Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Dec. 27, 1861

“The Maine Farmer of last week says: Col. Goddard’s Cavalry regiment will be conveyed by steamers from Portland to Annapolis. The regiment is now ready for its departure, and is awaiting the arrival of transports to take them to their destination. They will go from this city to Portland by rail. Col. Dow’s regiment of infantry, the 13th, accompanied by two of the batteries of light artillery will also leave for the seat of war next week. All the companies have been mustered into service. The 14th and 15th regiments, Cols Nickerson and McClusky, with the remaining batteries of artillery, it is expected, will leave in about two weeks”

“Almost every paper chronicles the good efforts of the ladies of their localities in behalf of the soldiers. We have not done so. Our townswomen are practical and don’t care about notoriety; but we learn that their activity in this behalf has not abated from the first.”

Dec. 27, 1894

Skating and Iceboating

“Not for years has there been a season so favorable for the skater and the ice-boater. For weeks past the muck pond, otherwise known as Kirby Lake, has been resorted to by hundreds, daily and nightly, and other nearby ponds and streams which congealed later have not been neglected. But iceboating has been confined to Quantabacook, where Messrs. F. G. White and Jas. C. Durham own a nice boat on which they and their friends have had fine sport the past week. It is only on the rare occasions when the harbor freezes over that Belfast attains the dignity of a fleet of iceboats; but at Bucksport this is a regular winter sport and Alamoosook pond is the scene of many exciting contests.”

Dec. 23, 1948

“The Taxi and Bus Ordinance which brought many people out to the council meeting was tabled for further consideration by the council when a group of business men who operate businesses on High Street expressed opposition to the locating of a taxi stand in front of their business establishments. Although no opposition was registered against having buses arriving and departing from the proposed stand, they did object to the entire area being turned over to taxi drivers for twenty-four hour use. Several suggestions were made by the merchants and business men present, but none met with the approval of the council.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: “A Date with Judy” starring Wallace Beery, Jane Powell, Elizabeth Taylor, Carmen Miranda, Xavier Cugat and Robert Stack. “Top Technicolor Hit of the Year!”

Dec. 23, 1993

Belfast – “The City Council approved hiring Steve Boguen as Animal Control Officer. At the recommendation of City Manager Arlo Redman, the council raised the rate of compensation from $135 per month to $150 per month. The city had been without an ACO since October. Boguen works for the city in the public works department.”

Christmas Cheer Awards – “Downtown Belfast set a new standard in Christmas displays, by most accounts. Many downtown business owners outdid themselves in decorating their storefronts. Each year, the Chamber awards the best decorations in commercial and residential categories. Chamber board member John Patten said the following were winners in the commercial category: Coyote Moon, Lower Main Street, first place; Gull Motel, Searsport Avenue, second place; Belfast Water District, Northport Avenue, third place. The Belfast Fire Department on Belmont Avenue was given an honorable mention.”