Dec. 26, 1833

LYCEUM.—An address will be delivered before the “Lyceum and Library Society” on Thursday evening, at 6 o’clock, at the Court House, on the subject of the “temperance reformation.”

Dec. 27, 1844

We are glad to see that preparations are on foot to fit up the two new engine houses. The money raised by the town has been expended on engines, building the engine houses, reservoirs, &c.; and what remains to be done must be effected by the liberality of our citizens. Every man who has a house over his head is interested in this matter, for it is certain that unless the houses are put in suitable order for the companies to hold their monthly meetings in them, to keep the engines in good order, &c., there will be no disciplined men to man the engines. 

Dec. 28, 1855

Christmas and New Years.—Our merchants in articles of luxury and taste were on alert on Christmas eve, and their various establishments were set out with an unusual degree of magnificence.

Washburn’s book store presented and animated scene during the evening, and scores of juvenile humanity were made glad by sundry donations by Santa Claus, which might have been traced to his store. His shelves sparkle with the rich binding of new books, suitable for holiday presents. 

Caldwell also has much to offer in the shape of books, of this year’s imprint, and of standard literature,—such as, presented to a young lady, cannot fail to awaken tender emotions, while they minister to her intellectual pleasure. 

Dec. 27, 1888

There has been but one vessel built in the Belfast district this year, a 500 ton vessel at Rockport. Next year will make a better showing. 

Mr. James M. Clark, of this city, who lives at the corner of High and Pierce streets, has been annoyed by some animal eating his cabbages in the cellar. Last week he set a trap and captured a large muskrat.

Dec. 28, 1899

Don’t forget that chicken pie supper at the Belfast Opera House, Thursday evening, Jan. 4th. Supper at 6 sharp, to be followed by dancing with music by the full Belfast Band. After a fill of chicken you can cut a pigeon wing, all for 35 cents.

A little miss in Belfast was recently given a pet chicken by her parents. As it grew to maturity it developed into a rooster, and as Christmas time approached there was talk in the family of sacrificing the chicken for the table. To the little one’s protestations in behalf of her pet she was told that it was a rooster and could not lay her any eggs. After thinking awhile she asked: “Won’t he learn to lay eggs if we keep him and he sees the other hens doing it right along?”

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