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

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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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    December 20, 2012

    Santa at the store, playing at the theatre and Dear Santa

    From the files of the Republican Journal in the Belfast Free Library December 23, 1854 “Old Santa Claus will be at the store of Hiram Chase, day and evening previous to Christmas and New Year. Don’t fail to call at 25 Main Street.” December 20, 1894 Concerning local industries “M.B. Lawrence has in process of manufacture over 7,000 garments, either in his shop or out among the sewing women of this vicinity.” “A …

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    December 13, 2012

    The Daguerreotype process, gold piece prize dance and Service Club does good works

    From the files of The Republican Journal at the Belfast Free Library Dec. 11, 1846 “P. Ulmer, Daguerrian Artist, would respectfully inform the Ladies and Gentlemen of Belfast and vicinity, that he has taken rooms over No. 2, Main Street, where he will take miniatures by the Daguerreotype process, in the most approved style — colored or plain, single or in groups, at all times of the day, without regard to dull …

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    December 6, 2012

    At the Opera House, market to open and international cartoon exhibit

    From the files of the Republican Journal in the Belfast Free Library December 2, 1853 The Penobscot Prematurely Closed ”During the recent cold weather, large masses of ice floating in the Penobscot, by compression and large scales running under the surface ice, have prematurely laid an embargo on the navigation at Bangor. The steamers went up with some difficulty on Saturday. Getting alarmed, they attempted to …

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    November 30, 2012

    Quiet Thanksgiving, Story Hour and a food drive…

    December 1, 1836 Married: At Walpole, Comfort Wetherbee, of Dedham, to Miss Unity Fisher, of W. There’s Comfort and Unity, In every community, When fished for by young or by old; May his Fisher’s be doubled. And in winter not troubled, Should the Weather-be ever so cold. December 1, 1887 “Thanksgiving day was unusually quiet in this city. The factories and a majority of the business places were closed. Religious …

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