Storm opens the hangars; bay is ice free; granite cutters strike

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February 25, 1842

The violent storm last week was as violent elsewhere as here. Several sheds have had no roofs or have been knocked down in this vicinity. In Bangor, a fire alarm added to the terrors of the scene, but fortunately little damage was caused by the flames. It will be seen that several melancholy catastrophes occurred on board the ships, but the wonder is perhaps that no more occurred.

February 27, 1857

The eastern bay, we understand, is now entirely ice-free, as is part of the western part, so we can see the blue water distinctly again. If the current mild weather lasted two or three days, it would completely relieve us of our embargo.

February 25, 1875

Good skating on the roadstead on Sunday, which the impious indulged in.

When a carriage loaded with onions arrives on the railway, as it happened the other day, everyone smells it.

Dr. Homer will give an illustrated lecture on the human head, in the Methodist sacristy, on Saturday evening, February 27, from 8 p.m.

March 1, 1900

Even postal drivers are obliged, as common carriers, to submit a bill of lading bearing a one-cent revenue stamp for each package received and delivered by them. One recently bought a yeast cake from a shop in Belfast for an out-of-town customer. It cost 2 cents, and he went through the whole process like he would for a larger purchase.

A general strike by New England granite cutters is scheduled for today, March 1, to enforce a demand for eight hours of work with a minimum price of $3 a day.

February 24, 1921

The international commercial radio station, which has been built here over the past few months, started operating at midnight on Thursday, everything was working perfectly. There are now four Operators under Director Hazelbaker, but it is expected that eight or ten will be needed later.

The Board of Registration will be in session for ten days, beginning March 2, to review and correct the voter rolls for the municipal election, which will take place on March 14. The attention of women is particularly drawn to this advertisement. At registration last fall, many women did not register with either party and several men familiar with the law said they would have to declare their party preference before they could vote in the primaries.

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

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