Lively fishing at Goose Pond, real estate boom in Belfast, Freshman Prize Speaking at Freedom Academy

Jan 09, 2020

Jan. 14, 1869

Our job office, which has been for some weeks suspended in its operations, for want of a workman, is now again in running order. Those who desire work neatly and expeditiously done, are invited to give us a call. Every description, from a visiting card to a mammoth poster, got out at short notice.

The fishing is lively at Goose Pond—a beautiful lake to the northward, that deserves a better name. Since the law forbidding the netting of the trout, and catching them on spawning beds, has gone into operation, they have increased wonderfully. A great many are taken, weighing from two to eight pounds each.

A horse has forty teeth; twenty-four grinders, four tushes, and twelve incisors or nippers. The colt is born with eight double teeth; at about two months of age four more appear, one upon each jaw. At one year four more come, and at the age of two, four others, and at three four more, making the mouth full. Twenty-four grinders.

Jan. 15, 1885

Mr. Pierce, superintendent of the Belfast Gas Works, informs us that there has been gradual increase in the consumption of gas for the past four years. The greatest demand is when the two public halls are open. The two skating rinks consume a large amount, but when they are running other public places are closed. Some of the public houses have discontinued the use of gas and light by kerosene. The gas company is bursting.

Jan. 15, 1920

The real estate boom in Belfast and surrounding towns has cause[d] the record entry of 2,004 deeds at the Waldo County Registry of Deeds for the year ending January 10th. The boom has not reached its height according to the present indications and there will necessarily be a building boom in the near future to accommodate the city’s actual needs.

The trials for the Freshman Prize Speaking were held at Freedom Academy during the afternoon sessions of January 9 and 12. From a class of twenty, evenly divided between boys and girls, five boys and five girls were selected for the finals. The speaking was unusually good for an entering class and some students who showed real talent had to be excluded from the finals by the limitation on the number that could be trained and speak…The Prize Speaking itself will be held in the Freedom church on Thursday evening, February 19th. With the talent displayed in the trials and the training the speakers will receive in the meantime, it should be one of the best Freshman Speakings ever held by the Academy.

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

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