May 27, 1842

Our farmers are now in the midst of their planting, and as busy as bees. Thus far we have had, upon the whole, excellent weather, and if we may trust the auguries, we shall have a prosperous season. We hear that there are unusually extensive preparations made in all this county, some districts having sowed fifty per cent more than last year. We can only trust that the hopes of the husbandmen will be realized to their fullest extent.

The competition among proprietors of the various modes of conveyance, by stage, steamboat, and rail road, has produced a revolution in speed and prices truly wonderful, when compared with but a few years since. A person may travel over the country well nigh at the rate for a thousand miles that one hundred was performed fifteen years ago. And the reduction in the prices has set the world agog, and the carriers probably make as much money by every reduction of fare, in the increased travel, as they before realized at high rates. The steamer Bangor stopped here on Wednesday, with 240 passengers, from Eastport for Boston. A person may go from here, or from Bangor, to Boston, in either of the fine steamers running on this route, for one dollar! This is the effect of competition, and may not long continue, but it shows how cheap we can travel.

May 30, 1862

Although the end of May is at hand, the mornings and evenings are cool enough to make a fire essential to comfort. Unfortunately for us the chimney of our sanctum has inverted its functions, and draws downward, persisting in spite of all treatment and coaxing to the contrary. If there is any chimney-tamer, of Rarey-like ambition, let him come hither, and we’ll furnish him with the wickedest kind of a subject. We shouldn’t wonder if our articles have a lachrymose cast, for we write with tears in our eyes.

June 1, 1882

Mathews Bros. are now working their crew eleven hours per day, and are unable to keep up with their orders. The firm is making the sash for Jordan & Marsh’s new store at Boston. They have just received a cargo of 200 tons of coal.

May 29, 1902

June 23rd, 1902, is the centennial anniversary of the town of Lincolnville, and her citizens propose to observe the day. The full program is not announced, but there will be base ball in the morning, speeches and music in the afternoon at the Free church, and an exhibit of ancient articles throughout the day. Everybody is invited to help in the celebration.

May 30, 1912

Monday and Tuesday at the Opera House pictures of the Titanic disaster were shown, and there was one act of vaudeville with four reels of pictures. Vaudeville is given by the Diamonds, who remain for the week. Next week Manager Clifford will have Willard Lee Hall in “The Window of O’Brien at Hotel Astor.” The act is said to be a scream from start to finish.

May 25, 1922

Louis A. Freedman of this city is one of ten men to receive the Master’s Degree in Retailing after a two years course at the New York University Graduate School of Commerce. He is the first man from Maine to take the course. After a few days’ visit here he will leave for Washington, D. C., where he has accepted a position on the buying staff of a large department store.

Compiled from archival holdings by Sharon Pietryka, Reference & Special Collections Librarian at the Belfast Free Library.

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