July 30, 1835

Launched, from the yard of James P. White in this town, on Thursday last, a fine Schooner, called the Watchman, of 106 tons burthen—she is built of the first rate materials,—and the workmanship is done in Master Lemuel Palmer’s first rate style.—The Watchman is to be commanded by Capt. Philip Eastman.

Aug. 2, 1850

The abolitionists of this county will hold a convention at Brooks village on Saturday, the 17th.

The steamer Huntress passed here on Tuesday, for the temperance celebration at Calais, well loaded with passengers.

Lead Mine.—We have on our table a sample of the ore from the newly-discovered lead mine in Prospect, Me. We are told that arrangements are in progress to commence working this mine in the fall. Good judges predict that it will yield a handsome profit. 

July 29, 1875

A couple of families on Bay View street are rearing young foxes to protect their garden from the ravages of neighborly hens. 

In a shed recently torn down near the shore was found a rat’s nest containing forty young ones. They were all remorselessly slain.

Several girls who have been pestered by the advances of strangers when out in the evening, carry a supply of pepper. Look out for your eyes, bows.

July 31, 1890

Belfast is to have a cornet band as soon as one can be organized and find suitable quarters. Mr. F. W. Chase, of the High School, will be the leader. It is proposed to have twenty pieces. There is musical talent enough in town and Belfast ought to have a band.

The Doll Squeaked. A well known Belfast man was carrying a load of passengers from the railroad station to the Camp Ground one day last week. Among the passengers were two or three girls bent on mischief. They had a small doll, which when squeezed emitted a sound like the squeaking of a dry wheel. The quick car of the driver detected the sound, and the girls keeping up the racket he reined up at a house to obtain some grease to lubricate the supposed dry axle. An older lady in the crowd gave the girls away and the team started on. Jack was a trifle nettled at first, but before the Camp Ground was reached he forgave the girls.

August 3, 1905

The U. S. School Ship Hartford anchored in the lower harbor about 4 p. m. Tuesday. This is one of the few historic vessels now in commission in the United States Navy. She was built at Boston in 1858, of wood, is 1,612 tons and bark rigged. She was the flag ship of Commodore Farragut at the capture of New Orleans and led the fleet up river under a heavy fire from the two strong forts below the city. 

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

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