Hurrah for old Maine!

Sep 13, 2019

Sept. 16, 1842

The Post Office at East Northport, in the County of Waldo, State of Maine, is discontinued, by order of the Post Master General, on account of its inutility. The people living in the vicinity of the above named Post office, will for the future be supplied from the Northport Post Office.

Sept. 13, 1861

Editors of the Rep. Journal: Perhaps the following extracts from a letter just received from California, written by one of our Belfast boys, may interest your readers. If so, they are at your disposal. E. F. C.

“The news of defeat, if defeat it can be called, of the Union troops at Bill’s Run causes great excitement here. Strong men might be seen reading the news, while tears of grief and rage roll down their cheeks. A friend of mine, a great, rough fellow, who, I don’t believe ever cried before in his life, when he had read the account, sat down and sobbed like a child. Poor S. G. felt very downcast at the news that the Maine regiments were mowed down like grass before the enemy’s batteries, but brightened up wonderfully when I reminded him that, at any rate, they did not run. I see by the last account that the Maine Fourth were the last to retreat; that they made the last charge, and then returned leisurely and in good order. Hurrah for old Maine! I would rather be killed than hear that the troops of the old State acted like cowards.”

Sept. 16, 1897

Shipments of live stock from Belfast the past week were not large but were varied. John Carr shipped a 600-pound hog, and Libby Bros. a half a dozen cows, by rail Saturday. James H. Cunningham sent a shipment of cows and calves to Boston by steamer Monday, and L. C. Putnam sent a crate of handsome Brown Leghorn chicks to Malden, Mass. A number of crates of fowls from other parties went by the same boat.

Sept. 15, 1921

The canning factory, managed by the Monmouth Canning Co, is now running at full blast and is employing more help than at any time in its history. The corn is excellent, which causes the farmers to rejoice. Trucks are hauling to the factory from several of the adjoining towns. Recently one truck showed a gross weight of 9350 lbs. Mr. Chester C. Soule, formerly of Gorham, who is now manager, is doing all in his power to please the people. Apples will be canned as soon as the work on the corn is complete. John P. Sanford, who is the field man for the factory, has already purchased 4,000 bbls. of apples for that purpose. The price paid is $2.50 per bbl. at the factory, without the barrel.

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

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