Nov. 24, 1830


The Citizens of Belfast and vicinity who are in favor of abolishing imprisonment for Debt are requested to meet at the Court House on Friday evening of this week at 7 o’clock P. M. to consider and adopt measures to effect this important object. 

Nov. 29, 1850

The lovers of music will not forget the concert of the American Ole Bull this evening at City Hall. Howard will introduce an instrument of beautiful tone, which has been improved from the guitar by himself, and which he has called David’s harp.

We learn with pleasure that many of our prominent business men have decided to close their establishments at 8 o’clock, P. M. The evening bell now rings at that hour. We think there is much propriety in making it the hour for closing the business of the day. From morning till then would certainly seem to be a sufficient length of time for the ordinary business transactions of the day, and those who from choice or necessity prolong their business beyond this hour encroach upon time which should be devoted to relaxation, mental improvement or social enjoyment.

Nov. 24, 1870

The exhibit of Thanksgiving poultry in our streets has been very attractive for a day or two. But the birds will be very much down in the mouth to-day.

Nov. 25, 1880

Thanksgiving. Many a reunited family will assemble around the board to-day, discuss old times and turkey, and pull on the wish bone as in their youthful days. 

The ponds are frozen sufficiently to admit of skating, and the boys are turning their attention to that pastime. 

Nov. 27, 1890

There will be a Thanksgiving shooting match today, near McDonald & Brown’s shipyard, under the management of the Belfast Rifle, Rod and Gun Club. Turkeys, geese, ducks and chickens will be shot for. 

Nov. 29, 1900

The gravel recently placed on the streets proved a great improvement over the loam formerly used so far as it has been tested. The streets coated with gravel were as hard as asphalt during the muddy spell last week, while other streets were very muddy. 

Many hunters evidently forget that according to the laws of Maine Sunday is a close time for all game. Complaint is made that this section of the law is violated by a large number of gunners, and it is highly probable that some one will be prosecuted if Sunday gunning is persisted in. 

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