House, in this city, in its renovated and remodeled condition, was opened for services on Sunday last. The pews in the floor have all been removed, and new ones of more modern style put in their place. The ceiling and walls also have been painted. The windows have been replaced by others with larger glass, and furnished with blinds throughout. Gas has been introduced, and a furnace will be placed in the basement before cold weather. The old structure has really taken on an improved and modernized appearance.

Hoop skirts ruined a nice pot of butter in front of our office the other day. The man who was trying to hand it out of the wagon got his feet tangled up in the hoops, so that he and the dairy product came to the ground together.

Farmers are finishing planting, several weeks behind the usual time. The weather is warm and growing, however, and there is no reason to fear for the crop.

Mr. Hartford Shute, who has a fishing-weir on the eastern side of the river, found a seal in it one day last week. His sealship made a fight for his life, but was despatched with a blow from an oar. He was six feet long, and yielded six gallons of oil.

June 24, 1880

A party of gypsies, men, women and children, passed through this city Monday. They are on their way from Vermont to Aroostook, where they will camp during the summer.”

Police Matters: Edwin Wentworth, of Waldo, came to this city on the 11th, got drunk, and became disorderly, profane and abusive. Receiving a warning from Marshal Cates, he waited till a safe distance intervened, and then shouted to the official insulting language. The distance was not so great however, but that the Marshal got his hand on the offender the next time he came into town. His looseness of tongue cost Wentworth $16.80. He’ll know better next time.

June 28, 1883

Farmers are engaging help for haying, which is near at hand. Men are scarce and wages will be high, as they were last year. Two dollars per day and board is about the average.


A few cottagers have arrived at the Camp Ground and the hotel is open. Painting, refitting and repairing are going on in every direction, but there is no building in progress. The grounds never looked more attractive than now, and with the advent of hot weather the Camp Ground population will rapidly increase.

June 27, 1912

Of the seventeen members of this year’s graduating class of the Belfast High School Stephen C. Clement, Ansel A. Packard, Harold S. Jones and Victor I. Merriam are going to the University of Maine in September; Vergie Beckwith, Marjorie Carleton, Ruth Kimball and Flossie Heal to Castine Normal School; Edna Crawford and Mabel Craig to Mt. Holyoke College; Hester Brown thinks of studying medicine at the Boston University; Hazel Doak will enter the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston; Arvilla Daggett intends to study music, and others will continue their education but have not made definite plans.

Work has begun on the foundation for a new house Ralph D. Shute is to build on the corner of Charles and Salmond streets. It will be ready for occupancy in the early fall.

June 26, 1924

Opening Drive For A Belfast Y.M.C.A.

One of the most worthwhile endeavors Belfast has ever seen will have its opening drive at a supper to be given in Memorial Hall this Thursday evening at 6 o'clock under the direction of a committee from the B. & P. W. Club consisting of Mrs. J. W. Blaisdell, chairman, Mrs. Essie P. Carle, Mrs. Fred T. Chase, Mrs. Fred Waldo Brown and Mrs. Louise Royal. The endeavor is to make the Phoenix House a thing of the past and have the lower floor made into a B. & P. W. Club room with all the upper floors a county Y.M.C.A. house. It is the purpose of the committee to secure a matron for the entire building, one who is capable of looking after the club room and also have the thoughtful care of the boys' rooms.

June 24, 1954

Hey Kids! Is the heat getting you down? There's good news for all of you! The Belfast swimming pool is now open. The pool was officially opened Tuesday and the new lifeguard is on duty. Virgil Fowles, Jr., will serve as lifeguard at the Belfast pool this summer. The pool will be open from 12 noon until 5 p.m. until June 30. At that time, new hours will be announced. It is hoped that the pool can be open two nights weekly for the convenience of adults.

A double feature playing at the Belfast Drive-In Theatre: Clifton Webb in Mr. Scoutmaster, and, ‘the mystery sensation of our time,' House of Wax.