Nov. 6, 1846

Our citizens, with commendable liberality and forethought, have subscribed the sum necessary to transform the old No. 1 engine into a suction, and it was last week despatched for that purpose. With as much more hose as we now have, and a hook-and-ladder company, we shall then be well prepared for fires.

Nov. 7, 1862

The gas works in this city are now in full operation again, furnishing a beautiful quality of coal gas. At the present prices of kerosene and oil, it must be by far the most economical illuminator.

Nov. 8, 1883

The chair mentioned last week as having been delivered to a stranger from the shop of Eben Sanborn, has been found in Searsmont. It was a mistake, the man getting the wrong chair.

Nov. 7, 1918

The Spinney dancing school in Odd Fellows’ Hall opened last Friday evening with about 25 couples in the class register and 45 or more in the assembly that followed. Others have also expressed their intention of joining the class. Good music was furnished by Leslie C. Follett, violin; Miss Lena E. Nye, piano and John Parker, traps and drum. The large number of uniformed young men present added to the evening’s pleasure.

Nov. 8, 1934

A bit of Mother Earth, as photographed from the record height of 61,800 feet, almost 12 miles, by Captain Albert W. Stevens, Belfast’s famous son, during the stratosphere flight of the National Geographic Army Corps balloon explorer, has just been developed at the National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington. It is one of the rarest of photographs—a picture that looks something like an old warped checkerboard.

Except for the checkerboard lines, the picture would resemble a relief map of a schoolboy’s geography. Square outlines of farms and fields give the checkerboard effect. The picture shows a section of Nebraska about ten miles square, over which the balloon was soaring when the bag ripped and started the fast descent that forced Captain Stevens and Major Kepner to jump for their lives.

Nov. 9, 1950

Got A Few Extra Vegetables To Spare?

A group of unorganized Good Samaritans, who last year filled Thanksgiving baskets for a number of poor Belfast families, are going to do it again this year.

They are asking any person who has vegetables they can spare, to bring them in to the City building—or if need be, to notify the Police Department, so that they can be called for.

It looks like a hard winter for some unfortunate people, so if you’ve got a few potatoes, carrots, onions, squash or other garden produce—or if you have some canned goods or jelly you don’t need—any or all would be highly appreciated.

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