Feb. 28, 1851

We learn that in the eastern section of the state large contracts are being made for juniper for vessel building, and for railroad sleepers. For the last purpose, cedar has been mostly used, but juniper answers the same purpose. A large portion of the latter is to go to Chili, where there are various railroad enterprises on foot.

A new post-office has been established at Monroe Center, and Samuel White has been appointed postmaster.

March 2, 1871

A reformation of the most rapid kind is going on in Montville. A report in the Prog. Age states that “one hundred and seven testimonies were given to the love of Jesus, in ninety minutes, besides prayer and the usual amount of singing.” This is doubtless the best time on record.

A new business, that of gold, silver and oroide plating, has been established in this city, by Bickford & Kehoe. This style of plating is applied largely to carriage trimmings.

The new bark Mendez, in McGilvery’s shipyard, will be launched on Wednesday, the 8th, between 12 and 1 o’clock.

Feb. 26, 1891

Every Tuesday the undelivered letters at the Belfast post office are sent to the Dead Letter office at Washington. The number from Belfast does not average more than five per week. The letters are advertised for two weeks and at the end of four weeks are sent to Washington.

A mutton that weighed 100 pounds was brought to White’s market this week from Swanville, and with the pelt came to over $11. The sheep was three years old and had yielded three fleeces. Mr. White says that no stock on the farm pays so well as well kept and well fed sheep.

March 2, 1911

The lecture on American Paintings in the North church auditorium last Monday evening was interesting and instructive. Like the recent lecture on American Sculptors it was brought to Belfast through the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Edward R. Pierce. Mr. Pierce read the lecture prepared by the American Federation of Artists, Washington, D. C., and Mrs. Pierce, assisted by Mr. H. M. Prentiss, operated the lantern. The lecture dealt first with paintings in general and then took up the growth of the art in America.

Things are beginning to get cleared up in the lobbies at the post office. The marble wainscotting is in place, the mahogany finish has received a polish, the writing tables with their plate glass tops are in place, and the painters are giving the final touches. The general effect is fine, but best of all is the spacious, light and airy room in which the work of the office will be done. It is lucky for Belfast that Congressman Burleigh secured the appropriation for this improvement when he did, as otherwise it might never have been made.

The store of M. P. Woodcock & Son is now lighted by electricity and the interior is undergoing a complete renovation, which includes painting and a steel ceiling.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, reference and special collections librarian at the Belfast Free Library.