Dec. 17, 1840

Launched, Dec. 12, in this town, from the yard of Master Joseph Rolerson, Bark Wyandotte, 300 tons. Built and partly owned by Capt. Orren Farnhum, for the European trade. Master Rolerson deserves credit for the despatch he has made in building her, being a little short of three months since the keel was laid. She is built mostly of oak, and for beauty of model never was equaled in this town.

Dec. 21, 1860

Quick Work. One day last week, Mr. C. B. Hazeltine, of this city, sent a telegraphic despatch to New Orleans at 10 o’clock in the morning, and received an answer at 7 o’clock in the same evening. The American Telegraph Company now controls all the seaboard lines in the country, and the effect of the consolidation is seen in the great efficiency and reliability with which business is performed.

Dec. 23, 1880

Alderman L. A. Knowlton, committee on the part of the city government to procure a hearse, has returned from New Bedford, Mass., where he made a purchase. The hearse cost $800, is built after the most approved style, and can be used with one or two horses. The hearse will arrive in about four weeks.

Daniel Faunce, who has the disbursing of the Johnson fund, reports that he aided during the year 1880, one hundred and thirty-four families in this city. The aid is for the worthy poor.

The matrimonial market took a boom one day last week. Three couples were published.

Dec. 20, 1900

The Belfast Hook & Ladder Co. is preparing for its annual ball, to be given in the Belfast Opera House in the near future.

Minot F. Stearns lost the end of his left forefinger last Friday, while adjusting a machine in the shoe factory.

The curfew sounded for the first time in Belfast at 8 o’clock Tuesday evening, and was promptly observed. The signal, as announced, was three distinct blasts from the whistle on Mathews Bro’s factory. Some mistook it for a fire alarm.

Dec. 23, 1920

The Sons of Veterans Auxiliary had a supper, program and Christmas tree last Monday evening with a large attendance including the children of the members. The remarks by Dr. George E. Morgan on the origin and significance of Christmas were instructive and entertaining. Each child was given candy, pop corn and oranges which were delivered by a veritable Santa Claus. Later the older people were served candy and pop corn.

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