Journal Files

An April snow storm, blockading gun-boat Penobscot, theatre gifts to ladies

Apr 10, 2017

This week in history from the files of The Republican Journal as compiled by staff of Belfast Free Library.

April 11, 1845

The snow storm on Monday and Tuesday has made very bad travelling. The members of the Legislature, however anxious to get home, had to content themselves with a snail's pace. Mr. Bean, our worthy representative, came over at the rate of two miles an hour, in a coach.

Phenix Livery Stable

The subscriber continues the stable connected with the Phenix House, and will be happy at all hours to put up Horses, and give them all proper and careful attention. Horses and Carriages can be had at all times. Travellers are invited to call – and all who wish to hire will be accommodated on very reasonable terms. Moses McFarland.

April 10, 1863

The Washington correspondent of the New York Herald makes the following mention of the gun-boat Penobscot: ‘The gun-boat Penobscot, Commander DeHaven, which came to the Washington Navy Yard from the Wilmington blockading station for repairs, has received a general overhauling, and is now nearly ready for sea again. She will probably not go back to the Wilmington station, as she is too slow to deal with the fast Clyde built steamers that the rebels are running into Wilmington, and which show their heels to the Mount Vernon, the fastest vessel we have on the station. The propeller of the Penobscot, as with some others of her class, has proved too small for her engines. The fact that for the eleven months the Penobscot was off Wilmington her fires were out less than ten times, and during that time her screw made five million six hundred thousand revolutions, shows the exhausting wear and tear our blockaders are subject to by the nature of the service.'

April 9, 1896

City Marshall Kimball tendered his resignation Tuesday, on account of dissatisfaction with the police force elected Monday evening. He offered, however, to serve until after the adjourned meeting of the City Council next Monday evening, when the matter can be acted on. Tuesday night he appointed policemen Murch and Edgecomb for night service until the regular appointments are made. Mayor Hanson says he shall leave the choice of night police to the City Council, and not, as in the past, appoint them in conjunction with the City Marshall.

Union Harvest Grange, Centre Montville, recently had a contest in which Brothers and Sisters took sides, captained respectively by Milton Wentworth and Miss Cora Poland. The Sisters won.

A Singular Family Record – In the Braley family of this city four generations in the male line are now living, in which there is a difference of 27 years between each father and son. Amaziah was born in 1810; his son James H., in 1837; his son Alton K., in 1864; and his son Earl in 1891.

Blue and Gray – One of Belfast’s boys in blue, a member of Co. K, 4th Maine, recently met in business a man who at one time was quite directly opposed to him in arms. At the battle of Fredericksburg the 4th Maine made a charge on the enemy’s lines, and were met by an independent regiment of Confederates. He who represented the gray was a captain in that independent regiment, and the two men recalled several incidents which were noticed by both at the time.

April 13, 1939

Gifts to Ladies at Colonial Theatre

Tuesday night is Gift night for the lady patrons of the Colonial Theatre. A full sized bottle of Priscilla Parker, "Cocoanut Oil Shampoo," will be given to every lady attending. This gift is absolutely free. If you attend in the afternoon you may receive your gift by purchasing an evening ticket. The screen attraction Tuesday is The Lady and the Mob, featuring the academy prize winner, Faye Bainter, and is a farce comedy depicting the lighter side of gangland.

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