March 20, 1884

A robin was seen in this city last Thursday morning, but he was a very sick looking bird.

Mr. Crockett, who is going into the poultry business, has begun with a flock of Plymouth Rocks and Brahmas.

There has been a good deal of sickness on the east side this winter. Physicians have been called over there twenty times since Jan. 1st.

A steam whistle has been placed on the foundry building, and the workmen in Hall’s stone yard now assemble and leave work by the sound of the whistle. It sounds like a locomotive whistle.

March 24, 1904

Palermo has voted to raise money to celebrate the town’s centennial this year.

W. F. Weshe—”Billy, the boy artist,” his chums call him—has again proved that he is a skillful manipulater of the paste-boards by his second attempt at decorating a window at A. A. Howes & Co.’s with playing cards. It has been impossible to get by that window without inspecting it, although we think there were the biggest crowds when the decorator was at work.

March 18, 1920

Efforts are being made to form a platoon of pupils over 18 years of age, members of the B. H. S., to be an adjunct of Company F. of the Third Maine Regiment. This organization would permit of non-commissioned officers among the students and afford military practice, which many High schools now enjoy. Captain A. E. Andrews of Co. F. and Herbert H. Stevens of the Auxiliary addressed the High school Wednesday urging the matter. Austin Vaughan, Thomas Lothrop and Ivan Havener have been made a committee to secure enlistments for the platoon.

March 20, 1947

Sterling Hayden, film star and ex-Marine Corps captain, was a visitor in town during the week-end. Hayden arrived in Bangor via Northeast Airlines. In company with Lincoln Concord he was the overnight guest of Mr. and Mrs. Wingate Cram of Bangor. The man from Hollywood is no stranger in Searsport. He met Mr. Colcord in Gloucester in 1936 when serving as first mate on the Yankee and later when in command of a Vinalhaven craft visited at the Colcord home. Persuaded to try for a part in a picture featuring a man of the sea, Hayden qualified in a screen test. Big, blond and well put together he was a success in the new venture and well enough pleased with life until the need for rugged men in the American Marine made life in Hollywood distasteful. Hayden went to sea for the duration. The war over he returned to the films. Blaze of Noon is his first picture since the war. It opens next week in New York.

March 18, 1965

Members of the Belfast Junior Chamber of Commerce appeared before the council to explain their project for obtaining and erecting new street signs throughout the city. They presented the results of a survey of existing signs which showed many signs are not in position and that many others are in need of repair. The survey listed only 24 out of 158 needed signs as being in position and in good repair.

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