Sept. 10, 1835

A very large anti-abolition meeting was held in Wiscassett, on the 25th ult., at which a spirited preamble and resolutions were adopted.

Sept. 9, 1853

A Gala Day for the Firemen.

Thursday was a grand day for our fire-department. A visit from the Pioneer Company of Biddeford, under Captain Smith, to Hydrant Company, No. 2, of this city, has for some time been looked for with interest. What gave peculiar zest to the pleasure of this reunion, so far as the Hydrant company were concerned, was the fact that one year ago this very week, the Hydrants were under the most peculiar circumstances, and without having in etiquette much claim to such consideration, most generously and hospitably entertained by the Pioneers at Biddeford. These were happy to acknowledge the obligation, and we hope our citizens have not failed to reciprocate in a satisfactory manner, the friendly attentions shown at Biddeford.

The Pioneers arrived by the Webster, accompanied by the Saco Brass Band. Their arrival was greeted by a salvo of cannon. They were received by the Hydrants in uniform, and escorted to the American House. The principal streets were beautifully decorated with flags pendant.

Sept. 14, 1871

Among the visitors to this locality during the past summer has been William E. Marshall, the celebrated engraver and artist, of New York. A quiet, retiring gentleman, given more to communing with nature than to making acquaintances, he stands in the front rank of those who give to art its choicest gems, and make beautiful with their labors the parlors and drawing rooms of America. Mr. Marshall is the engraver of the well known steel portrait of Lincoln, and is now engaged upon a head of the Saviour which will soon be published.

Sept. 12, 1889

The old Ben Brown house, on the dock, was torn down last week. John Stewart, who had charge of the work, says that the spirit of Mr. Brown was present and conversed with him.

A Belfast man recently at St. John, N. B., says he visited an old cemetery at that place and was much interested in the quaint inscriptions. One inscription over the gate at the entrance of the cemetery puzzled him and he came away ignorant as to its import. The inscription reads as follows: “These grounds are poisonous to dogs.”

Sept. 10, 1908

If the finder of a cameo pin, lost between 27 and 28 Church street on Tuesday evening, will return it to Miss Marian Wells the favor will be much appreciated.

Sept. 9, 1920

Dr. A. O. Stoddard, one of Belfast’s best botanists, has been enjoying for several weeks his Gettysburg treasure, a variety of the hibiscus. In 1913 Dr. Stoddard went to Gettysburg to attend the 50th anniversary and brought home the seed from a shrub that took his attention. He planted it and has cared for it ever since and this summer was pleased to have it filled with blossoms. The shrub is about four feet tall and is an inch in diameter at its base.

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

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