Oct. 11, 1844

Messrs. Howard and Town have recently fitted up a large building on High street, for the purpose of manufacturing Furniture on a more extensive scale than heretofore. They have set up a new and beautiful steam engine in the lower part of the building, which conducts a planing, and a tenant machinery, saws, &c. The work turned out by the machinery, is executed with surprising rapidity and neatness, and will enable the enterprising conductors to compete successfully with manufacturers of furniture in larger places than this. We wish them every success their enterprise deserves.

Oct. 12, 1866

The telegraph line from this city to Stockton is now in operation. The first business message over it was to C. A. Fletcher, Esq.

Mr. E. D. Bard, at his jewelry store under our office, has a canary bird that he can put through some rather remarkable performances. We saw him take the bird from the cage, and make him lie upon the bench as if dead, then he placed him standing on his head, leaning on against his cage, and finally set him upright, the little fellow remaining as patiently as though he knew what was expected of him. When released he hopped into his cage with a twitter, and applied himself to his canary seed with an evident relish.

Oct. 11, 1877

Judge Johnson caused a cistern to be built in the cellar of his new residence. It was an experimental one, of stone and cement. The structure filled during heavy rain of last week, and while the Judge was admiring its proportions and estimating the contents, the wall bulged out and fell. It is said that the Judge took refuge in a wash tub, and succeeded in making a safe passage to the cellar stairs. The court is ready to give her decision regarding that style of cisterns.

Oct. 12, 1899

Millinery Openings. The first of the fall openings of trimmed bonnets and hats will occur next Tuesday and Wednesday at Mrs. R. P. Chase’s, and on the same days at J. W. Ferguson & Co. Miss Ada Jones milliner. The other openings will occur later. There is a great amount of work in the new ideas, and many pretty designs will be shown.

Bridge Open. The lower bridge, so-called, which has been closed for some time for repairs, was opened to travel yesterday morning. Street commissioner Walker has rebuilt the draw in a very thorough manner, and it is in better condition than it has been for years. Some minor repairs are yet to be made, but will not interfere with travel.

Oct. 12, 1911

Mr. F. L. Adams of the Belfast Optical Co. was called to Augusta Wednesday to deliver a lecture before the Maine Association of Optometrists on the correct fitting of glasses and the treatment of some of the more difficult cases of eye strain. Mr. Adams is recognized as one of the leading specialists in the profession.

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

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