Jan. 30, 1846

The mate of the brig Wampanoag, Capt. Patterson, of Belfast, which was recently lost near Turks Island, was also on board the Comet, and with the rest was lost. Capt. Patterson and crew have since arrived at New York.

We learn that the steamship Bangor, which our readers will recollect was destroyed by fire, has been rebuilt by Franklin Adams, of Bangor, and is to commence her trips for the season on the 10th of next month, under the command of Mr. Charles Spear, former clerk of the Charter Oak.

Jan. 28, 1859

The Ice Embargo Broken.—The rains and warm weather that prevailed for a day or two last week, so far weakened the ice in our harbor, that it was thought a tug steamer could make her way through. Several vessels with valuable cargoes had arrived and anchored just below the ice, in a position which would be one of considerable peril in case of a sudden storm. Accordingly Messrs. S. A. Howes & Co., Chase & Patterson, D. Lane, Jr., and other of our merchants interested in the cargoes below, telegraphed to Bucksport on Friday for a steamer. The tug Nautilus arrived the same afternoon, and by her exertions, assisted by large gangs of men upon the ice, succeeded in opening a channel, through which the vessels were brought to the wharves on Saturday. Up to the time the steamer was able to take them in tow, the vessels had been in considerable danger from the wind, which blew severely, and were often adrift with the fields of ice. The schooner Fame was forced ashore on Saturday by the ice, near the Camp Ground, where she still lies. She had no cargo.

Feb. 1, 1877

Freight traffic over the railroad to this city is remarkably good at present.

There haven’t been many meteors this winter, but falling bodies are numerous on the ice walks.

Jan. 29, 1891

Mr. Hayford, the keeper of the city’s poor, has eleven at his farm, and is assisting many elsewhere. He says it has been a hard winter for the poor and that the calls are many.

Jan. 30, 1902

H. J. Locke & Son have had a telephone put into their jewelry store in the National Bank building; and now if your clock strikes a snag, or you forget to wind your watch, you can ring up “Sam” and get the correct time.

The raising of pop corn is a considerable source of income to Waldo county farmers. A change has come about in late years in regard to this product. Formerly it was thought that the corn would not “pop” until it was a year old, but improved methods of curing make it possible to get perfect results from new corn. A test recently made of some new corn bought of Ginn & Field by a traveling salesman showed that it increased in bulk eighteen fold in popping.

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