Aug. 29, 1833

Owing to the new arrangements of the mails, we shall be enabled in future to send our papers which go eastward one day earlier than usual. Some of our subscribers at the east, hitherto, have not received their papers, (in consequence of there not being a daily mail,) until they were nearly a week old. By this arrangement they can receive their papers on the day they are published. This will make the paper more interesting. We hope our friends at the East, (as well as elsewhere) will try and add a few good names to our subscription list.

Aug. 30, 1844

Mr. Wires, whose proposal for opening a writing school in this town, appeared in the last Journal, and on the outside of this week’s paper, has postponed the undertaking for the present.

Aug. 31, 1866

A Lively Time. A half dozen young men from Rockland, who had hoisted in a supply of beer, and otherwise felt their oats, caused a smart row in our streets on Wednesday morning. They indulged in insolent language to people they met, and made a raid on a toyshop, carrying off some of the goods. The police were called, overtook the raiders opposite the American house, and pounced upon them. A smart fight ensued. Three or four men were down at a time, struggling among the legs of horses, to the damage of clothing, &c. Four of the lively young men were captured and secured in the lock-up, where there is every facility for cooling off and repentance.

Aug. 30, 1877

The piles of melons about the fruit shops appear like shot and shells ready for an engagement. And they hurt folks, too.

What the world is waiting for is the woman who can go to a store and get a pair of boots that will fit her at the first trial.

Aug. 31, 1899

E. S. Shuman dug a potato Tuesday that was in seven distinct parts. It is said to be the largest number of separate potatoes grown into one that was ever seen here.

A brown fur boa was found on Main street Saturday evening and left at Francis’ store.

Aug. 31, 1911

The corn factory is all ready for business and will begin the season’s work in a few days. Steam was on last Monday to test the machinery. The plant consists of a very neat and substantial set of buildings. They are painted white, the roofs are covered with corrugated iron and the grounds are enclosed by a wire fence, the posts of cedar, painted white. On the gable of the street end of the husking shed you read: “Saco Valley Canning Co., Packers of Yankee Cream Corn.”

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

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