June 30, 1830

The Season.—The season thus far has been unusually forward, and at this time promises an abundant harvest in this vicinity. We were presented with potatoes a few days since by Mr. Samuel Jackson of Belmont, which were somewhat larger than pigeon’s eggs, and who has promised to bring some eatable ones to market on the 4th of July. Strawberries have been in our market more than a week, which is much earlier for them than usual. Saving some extraordinary turn of the climate, we think that our farmers may reasonably expect a bountiful harvest.

July 5, 1850

It is pleasant and profitable to read ship news as general intelligence at times. Our readers have before heard that it is a custom for the crews of vessels in southern latitudes, to mark statistics of their voyages upon the shell of large turtle which swim to a great distance from the land, thus making traveling newspapers of them. The Post says that Capt. Osborn of whale ship Marcus, writes that he found a terrapin on one of the Gallipagos Islands that had the year 1630 marked upon his shell.

June 30, 1870

A celebration of the Fourth of July will be held at Brooks Village, where some interesting amusements and exercises will be had.—horse trotting, race of a man against a horse, race of persons tied up in sack, &c. An address will be delivered by S. L. Milliken, Esq.

Sch. Frank Treat, of Frankfort, on her late passage from Para to New York, brought a huge boa constrictor, or snake, 18 feet long, for a menagerie. On the passage it escaped, and got among the cargo, concealing itself in the run. It was found impossible to get at it, so the schooner was loaded with corn and came to Frankfort. After discharging cargo, last week, a hunt for the snake was made, its place of concealment found, and it was dragged out by a rope and sent to New York in a cage.

July 3, 1890

The Frog Child did not appear here last Thursday, as advertised, as business was so good in Bangor it was decided to remain there. Later this and other curiosities will be exhibited in Belfast.

Mr. Pierce, superintendent of the gas works, last week discovered a leak in the pipes leading from the main on Main street to the stores of E. P. Frost & Co. and H. L. Lord. In digging down it was discovered that the pipe was eaten through in several places, large holes being visible. Mr. Pierce says he never saw anything of the kind, and thinks it was caused by the action of ashes in the earth. New pipe was put in.

June 30, 1910

For several seasons The Journal has warned people to destroy the brown tail moth while in the cocoon stage and this spring located several nests and advised property owners to destroy them. Some must have been left, for there are a number of severe cases of the poisoning caused by the larva. One physician prescribed for several patients a day the past week and many have it in a milder form. It is not dangerous, but is exceedingly annoying.

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

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