Jan. 25, 1838

We have good sleighing at this time, (Jan. 24,) although the ground is not covered an inch deep, but more than half of which is ice mixed with hail. The thermometer has not been below ten degrees above zero for some six weeks. This far the winter has been uncommonly mild.

Jan. 24, 1862

The storm has seriously interfered with the prompt transmission of telegraphic dispatches for the past two or three days, owing to the accumulation of sleet on the wires in many places, prostrating them to the ground. The Telegraph Company are doing all they can to get the lines in good working order, and a little sunshine would materially assist them.

Jan. 25, 1894

Mr. John Dolloff of this city takes great interest in the collection and preservation of relics, especially in the line of implements of warfare. Last week he secured in Winterport a small cannon which Capt. Jack Crocker of that town carried for many years on his ship, the William Willcox. The vessel was engaged in the Zulu and China trade and was in those waters during one of the wars of the Celestial empire. The weapon is of a composition of iron and copper, of 2 1/4 inch bore and 2 feet, 5 inches long. It was doubtless used principally as a signal gun. The carriage, which is of an old marine pattern, has been put in good repair by Mr. Geo. W. Pearson.

Jan. 24, 1901

The sportsmen are now turning their attention to pickerel fishing on the ponds and are meeting with fair success.

Jan. 23, 1913

Under orders received from New York the engineers and firemen on the Bangor & Aroostook railroad went out on strike Jan. 18th. The men demand an increase of pay amounting to $19,000 a year for the engineers and $15,000 a year for the firemen, which the road is not disposed to grant. No mail or passenger trains left Searsport Friday morning and freights were also tied up, but late in the afternoon a train pulled out carrying the mail. Searsport will suffer materially if the strike is continued as the Penobscot Coal pocket and the two big fertilizer plants depend on the road for transportation. It will also affect the big paper business at Millinocket, as the pulp mills there depend on this road for their coal supply and for transporting the paper to Cape Jellison for shipment. The road was in a measure prepared and had men ready to fill the places of the striking employees and President Todd says that if these men are protected all the trains will run as usual.

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