Sept. 1, 1881

Prof. Whitten’s afternoon dancing school for masters and misses, at Hayford Hall, Belfast, closed on Saturday last, with a grand ball. The school consisted of more than fifty couples, whose ages ranged from eight to a dozen years. From the appearance of the pupils one gets the impression that the teacher, while learning the little ones to dance gracefully, had not neglected deportment. The young masters and misses went through the intricacies of the dance with remarkable precision, and the effect was most pleasing. The costumes were neat and pretty, and some were very fine. A large number of spectators were present and were greatly interested. As a teacher Mr. Whitten is a success.

Aug. 30, 1906

All sorts of means are resorted to for getting liquors intended for illegal sale into the city. This includes disguised packages and landing the wet goods at outlying points to be hauled in by team. It does not take Sheriff Carleton and his deputies long to get onto the tricks of the trade, and last Thursday noon when the freight train arrived at Citypoint, the first station above Belfast, Deputy E. W. Ellis was on the platform, and spotted a suspicious looking package which when opened was found to contain 100 pint bottles of whiskey. The package was addressed to a citizen who has been dead for several years, and Mr. Ellis appointed himself administrator and took charge of the property. Friday Deputy Ellis seized at the same place a keg consigned to an unknown person, containing 21 ½ gallons of gin. Saturday Sheriff Carleton and Deputy Ellis went to Burnham and seized at the store of A. W. Fletcher a quantity of Jamaica ginger, beef, wine and iron and other extracts.

Sept. 2, 1954

Hurricane Carol and its 70 mile an hour winds whipped through Waldo County with nearly full fury Tuesday afternoon, uprooting trees, snapping power poles and leaving in its wake thousands of dollars in damage to crops and property.

All Waldo County was digging out from under the litter Wednesday and dog-tired power and telephone workers were calling it the most deadly “blow” ever to hit Waldo County.

There were no casualties and surprisingly small personal injury in the county.

Probably the hardest hit were the telephone and power companies.

Earl Sukeforth, wire chief at the Central Maine Power Co. in Belfast, said he “hadn’t seen anything like it” in 37 years with the company.

Unofficial reports say 50 trees were uprooted in Belfast alone, another 30 were knocked down in Brooks and reports from other towns were the same.

Accurate reports of the damage were not available when the JOURNAL went to press as telephone lines were still down and the only outgoing toll calls from Belfast were to Bangor. All other lines were out.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.