Aug. 13, 1858

The Ocean Telegraph – A Fixed Fact

The unexpected announcement of the successful laying of the Atlantic cable, which we published in an extra on the 5th inst., has taken the world by surprise. Never before were there exhibited in this country such impromptu rejoicings over the achievement of any mere private undertaking. This universal joy pervades all classes, not only of the business, but of the social and scientific world. Throughout the length and breadth of of this continent, from the coast of Labrador to the Rio Grande, and from the sea shore to beyond the great Lakes, the lightning despatch sped upon the wires, producing, without concert, an intense excitement amongst the whole people.

Aug. 15, 1895

A hop at the Crosby Inn Monday evening, gotten up by the young people, was a very enjoyable affair. The music was by Havener’s Orchestra. Thirty-five couples were present.

A clam bake at C. O. Poor’s cottage near Little River was enjoyed by a party of about twenty last Friday afternoon, who went down and returned by buckboard. They ate a bushel of clams with accompaniments and had a good time.

Aug. 15, 1912

The Belfast Savings bank has had a new brick vault built in the cellar for the safe keeping of old books.

Search and Seizure. Saturday Deputy Sheriffs Edgecomb and Dickey searched the Revere House on Spring street and seized 9 bottles of cream ale, 4 bottles of sterling ale, 2 bottles of Apollo beer, 6 one-half pint bottles of whisky, 2 quart bottles of whisky and 1 pint of rum. They arrested the proprietor Homer B. Carter, who was arraigned before Judge Knowlton in the Municipal Court last Monday forenoon.

Aug. 15, 1946

Last Deep Sea Captain Of Searsport Observes Wedding Anniversary

Captain Amos Nichols, last of the deep sea sailing captains who made their homes in the world-famous Maine port of Searsport, and Mrs. Nichols, observed their 62nd wedding anniversary Sunday…Captain Nichols, son of the late Captain Amos Nichols Sr., was born in the house where he now resides. Searsport was then at the height of its prosperity as a shipping port and shipbuilding center, and nearly every house in town was the abode of seafaring men…Mrs. Nichols, the daughter of the late Captain Fred Clark, began accompanying Captain Nichols to sea when he was made master of the Herbert Black.

He sailed the seas of the world for 24 years, and his wife accompanied him on all but two voyages, sharing his dangers and joys aboard ship and his experiences in foreign ports.

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