Sept. 10, 1852

The persecution of our fishing vessels in the large bays, is not only in the way of ordering them off grounds clearly within our right. An intelligent young man of this town with whom we have conversed, tells us of extortions of money, by the officers of the British cruisers, from the captains of our vessels, upon the pretext that the sums thus taken are for “light money,”—that is, for erecting light-houses where there are none, and where there will never be any, even if the sums obtained be sufficient to build them. From a vessel of this town 10 cents per ton were taken, which made the bill about $10. 

Sept. 12, 1862

The quota of nine months volunteers from this city is full, and the men have all passed the surgeon’s examination. So that the fearful notice served each enrolled voter last Monday, by a sergeant sitting by the ballot box, to appear and be drafted, will be void. We believe the quotas of most towns are full. We hear of Northport, Prospect and Islesboro in which drafts are to be had, and there may be others. 

Sept. 12, 1872

Washington Engine Company, No. 5, with eighty-five men, left on Steamer Katahdin for Rockland, Wednesday afternoon, to take part in the firemen’s muster. The machine is in capital order, and the boys feel nicely. They hope to bring back something to show that they were there on the occasion. 

Sept. 14, 1882

Mr. C. J. Hall has sold one of his new saw mills, before mentioned in these columns. These mills are only made by Mr. Hall and a company in North Carolina, who own the exclusive right in this county. This is the first one sold in this part of the country, and old millmen predict a large sale when the merits of the mill become known. 

Sept. 8, 1892

Organization of a New Bank. The Comptroller of the Treasury having granted the request for a second National Bank in Belfast, the stockholders to the number of twenty-eight met Tuesday at the office of R. F. Dunton and organized. The new bank will be called The People’s National Bank. The directors elected are L. A. Knowlton, E. F. Hanson, Charles Baker, Sidney Kalish, James Pattee and R. F. Dutton, of Belfast, and Calvin Anstin, of Boston. L. A. Knowlton is president. The capital stock has been fixed at $50,000. The Allard store in McClintock’s block may be selected for banking rooms. It is expected the new institution will be ready for business about January 1, 1893.

Sept. 11, 1902

The first frost of the season was on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 6th. The walks were white with frost in and about the city, but we learn of little or no damage to crops near the coast. In places fifteen miles back squash, pumpkin and cucumber vines, beans and corn, were badly damaged. 

Sept. 11, 1912

An automobile visitor to Belfast, whose machine has registered six thousand miles since May 1, chiefly over the roads of Maine, has pronounced the stretch of road from Belfast via Citypoint to Waldo Station, returning via Evans Corner and the Head of the Tide, to be as smooth as any he has found in the State. 

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

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