Sept. 2, 1886

During the extreme hot weather of last week Mayor Baker kept a barrel of ice water on tap in front of his store for use of the general public. It was a very considerate thing to do.

Mr. E. F. Hanson, of this city, says he has sold more carriages this year than any one dealer in Maine. Up to last Saturday night he had disposed of 220. His largest sale in previous years was 157.

The skating mania of a few years ago has completely subsided in this vicinity. The rink at Northport has been poorly patronized the past season, and one of the two great rinks in this city is now a carriage repository, while the other is idle.

Sept. 31, 1911

Rev. and Mrs. William Vaughan had their annual clambake on their shore in East Belfast last Friday night, and a royal good time was enjoyed by those present. Clams, corn, etc., were cooked in the usual way and partaken of with the usual relish, after which games were enjoyed by the light of a big bonfire.

There will soon be something entirely new in the way of a light on the Maine coast. It will be an acetylene gas lamp, but instead of being the ordinary kind with one cylinder to furnish the gas, there will be a regular battery of the tanks. This new light will be placed on the Steele Ledge beacon in Belfast harbor. This beacon has been a stone pier, or monument as it is commonly called, without any light. Now the lighthouse bureau has decided to establish a regular lighted beacon. A steel tower of small size will be erected and at the top of this will be the gas lamp. The fuel will be furnished from a battery of four tanks, and one charge from the four will furnish light for six months.

Aug. 28, 1947

Crosby High school Auditorium will rock to hearty laughter when Ruth Draper gives a group of her famous character sketches here Tuesday evening, September 2, at 8 o’clock under the auspices of the Belfast Teachers Club and the Belfast Parent-Teachers Association. Miss Draper is equally mistress of satire and pathos, but any audience of hers can count on plenty of fun and mirth.

Her Belfast program is divided into three parts, the first and last each composed of two one-scene numbers—the second a two-scene presentation based on an incident which occurred in an English village in June, 1945, entitled “The Return.” In this Miss Draper creates successively the personalities of Mrs. Drew and Mrs. Hancock and through them presents the story.

Donald Lewis at the piano will render appropriate selections in the intervals between the parts of Miss Draper’s program.

Following the program Miss Draper will be entertained at a late supper by Mrs. Alfred Poulin of Islesboro and Belfast and Mrs. Philip A. Annas at the Annas home on Congress Street.

Miss Draper has long had a summer home on Islesboro, and though her sketches have brought her international renown, she continues to come to Maine season by season. Friday she gave a benefit performance for the Baptist Church of Islesboro.

Belfast is happy to have an opportunity to see and welcome her.

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