Build more snow plows; a masquerade ball at Peavy's hall; rapidly growing radio service

Feb 10, 2021

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 it on the sidewalk on Northport avenue beyond his home. It was drawn by one horse driven by Mr. Cottrell and did the work thoroughly, piling up the snow on each side and leaving the walk clear. In the city a man with a horse drawing a big scraper and assisted by two boys was at work. The scraper could be used but a short distance before the horse had to be turned into the street to empty it, and the two boys were kept busy shoveling. More work was done with less results than with the snow plow. Moral: build more snow plows.

Feb. 13, 1913

There will be a masquerade ball at Peavy’s hall, Citypoint, Saturday evening, Feb. 15th, with music by Finney’s orchestra.

The Belfast Free library has adopted a new card system called the Newark system. Under this each patron of the library may buy extra cards, for the sum of 5 cents each, the limit being four cards for any one person to hold. This enables people who may be interested in a certain course of reading or study to take out several books at once, and the habit of loaning cards, which has been practiced in the past, will be discontinued.

Feb. 15, 1923

Mrs. L. J. Pottie had a very pleasant experience while recently listening in on the radio set constructed by her son Carroll, a high school boy. She had been catching a concert from New York, when much to her surprise the announcement came that an address was to be given by Admiral William V. Pratt, U. S. N., on the Navy as it is today. Even the figures of tonnage, the reference to a magazine could be distinctly heard. It is one of the most interesting experiences of this rapidly growing radio service with which many homes in Belfast are not connected. Machines are being added every week.

Feb. 16, 1933

A banquet was held in the vestry of the Congregational Church in Brooks at 5:30 Saturday, for the organization of a troop of Boy Scouts. A splendid supper, consisting of baked beans, boiled ham, escalloped potatoes, pies, cakes, coffee and cocoa, was served by the ladies of the parish.

Feb. 12, 1953

The new dog tags for 1953 were received at City Hall Wednesday morning, and it’s time now to drop in and provide your favorite pup with the little dangler for his collar which shows he has a paid-up right to reside in Belfast this year.

This looks like the miniature pattern of oak with a round crown and a particularly sturdy short trunk — and it’s a necessity if you happen to own a dog.

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

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