Aug. 12, 1869

The Eclipse. This great natural phenomenon came off promptly at the specified time, and was very generally observed in this vicinity. The day was cool for the season, frequent showers falling, accompanied by hail. As the time for the obscuration approached there were fears that a good view would not be obtained, as heavy clouds gathered in the West. These however arranged themselves in belts, so that as the sun passed the clear spaces very good views were had. Owing to the dark and cloudy state of the sky the appearance was not so striking as it otherwise would have been. Still the darkening was very perceptible, with a peculiarly ghastly appearance of objects, such as we never before noticed. Driving along the shore of the bay, we saw that of the shadow on the water and vessels were very peculiar. The sun was about three quarters obscured at this point. Below we copy some accounts from localities in which the eclipse was total. 

Aug. 15, 1889

The foliage on the maple trees about town is beginning to take on its autumn tints nearly a month early than usual. 

The Circus. W. L. Main’s circus exhibited on the Northport avenue grounds, Belfast, last Friday afternoon and evening. The attendance at both performances was large, as many as 4,000, people being under the canvas. The circus is a small but very good one, and travels in teams the old fashioned way. The circus was entirely free from the swindling games which have characterized some former shows. What few games of chance were seen were squelched by the city marshal. The crowd in town was large but very quiet. But one arrest was made during the day, and the person was allowed to go on payment of costs. Saturday morning the circus drove over to Searsport where it exhibited that afternoon and evening. If it maintains its present standard Main’s Circus can count upon a liberal patronage whenever it visits Belfast. 

Aug. 12, 1909

The consumption of gasolene in this city is assuming large proportions. The Read Garage & Machine Co dispose of about 1,000 gallons a week. I. L. Perry of East Belfast sells a large amount, and Mason & Hall and other local dealers supply it. As previously noted in The Journal, the Standard Oil Company recently installed a large storage tank for gasolene at this end of the lower bridge. 

Aug. 14, 1919

Owing to the strike of railway employees, an embargo has been placed on express shipments. The local office was notified Saturday night not to accept express beyond Portland. 

The New Belfast Fair Grounds. The Park Pavilion at the fair grounds will be dedicated Saturday evening, August 16th, with music by McKeen’s orchestra. There will be dancing afternoon and evening during the fair of Aug. 19th, 20th and 21st. This is one of the largest and best pavilions of the kind in Maine, and will be appreciated by the dancing public. The fair program is the best ever in races, band concerts, vocal solos, school children’s canning exhibits, fancy work, farm exhibits, poultry show, electrical exhibits, baby show, midway attractions, etc. Among the special features will be Lieut. Potter of the Royal Flying Corps, with his 125 horsepower English bombing plane, that has seen actual service. He will daily loop the loop, give the tail spin, the wing slip, and the upsidedown trick. He has received several citations for daring deeds. A girl will be selected at the first Fair night’s dance for a flight with Lieut. Potter and a man selected the second night for a free ride with him. 

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