From the files of the Republican Journal, compiled by the staff of The Belfast Free Library.

Jan. 18, 1856

The Proposed New County

"We do not propose to take an active part in the question as to whether a new county shall be erected, with Rockland for the shire town, and for which it will be seen several petitions have gone to the legislature. It is a matter upon which the people of the towns proposed to be incorporated, and who are the interested parties, should not fail to represent themselves. We have received a letter from a gentleman in Camden, who is strongly opposed to the movement, and who unequivocally declares that the people of Camden are opposed to it. He with a great deal of force argues that Waldo is now a compact county – that our county buildings are new and have but just been paid for, and that Rockland offers really nothing to relieve the towns proposed to be taken from Waldo, from new and onerous taxations."

Jan. 20, 1887


”What looked at one time as though it might be a serious fire broke out in one of the dry houses at Mathews Bros. sash and blind factory at midnight Monday. The watchman at the mill saw from the engine room a sudden flash in the dry house and immediately raised the alarm.”

“The fire was confined to the dry house, which was destroyed with its contents. Loss from $1200 to $1500, upon which there is no insurance. It would have been a serious calamity to Belfast had the factory been destroyed.”

“Mr. S. W. Mathews, of the firm, did not hear the alarm of fire and did not know of his loss until he came to the factory Tuesday morning. the proprietors are well satisfied with their efficient watchman and the excellent fire department.”

Jan. 17, 1946

Play Readers' Club Announces Program

"Mrs. Ralph Clifford has the program for the next meeting of the Play Readers' club, the exact date to be announced. 'The More the Merrier' is the screen play to be reviewed. the program for the remainder of the season is as follows: February, 'Casablanca,' in charge of Mrs. Claude Clement; March, 'Cry Havoc' Mrs. Manley Ellingwood; April, 'Hasty Heart' Miss Louise Bryant. A supper meeting, with program to be announced, will be held in May, which will close the season.”

”Seventeen new men arrived at the Belfast Coast Guard Base Saturday, making a total of 226 men now stationed here. More men are arriving daily, according to officers at the base. Most of the men live in the Barracks in Belfast, but a few have their families here and are living in apartments or rooms.”

Jan. 17, 1991

George Patterson, 1923 – 1991

By Polly Saltonstall

"George W. Patterson, Jr., an innovative printer and businessman who helped steer the Republican Journal for almost five decades, died Jan. 10, 1991, at his home. He was 67. Born in Belfast where he spent most of his life, Patterson graduated from Crosby High School in 1942."

"Patterson worked as a house painter, a gas station mechanic and a sign painter, but he is best remembered for the more than 42 years he spent working at the Republican Journal where he held just about every job except editor, including delivery boy, advertising manager, general manager, production manager and publisher. He started as a pressman under the GI Bill in 1948.”