Nov. 4, 1829

On Wednesday evening last, the attention of many of the citizens of this town was arrested by a remarkable appearance in the heavens at the western horizon. Its appearance was that of a large fiery star, about the size of a large pumpkin. Our philosophers and astronomers were immediately called out to explain this remarkable appearance, and they by the aid of their glasses began to account for it in a most philosophical manner. One supposed it to be the planet Venus, and that its fiery appearance was occasioned by the dense state of the atmosphere. Another supposed it to be a comet, the forerunner of a bloody war. When in the height of their discussion however by a remarkable instance of precocity in a small boy, it was most satisfactorily and philosophically proved to be a hollow pumpkin, with a light on it, and railed upon a long pole, upon the top of a bill.

Nov. 4, 1853

Large Seizure.— On Wednesday, Policemen Redman, Perry, and Mansfield, took from the schooner Peytoua some forty barrels of various liquors. They were deposited in the jail for safe keeping. Our authorities are quite active in putting the law into operation.

Nov. 4, 1875

The gas man now goeth smilingly about the streets with his lighted lantern, to be shortly followed by the quarterly gas bill.

The roof of Bickford’s brick kiln, on the east side of the river, blew off during the gale of Saturday night. The bricks were not injured.

Nov. 2, 1905

Ghosts and a Tin Shower. A ghostly party of sheeted forms and masked faces created considerable interest last Thursday evening as they passed through the streets on their way to the home of their all-unsuspecting hostess at 1 Park street. The surprise was a complete one, and the shower of tin articles which fell upon the head of the recipient from ghostly hands added to the mystery and merriment. After a while familiar workbags were produced from under the flowing white robes of the company, which were then laid aside. In rational attire, and with hands and tongues alike busily engaged, a very pleasant evening was spent.

Nov. 2, 1922

Charles E. Townsent, Belfast’s expert scenic photographer, has recently made a very beautiful picture of the city from Searsport avenue, similar to the antique picture, the property of Mrs. Norman H. White, and for several days displayed in the Woodcock’s window. Mr. Townsend has also made a speciality of large pictures of many of the city streets and avenues and window displays are being made of them at the Poor drug store, Fred D. Jones and at Woodcock’s.

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