Oct. 27, 1848

The Teachers’ Institute is now in session in this town, and will continue until Friday of next week. The attendance we are happy to say, is quite large, and comprises a very intelligent audience of both sexes. The instructers are Rev. Mr. Warren, of Windham, Hon. Mr. Thurston of Charleston, and Mr. Rawson of Massachusetts. Lectures will be delivered each evening during the continuance of the Institute.

Oct. 25, 1867

A Course of Lectures. Some of our citizens, with a view to enlivening the long evenings of the coming winter, are suggesting that a course of lectures might be arranged, say one a week for three months, and be made very acceptable. Even if we have none from abroad, we think a dozen gentlemen might be found among our own people who could and would acceptably fill that number of evenings. The effort is worth making, and we trust those who feel an interest will push the scheme along.

Oct. 23, 1879

The Swanville town fair, on Thursday, made very good displays of farm products, cattle, dairy products and household articles. There are some good farms and farmers in Swanville.

Oct. 27, 1892

Miss Ferguson’s millinery opening Tuesday and Wednesday was a great success. The display of new bonnets was never excelled in this city. Her store was crowded, and in a few hours after the opening hardly a bonnet was left. She never had a better sale.

Oct. 25, 1906

The Belfast business colony on Cape Jellison is growing. Harry W. Clark was the pioneer and established a branch of his clothing store with Frank Prescott in charge. Now Dutch & Barry are building a new store on a lot directly opposite the Cape Jellison House, to be 40 by 50 feet with an extension in the rear and apartments for two families in the second story. They will carry a line of groceries and provisions and run a lunch counter. Harry Applin of Somerville, Mass., is building a fine department store with two tenements upstairs at the Cape, on the road to the village, and has the work well along. The store when completed and opened will be under the management of Bert Condon of Belfast.

Oct. 26, 1922

The arrival Saturday evening of Lieut. George Maxim of Waterville in the first seaplane to visit our port drew a large crowd of spectators to Cooper’s wharf. He had a co-flier and a trailer. It came in very quietly landing first on the Strout shore in East Belfast, then going up to the Memorial Bridge and finally landing at the wharf. When it left at about 9 o’clock Sunday morning it sailed down as far as the Battery. Lieut. Maxim called on his Belfast friends during the evening. He was on his way to Millinocket, where he intended to take passengers on trips, etc.

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

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