Dumpish frog, scarcity of labor for harvesting, abundant autumn foliage

Oct 18, 2019

Oct. 22, 1841

How came it there? – Jacob H. Bagley, of Montville, in Sept. last, dug out a live frog, 28 feet below the surface of the ground. It was black and of small size. Mr. Bagley had dug into some loose sand where the water made its way into the well very freely, and here the frog was found. It was dumpish when discovered and when taken out to the sun seemed to lose its strength immediately. It crawled off, however, in a short time. Mr. Bagley is positive the frog never fell into the well. The question next comes up, – how came it there? Who can answer? He must have had a long, lonesome, cold, cheerless, dark time of it.

Oct. 18, 1888

The east wall of Odd Fellows Block will shut out the light in the printing room of W. C. Tuttle, photographer. Mr. Tuttle will do his printing in the forenoon and will not be injured in the least.

The Maine Central railroad company ought to place a gate across Bridge street, in this city, at the railroad crossing where the accident occurred Tuesday. There have been several accidents at the same place involving law suits against the company. The bridge is the main thoroughfare for the northern portion of Waldo county to and from the city and there is a large amount of travel at this point. Another perplexing thing for strangers at this place is the fact that above the crossing, when the train comes in, the engine disconnects from the train and at an increased speed comes in ahead. Frequently after the engine passes, strangers do not realize that the remaining portion of the train is coming, and attempt to pass over. The company should put a gate across the highway at the crossing, and we believe the city has a right to demand it.

Oct. 21, 1909

There is general complaint of the scarcity of labor for harvesting in this vicinity and in many places the women have gone to work in the potato fields and engaged in gathering apples.

Autumn Leaves. The abundant foliage of the past season has provided the most beautiful autumn leaves seen for many seasons. The woodbine covering the house and tree trunks on the W. H. McLellan place on Primrose Hill make a very attractive picture. The deep-red leaves on the Field Oak, the class tree of B. H. S., ’03, on the upper school house common, would appeal strongly to the many absent members of that class, and the graceful maple on the Spring street side of the Unitarian church yard, that for so many years has displayed its gorgeous tints, is more brilliant than ever before. Another maple at the Miller street corner of Church street has been dropping leaves most perfect in texture and tones. In fact, all over town the delicate yellow of the towering elms, the brilliant reds of the maples and the deep garnets of the woodbines have been for some time a delight to the eye. The old part of Grove Cemetery was literally carpeted last Thursday with the falling maple leaves.

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

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