July 14, 1870

Mackerel have come into the bay, and the boys are getting ready their lines. The fish are of unusual size this year. Messrs. Lewis & Crosby sent us a specimen measuring 18 inches in length and weighing two pounds, taken by one of their boats.

Capt. Frisbie, of a Kittery schooner, put into this port on Saturday for surgical assistance, having a bullet in his hand from the accidental discharge of a pistol. He was attended by Dr. Monroe.

These moonlight nights are beautiful beyond all words to describe. No wonder our elm-shaded streets are filled with merry parties into the small hours, and that mirth and music reign. Love and moonlight are old associates.

July 8, 1880

The limbs of some of the shade trees hang so low as to interfere with carriages.

Some boys who were thoughtless enough to parade a tin horn, four feet long, on Main street last Sunday, and to disturb the quiet of the day by blowing it, had the same captured by Constable Tucker.

Several young ladies, filled with the spirit of patriotism and independence, celebrated the glorious fourth by collecting on a door step and reading the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States.

July 10, 1890

Some West Camden farmers who couldn’t get help to suit them, are clubbing together to do their haying on a sort of a co-operative plan, and if they are only favored with good weather they expect the plan to work well.

A Whale in the Bay. The summer resorts in Penobscot Bay have not had a visit from the sea serpent this season, but for a week past have been visited by a whale. On Thursday his whaleship was disporting off Ryder’s Cove, giving the guests at the Iselsborough a fine opportunity to view him. The whale has confined his visits to the eastern bay, and plays between the island and Castine. After the summer visitors assemble at Northport we presume the whale will pay the western bay a visit and possible come up Belfast harbor. The writer saw the whale on Monday. It was a young one of the fin back variety.

Let Us Have a Band. A number of our young men organized an impromptu band for July 4th, using the instruments of former bands, and presented a very good appearance. The evening of July 3d they serenaded Mr. W. P. Thompson, Democratic nominee for Governor, and also Mr. Charles Baker, Democratic nominee for Congress. Mr. Thompson responded but Capt. Baker was not at home. Why not organize a permanent band?

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