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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 25, 2013

    Grand concert, typhoid source and fan shortage

    July 27, 1855 Grand Concert “Tomorrow (Friday,) evening, the Hoffer Family, (Tyrolean,) will give a grand concert at Peirces’ Hall. These artists come among us with the highest recommendations of the press, and of gentlemen of taste in such matters. The entertainment is highly unique in its character, the performers appearing in the costume of their own country, and singing the songs native to Tyrol, of which we …

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    July 18, 2013

    Circus coming, dial phones and Jurassic Park

    July 18, 1861 The Circus “We caution our readers not to forget the day and date of the coming circus. It is recommended for its completeness in appointments and excellent and chaste performance, by every one. It comes in a good time – just after haying. Let the farmers take a day’s recreation. Also the youths and maidens of those years when the tender passion blooms into the full flower of undying affection – for …

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    July 11, 2013

    Uncle Tom's Cabin, 'Hard Scrabble' and fastest lobster boat

    July 8, 1842 Notice “The Republican Journal will be furnished from this time until the election, for twenty-five cents. – They will be sent by mail or any other usual mode. Orders will commence with this week.” “Dr. George Leonard, Thomsonian Physician and Surgeon, Freedom Village Maine, having devoted several years in obtaining a thorough education in the New School, or Thomsonian practice of medicine and …

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    July 4, 2013

    City Hall ball, performing bear and landing salmon

    July 2, 1852 ”On the 5th, in this place there will be sundry observances and festivities, – a fireman’s parade, a costumed cavalcade on horseback, a ball in the evening at City Hall, under the direction of Mr. Written, etc.” Notice “Mr. J. C. Whitten proposes to furnish an Entertainment for the Ladies and Gentlemen of Belfast and vicinity, to be holden at the City Hall, in Belfast, on Monday, the fifth of July. …

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    June 27, 2013

    Farmers haying, cottagers and swimming pool open

    June 24, 1841 ”The Circus. – The extensive establishment of the Bowery Amphitheater, New York, will pay us a visit on Wednesday next. The exhibition, both circus and menagerie, is highly spoken of by our contemporaries, as well conducted in every respect. The giraffe, the second ever imported to this country will be a great treat to all classes.” “Rev. D. Forbes will lecture on temperance in Prospect Village on …

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    June 20, 2013

    Schooner arrives, honor rolls and food fight

    June 22, 1860 The Coast Survey “The U. S. schooner B. Peirce, engaged in the service of the coast survey, arrived at this port last week, and has been dismantled preparatory to undergoing some repairs. The Peirce is a handsome, fore and after clipper of about sixty tons, built in Baltimore for the Coast Survey service, for which she is admirably adapted. She is of very light draft, but has a movable centre board, …

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    June 13, 2013

    Bridge work, street lights and Northport Scramble

    June 10, 1880 “The Belfast end of Little River bridge is about finished. The roadway has been widened by building two substantial stone walls, one 80, and the other 65 feet long, and filling in with stone. One hundred and five cords of stone were used in the work.” “The persistent small boy with his velocipede makes the sidewalk uncomfortable for pedestrians, in spite of the city marshall’s proclamation.” Liberty …

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    June 6, 2013

    Magnetic telegraph, Clayton The Mystic and Senior Ball

    June 7, 1844 “Lancaster served up green peas at the American House on Sunday. We are inclined to think they are somewhat early for this section.” ”Morse’s Magnetic Telegraph conveys intelligence at a rate of one hundred and sixty thousand miles an hour. According to this the Atlantic might be crossed in a few moments.” June 5, 1890 “Belfast Lodge of Good Templars was treated to an exceptionably fine entertainment …

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    May 23, 2013

    Kerosene lamps, electric rail and library expansion

    May 21, 1858 Light! Light! Light! The Lamp For the Million! H.G.O. Washburn invites the people of Belfast and vicinity to call and examine his KEROSENE OIL and LAMPS, the cheapest, and best light of all the modern inventions. Perfectly safe. Take home a lamp and try it, and buy it if you like it. May 23, 1895 “Sherman G. Swift addressed the Belfast Wheel Club at its regular meeting Tuesday evening, on The League …

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    May 16, 2013

    Lightning strike, Nightingale Day and Eagle Scouts

    May 13, 1880 “Montville — At Centre Montville, Thursday last, there was a heavy shower with hail, thunder and lightning. Amos W. Sproul’s chimney was struck, throwing the stove furniture about the room, and injured Mrs. Carr, a calling neighbor, stunning and benumbing her.” “Stockton — The tempest of Sunday was severe in this town, the thunder and lightning excelling anything ever before known here. Mr. Shute’s …

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