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

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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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    March 10, 2021

    Good seed potatoes; a sportsmen's gun club; the Ladies' Circle fair

    March 11, 1842 We love a good potato, and we can tell a good potatoe, (after munching it), and more than all, we believe we have got as good potatoes as there is to be had. To a farmer, seeds are valuable for two considerations, viz: the amount of yield and the quality. As it is near the time when farmers should begin to think about his seed, we will just remark that fall we purchased of Mr. John D. Dickey, a lot …

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    February 24, 2021

    Reformation of the most rapid kind; profitable mutton; a spacious, light and airy post office

    Feb. 28, 1851 We learn that in the eastern section of the state large contracts are being made for juniper for vessel building, and for railroad sleepers. For the last purpose, cedar has been mostly used, but juniper answers the same purpose. A large portion of the latter is to go to Chili, where there are various railroad enterprises on foot. A new post-office has been established at Monroe Center, and Samuel …

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    February 17, 2021

    Popular alarm over a comet; Dolly, the skating horse; first robin of the season

    Feb. 23, 1832 We find that there has been considerable speculation, and no little popular alarm excited of late amongst us, on the subject of a comet, that, it is supposed will make its appearance during the present year. Children have acquired the belief, that it is to come very near the earth and probably set it on fire; and, we learn, that in a neighboring town, serious apprehensions had become somewhat …

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    February 10, 2021

    Build more snow plows; a masquerade ball at Peavy's hall; rapidly growing radio service

    Feb. 12, 1903 Complaint is made of boys throwing snow balls on the streets. The practice should be stopped before trouble arises. The Belfast post office has received the new issue of postage stamps in 2, 5, 8, and 13 cent denominations, and special delivery. A few years ago Emery Cottrell of this city made a snow plow like those used on the railroads to use in clearing the sidewalks. Monday morning he was using …

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