Jan. 5, 1837

Mr. Edwin Beaman is appointed Post Master of Waldo-Plantation, in place of Henry Davidson, Esq., resigned. The office is kept at the Head of the Tide in this town.

Jan. 9, 1857

The expanded skirt is not altogether a useless and cumbersome article of fashion. Recently a gentleman and lady of a neighboring city were enjoying a sleigh ride, when one of the traces was broken beyond all hope of repair, and at a point where no assistance could be had. In this emergency the lady produced from her expander, good cotton rope sufficient to make a serviceable trace, and had enough left to make another, if required.

The public are warned against receiving $2 altered bills on the Tremont Bank, purporting to be $10’s. These are the very best altered bills ever offered, because the red letters TEN are painted across. The face of the bill is exactly the same as in the genuine. The altered bills may be told by an oval figure on the left of the bill.

Jan. 11, 1877

Axel Hayford will build under his block, on Church street, a cistern holding one hundred and fifty hogs-heads of water, for the use of the laundry above.

This is the wintriest of winters, and the weather shows that those fellows who have just put in a petition for congressional aid to another North Pole expedition have evidently found the Northwest Passage and left the back door open.

The subscription list for the forthcoming History of Belfast is filling with gratifying rapidity. It is safe to say that no other book possible could or would sell so well in this vicinity as does this coming masterwork from the able pen of the Hon. Joseph Williamson. It will be a magnificent monument to our city and to the author. While considered merely as a volume, it will be a fine specimen of the book-making art. As it is a positive fact that no volumes of this History  will be offered for sale after its publication—for the work is not to be stereotyped—we wish to urge upon those who have not signed the subscription list the necessity of doing so now. If you do not happen to be waited on by the agent, leave your names at this office and we will forward them to him.

Jan. 7, 1897

Burkett’s Bargains. A good indication of the dawn of better times and the revival of business is the reappearance in our advertising columns of Geo. W. Burkett, proprieter of the big dry goods store in Odd Fellows block. His clearance sales have always been marked events with shoppers, and this year he proposes to out do all previous records. Generally speaking goods were never so low before, and the prices quoted are lower than the lowest. In this connection it may be stated that one of Burkett’s clerks, Miss Julia E. Brown, is receiving congratulations on the result of a voting contest in which, as the “most popular clerk in Belfast,” she became the recipient of a gold watch.

Jan. 11, 1917

The telephone patrons received the following from Eugene R. Spear, manager of the local exchange: “With greetings and cordial wishes for a Happy New Year. I want to assure you of my constant interest in your service and to ask a continuance of your co-operation and goodwill.”

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