July 2, 1835

Prosperity reigns around. In whatsoever direction we turn our attention, we find bustle and prosperity prevailing. Vessels are building in every direction, both for coasting and foreign trade. And this kind of property is good and profitable. The fishing, whaling, packeting, steamboating, and canaling business is lively, and those engaged therein are encouraged and cheered in their onward course by the community at large. Houses, shops, and mills are being put up all around us, and with no bad prospects of success; and these are in no wise discouraged by our enterprising people. Lumbering in all parts is flourishing. Timber and every description of wild lands, and improved lands of every kind are rising in value. Property of every name, in all parts of this vast government is becoming more and more enhanced in value daily. The general impulse given to business gladdens the hearts of the people—the whole country say amen to it. No discouragement is given to any branch of business now, which may be commenced. Each man encourages and cheers on his neighbor.

July 6, 1855

Circus, Menagerie and Tom Thumb.—These combined attractions are to be exhibited in this city. The Menagerie of S. B. Howes and the Circus company of S. P. Stickney, are said to be the largest and most perfect establishments of the kind in this section of the country. Added to which are the exhibition and performances of the original and most diminutive of Dwarfs, Major General Tom Thumb, of Barnum celebrity. Among the conspicuous features in the circus are Signor Felix Carlo, the Italian trick clown, and his son, the extraordinary equilbrist and pantominists; Miss Sally Stickney, the southern equestrianne, a young lady highly celebrated for her chaste and daring feats on horseback; Bobby Williams, the musical clown so called; Mr. Armstrong, and other artists, well-known for their equestrian skill, are also with this troupe. A menagerie containing a beautiful collection of wild beasts, with performances in the cages of lions and tigers by Mr. Parker, are likewise included in these interesting exhibitions. The companies will enter the city in grand procession, about 10, A. M. We are requested to state that one ticket entitles the purchaser to see the entire combined exhibitions. Two entertainments will be given afternoon and evening.

July 1, 1875

Native strawberries have made their appearance in the streets, and are selling at twenty-five cents per quart.

There will be a Strawberry Festival, in the interest of the M. E. church, in this city, on Monday eve., July 5, in the vestry of the church. All are invited.

July 4, 1895

Mr. Manley O. Wilson of Searsmont is one of the most successful strawberry growers in Waldo county. He will market upwards of 150 bushels this season. His berries are very large and fine as we can testify.

The Belfast Illuminating Company was reorganized July 1st under the name of the Belfast Light and Power Company, with the following board of directors: C. B. Hazeltine, A. A. Howes, Wm. B. Swan, J. H. Quimby, N. F. Houston. Adjourned to Monday next, when the reorganization will be completed.

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