Local & Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Nov. 1, 1861

Letter from one of the Maine 4th.

Head Quarters, Camp Knox, Near Alexandria, Oct.25.

"Friend Moore: As it has been a long time since I have written to you, perhaps a few lines coming from the army of the Potomac may be of interest to you. I trust that you always hear good reports from the Maine troops. For as a general thing I believe that the Maine boys make as good, if not the best soldiers of any in the field. And it is said by the Massachusetts troops that at the battle of Bull Run the Maine 4th Regiment was in reality further advanced in the fight than any other troops; Our old regimental flag shows many honorable scars. When we passed in review by Gen. McClellan, and he saw the riddled old flag, he took his cap clear off and made a bow to it, which gladdened the hearts of the boys. J. L. G.”

Oct. 29, 1896

The Belfast Schools

“The Belfast teachers are holding regular meetings for study in relation to their work. The teachers of the city schools meet the Friday afternoon before the regular meeting of the School Committee Monday evening and the teachers of the suburban schools the Friday afternoon following. They discuss management, discipline, methods of instruction, etc. Special meetings of both classes are also held from time to time to study special work. A meeting was held Monday afternoon to consider vertical penmanship.”

Oct. 30, 1930

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks in 'Taming of the Shrew,' and Hoot Gibson in 'Trigger Tricks.'

Public Bad Manners

"Almost every first-time visitor compliments Belfast upon its well kept lawns and buildings. Unfortunately, in many cases, the praise can not be extended to include the sides of the streets. In the business portion of the city, the condition of the streets is admirable and will bear comparison with those anywhere. In the residential sections however, praise can not truthfully be bestowed. In altogether too many instances there is a disposition to use the roadside for the deposition of refuse and await the removal of such by the city authorities. This is not confined to householders alone, but pedestrians thoughtlessly throw anything they may want to discard into the gutter. To thus litter the streets with debris is a piece of bad manners."

Oct. 27, 1977

"A monument inscribed with the words, 'John and Mary Enk Memorial Boat Landing,' was just completed this week and represents the first in a series of planned improvements of the City Boat Landing. The Enks left money to the City of Belfast for the beautification of the harbor area, 'patterned after the one in Camden,' according to Frank Shaw, a member of the harbor committee. Plans were drawn up by Belfast architect Andy Kuby to include a flag pole and a pedestrian walk around the south and east perimeters of the municipal landing."

"Islesboro's last ice house won't be standing much longer. Located at the southern end of the island, it was once the site of a thriving ice business run by the late Pyam E. Hatch. He supplied the town with ice for many years, until electric refrigeration took over."