Nov. 18, 1829

Spurious quarters and half dollars, of American stamp, are in circulation in this town. 

Nov. 23, 1849

Thanksgiving Ball.—Extensive preparations are on foot for a grand ball, on the evening of thanksgiving day, in the way of leave-taking from those who are going to California. The hall will convene two hundred dancers, and a pleasant time may be anticipated.

Nov. 25, 1869

We wish it understood that the fight in the lower entrance to this office, on Monday, was not participated in by the peaceful inhabitants of the third story, who felt themselves entirely above the transaction. A belligerent individual called on one of our neighbors with drawn fists, to take “satisfaction for injury done to his family,” and didn’t get much of the article, judging from the view we obtained over the railing. A vigorous young sailor was restraining one of the belligerents, while ‘Squire Murch, Justice of the Peace and Quorum,’ interposed his burley form and commanded a cessation of hostilities. The nose of the seeker after satisfaction looked as though it had been caressed by somebody’s fist. 

Nov. 21, 1889

Handsome Monuments.   The granite firm of Fernald & Mudgett, in this city, are now at work on three very handsome monuments which are to be finished and erected in the next few weeks. They are for the late Capt. Joseph Park and the late Capt. Benj. C. Pendleton, of Searsport, and for Dr. Bachelder, of Montville. The monuments for Capt. Park and Dr. Bachelder, are of granite and stand about eleven feet high. The die for each is of red Scotch granite and was manufactured and imported from Aberdeen, Scotland. The dies are very handsome being of the very best Scotch material. The remainder of the monuments is of Oak Hill and Lincolnville granite. The monument to Capt. Pendleton is of the finest Italian marble and is being erected by Mrs. Eugene P. Carver, of Boston, a sister of Capt. Pendleton. The inscription on the side is as follows: “In memory of Capt. Benj. C. Pendleton and family, master of bark Abbie Carver which sailed from Hong Kong Aug. 8, 1886, bound for Callao, and never heard from.” Fernald & Mudgett are working a large crew and have orders ahead up to January. 

Nov. 18, 1909

The large apple crop this season has developed a new industry, the making of apple barrels, and those who have engaged in it have found it difficult to supple the demand. Flour barrels have sold as high as 30 cents a piece, but the new barrels are preferred, as the apples are cleaner and present a better appearance. In time, no doubt, boxes will take the place of barrels. 

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