Jan. 12, 1844

We have a very large amount of snow on the ground (probably three feet on a level) so that the roads have for several days been nearly impassible. The Western mail due on Monday night did not arrive until Wednesday night. The weather is in keeping with this, the thermometer on Tuesday indicating 12 degrees below zero!

Jan. 11, 1877

The freight traffic of the Belfast road is good. Large quantities of hay are sent from the way stations to the main line, while corn, flour and potatoes in abundance come to this city.

The horse attached to the milk sleigh of John Walton, on Saturday morning, got frightened near the bridge, charged up the steep hill to the City Point road, then turned towards the city, with the sleigh swinging from side to side and the milk cans dancing jigs. At Custom House Square the animal turned down Main street, everybody on the route getting out of the way with great alacrity. Turning into Cross street, this furious dairy on runners upset itself upon an unfortunate cat that was crossing the street, crushing out the feline’s life, and spilling the milk in the snow. Poor puss lay in its midst, having taken the milky way to the paradise of cats. The milk team driven by Percy Edgecomb, was also overturned and spilled a quantity of milk.

Jan. 12, 1888

Mr. Thomas Harrison, who was injured last week by being run into by boys sliding in the streets is slowly recovering. The city will pay his doctor bills and for lost time.

A Sliding Place. The City Marshal has set apart a sliding place for the children—that portion of Spring street beginning at Jail hill, so called, and continuing to, but not across, Church street. Those found coasting on any other street in town will be promptly arrested and taken before the court.

Jan. 12, 1899

The fire alarm will be tested every Friday afternoon at 1 o’clock, one short blast of the shoe factory whistle being sounded if the gong works correctly.

The city and rural schools re-opened Monday after two weeks vacation with all the teachers at their posts and the attendance well up to the average. All books used by children who were exposed to scarlet fever have been burned.

Jan. 12, 1911

The new telephone pole set last week on Church street near the Savings bank building is a green chestnut stick near 45 feet long (5 feet in the ground) and weighs three tons.

Jan. 12, 1922

The Belfast Dancing club had a very pleasant session last Thursday evening, with the novelty of the ladies having their choice of partners after the first dance. Some of the gentlemen had the experience of sitting out several dances and wondered why. Sandwiches, doughnuts and coffee were served.

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

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