Sept. 19, 1839

FIRE.—The Carding and Cloth dressing Mills in Liberty, best known as Copp’s Mills, owned by Joseph French and Alvin Drew, were destroyed by fire last week. Total loss, we understand.

Sept. 16, 1859

A muskrat was killed in Church street, near the Academy, on Monday evening last. How the creature came to be so far from its usual moist haunts is a matter for conjecture.

Mr. Bly, who advertised to give an exposure of Spiritual manifestations at Peirces’ Hall, on Tuesday evening, did not deliver his lecture. Owing, probably, to the rain, the audience was very small, and composed for the most part of small boys, more interested in whistling and wrestling than in the investigation of spiritual phenomena. Mr. Bly said the audience was not such as one he had expected to meet, nor such as one as he cared to impress with his theory. He would therefore postpone his lecture to another evening, of which due notice would be given; and at that time he would endeavor to show that the manifestations are produced by such spirits as we see around us, whose daily food is bread and beef.

Sept. 18, 1879

Ladies are now up to their eyes in preserves and pickles.

Fall shooting has come, and shot guns are being loaded with rock salt for orchard thieves.

Hayford Hall was well filled last week by an audience to witness some sleight of hand performance. The plaster that drew the crowd was gifts that were to be distributed among the lucky holders of prize tickets. About nine o’clock one of the showmen visited our stores, purchased thirty yards of remnant prints, half a barrel of flour, a broom, a few codfish, and distributed them to the gulled crowd.

Sept. 21, 1899

Fifty odd years ago four boys were learning the blacksmith trade in Belfast. Last Monday evening the four met by chance at the Windsor Hotel; boys no longer, for their united ages are 295 years, but all are well and hearty, and enjoyed to the full this unpremeditated, but most happy reunion. The four were Jones S. Davis and J. L. Havner of Belfast; B. B. Bean of Rockland and C. N. Bean of Portland.

Sept. 18, 1919

The Edison Re-Creation Demonstration. A delightful recital was given in the Colonial Theatre last Thursday evening through the courtesy of Fred D. Jones, the local representative of the Edison. Every seat was taken and standing room was well filled. Miss Marie Morrisey a celebrated concert contralto, assisted by William Reddick, a well-known and popular pianist, gave a most delightful program. She sang several selections in unison with the Edison re-creation of her own voice, but her duets with herself, “Flow Gently Sweet Afton” and “Happy Days,” were wonderfully well done and most entertaining. She has a charming personality and a very sweet voice. She sings as if it were a pleasure to herself as well as to her audience. Mr. Reddick’s solos in unison with the Edison were very much enjoyed. The closing number on the program was also most entertaining, when Miss Morrisey sang, with piano accompaniment, a group of songs, including an original selection, “Love’s Pilgrimage,” by Mr. Reddick. Two handsome Edison machines from Mr. Jones’ salesroom were used for the recital.

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

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