Jan. 24, 1845

Snow Storm: A heavy fall of snow occurred here on Tuesday, accompanied by a violent wind. The wind continued to blow until Wednesday night, drifting the snow into the roads so as to render them impassable. We have had no mails since Tuesday, nor shall until the roads are opened.

Foreign Mails: A bill has been introduced into the U.S. Senate authorizing the Postmaster General to contract for carrying mails between ports of the United States and foreign countries, when in his judgment the public interest will thereby be promoted.

Smithsonian Institution: We are pleased to see that Congress has at length begun to consider this matter. The sum left by Mr. Smithson and received by the government in Dec. 1838 amounted to $508,318; the interest on this sum, up to the 1st of July, amounts to $209,103, making $717,421 in possession of the government to carry out the intentions of Mr. Smithson. It will be remembered that Mr. Smithson was an Englishman, who at his decease left the bulk of his property for the establishment at Washington of a Smithsonian Institution for the promotion of knowledge among men. The money has been received from the British government but has never been applied.

Jan. 29, 1847

The Union Brass Band respectfully announces to the citizens of Belfast, that they will give a concert of Instrumental Music on Thursday and Friday evenings, Feb. 5 and 6. Particulars next week.

Gilman’s Express! Four Expresses a Week, with a Conductor! Will leave Belfast every Tuesday and Friday at 3 o’clock in the morning, passing through Camden, Thomaston, Warren, Waldoboro, Newcastle, Wiscasset, Bath and Brunswick to Portland and Boston and though Adams & Co. to New York. All kinds of Express business attended to as usual. P.S. – Mr. Gilman has a Salamander Safe at the American House for the safe keeping of all valuable packages.

Jan. 23, 1879

The Soup House: The Belfast free soup house commenced serving out that nourishment on Thursday of last week, and may now be said to be in full operation. The cooking is done by Joseph Darby, who thoroughly understands the business. The room is the same one used last winter, in the rear of Hayford Block. Most of the soup is taken away in pails, to needy families.

John Campbell is anxious to get his name into the papers. And for his benefit we will say that for three months he has led a sober life. Last week he appeared on the streets in a new suit, from top to bottom, white shirt and kid gloves. He has joined the Reform Club, attends church, temperance meetings and Sunday schools. Let everyone lend him a helping hand, and aid in the reformation.

Brig Don Quixote, from New York for Limerick, wrecked near the Island of Arran, registered 426 tons, was built at Belfast in 1866, and was owned by John Swan of New York and her late master, Capt. York of Yarmouth.

Jan. 25, 1894

The Out and About man of the Maine Industrial Journal, Bangor, says in last week’s issue: ‘I met on the train the other day A. Cutter Sibley, the wide-awake President of the Belfast Board of Trade. Mr. Sibley has for thirteen years past been prominently identified with shoe manufacturing in Belfast, and his firm of Critchett, Sibley & Co. do a large and successful business. Their factory, which is four stories, has recently received an addition of 12 feet to the width, and the introduction of a hundred or so new windows has given about double the original lighting capacity.

A Belfast dog appeared last week in the latest canine fashion – wearing a broad collar of Turkey red, with a Hamburg ruffle.

Jan. 25, 1912

The large posters are out for that grand annual ball of the Knights of Pythias of Brooks, to be held in Union Hall on the night of February 1st. The management have secured Pullen’s orchestra of Bangor, the best music in the State, and engaged the Maine Central Railroad Co. to run a special to Brooks and return after the dance.

The gold ring which Archie Gilkey dug up while digging clam worms on the flats near the old Merithew ship yard, with the initials ‘I. W. H.,’ evidently belonged to Capt. Isaac W. Havener, Jr., and was lost by him while his bark, the Beatrice Havener, was building in 1874. Capt. Havener died on the bark in 1887.

Tea and cakes will be served every Wednesday and Saturday afternoon in the Arts and Crafts room, High street, with Mrs. C. M. Craig in charge. Parties for one or more tables may be more elaborately served if Mrs. Craig is given sufficient notice. Mrs. Craig also has charge of the food department and orders may be placed with her.