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

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    December 23, 2020

    Restore daily mail; Maine shipping worth $50 million; an exhibition of ventriloquism

    Dec. 24, 1835 The subject of the mails seems to be awakening in the public mind the interest it deserves. We trust the subject will command and receive the prompt attention of the Postmaster General. It is a remarkable fact that there is not a daily mail from Augusta, the capital of the state, in any direction to the seaboard, except to Brunswick. There was formerly a route from Augusta to Belfast, but in the …

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    December 16, 2020

    Master Rolerson launches Bark Wyandotte; hearse procured for $800; worthy poor fund aids 134 families

    Dec. 17, 1840 Launched, Dec. 12, in this town, from the yard of Master Joseph Rolerson, Bark Wyandotte, 300 tons. Built and partly owned by Capt. Orren Farnhum, for the European trade. Master Rolerson deserves credit for the despatch he has made in building her, being a little short of three months since the keel was laid. She is built mostly of oak, and for beauty of model never was equaled in this town. Dec. …

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    December 9, 2020

    A 698-lb. hog; good skating on Kirby lake; Waldo County patriotism

    Dec. 15, 1830 The Infant School will close next week. The school will be open to receive visitors the remainder of the term, every forenoon, after half past nine o’clock. Dec. 14, 1860 A Big Hog. Philander Shaw, of Troy, slaughtered a few days ago a hog 19 months old, that weighed 698 lbs. Dec. 11, 1890 Marston & Co’s clothing establishment in the Coliseum rink now employs between forty and fifty people in the …

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    December 2, 2020

    Heavy freighting on Boston steamers; sweater knitters much needed

    Dec. 3, 1835 The Schr. Ontario, Patterson, returned to this port on Thursday last, from Sable Island, having been unsuccessful in getting any thing more out of the wreck of the ship Eagle. Capt. P. reports that he found the ship drifted over the inner bar, and filled with sand. It would seem that the East end of the island where the Eagle lies is constantly encroaching upon the sea; several mies having been …

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    November 25, 2020

    Imprisonment for dueling; captured blockade runners; government sidewalk-clearing

    Dec. 2, 1842 We have for a week past enjoyed excellent sleighing, but have received rather apocryphal enjoyment from the cold snap that attended it. The thermometer on Tuesday morning indicated 6 degrees above zero—probably the coldest November day that has occurred for several days. Col. Webb has been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in the State Prison for fighting a duel with Hon. T. F. Marshall. It is …

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    November 18, 2020

    Forty thousand dozens of eggs; a deal in crockery; barrels of Liberty cabbage

    Nov. 21, 1833 Elder Moses McFarland will preach at John Clark’s dwelling house in Northport, on the second Saturday in December next. Nov. 22, 1867 Belfast City Directory. Messrs. Laugford & Chase are now canvassing the City for a work of this kind, to contain the names and residence of all persons living in the place, also the City Government, Schools, Churches, Societies and other matters of interest, relating …

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    November 11, 2020

    A rescue at sea; an arm restored to its natural length; tooth brushes for city school children

    Nov. 15, 1850 An Heroic Act.—Last week a correspondent alluded to the intrepidity of a sailor who saved the lives of a lady and young child who were lost overboard at sea from a vessel commanded by Captain Anderson, bound from Searsport to Bridgeton, Ct. We learn that the person to whom so much credit is due for his prompt and courageous act is Wm. E. Hewes, of this town. The name of the lady rescued was Mary …

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    November 4, 2020

    A bit of Mother Earth, as photographed by Captain Albert W. Stevens

    Nov. 6, 1846 Our citizens, with commendable liberality and forethought, have subscribed the sum necessary to transform the old No. 1 engine into a suction, and it was last week despatched for that purpose. With as much more hose as we now have, and a hook-and-ladder company, we shall then be well prepared for fires. Nov. 7, 1862 The gas works in this city are now in full operation again, furnishing a beautiful …

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    October 28, 2020

    Precocity in a small boy; bricks not injured; ghosts and a tin shower

    Nov. 4, 1829 On Wednesday evening last, the attention of many of the citizens of this town was arrested by a remarkable appearance in the heavens at the western horizon. Its appearance was that of a large fiery star, about the size of a large pumpkin. Our philosophers and astronomers were immediately called out to explain this remarkable appearance, and they by the aid of their glasses began to account for it in …

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    October 21, 2020

    North Waldo Agricultural Society holds 2nd annual fair at Unity

    Oct. 24, 1862 The North Waldo Agricultural Society, embracing the towns of Unity, Troy, Burnham, Thorndike, Jackson, Freedom, Knox and Dixmont, held its second annual fair at Unity, on Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 15th and 16th. The weather on both days was very fine, and the usually quiet village of Unity assumed a very lively appearance, the streets, and the grounds of the society being filled with people, …

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