Pung loads of tom cods, small pox in Morrill, $200 for bullfrogs

Jan 13, 2021

Jan. 18, 1856

To keep Celery.—It must be taken up in November, in the new of the moon, and then prepare a box in your cellar, and put in good earth so the tops stick out four inches: then water occasionally in winter.

E. Mirriam, the indefatigable clerk of the weather informs the people that there has been a great storm and a “cold season.” There is no telling to what profundities science will reach.

The “married folks” had a dance at City Hall last evening. It was a joyous time, and the fathers and mothers of another generation tripped the light fantastic deftly to the music of Whedden and others. None but those who have gone behind the mysterious curtain of Candle and matrimony were admitted. Marriage certificates were the only tickets acknowledged at the door. We should have gone in the regular way, but for a press of business with ourselves and the city clerk.

Jan. 20, 1876

Large numbers of people are looking about the street for employment.

Pung loads of frozen tom cods in our streets challenge the appetites of friends for the frying pan.

One evening last week the flats on the east side of the harbor were brilliantly illuminated by fires and lanterns, which enabled the clam diggers to entice those bivalves from the mud as gracefully as in daylight.

The small pox has broken out in Morrill. On Friday of last week, Mrs. Nathan Greer died of the disorder, and there are other cases reported. Belfast physicians pronounce it genuine small pox. It is not known how the disease found its way there.

Jan. 16, 1896

Mr. John Norton of Frankfort, the well known fox-hunter, visited Prospect recently and while there, a correspondent writes, told some very interesting stories. He asked the boys if they had captured any bullfrogs in Half Moon pond the past few years, and on their replying that they had not, he said that a number of years ago he captured two bullfrogs in this pond that weighed 14 ½ pounds, and that Barnum paid him $200 for them and was glad to get them.

Jan. 20, 1916

The tickets for the firemen’s ball went on sale last Saturday, when 165 were sold. This insures a large attendance, as 180 were sold up to the day of the ball last year when they had the largest number present for years. The firemen will canvass the city next week for food for the supper which will precede the ball and would request all to be ready with promises of what they will contribute.

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

Editor's note: Pung refers to a sleigh with a box-type body.

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