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Starting for California; tents with subterranean fire-places; one of the state’s best cracker makers; some pupils’ first Christmas tree

Jan 01, 2018

Jan. 4, 1850

NOTICE. The subscriber having arranged his affairs with a view of starting for California in a few weeks, respectfully requests those who may be indebted to him to make immediate payment as the items are absolutely needed in crossing the Isthmus. He most cordially thanks his customers for their patronage during the past eighteen years and wherever he may be will feel a lively interest in their welfare and happiness. - Geo Pendleton

Jan. 3, 1862

The army correspondent of the Boston Herald says: ‘The Maine boys exhibit much ingenuity in the construction of tents and their interior arrangements. The latest fashion for winter is a two-story tent. The first story, three feet high, is made of small logs, partially squared and neatly laid with a cement composed of the sacred soil of Virginia and water. The chinks are all plastered with this cement, which renders the apartment, which is covered by a story of canvas, entirely comfortable. Some of the tents are supplied with subterranean fire-places, which have flues running underground to a convenient distance outside of the tent and others are provided with camp stoves. Hardly any two of the tents of the regiment are alike in their internal economy, each mess constructing furniture and sleeping accommodations according to their taste.’

Jan. 5, 1888

The Gurney hot water heating apparatus for the Belfast Public Library has arrived and is being set up. It is expected that heat will be turned on the last of the week. There will be radiators in the reading room. Books have been selected and are awaiting shipment, and will be put in as soon as the heating apparatus is completed.

Mr. Asa F. Riggs, baker, of this city, is one of the best cracker makers in the State, but he bakes only for the local trade. He makes about eight barrels per week. Next season Mr. Riggs will have his place of business on Main street. If a suitable lot can be procured he will build, if not he will rent a place. He says he shall have new and improved facilities and will enlarge his business.

Jan. 3, 1895

Clark, the Clothier and Tailor, 83 Main street, sent out a novel advertisement last week. With an accompanying circular he mailed to probable customers a business card to which was attached a brand new cent, and underneath was printed: ‘You are one cent ahead now; you will be dollars ahead if you take advantage of our liberal offer for high class custom clothing to order.’

The freight train on the Belfast branch is receiving attention from the repairers. The baggage car has just been returned from the shops with new trucks and an additional tool closet. Engine No. 87, which has been doing service here during the summer and fall, has been replaced by No. 94, a more modern machine.

Dec. 30, 1915

Swanville Center. Miss Charlotte Staples of Belfast, who is teaching in district 1 and 2, had a very pretty Christmas tree at the schoolhouse last Friday afternoon for her pupils. Quite a number of the parents attended. The tree was decorated very prettily and held many useful presents for all. It showed the untiring devotion of Miss Staples to her pupils, as it represented a good deal of work, and for some it was their first Christmas tree.

Dec. 30, 1937

Belfast and Rockland Bands To Broadcast from Belfast. The Belfast Band journeyed by bus to Rockland Tuesday evening, December 28, to meet with the Rockland Band for the purpose of formulating a series of programs for the broadcast on Tuesday nights in the month of January. Tuesday night, January 4, the Belfast and Rockland bands will broadcast for the first time over the air from 7:15 to 7:45 o’clock. A temporary studio will be set up in Belfast Band hall and transmitted from there by wire to Station WLBZ in Bangor and then out over the air.

Jan. 1, 1948

Old Belfast Mansion To Be Renovated, and Grounds Landscaped. Mr. And Mrs. Sherman English, who recently purchased the Partridge House so-called, at the corner of Church and Park streets, are planning many repairs and changes. They are having the interior entirely redecorated and are installing an all-electric kitchen. According to the history of Belfast, this house was built in 1840, by Calvin Ryder of Boston and Belfast, architect and builder, for Hiram O. Alden.



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