A small boy's small swindle; 100 years since settlement of Belfast

Dec 04, 2019

Dec. 10, 1868

A small boy has been perpetrating a small swindle by calling on business men with the information that he has left clams at their houses, and demanding pay. Expectation of chowders has been disappointed in a good many instances. That boy has got a strong inclination towards the state institution at Thomaston.

Dec. 8, 1870

It is one hundred years since the settlement of Belfast, and our citizens propose to take suitable notice of the occasion. A committee chosen at a recent meeting has corresponded with Hon. Joseph Williamson, who has consented to deliver an address on the 21st or 22d inst., to which other appropriate exercises will be added. Mr. Williamson has given to the history of this locality a great deal of thought, labor and patient investigation, and from the abundant records and memoranda in his possession will be able to give a most interesting account of the early inhabitants, who they were, and through what labors and sacrifices they prepared homes and comforts for those who came after them.

Dec. 6, 1917

The first public dance of the season was given in the Opera House Thanksgiving eve under the auspices of Silver Cross Lodge, Knights of Pythias. McKeen’s orchestra furnished music. There were about thirty couples in attendance. Many were prevented from attending on account of the deep snowfall that evening.

At a recent meeting of the school committee it was voted to grant the petition to change the name of the Brick school in East Belfast to the Kelley school in honor of one of the oldest settlers of that section of the city, the late Major Benjamin Kelley. He was the founder of the Kelley Axe Factory and the family were prominent many years in that district until the death of his son, the late Benjamin Kelley, when the homestead was sold. Edward H. Kelley of Bangor and Miss Elizabeth A. Kelley of Belfast were teachers in this school in their younger days. Major Kelley’s sons, Benjamin and Louira, were in the Civil War. Mrs. Etta Piper Savery, also a member of one of the older and well known families in this district and whose daughter, Miss Ethel S. Savery, is now principal of the school, will present the Kelley school with a service flag. It will have five stars for former pupils, Willis and Guy Pattershall in the Navy, Chester Robbins and Emery Flanders “Over There” and Hiram Ellis at Camp Devens in Ayer, Mass. Mrs. Savery is prominent in the Maine G. A. R. Circle, the Daughter of Veterans and is a member of the local D. A. R. Chapter. All these societies will be represented at the formal presentation of the flag to-morrow, Friday, evening.

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

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