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

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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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    April 21, 2021

    Lobster markets, circus advertisements mark coming of spring

    April 23, 1858 Signs of Spring.—Lobster markets have been opened at the corners of the streets, and voices of one hand organ and a hurdygurdy have been heard in the land. April 24, 1868 Among the signs of Spring is the appearance of circus advertisements in the papers. Some of the pure old Java Coffee, that is sold ready prepared, is made of mahogany saw-dust and old boots. Mr Daniel G. Hinds, of this city, has …

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    April 14, 2021

    Good fish from Col. Thompson; bell ringing not so fashionable; Egg King returns

    April 18, 1833 A wild Turkey was recently killed at the foot of Mount Tom—an insurmountable argument against the assertions of naturalists that this bird is extinct in New England. April 21, 1843 There will always be found fresh halibut, and other fish usually caught in our bay, at the store of Col. Robt. Thompson. All who desire a good fish, can confidently rely upon the Colonel, that they will be well and …

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    April 7, 2021

    Cradle sales double in summer and fall; 25 cents per log towed from river

    April 8, 1841 Counterfeit silver coin is in circulation to considerable extent in this vicinity. April 12, 1861 Why is it? A furniture dealer in our city propounded to us the other day the query, why is it that more than double the number of cradles are bought during the summer and fall, than during the winter and spring—which he asserts is certainly the case. We thought the demand for cradles was pretty nearly …

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    March 31, 2021

    Cobwebby throats; a disappointing lecture; the late Rheumatic Oil Company

    April 2, 1852 City or no City?—We hope all interested in this question will be at the town meeting on Saturday, as there are indications that the vote will be a very close one, and for years the town has not been called upon to act upon a more important matter. We think the great question of the time,—“rum or no rum,”—cannot be involved in this. We doubt not we are happier than that conscience-stained individual …

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    March 24, 2021

    Severe freshet dislodges ice, overthrows Wescott stream dam and carries away two bridges

    March 29, 1838 There will be a Methodist Quarterly meeting held at the Methodist Chapel, in this place, commencing on Saturday afternoon next. A protracted meeting was commenced at the same place on Tuesday last and will continue up to the appointed time of the Quarterly Meeting. There has been quite an awakening (as the term is,) among our Methodist friends within the last two or three weeks; and a number have …

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    March 17, 2021

    Sickness on the east side; Billy's window decorations; Sterling Hayden a guest in Searsport

    March 20, 1884 A robin was seen in this city last Thursday morning, but he was a very sick looking bird. Mr. Crockett, who is going into the poultry business, has begun with a flock of Plymouth Rocks and Brahmas. There has been a good deal of sickness on the east side this winter. Physicians have been called over there twenty times since Jan. 1st. A steam whistle has been placed on the foundry building, and the …

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