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

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    July 14, 2021

    Influenza prevails; lightning makes butter; summer visitors in full force

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

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    July 7, 2021

    Mackerel of unusual size; constable captures 4-foot horn; whale visits the bay

    From the files of The Republican Journal in the Belfast Free Library.

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    June 16, 2021

    Laboring for improvement of morals; telegraph wire stretched; useless dogs running about

    June 21, 1850 Elder Kellock, a Baptist clergyman, recently from Augusta, Me., has been preaching here with much favor. He is laboring for the improvement of the morals of the place, and tells me he is going to raise his voice against intemperance. He will have a hard job to perform, and will find but […]

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    June 9, 2021

    Cheaper than a doctor's bill; night watch needed; a remarkable display

    June 13, 1845 People in our cities, who are preparing for their summer pleasure jaunts, will find Belfast to be at least one of the most beautiful places in New England, with a splendid bay, a thousand islands, good fishing, fine scenery in all directions, and an invigorating atmosphere. Cits who are pent up between hot brick walls, and surrounded by the dust and confusion of crowded streets, will find a trip to …

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    June 2, 2021

    Doctrine that Earth is hollow; aborted journey to Pike's Peak; yellow snuff on Main Street

    June 8, 1831 A man should never be ashamed to own he has been in the wrong, which is but saying in other words, that he is wiser to-day than he was yesterday. Symmes’s Ghost. The doctrine of John Cleves Symmes, that the Earth is hollow is not exploded. The Portsmouth Journal states that it yet lives and improves, in the essays of a correspondent of the Gardiner (Me.) Intelligencer. According to the improved …

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    May 26, 2021

    Phenix Saloon's new soda fountain; a liberally patronized supper; a powerful motor truck

    May 28, 1840 The Fruit trees we never knew so densly blown in our life. By our exchange papers we learn it is so in other parts of the country. There will be immense quantities of fruit this fall. A new Post Office has been established in Camden called the Goose River office, Silas Piper, P. M. If any of the subscribers to the Republican Journal desire to have their papers sent to Goose River, they can request …

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    May 19, 2021

    A discouraged organ grinder; last of the 10 cent suppers; a quiet, orderly and enjoyable affair

    May 25, 1882 Swan & Sibley Bros. are introducing a new commodity here, as will be seen by their advertisement in another column. It is called Royal Salad cooking oil, and is to take the place of lard. It is to be used just as lard is used. It is refined oil from cotton seed, is purely vegetable, and is more desirable than animal fat, as the latter is subject to disease. It is also claimed that it is cheaper. Mr. …

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    May 12, 2021

    Mysterious entries of stores; militia enrollment completed; a masquerade skating carnival

    May 13, 1875 Private night watchmen are now in order. B. Frog makes his voice heard at evening now, and Mrs. F. responds with her melancholy peep. The store of Wm. Cunningham, on the east side, was last week entered and sundry articles taken. A search warrant was issued to officer F. P. Fames, who found the stolen articles on the premises of Jason Richards, a man who recently moved from Searsmont. There were also …

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    May 5, 2021

    City charter prepared for town meeting; handsomest lot of halibut brought to market; brown tail moths on Bay View street

    May 5, 1830 An adjourned meeting of the Universalists in this town, will be held at the Court House on Saturday next, at 7 o’clock P. M. This meeting is for the purpose of adopting such regulations as may be thought proper for the good of the Society. A punctual attendance of the members and all others friendly to the cause is earnestly requested. May 10, 1850 “City Affairs.”—The committee chosen for the purpose, …

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    April 28, 2021

    A heavenly phenomenon; a heavy loss of pigs; a witches' march and broom drill

    May 5, 1854 Levee.—The Ladies of the Methodist society held a levee at Pierce’s Hall on Monday evening, the proceeds of which amounted to a handsome sum. The society are endeavoring to get together a sum sufficient to erect a church. Their enterprise deserves the aid of our citizens who favor religion and good morals. April 29, 1864 Was it an Omen? On Sunday evening last, about 9 o’clock, a remarkable phenomenon …

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