June 18, 1840

NOTICE.—SOME person, through mistake, took a hat last Monday from the Probate office in this town, and left one made by Furber & Bean. If the person will call and leave that hat at the above office, he can receive his own.

June 22, 1860

Struck by Lightning.  A correspondent writing from Union informs us that on Thursday the 14th, lightning struck the house of the late N. D. Rice of that town, melted one of the points of the lightning rod, and ran down through the chimney through the house. A loaded gun in one of the rooms was discharged by the fluid in its passage. Judge Rice and daughter, and Mr. V. D. Pinkham, of Augusta, were in the house at the time, but no one was injured.

June 17, 1880

The wild strawberries are ripening in this vicinity. A handful of them was picked in a  field on Northport avenue a few days ago.

One novelty of the past week, was a fight between an organ grinder’s monkey and a dog. It is safe to believe that the particular dog will never trouble a monkey again.

The man who drives a cow in harness was in town on Monday. His wagon had about twenty sticks of round wood, on which the owner sat, philosophically regarding the crowd that had gathered. The cow had on an old single harness, the collar reversed to make it fit the cow’s shoulders; breeching and a crupper gave her a laughable appearance; rope reins were run through the rings of the old saddle. The animal was hitched to the wagon wheel, while the owner replied to the chaffing and jeers of the crowd. Some of the lookers on got up considerable indignation at the sight. There was no sale for the wood, and the cow driver drove off.

June 21, 1900

The Letter Carriers.  The new method of designating the length of service has gone into effect in the postoffice department and the local letter carriers are beginning to appear with their new uniforms, bearing stars instead of stripes, which in the past have been used. The substitute letter carrier is designated by a small black bar on the coat sleeve, while the regular carrier, after five years’ service, is entitled to wear one black star. The years of service are shown as follows: Ten years, two black stars; 15 years, one red star; 20 years, two red stars; 25 years, one silver star; 30 years, two silver stars; 35 years, one gold star; 40 years, two gold stars. The Belfast carriers are entitled to wear one black star.

June 17, 1920

The lower bridge is now entirely closed to travel and signs to that effect are posted at the junction of all streets leading to it. The contractors and engineers in charge of the construction are confident it will be completed within the specified time of one year. Cyr Brothers are here with a crew of 40 men and ten car loads of machinery. It will take several weeks to set the machinery up.

The Maine Centennial half dollars, the souvenir coin of all the years to come, may be had at any of our local banks for $1 each. They are sold in the interests of the Centennial fund and are well worth the price.

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

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