Local and Legendary: Belfast in the Civil War

Jan. 31, 1862

“The levee for the poor and for the payment of some sums due for articles purchased by the ladies for the soldiers, on Wednesday evening of last week, realized over $150, $75 being taken at the door. The efforts of the ladies of our city in these patriotic and benevolent enterprises are most commendable and creditable to them.”

“We were pleased to meet on Tuesday evening our young townsman, Mr. Ephraim Maddox, who was among the last of our prisoners liberated at Richmond. Mr. M. was among the first to enlist and among the foremost in duty at the battle of Bull Run. In the performance of his duty there he was terribly wounded in the thigh by a minnie ball, and was taken prisoner. He has the ball as a sort of memento of the fight in which he was injured.”

Jan. 28, 1909

“Quite a number of Belfast people drove to Stockton Springs last Monday evening and attended the first annual ball given by the Wassaumkeag Club in their pleasant quarters in LaFurley’s block and the adjacent Denslow Hall. The Rialto orchestra of Belfast furnished excellent music, the floor was in good condition, and a large number from Stockton and surrounding towns braved the storm and enjoyed the hospitality of the club, whose spacious rooms and fine fittings were much admired by the visitors. The Belfast contingent reached home about 4 a.m. Tuesday.”

Jan. 31, 1957

Bridge Plans Are Presented

“The Maine State Highway Commission this week presented to the Legislature preliminary plans for a new bridge to be constructed over the Passagassawaukeag River in Belfast. The proposed bridge would cost $3,750.000, to be financed by a bond issue which would be paid for over a period of years by tolls.”

Searsport Happenings

“The Salk vaccine clinic will be held on Monday, February fourth at nine o’clock in the morning at the Central school building as announced last week”

Playing at the Colonial Theatre: Bob Hope and Katherine Hepburn in “The Iron Petticoat.”

Jan. 28, 1993

Maskers Primed in Brodie Opening

Reviewed by Kris Farrazza

Belfast – “The Railroad Theater was christened in style Friday night with the opening of the Belfast Maskers’ The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Fine character acting, an imaginative and versatile set and engaging direction under Bob Hitt brought the entertaining show to life. A full house crowded into the new waterfront theater, recently transformed from a railroad station to a theater and then, for this performance, to Edinburgh Scotland, in the 1930’s.”

Belfast – “This year, the Belfast Chamber of Commerce has decided not to depend heavily on snow for all the events of Winter Fest ’93 during the weekend of Feb. 5-7. With this in mind, Winter Carnival Chair Bob LaFontaine has organized a Sportsman Show. The show in the Belfast Area High School gym from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, will feature approximately 16 display booths and several demonstrations. The event is free to the public.