March 18, 1829

Private Ball. Benjamin Shaw Esq. of Frankfort gave an entertainment at his residence, on the evening of the 4th of March, in honor of the inauguration of President Jackson. Invitations were given to persons in the adjoining towns, and in Belfast, Castine, Bangor, and other places. The bad state of the roads prevented many from participating in the festivities of the occasion. About 60 persons however attended, who spent the evening in dancing and mirth, highly gratified with hospitality of Mr. Shaw and Lady – and well satisfied with commencement of the new administration.

March 20, 1868

Our Rail Road. The subject of more vital importance, perhaps, than any other to the city is the proposed rail-road to Moosehead Lake. As long ago as 1837, the advantages of this enterprise to the city, and the country whose natural market is here, was seen and an effort was made to secure rail-road communication between the immense country to the north of us, with all its rich resources, and our own splendid harbor. But the financial crash of ’37 defeated the enterprise, and although it has been since agitated, has met with no desirable results. Now, it may be said to be fairly on foot, with the most cheering prospect of being accomplished.

March 19, 1885

Polo. A series of five games of polo will be played between the Coliseums, of Belfast, and the Rockland team. Two have already been played. The next game will take place on Wednesday eve. of next week at the Coliseum building, in this city. Some persons have said that Belfast ought to retaliate for the rough usage our team received at Rockland last week but we hope that wiser counsels will prevail. It is true that our boys were insulted, cheated and abused by the audience at Rockland, but in return let us show the Rockland team the difference between a Belfast and a Rockland audience.

March 21, 1895

Thomas H. Marshall Relief Corps held a quilting at Memorial hall last Friday afternoon, followed by a baked bean supper with Thomas H. Marshall Post and A. E. Clark Camp as guests. The quilt was set by the late Miss Susan Marshall more than 60 years ago and was presented to the Corps by Mrs. W. C. Marshall. The Corps offers the quilt for sale, the proceeds to be devoted to the funds used in charitable work.

Sch. Charlotte T. Sibley had a narrow escape recently from serious damage, if not total loss. Capt. Bartlett writes home that on the night of March 12th, while lying at Pascagoula with dry lumber in the hold, the vessel was struck by lightning during a very severe thunder storm. The hold was full of smoke and it was thought the cargo was on fire, but luckily the only real damage proved to be aloft.

March 21, 1940

A cotillion was held in the B. P. W. Club rooms Monday evening with 31 couples present. It was a St. Patrick’s party the decorations being in green and white, and the refreshment being carried out in the same color scheme. The president, Mrs. S. S. L. Shute, was chairman of the committee in charge and was assisted by Mrs. Sumner C. Pattee, Miss Charlotte N. Tibbetts and Mrs. Edward O’B. Gonia. Mrs. Henry Smith furnished the music, and during the evening, Miss Roberta sang one number and Hugh A. Davis also sang. It was planned to make this dance the last of the series, but so many requests were received to continue them that another was announced for the night of April 1.

March 20, 1941

Playing at the Colonial: Claudette Colbert and Ray Milland in Arise My Love and Roy Rogers and Gabby Hayes in Robin Hood of the Pecos.

Edward Hogan of Swan Lake avenue, who has been employed for some time in the Whitcomb Café and later in the Hoffses Super Cleaners Shop, is now employed as butler for Mr. and Mrs. Frank Palmer Wilson. Forrest West succeeds him in the Hoffses shop.

Searsport: There are five vacant stores on the south side of Main street, Searsport village. The town needs more weekly pay checks, if it is to support local business. Business is supported by working people. Good as it is, the tourist trade is not enough.