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

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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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    February 3, 2021

    Three prisoners escape; small pox confined; mail horse slewed around

    Feb. 4, 1853 A “subscriber” has a notion of going to Australia, and wants us to publish information concerning that country. We certainly remember of writing a long account of that charming region. Our subscriber must look his files over. However, in Australia there is plenty of gold, plenty of rascals, both male and female, plenty of bugs and vermin, and plenty of hard work. There are also packet lines to …

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    January 28, 2021

    Channel opened through harbor ice; falling bodies on ice walks; 11 at poor farm

    Jan. 30, 1846 The mate of the brig Wampanoag, Capt. Patterson, of Belfast, which was recently lost near Turks Island, was also on board the Comet, and with the rest was lost. Capt. Patterson and crew have since arrived at New York. We learn that the steamship Bangor, which our readers will recollect was destroyed by fire, has been rebuilt by Franklin Adams, of Bangor, and is to commence her trips for the season …

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    January 20, 2021

    Uncommonly mild winter, sleet on telegraph wires, pickerel in season, B&A railroad strike

    Jan. 25, 1838 We have good sleighing at this time, (Jan. 24,) although the ground is not covered an inch deep, but more than half of which is ice mixed with hail. The thermometer has not been below ten degrees above zero for some six weeks. This far the winter has been uncommonly mild. Jan. 24, 1862 The storm has seriously interfered with the prompt transmission of telegraphic dispatches for the past two or three …

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    January 13, 2021

    Pung loads of tom cods, small pox in Morrill, $200 for bullfrogs

    Jan. 18, 1856 To keep Celery.—It must be taken up in November, in the new of the moon, and then prepare a box in your cellar, and put in good earth so the tops stick out four inches: then water occasionally in winter. E. Mirriam, the indefatigable clerk of the weather informs the people that there has been a great storm and a “cold season.” There is no telling to what profundities science will reach. The “married …

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    January 6, 2021

    Lot of carriages in; Camp Fire Girls hold council; local polio funds exhausted

    Jan. 13, 1887 Mr. E. F. Hanson’s carriage repository at the corner of Washington and Bridge streets is so far completed that he has begun business there. The new building is 40 by 70 feet, 35 feet post on Washington street and 25 feet on Bridge street. With the basement there are four floors, and an elevator will run through the building. On the first floor will be kept carriages of the first grade, with the …

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    December 31, 2020

    Ice fishing for smelts; a dry city; ferocious yells from the woods; Maine Yankee formed

    Dec. 31, 1885 The smelt fishermen now have their canvas tents upon the ice above the bridges, and the regular winter fishing has begun. A monster turkey weighing twenty-four pounds was hanging in Eli Cook’s market last week. The fowl was raised by R. W. Ellis, in this city. Geo. O. Bailey bought the turkey for a Christmas dinner. The sleighing of last week brought out the trotting horses and our streets were …

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