Dec. 15, 1831

We still continue to have good sleighing, and already have had as much as there was during the whole of last season. 

Launched—On Wednesday of last week a Brig called the Malta from the ship-yard of Mr. S. Wright in this village, she is 150 tons, and is to be commanded by Capt. Eben Colborn, at the same hour from the yard of Mr. Salathel Nickerson, a Schooner of 140 tons completely rigged, owned by Mr. N.

Dec. 19, 1851

Accident.—We learn from the Signal that Mr John Webster, of Waldo, had an arm so mangled in a threshing machine at the barn of Mr. Mowry in Belmont, that amputation was necessary. The operation was performed by Dr. N. P. Monroe, whilst the patient was under the influence of letheon and cloroform. 

Dec. 21, 1871

A correspondent writes us from one of the best farming towns in the county that fodder is scarce, and the prospect looks hard to even the best farmers. There is now more stock left than can be wintered upon the hay and fodder in store. Nearly all are using provender, and dealing out the hay in homeopathic quantities. Though large numbers of cattle have been sold off, yet there are more than there is wintering for. Barns have a lean, empty look, unknown before, and let us hope, may never know again. The prospect so far is for a light crop of hay another year. 

The firm of Mudgett, Libby & Griffin, that has done a large business at shipbuilding and trading at Stockton, stopped payment on Monday. Their liabilities are said to be $150,000, and it is reported that they have taken the preliminary steps for going into bankruptcy. Two other shipbuilding concerns have failed in that town within a year, viz: Colcord, Berry & Co. and B. F. Rice.

Dec. 17, 1891

Mr. F. S. Pierce, of this city, has taken the agency for Waldo county of Shepp’s Photographs of the World. This is a collection of photographic reproductions of views in all the countries of the world—535 pictures in all. It makes a very interesting volume, and is furnished in several styles of binding. Mr. Pierce is now canvassing for the work, which is worthy of inspection and patronage.

Dec. 21, 1911

A prominent Belfast citizen has solved the problem of how to keep an umbrella. After losing an unlimited number from his office he took his latest purchase to Percy Sanborn and had his name painted on it in good sized letters. For some time he enjoyed full and undisturbed possession of his own umbrella, but one day not long ago a clerk in one of the dry goods stores telephoned to him that his umbrella had been found in the cloak room of that store. Evidently some absent minded person had walked off with the umbrella, but upon discovering its artistic decoration had left it in the first convenient hiding place.

It is well to remember that a large per cent of the proceeds of the sale of Red Cross seals can be used locally in the fight against tuberculosis, and let every letter and package bear one or two of these little messengers of goods.

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