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

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    February 28, 2013

    Weatherbee's, Saturday Cove and Advanced Thinking

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Feb. 25, 1853 More New Goods at Weatherbee’s Received in the past week, at Weatherbee’s, a large lot of new and desirable goods, which he now offers at greater bargains than ever before offered in Belfast, and solicits the patronage, not only of all customers of his store, but of all others, both in the city and country, …

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    February 21, 2013

    Evening school opens, Tuberculin tests and snow drifts

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Feb. 22, 1894 Evening School ”The evening school under the auspices of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union was started last Friday evening under favorable conditions. The school numbered twenty-seven pupils. Classes were formed in arithmetic, grammar and spelling, and a lesson given in the former. Mr. H. E. Ellis of …

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    February 14, 2013

    Signal suspended, snow storm and Smith supper

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Feb. 10, 1854 “The Belfast Signal is to be once more suspended, the new publisher finding it does not pay the expense of publication. Belfast, though a city, will contain but one paper, the Journal, which is such a one as the citizens of Belfast will show their good sense by supporting liberally, notwithstanding Mr. …

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    February 7, 2013

    New clubs, choir and children

    From the files of The Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Feb. 4, 1853 “A select school will be opened in the Brick School House, on Monday, the 7th of February next, under the charge of James Staples. A class in Navigation can be accommodated. Tuition: Higher English branches, per week – 0 33 Common English branches, per week – 0 25 Lower English branches, per week – 0 16” Feb. …

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    January 31, 2013

    Land Ho, Hartshorn birthday and bottle law

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Jan. 31, 1845 Land Ho! “This is the joyful, and sometimes woeful cry of the mariner, on making land. I say Land, Ho! But, it is with a mixture of pleasure and regret. Pleasure at the prospect of soon seeing my old demands out of my possession, where they will vex me no more; and pain at the shape and the hands they will …

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    January 24, 2013

    Sardine factory, Aroostook County potatoes and ladies' curling

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Jan. 23, 1879 “The levee and ball given last week by No. Two engine company, at Hayford Hall, was a success in every particular. The contributions from the citizens were liberal and of excellent quality. The attendance was large, and everybody seemed satisfied. The music was one of the best features of the occasion, …

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    January 17, 2013

    New County, fire and Play Readers' Club

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Jan. 18, 1856 The Proposed New County “We do not propose to take an active part in the question as to whether a new county shall be erected, with Rockland for the shire town, and for which it will be seen several petitions have gone to the legislature. It is a matter upon which the people of the towns proposed to be …

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    January 10, 2013

    Reading room, Bundles for Britain and gale winds

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Jan. 10, 1851 Reading Room “We have now completed arrangements and opened a reading room sufficiently large in it’s arrangements, we think, to meet the wants of our mercantile and business men, and reading public.” “Many of our citizens, who, it seems to us are interested in sustaining something of the kind, are not yet …

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    January 4, 2013

    Mansion renovation, 'new' Fowles and MaineLife Magazine

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. Jan. 4, 1850 Notice “The subscriber having arranged his affairs with a view of starting for California in a few weeks, respectfully requests those who may be indebted to him to make immediate payment as the items are absolutely needed in crossing the Isthmus. He most cordially thanks his customers for their patronage …

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    December 28, 2012

    Steamer notes, extensive lumbering and PeeWee basketball

    From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library. December 24, 1841 Baking Establishment H.R. Sargent continues to carry on the baking business at his old stand in the brick building near the foot of Main street. Bread of excellent quality and of all kinds always on hand; families constantly supplied with Bread, Pies, Cakes, etc. Pilot and Ship Bread, for ship use, put …

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