Sept. 25, 1879

Belfast ship masters will have to study up the new “rules of the road” which are to go into effect next year. An amendment of the Merchant’s Shipping Act of Great Britain which goes into effect Sept. 1st, 1880, and which has been adopted by this country and the leading maritime nations, somewhat changes the rules for “preventing collisions at sea,” and includes rules for cable-laying ships, pilot boats, fishing boats with drift nets and trawlers. Also regulations for sound signals for fogs, insisting upon a mechanically worked horn instead of mouth horns, reducing the speed of vessels in thick weather, and compelling the use of the bell when at anchor.

Sept. 25, 1890

Last week Mr. Wm. Wannamaker, of Philadelphia, a brother of the Postmaster General, and Mr. C. S. Marston, of Boston, arrived in town and Saturday Mr. Marston perfected arrangements for the manufacture of clothing, in this city on a large scale. He has leased the Coliseum rink for three years, and as soon as the building can be put in condition will begin work. The firm will be known as C.S. Marston & Co. Mr. Marston came to Belfast a few years ago and leased Dodge’s factory for the same business, but in consequence of business reverses at the time did not succeed. Mr. Wannamaker is a large dealer in clothing and the enterprise will no doubt be a success. Mr. J. E. Cottrell, who has been manufacturing clothing here, will give up his business and be the foreman of the new shop. It is proposed to manufacture 2,000 pairs of pants per week and to employ fifty or more hands in the shop and a large number of finishers outside. Twenty-three sewing machines will be set up. A third floor will be put into the rink, and Mr. Pottle with a crew began work Monday morning and will have the building ready in two weeks. The cutters and other male hands will occupy the first floor and the women stitchers the second floor. Belfast welcomes this new industry.

Sept. 20, 1917

The Court House was thronged to the doors at 2 p.m. Tuesday with relatives and friends of the soldiers to be, to listen to the citizens who would voice the city’s and county’s commendation and best wishes. The young men were seated together inside the bar railing. Capt. B. F. Colcord of Searsport, chairman of the exemption board, presided. The program opened with a sympathetic and patriotic prayer by Rev. Charles W. Martin of the Belfast Methodist church, the audience joining in the Lord’s prayer at its close. Capt. Colcord, a man who has traveled the world over, and has a big heart and a broad vision of what the present day conditions mean, spoke briefly and to the point. He congratulated Waldo County on its clean record in accounting for the 638 young men summoned before the board, all interested, courteous and sober, taking manfully what fell to their lot.

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