Dec. 2, 1842

We have for a week past enjoyed excellent sleighing, but have received rather apocryphal enjoyment from the cold snap that attended it. The thermometer on Tuesday morning indicated 6 degrees above zero—probably the coldest November day that has occurred for several days.

Col. Webb has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in the State Prison for fighting a duel with Hon. T. F. Marshall. It is thought he will be pardoned by Gov. Seward. An indictment of Marshall is talked of.

Nov. 27, 1863

Acting Master Robert O. Patterson, of this city, brought the captured blockade runner Cornubia into Boston. A correspondent of the Advertiser gives him great credit for the part the Cornubia took, under his command, in the capture of another blockade runner, the R. E. Lee.

Nov. 28, 1878

The Belfast National Bank has got its new safe in position, and the brick enclosure is completed. It is the strongest kind of a strong box.

Mrs. Joseph Burgess, of Searsmont, was poisoned one day last week by drinking heavily of oil of cedar, that Mr. B. had in the house for horse medicine. Two physicians were summoned, who forced an antidote between her clenched teeth. She will probably recover.

Nov. 29, 1894

One of our prominent citizens, who takes particular pains to keep clear of dog fights, was knocked out by one last Monday. He was crossing the street to avoid a canine battle, when one of the contestants broke loose and ran against him, knocking him down and laming him considerably.

Nov. 29, 1906

The markets had their usual supply of Thanksgiving poultry. The retail prices were as follows: native turkeys 32 cents a pound; western turkeys, 28 cents; ducks 20 cents; geese, 20 cents; chickens, 18 cents; fowls, 16 cents.

Dec. 1, 1921

The majority of our citizens, especially those who have business down town, appreciate the work the city government is doing in clearing the sidewalks. They recently bought two walk snow plows to be drawn with horses and do very effective work in a short time. Heretofore property owners cleared their walks at their convenience and in cases where houses were closed for the winter the walks in front of them were rarely cleared.

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