Dec. 15, 1830

The Infant School will close next week. The school will be open to receive visitors the remainder of the term, every forenoon, after half past nine o’clock.

Dec. 14, 1860

A Big Hog. Philander Shaw, of Troy, slaughtered a few days ago a hog 19 months old, that weighed 698 lbs.

Dec. 11, 1890

Marston & Co’s clothing establishment in the Coliseum rink now employs between forty and fifty people in the building and many outside. New hands are being added daily. Ten more sewing machines will be put in immediately, making thirty-five in all.

Mr. Frank W. Patterson used to enjoy a clam bake on the shore, and was a frequent camper out. His injuries, resulting from a railroad disaster, have cut him off from those pleasures, and last Friday evening some of his old associates took a peck of clams and went up to Frank’s house and gave him a surprise party. The clams were boiled, and eaten with a relish. Mr. Patterson enjoyed the visit and the clams.

Dec. 15, 1910

The absence of the usual and needed fall rains and the early freezing of the ground must have a serious effect on the water powers. All the streams and ponds now frozen over are very low, and if rain should come it could not penetrate the frozen ground and replenish the wells or feed the streams.

Good skating last week, the first of the season, on Goose river and Kirby lake.

When James S. Gernald entered upon his duties as superintendent of Grove cemetery 13 years ago there were five “perpetual care” lots and a fund for that purpose of $850. Now there are 81 of these lots and a fund of $8,300. Mr. Fernald had at first 90 lots to care for, and now has 650 lots on which to keep the grass cut, etc. He has been most efficient and painstaking in his work, and the condition in which our city of the dead is kept has been generally commended.

Dec. 12, 1940

The patriotism of Waldo County is again illustrated by the fact that at the end of November it had recruited 133 per cent of its quota for Preparedness Requisition No. 4 thus leading all the counties in Maine and being second in New England. This Requisition is for men for the Air Corps who will receive training in various mechanical specialties, so that they may form the ground crews to keep planes flying in good flying conditions.

They are sent to Savannah, Georgia, for initial training and thereafter are given opportunities to take special courses at the Air Corps Technical Schools and at selected civilian schools. To be eligible for these assignments a man must be an unmarried citizen between 18 and 35 years of age. He must have a high school education or its equivalent, or a journeyman’s rating in a mechanical trade. The term of enlistment is for three years.

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