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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 9, 2013

    Freedom Academy, first salmon and poling the river

    May 5, 1838 Freedom Academy “This Academy will go into operation under the charge of George Field, a late graduate of Bowdoin College. It is believed that this Academy will afford at least equal advantages with any in this vicinity. A large part of the annual grant from the State of $200 is to be expended in procuring a complete set of school apparatus and library for the use of scholars. The terms of tuition are …

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    May 2, 2013

    'Farmers' House' fire, Belfast baseball and at the Drive-in

    May 3, 1850 “On Saturday morning last, about 3 o’clock, the ‘Farmers’ House,’ owned by H. H. Johnson and occupied as a tavern by Josiah N. White, was discovered to be on fire in the attic, and when the engines arrived on the ground the fire had broken out through the roof. Although the building was wholly consumed, the stable and other buildings immediately contiguous were prevented from taking fire. The fire …

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    April 25, 2013

    Pike's Peak, entertaining vets and after-work mixer

    April 22, 1859 Guide to Pike’s Peak “Parker & Huyett’s Illustrated Hand Book and Guide to Pike’s Peak, with a late and accurate Map of the country, showing the location of the Gold and Silver Mines, just published and for sale by J. S. Caldwell.” Garden Seeds “Early Jefferson and Sweet Corn, Tuscorora do., early Peas, Beans, &c. Also seeds in papers. For sale by H. G. O. Washburn.” April 24, 1919 Our Uniformed …

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    April 18, 2013

    Brig for sale, Earl's birthday and steamer arrives

    April 16, 1847 For Sale! ”A new brig, now on the stocks, of about 175 tons, built of superior materials, white oak, hard pine, and juniper timber, copper fastened, will be rigged on the stocks, and made ready for sea by the last of April next. For further particulars apply to Wm. Tilden.” Notice ”The legal voters of School Districts No. 4 and 5, in Belfast, are hereby notified to assemble in the upper room in the …

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    April 11, 2013

    Bad traveling, Marshall resigns and Passy River Race

    April 11, 1845 “The snow storm on Monday and Tuesday has made very bad traveling. The members of the Legislature, however anxious to get home, had to content themselves with a snail’s pace. Mr. Bean, our worthy representative, came over at the rate of two miles an hour, in a coach.” Phenix Livery Stable “The subscriber continues the stable connected with the Phenix House, and will be happy at all hours to put up …

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    April 4, 2013

    Washburn reelected, booze bust and an icy harbor

    April 2, 1858 The Schools On Saturday at the district school meeting, H. G. O. Washburn was reelected school agent for the city district. With the last week the schools close for the fiscal year of the district, and a vacation is now being enjoyed by both teachers and scholars. The last week of the term, all the city schools were open to the public. The examinations were generally attended, and we hear of a …

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    March 28, 2013

    Return those books, Craftsmens' Guild and Godspell

    March 24, 1854 Circulating Library ”All persons holding books belonging to the Circulating Library, whether taken out by themselves or others, will greatly oblige by returning them immediately. As soon as the books that are now out shall be returned – the Library will be put in good order, and new books added, – making it worthy of the continuance of public patronage. H. G. O. Washburn” March 24, 1898 “The last …

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    March 21, 2013

    Private ball, polo games and Speedway scouts

    March 18, 1829 Private Ball ”Benjamin Shaw Esq. of Frankfort gave an entertainment at his residence, on the evening of the 4th of March, in honor of the inauguration of President Jackson. Invitations were given to persons in the adjoining towns, and in Belfast, Castine, Bangor, and other places. The bad state of the roads prevented many from participating in the festivities of the occasion. About 60 persons …

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    March 15, 2013

    At the Lyceum, signs of spring and good neighbors

    March 10, 1848 ”The day of carrying the mail from Lincolnville to Islesboro’ has been changed from Thursday to Friday, so that the Journal will get on to the Island the day that it is published, instead of remaining a week in the Lincolnville office. The Journal will now give later news to the inhabitants of that Island than can be obtained from any other paper. Will our friends there procure for us an addition …

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    March 7, 2013

    Military ball, Teachers' Club and derby winners

    March 6, 1879 “The annual ball of the military company took place Tuesday evening. There were some sixty couples in attendance. The dancing was varied by an exercise of arms by the company, which did them great credit. The guess pig, to win which was more a matter of good luck than judgment, fell to the lot of Col. Philo Hersey, he guessing 393 3/4, while the actual weight was 391.” March 4,1937 At the Colonial …

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