Jan. 31, 1851

Mr. Samuel Locke and Mr. Wm. Clark, both of this place, arrived here from California on Sunday evening. Mr. L. has been very unfortunate. He is emaciated to a mere skeleton by disease, and but for the continued aid of Mr. Clark, could never have reached home. He was unable to walk after leaving San Francisco, and whenever he moved he was carried by Mr. C. In fact, it was the way he crossed the isthmus. Such noble generosity and humanity as Mr. Clark has exhibited are rarely equaled.

The Steamer Atlantic: We have as yet no news from the steamer Atlantic. It is possible that she may have nearly reached our shores and have been obliged to put back for Liverpool, where she has arrived since the Arctic sailed. This is the only chance left for hope that we know of, and this is indeed a feeble one.

Feb. 7, 1862

On Tuesday Capt. A. D. Bean, of the 4th Regt., took a squad of 80 men to Augusta. They were men enlisted by him for his regiment, and will proceed to Washington in charge of Lieut. Stearns. The Captain has given his strict attention to the business of recruiting, and has been deservedly successful.

Tribute to the Late Col. Marshall: “Permit me, as a personal friend of the late Col. Thomas H. Marshall, to call attention to the fact that Hon. B. M. Roberts, in a recent speech in the Senate, paid a handsome and deserved compliment to the memory of that gallant officer. In behalf of the friends of the departed, I desire to thank Mr. Roberts for his kindly tribute.”

Jan. 31, 1868

At a meeting of the directors of the Belfast and Moosehead Rail Road, held on Monday evening 27th, it was voted that the directors make a visit to the towns on the contemplated route, leaving Belfast Monday, Feb. 10th, for Pittsfield, remain there until Wednesday morning, thence to Hartland, St. Albans and to Guilford that day; on Thursday, visit Foxcroft and Dover, remaining there until Friday, and on that day proceed to Dexter and Newport. They will be happy to meet friends of the enterprise.

Feb. 8, 1906

During the Month of January there were busy times at the Belfast Free Library. More than 2,500 books were sent out, and 126 persons received new book cards. Since the new registration beginning last September 700 names of persons using the Library have been added to the register. The largest number of books given out any one day was on Saturday, Jan. 27th, when 254 were delivered. This was just one year from the date of the largest delivery during 1905, when, Jan. 28th, 267 books were taken out.

A Victor Recital and Dance: A large and interested audience gathered in Memorial Hall Tuesday evening, by invitation of Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Howes, to listen to a Victor Talking Machine recital. The stage was artistically arranged with pretty furniture, pictures and pillows, and made an effective background for the handsome instrument which occupied the central position. Mrs. R. H. Howes operated the machine.

Feb. 3, 1938

Carroll A. Thompson Retires as Letter Carrier: Carroll A. Thompson, familiarly known as Timmie, retired as a City Letter Carrier at 3:45 p.m. Jan. 31, after serving for 44 years for Uncle Sam. Mr. Thompson was born in North Vassalboro Jan. 5, 1874, and came to Belfast at the age of five years and, with the exception of about six months when he was employed by the Dana Sarsaparilla Co. traveling in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, has resided continually in Belfast. He resigned from the Dana Sarsaparilla Co. to accept the appointment as City Letter Carrier in Belfast on April 1, 1894.