Sept. 2, 1875

A numerously signed petition will be presented to the city government in favor of bringing the muck pond into the city for fire purposes. It can be done for $3000. There will be a head sufficient to throw water over any building, and it will really be more efficient than a steam fire engine, and cost less money. The matter should be carefully investigated, and if found practicable, the plan carried out at once. Belfast has an unenviable reputation as a city of fires, and needlessly high rates of insurance are paid.

Sept. 7, 1899

Gardeners complain that thieves are unusually troublesome this year and that in some gardens bushels of potatoes have been dug in the night and carried away. The trouble is specially marked along Northport avenue, the Girl’s Home garden being one of the heavy losers. One resident of Belfast, who has suffered from garden thieves, says he keeps fire-arms in the house and hasn’t forgotten how to shoot.

Swift & Paul report an unusual sale of cucumbers this season. For a time they received a barrel of cukes by nearly every boat from Boston and with the addition of the local supply barely kept up with the demand. Last year there was very little sale for cucumbers.

Sept. 3, 1925

The keeperless light on the monument on Steele ledge in the harbor is again in commission after being in darkness for several weeks. It has been missed by all in sight of it whether on land or sea.

Sept. 7, 1950

Stock Cars Come to Belfast

More than 1200 people flocked to Belfast Sunday to see the opening of the Belfast Stock Car Track on the old fair grounds. Although a set of bleachers had been built they were soon jammed to overflow by the happy crowd who witnessed no less than five smashups but no injuries.

Girl’s Home is Closed After 50 Years Operation

Children’s Aid Society Will Cooperate With Saco Home

As a result of recent decisions made by the Board of Managers of the Children’s Aid Society of Maine, the Girls Home in Belfast was closed on September 1. In the future the Society will work in cooperation with the Sweetser-Children’s Home in Saco. The Girls’ Home, which has been operated by the Society for more than 50 years, has long been on the land marks of Belfast. Four of the five girls living at the Home when it was closed have been placed in private homes. The other has been sent to live at the Sweetser Home.

Sept. 4, 1975

Belfast Recruiting Effort Planned By The Peace Corps

The Peace Corps, which now has some 7,300 volunteers in 68 developing nations around the globe, will have a team of recruiters in Belfast, September 16 to sign up skilled workers “seeking overseas experience and adventure.”

The one-day campaign in Belfast is one of a series of recruiting stints the Peace Corps has scheduled for Maine coastal towns that week, says Chuck Murray, the chief recruiter in New England for the federal government’s volunteer program.

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

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