Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Dec. 20, 1861

“The following are in the list of prisoners taken at Bull Run, and now in confinement at New Orleans. They were transferred from Richmond:

Fourth Regiment – Sergeant F. M. Hall, Co. E.; Privates F.J. Stetson, Co. C; J. Trim, Co. H; H. Drisko, Co. F; M. Jackson; H. Story; G. W. Sylvester; S. Sylvester; M. L. Woodcock; G. W. Cunningham, Co. H; Frank Forben, Co. A; S. W. Hewett, Co. I; Israel Millay, Co. A; W. M. Packard, Co. E; D. Craig, Co. D; A. Robertson.”

“There are now some 4000 troops encamped at Augusta. The regiments are mostly full, and will move forward between this and Christmas.”

Dec. 21, 1905

“The proposition to close all business places all day Monday, Christmas, did not carry, but the grocery and provision stores, and probably most of the other business places will close at noon. As it is a legal holiday the banks and public offices will be closed all day and the factories will shut down.”

“The game of basket ball between the Belfast High and Guilford High teams, announced for last Thursday evening at the Opera House, did not come off, Guilford refusing to play as the local team insisted on playing Holmes of last year’s team and a graduate from the High school.”

Dec. 15, 1932

Schools Will Close Friday

The Belfast city schools will close Friday, for the Christmas vacation of two weeks. The out-of-town teachers employed here have made plans for spending the holidays at their respective homes, some in the near vicinity. At the Peirce School the grades will unite Friday for singing Christmas Carols and in repeating memory gems of the holidays. The other annual events have been cancelled this year for several reasons.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: “Madison Square Garden” with Jack Oakie, and “Movie Crazy” starring Harold Lloyd. “Don’t forget Special Shoppers’ Matinee Saturday, Dec. 17 at 4 P.M. Only 15 cents for Adults”

December 21, 1989

The Peirce School Chorus appeared on Dec. 20 on the WVII-TV holiday program, ‘The Santa Show.’ The chorus is directed by Suzanne Pelletier and accompanied by Janet Spaulding.”

Swanville – “Arland Bowen’s family surprised him with a birthday dinner on Dec. 17, held at the home of his son David and wife Betty and children. When birthdays come so near Christmas, it seems as if they are sometimes stinted a bit because of the coming festivities, so let’s congratulate Arland on his thoughtful relatives.”

Brooks – “Fire swept through Andy Smith’s Log Smokehouse Saturday night in Brooks and while no one was injured, the building which housed the smoking operation was a total loss. Smith said that while inventory was kept in another building, the fire will put 17 people out of work temporarily while the smokehouse is rebuilt. Smith hopes to be back in business within thirty days.”