Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Jan. 24, 1862

“Chaplain Chase writes to the Rockland Gazette that the Maine fourth regiment is in a fine condition of efficiency and health, and that the members have got accustomed to military life, in which they enjoy themselves very much.”

“The remains of Jacob Taylor, a member of the 8th Maine, who died at Port Royal, were brought to Belmont, his former place of residence, arriving on Monday. Mr. Taylor enlisted in the company of which J. F. Milliken, Esq., was captain.”

Jan. 19, 1888

“Sunday’s rain took off the snow, leaving the streets and sidewalks coated with ice. Early Monday morning it blew great guns for a time, and then settled down to a stiff northerly breeze, with the mercury about zero. Tuesday it moderated and in the night began to snow, and there was quite a heavy fall by Wednesday morning. It is hoped that the snow has come to stay.”

“Mr. Fred W. Pote, steamboat agent in this city, went to Boston Monday to settle matters concerning the recent accident to the wharf. Every thing has been made snug for the winter.”

Jan. 19, 1939

“The first cotillion of the season sponsored by the Business and Professional Women’s club will be held Jan. 30 in the club rooms, under the direction of Mrs. Frank E. Irish and Mrs. Ralph H. Howes. Mrs. Henry Smith will furnish the music and Claude F. Clement will be master of ceremonies.”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: “Little Orphan Annie” with Ann Gillis and Robert Kent; also Gene Autry in “Prairie Moon.”

A Correction – “Under the news of Islesboro in last week’s paper it stated that Mrs. Verna King had given birth to a baby. This is incorrect. Mrs. King has been ill with a cold bordering on pneumonia.”

Jan. 24, 1985

“The Belfast Garden Club met Thursday in the Gammans Room of the Belfast Free Library, with a large group of members and several guests present. President Vivian Dow conducted the business meeting. It was moved and voted that the club provide an American flag for the meeting hall in the new extension to the Belfast Free Library. The president appointed a committee to begin planning for the landscaping of the new library addition, which will be a memorial to Stetson Holmes and others. Karen Aveni was appointed chairman and Jeffrey Mabee was asked to serve on the committee. Others will be chosen to serve in the near future. Bird chairman Hilda Brierley gave a brief and interesting talk on one of our familiar winter birds, the bluejay.”

“This week Searsmont students received a certificate from the Ellis Island/Statue of Liberty Foundation thanking them for their $700 contribution. It also stated that the name of their school would be permanently displayed in the museum at the base of the Statue. Each student carries a great deal of pride for the accomplishment.”