Feb. 2, 1844

We have had for a week or more past a continuance of the coldest weather that has been known for many years. On Saturday night the thermometer indicated 25 degrees below zero, in this town; and in Bangor, we understand, it has fallen to 30, and in Augusta to 33 degrees below zero. Our bay is frozen nearly if not entirely to Castine, so that persons have passed to Long Island upon the ice. The Penobscot is closed from the bay to Frankfort. This is very unusual. The bay has been frozen over, it is said, but four times since the Revolution–in ’85 or ’86, in 1813 (while the British held possession here), in 1818, and in 1835. At present, the ice holds possession of the coast at least 30 miles either side of us, and extends about 15 miles from the shore.

There is some good comes from it, however, if a topic for conversation upon which all men can agree, is of the least importance. There is no room for dispute, for such “a nipping and an eager air” most feelingly convinces us of the truth of the assertion that it is “cold weather;” and in spite of the temperance reform, we believe there have been seen more red noses and trembling limbs than for years before. If we could remove to Kamschatka or some other comparatively mild place, there would be some consolation left us; but bound in by “thick-ribbed ice,” our only resource is to make the best of it, and have pity upon the poor, who are the greatest sufferers from an in-element season.

Jan. 29, 1874

There are now the largest number of vessels lying at the wharves, loading and waiting for cargoes, that there has been at any one time this season. During the long period of bad traveling, in which but little hay has been marketed, the store-houses have been largely drawn upon. There must be a large amount of hay in the country, as the quantity shipped this far is very much less than the corresponding time last season. A period of good hauling would make lively times at the wharves.

A new style of advertising prevails about our streets–that of presenting a likeness of the proprietor of a business attached to his card. The latest is a life size and full length likeness of Prof. Jerry Whitten, the work of Percy A. Sanborn, and is a capital piece of drawing. It represents the Professor, setting out on a journey, with violin cast in hand, business in his eye, and music at his fingers’ ends.

Feb. 1, 1894

The use of snow-shoes is increasing greatly here this winter, and R. H. Coombs & Son are doing a good business in selling them. A few young men are using what is known as the Swedish snow-shoe, a long narrow piece of hard wood turned up at the front and strapped to the foot.

Jan. 28, 1904

The movement for establishing in Belfast a home for aged women is progressing favorably. The Cutter house on Cedar street has been bargained for.

Jan. 28, 1915

Miss Louise Hazeltine will be very glad to receive contributions of knitted articles for soldiers and sailors at the front, which will be forwarded in the course of the week to Mrs. R. A. Cram of 52 Chestnut Street, Boston. Mrs. Cram forwards these supplies to the Ambulance Corps of the English Order of the Knights of St. John of Jerusalem.

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

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