Running water to any room; a building boom in Belfast; excavating for Front Street sewer

Jul 15, 2020

July 17, 1873

Chowder parties on the shore of the bay are popular just now.

Our streets have been very quiet for ten days past. Everybody is at home haying.

This is the season of outdoor enjoyment. Drives, excursions, picnics and fishing parties down the bay are now the order of the day.

Among the improvements in our new office is an air-chambered, double-acting force-pump, worked by the steam engine. This pump draws water from the cistern in the cellar and from a well in the rear of the office. By means of the hose attached, water can be carried to any part of the building and thrown upon those adjoining, so that in case of fire in the vicinity we can protect ourselves and help our neighbours. We can’t go to a fire, but if one comes to us, it can be fought vigorously.

July 19, 1888

A pipe was laid last week to supply water for the Odd Fellows Block. The building will have all the modern improvements and conveniences.

The building boom in Belfast continues. Durham & Hall say that as soon as their deed comes they will open their new purchase, the Allyn lot, and sell off building lots. Two streets will be laid out through the lot and given to the city. One lot has been disposed of to a Mr. Pendleton, who will build a house this summer. Capt. Joseph Conant will probably take another lot and build a house this fall or next season. A party is negotiating for a shore lot. This is one of the most desirable building places in town, and it will not be many years before it is covered over with houses.

July 18, 1901

Cottrell & Stickney began excavating for the Front street sewer last Friday morning, with a crew of local help. Fales & Ulmer of Rockland have their steam drill ready and will begin work soon.

Henry W. Marriner has a very large and beautiful climbing rose bush at his residence at the corner of Congress and Grove streets. It is the “Queen of the Prairie” variety. It covers a large part of the side of the L, and is completely covered with blossoms. This year’s shoots have grown 7 feet, and will probably more than double that before the season is over.

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


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