July 2, 1852

On the 5th, in this place there will be sundry observances and festivities – a fireman's parade, a costumed cavalcade on horseback, a ball in the evening at City Hall, under the direction of Mr. Whitten, etc.

Notice: Mr. J. C. Whitten proposes to furnish an Entertainment for the Ladies and Gentlemen of Belfast and vicinity, to be holden at the City Hall, in Belfast, on Monday, the fifth of July. As no effort will be spared to favorably entertain the company present with the best of Music, and all the necessary accompaniments, it is confidently believed that Mr. W., as an accomplished and well known proficient in his profession, will give a splendid and engaging performance, and entire satisfaction to such as may be pleased to favor him with their patronage. Terms – Tickets 75 cts.

July 2, 1874

Sch. Moses Eddy is loading at Railroad wharf for New York with deals that came over the road from Kendalls Mills. Robert Patterson is loading sch. Banner with hay for Hurricane Island. Bickford is loading sch. Mary W. Hupper with ice for Philadelphia.

The coals and ashes knocked out of a pipe among the chips at Carter’s shipyard kindled a lively fire a few days ago. The smoker was cautioned but was quite certain that his pipe would get nothing afire.

July 5, 1890

Two Canadian Frenchmen with a performing bear were in town Friday and Saturday, the animal amusing many of the children, alarming others, and frightening horses. The bear was of the cinnamon species, large and well-trained, but one could not help feeling sorry for the animal, compelled to tramp about the country to support two able-bodied men who might better be employed at manual labor. The bear went through the usual antics, dancing, handling a pole, turning summersaults, climbing trees, wrestling and boxing with one of the other brutes, etc.

Capt. True, of steamer Electa, with an engineer, left Belfast Monday for Ohio, to bring to Penobscot Bay the steamer Mr. Kimball is to put on the route between Rockland, Dark Harbor and Castine. The steamer will be brought through the canals to the Hudson.

July 2, 1908

Another old house is undergoing renovation. What has long been known as the White house, corner of High and Miller streets, recently bought by Fred Timm, has been raised bodily, main house and L., re-silled and will have a new underpinning. The big old-fashioned chimney in the main house, containing almost brick enough to build a house, has been taken down and the interior of the house will be re-arranged and modernized. The location is a good one, opposite the public library and near two churches, and the renovation of the old house will add greatly to the appearance of the neighborhood.

The steamer Castine will leave Lewis wharf Saturday, July 4th, at 8 o’clock a.m. for Camden, touching at Northport and Temple Heights, and will leave Camden on the return at 6 p.m. Fare for the round trip 75 cents. Camden has arranged a very attractive program for the 4th.

July 1, 1920

Miss Annie L Barr, president of the Maine State Library Association and librarian of the Belfast Free Library, will leave this week for Isles of Shoals, to attend the New England Library Association. She has a paper on the program. Her assistant, Miss Marguerite H. Owen, will accompany her.

Swanville played against Searsport Heights Saturday afternoon with a score of 36 to 6 in favor of Swanville. Stanley Cunningham played a star game as short stop and at the bat scoring 8 runs. Everett Brown got one home run. The seventh inning Swanville scored 13 hits. Fred Curtis of Belfast made a very satisfactory umpire.

July 6, 1944

Admiral Carleton F. Bryant, Deputy Commander of Naval Forces participating in the capture of enemy strongholds on the Cherbourg Peninsula is a resident of Searsport, a member of the First Congregational Church of that town and a Trustee of the Penobscot Marine Museum. Appropriately his white house on the Main Street is called Home Port. Mrs. Bryant and their daughter, Mrs. Harry Kelley (Betty Bryant) also the wife of a Naval officer, are remaining in Searsport. Both are active members of the Congregational Guild.

It may be worthwhile to start saving your money now to buy a new FM radio set after the war to take advantage of the broadcasting which eliminates all static and interference. But, from what we can learn, there is no hurry about putting money aside for a television set. Television will expand rapidly after the war, but, because of the complications of broadcasting it, only those people who live within 50 miles of a metropolitan city will be in the range where they will be able to have television programs reach their living rooms. Some experts say it will be ten years at least before television reaches rural America.

July 1, 1971

Roger Gross of Swanville, a Republican Journal compositor, recently landed a 6 1/2 lb., 27" salmon. Roger didn't know where he caught it, or what on. However, Roger lives on Swan Lake and is known to fish off his porch with a gob of worms while waiting for supper every night.

Playing at the Colonial: Love Story starring Ryan O'Neal and Ali MacGraw, and The Owl and the Pussycat starring Barbra Streisand and George Segal.