Local & Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Nov. 8, 1861

Col. Marshall. “The correspondent in the Maine 7th, writing to the Portland Courier under date of the 27th ult., says: ‘The 7th M. V. M. left their encampment last Friday. They left under the most disheartening circumstances. Their Colonel expired at about the same hour, (9 A. M.) that they were ready to march to the depot. Some of the men did not know of his decease, though it was known among the officers, but I saw some of those who had heard of the painful fact, and they were weeping like children at the loss of a father. Col. Marshall’s remains were escorted yesterday morning, by our regiment to the depot, en route for Maine. Chandler’s band performed several pieces adapted to the occasion, but one – Pleyel’s Hymn – was so touchingly effective as to break the motley crowd assembled as spectators, into tears. Strong men as well as little children sobbed aloud, as the body was borne the length of the line.’”

Nov. 3, 1904

"The dealers in dry goods have signed an agreement not to use in connection with their business any trading stamps, punch cards, cash register checks, or to give premiums on purchases, for two years from November 10th. "

"Special Notice! Double Trading Stamps In Our Dry Goods Dept. Until November 10,

Or as long as the stamps we now have on hand last. They may last only two or three days. If you have a book to fill wouldn't it be well to get the stamps now? Carle & Jones, 2 Stores – 5 Floors – Main Street, Belfast."

Nov. 9, 1944

"The First Baptist Church of Belfast was damaged late Saturday afternoon by a fire which started in a basement partition around the furnace pipe and burned up through into the organ and choir loft, entirely destroying the excellent pipe organ and consuming the choir loft chairs and a large quantity of music stored in the organ pump room. Although the fire was confined successfully by the efforts of the Belfast Fire Department to the corner of the auditorium occupied by organ and choir loft, the steel ceiling and paint at the rear of the auditorium were blackened and blistered and it will be necessary to refinish at least the front pews."

Nov. 4, 1965

Belfast Area High School

Lynne Curtis

"A victory over Skowhegan last Saturday gives us now a 6-2 rating in the win – loss column. There's nothing wrong with that record! This Saturday will be the traditional game with Rockland. There's always been a lot of competition between our schools and this game will be no different – so come to Rockland where our Lions meet the tigers, if you want to see some fur fly!"

Playing at the Colonial: "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" in space-blazing color.

Nov. 5, 1992

"The leader of Green Streets!, a Belfast group which plants trees in public places, will address the Belfast Garden Club on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 1 p.m. Mike Hurley, self-styled 'tree commando,' began the project about 15 years ago when he saw the need for public planting to replace trees lost to disease, development and shortsightedness. Since then a group of about 10 people has planted hundreds of trees in Belfast at the courthouses, schools, waterfront, and on city streets."